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Advice for a gaming teen

  • 03-11-2022 7:24pm
    Registered Users Posts: 30 Dulchie12

    Son age 15 wants a laptop. He's a big gamer(xbox) but doesn't want a gaming laptop. He will use the laptop for gaming plus schoolwork. He's not sure what games he will play but says the graphics will be important, whatever that means. He's had a Windows 10 laptop before. What kind of spec should we be looking for? I'd like to spend no more than 500 but could be pushed to 700 if needed. Size is no issue. Thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 30 Dulchie12


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 4,846 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Nowso

    Your talking about a tower with a graphics card for gaming -

    they are dear enough but you can get 2nd hand graphics cards are cheaper

    if you cannot build it all yourself you are looking at a 2nd hand setup at them prices

    facebook marketplace and has a lot of them at the minute but finding a good one at a decent price will be tricky

    a lot of people will be upgrading at the minute

  • Registered Users Posts: 30 Dulchie12

    Thank you, but it's a normal laptop he wants

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,675 ✭✭✭ JoyPad

    You said he doesn't want a gaming laptop, but he wants to play games on it. Graphics are important, but budget is tight. Sounds like he wants to have his cake and eat it too.

    For 500 euro, you can get a nice laptop for school work, watching youtube/netflix, but very light gaming. Even if you stretch to 700, it still won't be great for games, particularly if graphics are important.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30 Dulchie12

    Ok that's interesting, back to the drawing board so.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,861 ✭✭✭ Homelander

    Yeah it's a contradiction, you can't not want a gaming laptop, but then want to play games on it, on a limited budget.

    I mean - that is doable, there's plenty of super slim laptops with high powered graphics, but they generally cost a fortune.

    Something like this is a good call at £570 at the moment on sale.

    Fairly decent, would run most games just fine, and is a decent size/weight, though he wouldn't want to be thinking he'd be running the latest games at high settings or anything close!