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Is that your budget for the whole PC or just the CPU?

It's a fine processor - get it if you can.

Will the CPU be able to do what i need to do on FM?

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Yeh - it's a fine CPU.

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Hello guys i'm looking to build a PC for FM i need a CPU my budget is around £150 iwant to be able to play in long save games with alot of leagues at a fast speed i was looking at the i5 4460 right now any help would be great thanks

You can get the 4590 for less than £150

http://www.box.co.uk/products/cat/Components~B~Components~B~Processors/refine/m~Intel$58134~144409$58134~144410

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I first played the championship manager game back in 1994-95. And I am proud to say I have bought every single version in all it's forms since. This is the only computer game I play and spend hours on it. I am not the most technical of blokes but what is the best computer/spec I can get for ultimate performance? Max budget of £400-£500. I normally just have 5-6 leagues running in 2 or 3 countries but I would like the best graphics I can for that budget.

Really appreciate any help, Cheers

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Hi all,

I have purchased every version of FM since the Amiga days, unfortunately the last few years I have struggled to get into FM but this year I wanna go big and have a good career over the cold winter months.

The plan has hit a problem my ageing Macbook is dying, the screen unless at certain angles turns itself off so its time to invest! I appreciate that Mac's are very good, but for £750 minimum I don't use the features enough to justify a new one, all I want to do is play FM and browse the internet, nothing more.

The one small snag is that I travel alot and would like a really light laptop no bigger than around 13" but everything I read states that to get the best out of FM I will need a very good graphics card and processor but not so much reliance on memory.

I called into PC World after work today and was told that I will struggle to get a light laptop that has the power to run FM, i am always dubious re computer stores so wanted to check with you guys.

If anyone could recommend something I would be very much appreciative!!

Thanks in advance.

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Hi guys

I'm in the market for a new MacBook Pro. Currently playing FM14 on my 2010 13" MBP (2.4GHz C2D with Nvidia GeForce 320M 256 MB graphics) and to be honest the game runs pretty poor (I'm not complaining i know the internals are old as hell in this machine) Currently get about 0.5 * on 3D match engine and game performance.

So I'm planning on getting a Retina MacBook Pro 13" (2.4 or 2.6 GHz i5 & Intel Iris graphics) and was thinking of getting it in time for the launch of FM15. Obviously I know we don't know how things will be on 15, but does anyone have experience playing FM14 on an rMPB? I've seen some criticism of Iris graphics, but that's mainly from people trying to play more graphically taxing games than FM.

So in short, what sort of game/graphics performance can I expect from this machine if i pull the trigger any buy it?

Thanks

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed really helpful advice to this thread. I'll try not to repeat lots of questions, but I'd be interested in people's take on the following. I'm fortunate enough to have about £900 to spend, but I'm hoping to get a laptop that will last 5 years or so. I've been playing around with PC Specialist, and currently have the following key aspects:

Intel Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50 GHZ) 6MB

8GB RAM (DDR3)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB

1TB Hard Drive (5,400 rpm)

That comes to £827 so I can afford one more upgrade. Would you recommend:

a - bumping the processor up to be a 2.8GHZ

b - upgrading to 16GB RAM

c - switching out the 1TB hard drive for a 500GB one and then adding a 240GB Solid State Drive to put the OS and a handful of games on.

There's not an option to improve the graphics card, but unless I've made a big misunderstanding that should be more than good enough for FM, right?

From the advice I've read on this thread, at the moment I'm feeling slightly torn between b and c. c sounds like it would be better for FM, but b might make the overall build more future proof. That said, RAM is easier to add later? Does it work ok to have two hard drives side by side like that (I know that's probably a stupid question, but I'm not a super technical person!)

Thanks!

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed really helpful advice to this thread. I'll try not to repeat lots of questions, but I'd be interested in people's take on the following. I'm fortunate enough to have about £900 to spend, but I'm hoping to get a laptop that will last 5 years or so. I've been playing around with PC Specialist, and currently have the following key aspects:

Intel Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50 GHZ) 6MB

8GB RAM (DDR3)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB

1TB Hard Drive (5,400 rpm)

That comes to £827 so I can afford one more upgrade. Would you recommend:

a - bumping the processor up to be a 2.8GHZ

b - upgrading to 16GB RAM

c - switching out the 1TB hard drive for a 500GB one and then adding a 240GB Solid State Drive to put the OS and a handful of games on.

There's not an option to improve the graphics card, but unless I've made a big misunderstanding that should be more than good enough for FM, right?

From the advice I've read on this thread, at the moment I'm feeling slightly torn between b and c. c sounds like it would be better for FM, but b might make the overall build more future proof. That said, RAM is easier to add later? Does it work ok to have two hard drives side by side like that (I know that's probably a stupid question, but I'm not a super technical person!)

Thanks!

Id go for c, the CPU and Ram should be sufficient for a long time unless you do heavy editing/video work I think. SSD is always a nice for OS and fast loading in games

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed really helpful advice to this thread. I'll try not to repeat lots of questions, but I'd be interested in people's take on the following. I'm fortunate enough to have about £900 to spend, but I'm hoping to get a laptop that will last 5 years or so. I've been playing around with PC Specialist, and currently have the following key aspects:

Intel Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50 GHZ) 6MB

8GB RAM (DDR3)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB

1TB Hard Drive (5,400 rpm)

That comes to £827 so I can afford one more upgrade. Would you recommend:

a - bumping the processor up to be a 2.8GHZ

b - upgrading to 16GB RAM

c - switching out the 1TB hard drive for a 500GB one and then adding a 240GB Solid State Drive to put the OS and a handful of games on.

There's not an option to improve the graphics card, but unless I've made a big misunderstanding that should be more than good enough for FM, right?

From the advice I've read on this thread, at the moment I'm feeling slightly torn between b and c. c sounds like it would be better for FM, but b might make the overall build more future proof. That said, RAM is easier to add later? Does it work ok to have two hard drives side by side like that (I know that's probably a stupid question, but I'm not a super technical person!)

Thanks!

http://prntscr.com/4xhnfx

Is this not better for £3 extra, this comes with an ssd.

or this

http://prntscr.com/4xhpx9

slightly lesser graphics card and no backlit keyboard but more ram and bigger screen and both have a better Hard drive

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Some help needed please, looking to get a new laptop buy the end of the week for fm15, my old acer was running ok on fm14 but think its time for a upgrade, thing is I only have max of £400

Found this one but not totally sure what i am looking for

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-15-p075sa-15-6-laptop-ash-silver-10016047-pdt.html

Any comments much appreciated thanks

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Some help needed please, looking to get a new laptop buy the end of the week for fm15, my old acer was running ok on fm14 but think its time for a upgrade, thing is I only have max of £400

Found this one but not totally sure what i am looking for

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-15-p075sa-15-6-laptop-ash-silver-10016047-pdt.html

Any comments much appreciated thanks

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/core-i5-laptops

Can get an i5 here for that price

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Wouldnt really matter, clock for clock Intel cpu's do tend to be faster but AMD's have much better iGPU.

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Sorry to ask again but if anyone could give any advice on the below it would be really really appreciated as FM15 is coming quick and I would love a new machine ready for it.

Thanks

Hi all,

I have purchased every version of FM since the Amiga days, unfortunately the last few years I have struggled to get into FM but this year I wanna go big and have a good career over the cold winter months.

The plan has hit a problem my ageing Macbook is dying, the screen unless at certain angles turns itself off so its time to invest! I appreciate that Mac's are very good, but for £750 minimum I don't use the features enough to justify a new one, all I want to do is play FM and browse the internet, nothing more.

The one small snag is that I travel alot and would like a really light laptop no bigger than around 13" but everything I read states that to get the best out of FM I will need a very good graphics card and processor but not so much reliance on memory.

I called into PC World after work today and was told that I will struggle to get a light laptop that has the power to run FM, i am always dubious re computer stores so wanted to check with you guys.

If anyone could recommend something I would be very much appreciative!!

Thanks in advance.

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What's your budget?

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Hi Eugene,

Preferably £500-600, tbh all I will do is play FM and use the internet, have an iPad for watching movies etc.

Ideal I would like it to be light as I travel alot.

In terms of FM I don't load huge amounts of leagues but would like to watch the games in the best possible way.

Thanks

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Thanks Eugene, my current Macbook is 2.3kg, its a shocker on hand luggage only flights lol, I was hoping for a 13" lighter laptop, I am beginning to think that my only choice is a Macbook Air but they are so expensive to just play FM and use the internet. Plus Macbook Air's start at £749 for 11' inch, £849 for 13" and then I would probably need more RAM in them? so I will be looking at £1000 just to have a light laptop to play FM and use the net, shocker!

I have tried FM on my iPad but to someone thats played FM years and years its really not the same!

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Hi folks, do you think this is the best laptop I could get for this price? (£640) http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59419186-Lenovo-Z710_1656493.html

Also, generally, would a 2.2 ghz i7 quad core run faster than a 2.5ghz i5 dual core if they were the same U, M, MQ etc?

Laptop looks fine.

Ah that's a loaded question. Luckily someone has already tested it :)http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-3632QM-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4200M

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Is a dedicated graphic card a must for FM or is a integrated HD one fine if you have a good processor/RAM?

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Integrated is fine, I have a Core I5 3230m/HD 4000 and I run at medium settings with everything on, of course as always it all depends on what resolution your running as-well.

Newer IvyBridge CPU's will have better iGPU so will handle it a bit better, AMD on the other hand have much better iGPU than Intel but suffer a lot in terms of CPU grunt compared to Intel cpu's.

Another option is to wait until Intel Core M powered devices hit the mainstream.

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Intel Core i5-4200U Processor

8 GB RAM

1 TB HDD

1792MB Total Approx Graphics memory

Will it run fm smoothly ?

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Thanks Chris, honestly all I will run is Prem - Conference, large database though, season with Forest and then I would want to watch the game in the best possible way.

My computer knowledge is poor, what is Intel Core m?

Integrated is fine, I have a Core I5 3230m/HD 4000 and I run at medium settings with everything on, of course as always it all depends on what resolution your running as-well.

Newer IvyBridge CPU's will have better iGPU so will handle it a bit better, AMD on the other hand have much better iGPU than Intel but suffer a lot in terms of CPU grunt compared to Intel cpu's.

Another option is to wait until Intel Core M powered devices hit the mainstream.

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Core M is the next generation of Intel low power CPU's mainly aimed at mobile devices like tablets, laptops, ultrabooks etc...

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Intel Core i5-4200U Processor

8 GB RAM

1 TB HDD

1792MB Total Approx Graphics memory

Will it run fm smoothly ?

Yeah you will be fine :)

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Cheers Chris, I would love something for the release of FM15 but don't think I am going to find anything. I reckon id go £500 ideal, £600 max on a windows laptop but due to the light weight ones being pretty rubbish I may need to go for a Macbook Air or wait for smaller windows laptops to improve which they should if the Macbook Air's are so light.

Frustrating!

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Cheers Chris, I would love something for the release of FM15 but don't think I am going to find anything. I reckon id go £500 ideal, £600 max on a windows laptop but due to the light weight ones being pretty rubbish I may need to go for a Macbook Air or wait for smaller windows laptops to improve which they should if the Macbook Air's are so light.

Frustrating!

What about this one? would play FM fine with a few leagues loaded, 3d match id say on medium settings plus its half a Kg lighter than your average laptop and has touchscreen to aswell.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-U330-13-3-inch-Touchscreen-Laptop/dp/B00DPERVS2

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buy laptop with SSD instead of HDD. Whole OS will be much faster-FM also. I have SSD for 7-8 months now and im very satisfied :thup:

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Yep, virtually the same as the one I linked above except for John Lewis seem to selling at a slightly higher spec with double the RAM plus an 8GB SSD cache drive, the on board GPU will be fine for medium settings in the 3D match engine.

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excellent, finally my have found my machine, part of me thinks for £600 I should pay that little bit more for another Macbook but I can't justify it with just going on the web and playing FM.

Just concerned if its strong enough graphically, the processor and RAM seem ok and its LIGHT!

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I wouldn't bother with the macbook, it has slightly better graphics and a solid state drive but other than that, it is identical in spec to the lenovo, has less storage and is over £200 dearer than the lenovo.

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Been looking to get a new laptop £350-£450, £500 at a push if something was significantly better due to an offer or something? Main use will be football manager, and some internet browsing, but mostly use the ipad for that.

I see Eugene recommends this to a lot of people with this budget, anything else others can recommend?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59416543-Lenovo-G500_1657706.html

This HP one is slightly more, Graphics card seems to be a fair bit better, but ram seems quite low is that an issue though with dedicated graphics? Would it be expensive to upgrade? Processors are equal according to CPU Boss site, and notebookcheck.net I've used to compare graphic cards.

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/E9X99EAABU-HP-ProBook-450_1512299.html

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Would this laptop be good enough to run FM15. In particular, the 3D match engine & Proccesing speed of the game

Toshiba C50 Laptop

Boasting a 500GB hard disk drive means the laptop can store the highest quality multimedia and, with its 4GB RAM and 2.4GHz dual-core processor, performance won’t be an issue. Operating on the latest Windows 8 platform, means you access apps from the Windows Store whilst Smart Bing allows you to search across the web, apps and your PC. This slim and stylish device shows off a 15.6 inch HD display with HD graphics 4000, providing a cinematic experience wherever you are!

Thanks in advance

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Would this laptop be good enough to run FM15. In particular, the 3D match engine & Proccesing speed of the game

Toshiba C50 Laptop

Boasting a 500GB hard disk drive means the laptop can store the highest quality multimedia and, with its 4GB RAM and 2.4GHz dual-core processor, performance won’t be an issue. Operating on the latest Windows 8 platform, means you access apps from the Windows Store whilst Smart Bing allows you to search across the web, apps and your PC. This slim and stylish device shows off a 15.6 inch HD display with HD graphics 4000, providing a cinematic experience wherever you are!

Thanks in advance

I don't know what you're budget is, but pass

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Put more RAM in it and it would be ok.

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Would this laptop be good enough to run FM15. In particular, the 3D match engine & Proccesing speed of the game

Toshiba C50 Laptop

Boasting a 500GB hard disk drive means the laptop can store the highest quality multimedia and, with its 4GB RAM and 2.4GHz dual-core processor, performance won’t be an issue. Operating on the latest Windows 8 platform, means you access apps from the Windows Store whilst Smart Bing allows you to search across the web, apps and your PC. This slim and stylish device shows off a 15.6 inch HD display with HD graphics 4000, providing a cinematic experience wherever you are!

Thanks in advance

Really need the exact model number or spec as their quite a few different variants of the C50

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Going by that 2.4ghz and HD Graphics 4000 - it would be the i3 3110M - I think.

With added ram it should be fine.

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Been looking to get a new laptop £350-£450, £500 at a push if something was significantly better due to an offer or something? Main use will be football manager, and some internet browsing, but mostly use the ipad for that.

I see Eugene recommends this to a lot of people with this budget, anything else others can recommend?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59416543-Lenovo-G500_1657706.html

This HP one is slightly more, Graphics card seems to be a fair bit better, but ram seems quite low is that an issue though with dedicated graphics? Would it be expensive to upgrade? Processors are equal according to CPU Boss site, and notebookcheck.net I've used to compare graphic cards.

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/E9X99EAABU-HP-ProBook-450_1512299.html

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

Bump while theres a lot of people online checking for a beta.. Lol

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Been looking to get a new laptop £350-£450, £500 at a push if something was significantly better due to an offer or something? Main use will be football manager, and some internet browsing, but mostly use the ipad for that.

I see Eugene recommends this to a lot of people with this budget, anything else others can recommend?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59416543-Lenovo-G500_1657706.html

This HP one is slightly more, Graphics card seems to be a fair bit better, but ram seems quite low is that an issue though with dedicated graphics? Would it be expensive to upgrade? Processors are equal according to CPU Boss site, and notebookcheck.net I've used to compare graphic cards.

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/E9X99EAABU-HP-ProBook-450_1512299.html

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

I'll bump as well cos im bias as I work there....but to be fair we do offer some great deals

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