Saturday, August 24, 2013

4 Tips in Choosing a Cheap Gaming Laptop

Going through the latest video game offerings, one can’t help but drool over the prospect of finally getting to play them. For PC gamers, this means making sure that your computer’s hardware is powerful enough to handle the required specs of these new games; and upgrading parts which lack the necessary juice. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for some users. In particular, laptop users don’t have it as easy as desktop users because laptop parts are more difficult (and more expensive) to swap out than desktop parts.

Rather than tinker with laptop replacement parts, many consumers would rather just purchase a gaming laptop from the get-go which can last them for at least a couple of years. Of course, such desktop replacements are rather pricey, and not everyone is loaded enough to afford them.

A good alternative, then, for consumers who lack the funding and technical know-how would be to go with gaming laptops under a budget.

The question is: How will they know exactly which laptops can give the best performance under said budget, and where can they find such bargains?

1. The GPU is the most vital laptop component.

CPUs and GPUs are alike in that they both are laptop parts that crunch numbers and process data to make computers run; the nerve centers of computers, if you will. The difference, though, is that whereas CPUs do “behind-the-scenes” data-crunching to compute overall system performance, GPUs focus exclusively on graphical data. This means that, when processing data for graphics-heavy programs like video games, GPUs actually do the brunt of the work.

Search the net for information regarding video cards. The tail-end releases of the previous generation of GPUs usually work better (and are cheaper) than the early releases of the latest generation of cards, so you may want to start working from there.

2. Look around for the best prices.

Now that you know which laptop component to focus on, the next thing to do is finding out where to get the best deals for these GPUs. Search through every computer store you can go to for price comparisons; sometimes some shops will offer the same computers as much as $50 less.

If they offer mailing lists, sign up for these too to get updated on the special offers and discount sales. Sometimes, they may offer you coupons as well.

3. Buy used laptops.

Barring a flea market in your area that sells second-hand electronics, the best places to look for used stuff is at auctioning websites like eBay. You’ll have to amp up your bargaining skills and your prudence level, though. You’re negotiating for used laptops, after all, and there is no real guarantee that you’ll be getting what you’re paying for. The best thing to do is to search for sellers with a large number of glowing testimonials. Also, make sure to ask all the necessary questions regarding a laptop’s condition, and remember to ask for warranties in case they are offered.

4. Buy refurbished laptops.

Finally, if you’re willing to spend a little more than what you normally would on used laptops, refurbished ones are a great alternative. Websites like are good places to start.

Yes, the items in question are also essentially second-hand laptops, but these have been repaired and restored andcan almost pass for brand new gadgets. They go for significantly cheaper prices than actual hot-off-the-factory-line laptops, and are also offered with 1-2 year warranties to boot.

I’m Colleen Northcutt 22 years old. Writer / Web promoter, and Blogger from Reno, Nevada. I’m an avid PC gamer and I was working for, She’s writing about technology especially for laptops and notebooks and very passionate, optimistic & dedicated woman who takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm.

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