Thinking of buying a laptop Advice?

A friend of mine is looking to spend about 900 dollars on a new laptop. We play a lot of starcraft 2 and he’s been using my old desktop to play for a while now, but he’s ready for his own. I know that sc2 is very CPU intensive so he should probably go with an i5, but I wasn’t sure what to tell him as far as the gpu goes.
Sc2 isn’t the only game he plays either; he’s been playing a lot of fear lately, and we tend to play killing floor and borderlands too.
This is the acer laptop he found, and it looks decent to me, but I don’t know anything about acer laptops. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Well this hits the 900$ mark right on and its got a good video card:
lenovo IdeaPad Y560p (4397-23U) NoteBook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570

This one is a little more money but not necessarily better than the Lenovo, but the screen is bigger:
TOSHIBA Qosmio X505-Q892 NoteBook Intel Core i5 460M(2.53GHz) 18.4" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M

This one also has a fast video card and a good dual core but again a little over the budget:
MSI GX740-235US Intel Core i5 450M(2.40GHz) 17.0" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Broadway XT NoteBook

Wouldn’t a desktop meet the demands better?
At least you get much more gaming performance compared to a laptop that is additionally often suffering from a limited cooling design causing CPU and GPU to throttle.

Michael

Acers are generally… Cheap Junk.

But that’s just my opinion. (but if you do a little research you’ll find my opinion isn’t unique)

Laptops are less than desireable for “gaming” for a variety of reasons.

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Laptops are less than desireable for “gaming” for a variety of reasons.

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Heat being the biggest and draining battery life shorten life for the battery…so you will always be plugged in for power so if you going to play games intensive…you might as well go with a desktop. If you plan on being mobile that should be the time you should decide to go laptop. Laptop aren’t suppose to be a replacement for desktop and will never be able to be on the same power level as desktop. So remember going laptop means you will have to make sacrifices to have all those eye candies and extras. Laptop are to be portable and not drain the battery for people on the move.

[QUOTE=eric93se;2568924]Well this hits the 900$ mark right on and its got a good video card:
lenovo IdeaPad Y560p (4397-23U) NoteBook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570

This one is a little more money but not necessarily better than the Lenovo, but the screen is bigger:
TOSHIBA Qosmio X505-Q892 NoteBook Intel Core i5 460M(2.53GHz) 18.4" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M

This one also has a fast video card and a good dual core but again a little over the budget:
MSI GX740-235US Intel Core i5 450M(2.40GHz) 17.0" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Broadway XT NoteBook[/QUOTE]
I appreciate the toshiba,but too large

Well if you haven’t ordered, a new laptop just arrived with the latest mobil sandy bridge cpu and the latest gpu:

lenovo IdeaPad Y560p (4397-23U) NoteBook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW AMD Radeon HD 6570M