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Need some advice- Buying a laptop to "game"?

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May 21, 2019 / By Felina
Question: I am a retired Wow player and am thinking of going back. I also am a HUGE SIMS 3 FAN! :) I'm buying a new laptop and have quite a budget. I really need the cheapest and best for my money. I found this computer on Best Buy's website and it seems to be perfect for me. I now need some advice from some fellow gamers. Could this run the Sims? What about Wow? I'm not wanting an alienware, I realize I get what I pay for but, I would like for it to run it on default. Thanks guys! What's Included * Gateway Laptop / AMD Athlon™ II X2 Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive * 6-cell lithium-ion battery (4400 mAh) * AC power cord, AC power adapter * Software: Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1; Gateway Launch Manager; Microsoft Silverlight and more * Owner's manual Product Features * VISION Technology by AMD Makes your digital photos and Web sites look amazing and gives a boost to digital music playback. * AMD Athlon™ II X2 dual-core processor P320* Features 1066MHz frontside bus. * 4GB DDR3 memory For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB. * Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media. * 15.6" TFT-LCD high-definition widescreen display With Ultrabright technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity. * 320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) For fast read/write times. * ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics Feature up to 256MB dedicated video memory for lush images and vivid detail. Two built-in stereo speakers supported by high-definition audio for quality sound. HDMI port for flexible connectivity options. * Built-in 1.3MP webcam with digital microphone Makes it easy to video chat with and send video mail to family and friends. * Multi-in-1 media reader Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats. * 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. * Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Connect to the Internet on the go. * Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector For flexible wired Web connectivity options. * Weighs 5.7 lbs. and measures just 1.3" thin For easy portability. * Long battery life Of up to 3 hours and 42 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet. * Velvet blue design For a sophisticated look. * Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more. * Best Buy pc app Your one-stop shop for digital software, games and more! Learn more. * Software package included With Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1, Gateway Launch Manager, Microsoft Silverlight and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 also included. * ENERGY STAR qualified Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. * AMD, AMD Arrow logo, AMD Athlon, QuantiSpeed, AMD PowerNow! and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. *This model number indicates relative software performance among this AMD processor family. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Laptop+/+AMD+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II+X2+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Velvet+Blue/9972693.p?id=1218202942776&skuId=9972693#BVRRWidgetID
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Cressida Cressida | 4 days ago
4250 ATI, 4 Gigs DDR3, Athlon X2. This will run WoW med-high settings the 15 inch will probably max out at a 1024 resolution which will make that ati card eat it up even more. This computer will be amazing for current WoW and easily handle Cataclysm's new engine updates also. WoW has never really been a difficult game to play graphics wise but I always get moderately high end to run full shadows and max resolution. Unfortunately I do not know anything about the Sims but microsoft like Blizzard would never make their games require high settings. Unless you raid competitively in WoW you could probably get away with the cheapest laptop available and probably still have little to no choking.
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Cressida Originally Answered: I'm buying a Laptop, and I need some advice?
If in the future you want to change to Vista 64bit you will need 3GB ram.with 2 Gb Vista 32bit runs well with 3 which is the most 32bit reads runs a little better. 160GB HHD it's good enough for what you say you have in music and pictures. but 250 will be good if you download movies that take much space. To me the most important in this case it is the video card since you play runscape the better the video card is the better you'll be able to play.also the processor I would go for 2.00Ghz and a system bus of 800Mhz or 1066MHz

Betsy Betsy
Buy an apple ya they are more money but they run better and use less of resorces that a regular windows laptop uses and the new ones even run windows. If ur lookin for writin papers and stuff it also has a microsoft office program and the video editin stuff on it is way better then windows. i have a powerbook g4 1.67 gig and even though its a year or so old it still kicks windows butts it out powers my desktop wich is a core 2 duo 3 gig with 4 gig of ram. I hope this helped.
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Agnus Agnus
It should be able to handle WOW but not to much else. I have not played Sims 3 but from the looks of it, it could probably play it but bare minimum. I would really recommend a desktop to you if you are a gamer but if those are the only kinds of games your going to play then yes that laptop will get you by.
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Timo Timo
i don't really think you need to compare it with the gamer laptop as i have played SIMS 3 and world of war craft myself and can say this that the above given specifications are perfect for kind of game you have mentioned!!
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Timo Originally Answered: Buying a game from amazon?
I have bought a LOT of games from Amazon (over $1,000 worth). Most were used as well. I normally leave it sorted by price+shipping. As for the condition, I sometimes pay attention to it, but the main two deals I read up on are the positive %'s from the seller (though it doesn't always work. I had one that was 100% positive, was suppose to receive my game in a week, and it took 3 weeks), and also the description (main thing). Read the description carefully. A lot of times people will actually only be selling the case, or just the game without a case (which I usually like a case with mine), or sometimes the case and game without a manual. I also make sure they give a description of the condition of the game. Sometimes they say the game has a few light scratches but was tested and plays perfectly. It's can be hard to tell who's honest and who's not, but if the game doesn't work, then you can always let Amazon know and you'll get your money back. Finally, though obvious, stay away from the description that don't say anything or that have very little detail such as "game and case included." Always look for condition description. There! And sorry if this was a tad long. Haha.

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