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Thanks again for all the advice given in this thread btw, some invaluable information that helped me out big time. All the best and have a great Christmas and New Year everyone.

Yeh it's only slightly better - you'll have a right old time with your new computer! Best of luck with it, it's a beast!

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Hi Eugene,

I have read the last few pages of your fantastic help you have provided people. I am based in England and would like a machine that is mainly for playing FM on 3d mode. My current machine gives me a 2 star rating for graphics and I would like to increase this to at least 4 stars. Could you direct me in the way of a few good buys? My budget is around £400-£450 but I can be flexible on this.

Merry Christmas

400-450 won't get you much I'm afraid.

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

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/E9X99EAABU-HP-ProBook-450_1717261.html

Keep it on low-medium settings for graphics should be fine.

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Eugene can I ask you a quick question as I don't really understand the benchmark sites I have visited?

I am purchasing a Macbook Pro but I don't know which processor to get.

There is a 2.6 ghz i5 4278 u, a 2.8 ghz 4308u or a 3.0 ghz i7 4578u.

I know what you said about u processors but unfortunately they are my only options. What sort of difference in performance, if any, would I notice? I'm looking to run 21 leagues from 7 countries.

Thanks for your advice.

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Easily the i7 4578u - it has a base frequency of 3ghz.

There's really not that much of a difference between them all.

Order of preference

i7 4578u

i5 4308u

i5 4278u

Let me be 100% clear on the "u" processor option.

The "u" processor is a fine processor and there are certain models are perfectly fine for FM!

When you're paying +£900 for a computer then there are really high end "u" processors" that are perfect for FM.

It's when the person is asking for advice on a computer they found online and it costs say £400 - and it's a u processor, with a quick search you can find a better processor at that price.

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Thanks. I was going to go for the fastest clock speed anyway but I need to check I can definitely afford the extra for the i7.

Do you think I would be able to load 21 leagues with these processors?

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You could load every single league. Put the game would be slow.

You could load 10 leagues and it would be fast.

You just need to find the balance for yourself.

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found this one at argos Acer ES1-512 15.6 Inch Intel Celeron 8GB 1TB Laptop,just had another £70 knocked off it down to £229

these are the specs.

•2.16GHz processor speed.

•8GB RAM.

•1000GB SATA hard drive.

•Microsoft Windows 8.1Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system.

Display features:

•15.6 inch screen.

•High definition display.

•Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

DVD optical drives:

•DVD-RW (read/write).

Graphics:

•IntelDDR3L SDRAM graphics card.

•Shared graphics card.

Interfaces and connectivity:

•SD media card reader.

•Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick (MS), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.

•2 USB 2.0 ports.

•1 USB 3.0 port.

•1 Ethernet port.

•1 HDMI port.

•Bluetooth.

•Wi-Fi enabled.

Multimedia features:

•Built-in mic.

i only play the english leagues with a large database with players from top european divsions and about 5 leagues on view only giving me a database of 60k and i only want to play as one team in a long career save would this be good enough

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I'm not great at finding decent laptops, but I have a budget of up to £400 and was wondering if someone could find me something decent to play FM on? It's main purpose will be for FM and I'm hoping to be able to do Journeyman saves, can spend a tad more if needed, but ideally a decent system for or under £400?

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I'm not great at finding decent laptops, but I have a budget of up to £400 and was wondering if someone could find me something decent to play FM on? It's main purpose will be for FM and I'm hoping to be able to do Journeyman saves, can spend a tad more if needed, but ideally a decent system for or under £400?

I'm in the exaxt same boat as you. Would prefer to get one with an i5 and SSD but have no idea about what sort of graphics card is needed for FM purposes.

Found this which is just over my budget http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-v3-371-13-3-laptop-white-10029103-pdt.html#cat-0

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Yeh that's ok - but there's no graphics card in that.

If 3d is important to you then I recommend the graphics card - if it's not then go for your one.

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Would it be possible to put a graphics card inside the HP Pavillion?

Don't really understand how it works but if it's like adding extra memory then I would be happy to do that.

I do play all my games in commentary only mode though so it should be fine.

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No - putting a graphics card in would not be possible.

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Gents,

After being away from PC gaming since FM2012 and playing only FM Handheld, I am now in a position where the missus is looking to buy a budget laptop as hers packed up just before Christmas.

She has been given PC World/Currys vouchers from the family to help with the purchase (I know its not great) so am tied to their products and has about £400 to spend.

She has turned to me for advice and all I can think of is possibility of playing FM again. I know with a budget laptop im not going to get great performance, but am looking an have narrowed it down to

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-e5-551-15-6-laptop-black-10011211-pdt.html#cat-0

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-15-p151sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10075604-pdt.html#cat-0

I know nothing about the AMD processors in laptops are they any good? do you get more bang for buck?

Also this Intel iris gpu? is that better than the integrated HD gpu's?

Any advice on the AMD vs Intel battle would be good

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Second link is the better one.

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Your second link is the one I posted about a few posts up :thup:

Think it's what I'm going to go for as can't really find a better deal than that.

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I have:

Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,1

Processor Name: Intel Core i5

Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz

Number of Processors: 1

Total Number of Cores: 2

L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB

L3 Cache: 3 MB

Memory: 16 GB

Works like a dream!

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I have:

Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,1

Processor Name: Intel Core i5

Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz

Number of Processors: 1

Total Number of Cores: 2

L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB

L3 Cache: 3 MB

Memory: 16 GB

Works like a dream!

How many leagues do you run? Is there much of a processing delay?

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Currently third season managing united - 4 leagues - england, spain, italy and germany

little delay as it processes as you would expect, but playing the game when not processing is seamless

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The Samsung I have is struggling with FM15 being open the same time as word and google chrome, so think it's time I upgraded. Has anyone seen any decent deals in the UK sales? I was hoping to not spend over £500 if possible, but would consider more for a great deal.

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Hi guys, sorry to jump in, didn't want to create a new thread. But my boss (wife!) and I are considering a couple of things. 1 - either sell my self made computer which is pretty decent (6 core AMD, 16GB, runs FM effortlessly etc etc) and our budget laptop (Samsung i3, 4GB integrated graphics) and buying a high end laptop to replace them both (budget circa £900), or 2 - Just flog the laptop and buy a mid range but bit better laptop, would need to be able to cope with FM15 and she is partial to Heroes Of Might & Magic 6 and upcoming 7.

So I need advice. We preferably want to buy from Very so we can spread the cost, plus we have a 10% off voucher.

Option 1 - Ideally want i7, dedicated graphics, SSD drive with 1TB backup and good load of memory, or at least upgradeable. Preferably 17.3" but 15.6" acceptable. Would like decent sound. All this not essential, but desirable. Budget up to £900 but not strict, can be higher or lower but would need to last a few years.

How about any of these:

http://www.very.co.uk/electricals/laptops/17in/laptops/e/b/116392,20413,22251,4873.end?sort=price,0

Option 2 - decent mid range laptop that can cope with, say one nation in FM on large database, must have dedicated graphics, 15.6", budget maybe £400-£500. Quite happy to upgrade things in the future ie. HDD, Memory, but usually difficult/impossible to upgrade graphics and cpu.

Any of these?:

http://www.very.co.uk/lenovo-z50-75-amd-a10-processor-8gb-ram-1tb-hard-drive-156-inch-laptop-with-2gb-dedicated-graphics/1458174646.prd

http://www.very.co.uk/toshiba-l50-b-1qv-intelreg-coretrade-i5-processor-6gb-ram-1tb-hard-drive-wi-fi-156-inch-laptop-with-2gb-dedicated-graphics-and-optional-microsoft-office-365-personal-white/1406194242.prd

http://www.very.co.uk/lenovo-flex-2-15-intelreg-coretrade-i5-processor-8gb-ram-1tb-hard-drive-wi-fi-156-inch-touchscreen-convertible-laptop-with-2gb-dedicated-graphics-and-optional-office-365-black/1409811754.prd

Or any others? Thanks for any advice.

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I was hoping people could give me some advice as to what sort of laptop I should get? I don't have a great budget (£200-£250) however all I use my laptop for is FM. What sort of specifications should I be looking for to be able to play FM quickly? I only use the commentary mode so not that worried about the graphics but I just don't want it to be really slow (currently 1 star performance rating using only English League).

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HNY guys, all the best and the usual shenanigans!

What do you guys think to this one I have found? - http://www.ebuyer.com/666609-hp-pavilion-15-laptop-k0w62ea-abu

I also thought this was pretty good: http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=20592&game=Football%20Manager%202015 - basically put the spec of the machine in and it tells you how well it will run FM2015.

Thanks in advance, appreciated.

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HNY guys, all the best and the usual shenanigans!

What do you guys think to this one I have found? - http://www.ebuyer.com/666609-hp-pavi...op-k0w62ea-abu

I also thought this was pretty good: http://www.game-debate.com/games/ind...Manager%202015 - basically put the spec of the machine in and it tells you how well it will run FM2015.

Thanks in advance, appreciated.

regarding this post thought i would like to add one i have my eye on as to me its 100 pound cheaper using the code and reckon theres nothing between the two if anyone could reply regarding if it would be good enough for fm2015 with graphics and if there is much difference between the two would really appriecate it

http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=J0B97EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCNB&jumpid=af_3zuqfwpd4e/sf:_site:HotUKDeals

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I also thought this was pretty good: http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=20592&game=Football%20Manager%202015 - basically put the spec of the machine in and it tells you how well it will run FM2015.

Thanks in advance, appreciated.

I tried that site as I have opted for the Macbook Pro with the 2.8 ghz i5 4308u and it rated the processor as 8/10.

When I get it (hopefully next week) I will be able to gauge what to expect from 8/10 performance.

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I tried that site as I have opted for the Macbook Pro with the 2.8 ghz i5 4308u and it rated the processor as 8/10.

When I get it (hopefully next week) I will be able to gauge what to expect from 8/10 performance.

Cheers mate, I have always had a MAC, tbh was an eye opener using that site, my Macbook from 2009 (lasted brilliantly), processor was 90%, memory 400% but the graphics were at 15%, been trying to play FM15 and its like watching a game being streamed, buffering - made me feel sick!

Had a look at MacBooks, cheapest I found was £750 but when I used the above website processor was around 120%, memory again 400% but even with a brand new macbook graphics were 90%. As i said loved having MAC's but tbh all i do is browse the net/FM so reluctant to spend mega money when I can get something like - http://www.ebuyer.com/666609-hp-pavi...op-k0w62ea-abu - which comes out at processor 230%, RAM 400% and graphics 205% which should give me some longevity over the next few years.

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The processor was at 250% and the 8gb Ram was just below. I didn't pay attention to the graphics as I only ever use very low details.

That macbook model was £1079 but there was a quicker i7 model that was extra.

Having said that, I won't for a second pretend that that a Macbook is a good value for money choice. I know I pay a premium for them.

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The Mac's are class, so well made and I have never had a single problem with mine other than age. Just think for spec I can't justify a new one for purely nipping online and playing FM.

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Hi, Ive been looking at laptops all day every day since boxing day (slight exageration). I've narrowed it down with my very limited knowledge to two (I think).

Can anybody let me know which one is better all round, is better value for money, how future proof they will be and if I could get something just as good or better? I spent over an hour in PC world yesterday just looking and comparing and the longer I keep looking the more indecisive I get.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-touchsmart-15-j184sa-15-6-touchscreen-laptop-silver-10011535-pdt.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-15-j151sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10011520-pdt.html

Any help would be massively appreciated.

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Hi, Ive been looking at laptops all day every day since boxing day (slight exageration). I've narrowed it down with my very limited knowledge to two (I think).

Can anybody let me know which one is better all round, is better value for money, how future proof they will be and if I could get something just as good or better? I spent over an hour in PC world yesterday just looking and comparing and the longer I keep looking the more indecisive I get.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-touchsmart-15-j184sa-15-6-touchscreen-laptop-silver-10011535-pdt.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-15-j151sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10011520-pdt.html

Any help would be massively appreciated.

Both have their ups and downs - wouldn't go for either to be honest

Check out this http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/5748-9696-Dell-Inspiron-17-5000-Series_1703954.html

and this http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/S551LN-CJ149H-ASUS-VivoBook-S551LN-CJ149H-UltraBook_1671352.html

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Glad it's working well for you - however, many people have different setups for FM - leagues loaded and database size would impact on performance, plus if it's a long-term journyman save or just a quick dabble of 10 seasons and start over etc.

Can you let us know how many leagues you're running and the size of the database and what the performance is like when you're 5 seasons in, 10 seasons, 20 seasons etc.?

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Guys, I also need a laptop for high school intensive studies and FM. Which one should I get?

Also, why does FM take up 1 entire GB of RAM memory? The computer I am looking at only has 4.

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Hey guys. I'm looking for some help on purchasing a laptop with a budget of £650.

Ideally I want a laptop that will last me 4-5 years and its main purpose will be football manager.

After doing some research I came up with these two choices:

http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=J0B99EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCNB#merch-tech-specs (can get for £630)

or http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/9S7-16GD11-1408-MSI-CX61-2PF-1408UK_1699913.html

I'm currently swaying towards the hp as I have limited knowledge of MSI (support, laptop reliability etc), but, any input would be greatly appreciated. Also if there any other laptops which might be more suitable?

Many thanks in advance!

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Found a Samsung today second hand, the only real specs listed are i5-2410M Processor, 6GB Ram and 1TB HDD.

Just wondering if anyone could tell me how many leagues/players I could run on this? Thanks.

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I'd keep it a low amount of leagues and nations, and a small-medium database.

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Hey guys. I'm looking for some help on purchasing a laptop with a budget of £650.

Ideally I want a laptop that will last me 4-5 years and its main purpose will be football manager.

After doing some research I came up with these two choices:

http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=J0B99EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCNB#merch-tech-specs (can get for £630)

or http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/9S7-16GD11-1408-MSI-CX61-2PF-1408UK_1699913.html

I'm currently swaying towards the hp as I have limited knowledge of MSI (support, laptop reliability etc), but, any input would be greatly appreciated. Also if there any other laptops which might be more suitable?

Many thanks in advance!

MSI are excellent in quality.

They're both great machines. Not much between them. Whatever you prefer.

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MSI are excellent in quality.

They're both great machines. Not much between them. Whatever you prefer.

Thanks for the help. Nice to know I've made a decent choice either way. Now it's just a case of choosing one! Thanks again

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