For a game lover, it is easy to set up a desktop with the best gizmos and gadgets to create an environment for playing games. However, if you find that you are always on the go, you need to create the same in a laptop.
A few tips for first-time gamers that may help you to decide if you truly need a gaming laptop:
- If you are a beginner in games and play low-end games, a basic integrated card will not do it. Aim for at least a gaming laptop with a NVidia GeForce 940M, something you can get in a gaming notebook for less than $500.
- If you are on a budget, then strictly avoid touch screens. This will not only shoot the bill through the roof but the battery also drains out quite quickly.
- If you are planning on adding a GPU, the good news is that the recent versions are powerful, faster and VR ready( will need GTX 980 Graphics card)
- Use the money in your budget to install an SSD card. The games will install faster and reduce the loading time.
- Invest in a high-resolution display.
A powerful processor: Everyone has a laptop these days and most come with a good processor. While it may be great for office applications and an odd game or two, it can heat quickly if you start using them for heavy duty gaming. Investing in a good powerful processor like an Intel is an absolute must. An i5 may be good for a beginner but an i7 will be the best for hard-core games.
A good laptop without a good graphics card is pointless: There are a number of games that are considered hard-core, like the Call of Duty: Black Ops III or Star Wars. If you want half of the excitement while playing these games then you should invest in a good graphics card like a NVIDIA GeForce GTX. You cannot go wrong with this one. It is sure to give you your money’s worth!
RAM: It is almost like a piece of music where things have to function in unison for it to sound good! All of them work in conjunction to give you a good experience. For a beginner a 4GB Ram is good (which is what you get in most laptops), you are definitely better off going with an 8GB get the best performance.
Hard Drives and Solid State Drives: Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops take about 50-60 GB right off the bat. Most laptops come with 1 TB of hard drive space. You can always look to increase it up to 2TB. The more space you have to store music or video, the better it is.
Warranties: Most companies offer warranties, but make sure you check the fine print for backup in case you have troubles with the laptop. This is valid generally for a period only. Look for all options that are available and any extended warranties where available. Invest in accessories to keep your laptop and its paraphernalia safe.
You are well on your way to buying your first new laptop. I hope that you are better equipped to understand what to look for before you invest your money. Good luck and happy gaming!