What specs am I looking for?

Discussion in 'Which Laptop should I buy?' started by davespil, Apr 8, 2023.

  1. davespil


    Apr 8, 2023
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    I bought a Chromebook for when I travel. I wanted something that would play movies I download and play video games that weren't too graphics intensive. Mostly strategy games like Rimworld and Civ V. The Chromebook turned out to be a mistake, as I could run Steam through Linux, but after a few uses it would stop working and I'd have to reinstall everything.

    Now I'm looking at replacing it with a laptop. I don't want to spend more than $500, but I will if there is clear value. I want to play the games mentioned above, other non-graphic intensive strategy games, and possibly Skyrim (with some graphics enhancing modes, if possible). What specs should I look for, like what graphics card, RAM, processor, etc.?
    davespil, Apr 8, 2023
  2. davespil


    Apr 17, 2023
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    Skyrim can be run with "middle Low" settings in a 5 years laptop with integrated gpu (20~30 fps).
    But, when you feel happy with Skyrim and other games from steam, maybe you will want more.

    In $450~$550 budget, try to check out these hardware:
    CPU: Intel i5-1135G7 or AMD 5700U
    RAM: 8G/16G DDR4 SO-DIMM (Expandable)
    GPU: Integreted
    Carloz, Apr 17, 2023
  3. davespil


    Apr 17, 2023
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    For the games you mentioned, you'll want to look for a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM, a dedicated graphics card, and a solid processor, like an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5. You could also consider getting a laptop with an SSD for faster load times.
    hamsourcream, Apr 17, 2023
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