Advice needed on laptop to buy (runs FM 11?)

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November 14, 2010 at 16:04:07
Specs: Windows Vista, 2Gb 256Mb RAM
Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.

I am considering buying a laptop - I don't really need one as I have a PC which I am more than happy with but for times when I want to be elsewhere than the computer room it would be nice to be able to bring a laptop around with me.

My budget is to £450 and ideally what I want for a laptop is nothing too fancy, but something that will handle intensive Excel spreadsheets that my work requires much use of, modest disk space, the general ability to browse the web, use email etc etc without things being slow or laggy, and perhaps most importantly the ability to play the computer game Football Manager 2011. I will detail out the specs for this game at the end.

I can see plenty of laptops around the £450 mark that are similar in processor, RAM and graphics card but my concern lies with the graphics card. Many are either Intel GMA X4500M or ATI Radeon HD 4250, both of which I'm unsure can handle this game and this is what I want the laptop to be able to do - I can use my PC for other games.

Can anyone please give me some advice as to whether or not graphics cards like these will run a game like this, or indeed if anyone knows of laptops that would run this game that are under the £450 mark (I'd stretch to £479 max)?

Thanks a lot everyone, have a good day,


Example of standard laptop in the price range that I see:

FM 2011 Specs :

Minimum hardware requirements:
Operating system: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
Processor / CPU: 1.4GHz or faster for XP, 2.0GHz or faster for Vista or Windows 7
Memory / RAM: 512MB for XP, 1 GB for Vista or Windows 7
VGA: Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra or greater / ATI Radeon 9800 or greater / Intel 82915G/82910GL or greater. Earlier cards may only display 2D Match Viewer Mode and are not supported
DirectX: 9.0c
Hard Drive: 2GB

Intel Processor - Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 1.6GHz
AMD Processor - Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core QL-60
Nvidia Graphics Card - GeForce GT 230
ATI Graphics Card - Radeon X800 XT
RAM Memory - 1.5 GB
Hard Disk Space - 2 GB
Direct X - 9

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November 14, 2010 at 16:09:34
the biggest question when choosing a laptop is screen size. The larger the screen, the heavier the unit. 15" (not sure how they measure screens in UK) is average size... a good compromise between size and weight. I have a 17" because I don't care as much about weight as I do about screen real estate. If you tell me which size you want, I can help you find a cracking deal from a reputable seller.

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November 14, 2010 at 16:13:10
Hi jowah, thank you very much for your quick reply!

In all honesty the size of the screen isn't a big deal for me, so long as it is not 'too small' - 15 inch is more than fine, I think that 17 inch is a little on the large size for me - I think 15 is a good size to go for. I think anything 13 inches or lower is on the small size.

Thanks again!

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November 14, 2010 at 16:16:08
sorry just read the rest of your post. If you stick to nvidia dedicated cards (not onboard graphics) that are at least 1gb you should probably be ok. You should look at acer laptops.

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November 14, 2010 at 16:17:41
check this out... It's a little over your price though...

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November 14, 2010 at 16:33:04
Genuinely looks like a great laptop - just checked the currency exchange it's on the upper edge of my budget but this is definitely the best laptop I have seen so far, particularly in the graphics department.

Obviously it's good to broaden search further but I think I'd be happy with this one - cannot find an equivalent on in stock in the UK however which could be an issue, and it doesn't seem Newegg send to the UK.

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November 14, 2010 at 16:34:23
Hi, mickliq, thanks for your link. I have seen this site before in the last couple of days and what I found from that is that the recommended graphics card it was looking for was slightly higher than the ones that I saw from the store laptops mentioned before, which was very very low down on the list!

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November 14, 2010 at 16:36:44
Sorry Andrew. I didn't even consider that they wouldn't ship to UK. I've never ordered or sent anything from/to any country other than the US so I have no knowledge of how one would do that.

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November 14, 2010 at 16:46:16
it's not a worry - I can have a more broad search to see if I can find it in the UK but if not I'm sure there are other bargains to be found!

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November 14, 2010 at 16:58:57
Yeah you'll find something to fit your needs. Here's some general advice though. I've been a sysadmin for over a decade now. In that time I've probably purchased somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 computers for work, and i've probably helped 200 or so people find a good computer to purchase. Here's the thing to remember... the larger manufacturers like Dell, HP, etc, charge more for their equipment because they include support. If you are the type of user that needs to call for help quite a bit, then an acer might not be the pc for you. In other words, if you bought a Dell for example, and you never called their support for anything, then you spent about 25%-30% more than you needed to. Through all of that, I have found that Acer makes really good stuff for a really good price, so if you can find an acer supplier in the UK, and you don't think you will need support, then you should be able to find a good deal that fits your needs.

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November 14, 2010 at 17:04:14
Thanks guys, I hadn't seen that site before and looking at it, seems pretty good - I shall use it to check out any graphics cards I see, so thanks for that.

I am competent with computers, I just don't really use laptops or understand the differences between various graphics cards - Acer was one of the brands I was considering as well, so what I will do is tomorrow (it's 1am here now) look through the Acer computers and come up with what I believe are the best ones - would you be able to tell me once I paste them to you whether or not you think they would be suitable? That would be very helpful to me. I still fear the graphics cards will not be up to scratch though.

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November 14, 2010 at 17:06:46
sure that's no problem Andrew. Just let us know when you are ready.

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