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Question DetailsAsked on 1/30/2012

I am looking for a good laptop for my online college class and gaming any suggestions? I am willing to spend at least 700.00

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Depending on your budget, I would recommend either the Dell XPS series, or if you can afford it, get an Alienware laptop.

Most laptops do not include an actual video card. They have integrated video, which means there is a video graphics processing unit located on the motherboard of the laptop, saving the expense of having to fit in an entire separate card. With the integrated video, it will work for some games, but not anything relatively new. Integrated video will work fine for word processing and college classes, but for games you will be on the lowest settings with a slow frame rate.

Some of the Dell XPS models have separate video cards built in. Look for AMD Radeon or nVidia GeForce video cards when looking at the customization. Dell tends to offer the lowest price for laptops with video cards built in - I have seen comparable models from other manufacturers cost much more. All of the Alienware models will have video cards, and some come with dual-video cards for the ultimate gaming experience!

I have included a link to Dell's 15 inch XPS model which has an nVidia GeForce GT 525M video card built in. It's $899 - a little over your mentioned price - but if you do some homework you can find some discounts available online, your employer if it's a large company, or local tech shops can sometimes get them for less!

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Answered 8 years ago by APlusComputerTech


Don't get caught up in the Dell laptop game, Alienware is owned by Dell and in nothing like it used to be before they bought it. The Dell XPS series has had a history of overheating issues, not sure about recent models though. Try Lenovo IdeaPads out, they a super dependable, durability and quality are super (my company has over 400 of them). The Y series laptops look sharp and have switchable graphics cards, I have sold 15 of these and in two years no issues, just praises. You can also buy the refurbished for 30% less directly from Lenovo with the same warranty as a brand new one!

Keith J.

Omnitech Computer Services


Answered 8 years ago by kwjohnson13


The answer to this, and in my opinion most computer questions, is not brand, but model.

All the major makers ( Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple) make both good and bad models - what makes a model good or bad is different for each person- dependant on your needs. For College classes, it depends on the class and its requirements.

As a rule, pretty much any laptop is right for someone- or they would not make it.

I will happily assist anyone in finding the right class and type of unit, and provide a short list of likely candidates - from there it is personal choice.


Answered 7 years ago by AdaptiveTechServices


As someone who's professionaly repaired computers for 20+ years now let me tell you that 80% of the laptops AND desktops I repair are Dell's. I personally use HP computers and have since they bought out Compaq. I extrememly rarely have to repair an HP. I'd go with an HP Envy at that price range or a higher end Acer.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_99274621

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