Solved Question about whether this computer will play games okay.

Hewlett-packard Pavilion g6-2210us black...
January 28, 2013 at 23:06:11
Specs: Windows 8, AMD / 4GB
Hello! I've been looking all over for a new laptop to buy and stumbled upon this one at Office Max. I would like one that is decent for plays games such as Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Just Cause 2, etc. But I do not want to have to spend huge money on one. So here are the specs for the laptop that I'm looking at, currently on sale for $380:

Processor: Next Gen AMD A4-4300M Accelerated Processor (2.5GHz up to 3.0GHz)
Graphics card: AMD Radeon™ HD 7420G Discrete-Class Graphics and up to 2029MB
OS: Windows 8
Hard Drive: 640GB
Display: 15.6" diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)

Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks!

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January 29, 2013 at 08:30:57

If you really like gaming you should look towards desktop

Desktops will ALWAYS be better then laptops for gaming.

-For portability, if you want ease to play where-ever you want, and are always on the go.
-run hotter, and usually gaming laptops are big, heavy and use a lot of battery (so it making using them mobile harder anyway).
-Expensive, and much slower then desktops
-Not upgradable (to upgrade you need to buy a new laptop)

-Cheap, very good price/performance
-Able to build your own and completely customize it
-Higher end hardware available
-Able to be constantly upgrade it
-Not very portable

So desktops are the obvious choice for gaming. Gaming is heavily
Reliant on your computers graphics, which laptops fall far behind
in. Even $1000 laptops can only play battlefield 3 on like med-high
Settings at 1920 x1080, where as a $1000 desktop can max it at 1920 x1080.

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January 29, 2013 at 09:13:04
Thanks for the reply! I have been looking into some desktops lately too, but I dont have a monitor or keyboard so once I buy all the components to go along with it the cost wil be much higher than buying a laptop for $380. Good advice though; do you know of any ways to get a desktop and monitor for a relatively low price? I have strongly considered building my own as well. Any ideas of much that might cost as well?
I'm not looking for something that will be excellent for gaming, just something to get by with and was wondering if the laptop I specified above could cut it.

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January 29, 2013 at 10:59:30
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You're not going to get good gaming out of a $380 laptop, it's as simple as that. Some games will be playable on low settings, others will lag so badly that they'll be unplayable. The graphics card is the most important thing when it comes to gaming & you won't get a decent graphics chip in a sub $400 laptop. I think you'll be very disappointed if you buy the laptop you linked to, at least as far as gaming is concerned. Look for a laptop with an A10 / HD 7660G rather than an A4 / HD 7420G. Here's a refurbed HP for under $500:

You can build a gaming desktop system for about $500, monitor included. Here's an example of a Tom's Hardware $500 gaming build:

You could easily lower the price on the above build by installing a lower cost gaming graphics card. The money you save would cover the cost of a 20-22" monitor.

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January 29, 2013 at 11:20:31
Okay, that makes sense. Thanks for the link to the desktop one! I think I'll steer toward trying to build my own.

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