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Can anyone confirm if FM runs on a 13'3 / 12'5 / 11'5 screens?

Considering getting a high end netbook now so would be useful to know...

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Sorry to piggyback, but you guys have been brilliant in this thread so far and I was hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction.

I'm looking to update my creaking old Dell laptop of six years as it was struggling enormously with FM2012, with only five leagues running. I wanted to get something with a decent bit of power for not only FM but various other media and work tasks. It's right at the extreme of my budget (possibly just over if I'm honest), but would I be paying over the odds for a laptop like this? http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-17r-5720/pd?oc=n0017r55&model_id=inspiron-17r-5720

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Looks good. The graphics card is a bit weak, if you intend on playing other games then this card probably won't cut it.

But it's fine for FM.

And if you're only planning on playing FM on this computer - it's a bit overkill but it would be great at having lots of leagues running.

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it's a fantastic machine ally... and will last you many years....

its at the top of the food chain as it were..

you'll be getting a top top cpu, faster ram than the norm, a dedicated graphics card and 1tb of hdd which is fantastic..

and tbh, the price isnt overpriced too much considering all of that...

the question you'd have to ask yourself is, if you need faster ram than the norm and a very top processor etc...

because if you dont intend on needing every tiny bit of power you can afford, you could easily come down £150 and get something you won't notice much difference at all with if you are just wanting to play fm, bit of movie/sound editing etc

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Can anyone confirm if FM runs on a 13'3 / 12'5 / 11'5 screens?

Considering getting a high end netbook now so would be useful to know...

Should be ok - I have a Lenovo S205 which works fine with FM13, using a resolution of 1366 x 768.

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Thanks guys. That's a great help. The fact that it'll last me years is the most important thing for me. I use my laptops until they literally fall apart, usually 7/8 years. The current one, an old Inspiron, has got one broken hinge, the left mouse button doesn't work and struggles to keep up with even a web browser and Word being open at the same time! So I need something that won't slow down too much despite what future tech (and me) will throw at it over the coming years.

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http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5755G_1175154.html

seriously... the spec is top of the range... and the price is budget... get it

but if you really want to spend , you can obviously get a better spec...

but frankly... you're wasting money for no reason if your primary concern is fm and the like

That's a decent deal.. seen better over the last few months for cheaper, you just have to look around and wait for deals.

I'd never recommend spending over £350-400 on a laptop, it's a waste unless you're travelling a lot... spend the same amount on a PC and you will get a beast which will enable you to play any of the latest games.

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of course... i've been saying the same thing all through the thread...

just find your budget and buy the best you can get that day... tech changes prices by the day... almost every site has daily/weekly deals. But you can't sit around and wait because frankly, there's always a better deal tomorrow.

But the one i posted was the best I could find that wasn't a discounted deal .. and as i've said before as well, if anyone can find better and post it, it's all to the benefit of everyone..

so i'd suggest rather than say ' ive seen better...' , how about posting them so we can all benefit?

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of course... i've been saying the same thing all through the thread...

just find your budget and buy the best you can get that day... tech changes prices by the day... almost every site has daily/weekly deals. But you can't sit around and wait because frankly, there's always a better deal tomorrow.

But the one i posted was the best I could find that wasn't a discounted deal .. and as i've said before as well, if anyone can find better and post it, it's all to the benefit of everyone..

so i'd suggest rather than say ' ive seen better...' , how about posting them so we can all benefit?

The good ones are normally on deal for 3-4 days every few weeks, just have to wait.. visit hotukdeals.com every day and one will pop up.

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I will never buy a desktop again. The fact is you have to have a dedicated desk which takes up room and is impractical, for me.

I love laptops for that reason, when you're finished you just them away until you're ready to play.

I understand desktops can be bought for cheaper and a better spec - but I just can't ever use a desktop again. Takes up too much space.

In saying there are other laptops for better deals elsewhere - well that's a given - so post the links and we can all enjoy those benefits too.

What was posted here 2 months ago may not be a top of the range machine now. So it's always worth asking again and again which one is a good deal.

We all have different sources and resources for these things - so post them :)

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Yes, my search continues :rolleyes: Anyway, I have finally whittled down my options to 5 lol, 2 Desktops & 3 Laptops. This really will be my final choice and I'm not looking at anything else I promise! :D

So you can help me choose, I'll say that I mostly use my current PC only for internet browsing, itunes, torrent sites and of course the only PC game I play and am passionate about - FM. All my other gaming interests are taken care of by my PS3. Now my current PC (Intel Q6600 Quad, 2.4Ghz 3.2GB RAM useable (windows xp 32 bit)) has lasted me around 4.5 years and only now is it slowing down in general use and FM wise.

Obviously nothing is future proof but I would like to see the Desktop/Laptop I eventually buy, last this long (excluding faults, just performance wise I'm talking about here). Would I get this from all 5 of these? I know you can upgrade desktops easier in the future but with laptops you are kinda stuck with what you got for the most part so I'd just like to make sure these systems would all last. The thing I dislike about desktops though as Eugene said, portability is restricted, even in a house setting it's good to know you can go anywhere with a laptop really.

Bear in mind I would also need a new monitor if going with a desktop and I would be going with this - http://www.ebuyer.com/370651-lg-e2242c-bn-led-lcd-21-5-vga-monitor-e2242c-bn So remember to factor this into the cost of the desktops .

Anyway, here are the systems I'm looking at.

DESKTOP 1

http://www.palicomp.co.uk/cheap-pcs-.../prod_348.html

My adjustments are:

AEROCOOL Strike-X Advance Black Case With Red LED USB3 (+£30.00)

Coolermaster 650w

Intel Core i5 4 Core 2500K 3.3Ghz 6MB L3 CACHE (overclocked to 4.7ghz)

ThermalTake Contac29 BP High Performance Ultra Silent Cooler (+£30.00)

GIGABYTE Z77-D3H With NEW Z77 Chipset

8GB DDR3 1600Mhz - PATRIOT VIPER V3 RED Performance/Gaming RAM

128GB CRUCIAL M4 SATA3 - 6Gb/s (+£89.00)

REMOVE HARD DRIVE (-£50.00)

500GB SATA3 - 6Gb/s, 7200 RPM & 16MB Cache (+£45.00)

DOWNGRADE FROM BLU-RAY DRIVE TO DVD+/-RW DRIVE (-£10.00)

AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB

The quote they gave me for this system was - £694.99

DESKTOP 2

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/Reconfigure.asp?price=665.89&idproduct=1316&idconf=289898&act=placeOrder

LAPTOP 1

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5755G_1273280.html

This has now been upgraded to 8GB RAM and GT 630 2GB for the same price.

LAPTOP 2

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatechnspiren1519.html

Specs wise, I like this one the best out of the 3 laptops due to the hybrid HDD/SSD but it's Novatech who, even though I've heard good things about, are a small company and it's their own brand laptop. I also think it looks really ugly and tacky despite the impressive specs. This costs £622 when adding a separate purchase of W7.

There is another model above this in spec slightly which has a 650M and I7 3630QM for £722 (separate purchase of W7).

LAPTOP 3

http://www.very.co.uk/toshiba-l855-118-intel-core-i7-3610m-6gb-ram-750gb-156-inch-blu-ray-graphics-laptop---ice-blue-metal/1116895886.prd?browseToken=%2fb%2f101001%2c21877%2fr%2f100

Despite this being the dearest out of the 3 laptops, this one I could pay up monthly which helps as I'll have more money to spend on people for Christmas. I also think this one is the nicest looking out of the 3 laptops.

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Look, I know that both of the desktops are more powerful than the laptops but tbh as I said before, if these all would last me a good 4 years or so, provide at least 25+ leagues worth and 100k+ worth of players on FM then I would go with one of the laptops tbh. I seem to be obsessed about getting an SSD for some reason even though I know it's not a necessity. So which is it to be? Desktop or Laptop and which model? :D

Advice would be appreciated (e.g your top 2?) as I'll definitely be buying one of these systems by this upcoming Tuesday at the latest.

Thanks.

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What is everyone's opinions on Sony Vaio laptops as I have bought a 2nd hand laptop off my mate and it has i5 processor, 4gb ram, dedicated memory for graphics, just wondering what peoples experiences are/were.

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DESKTOP 1

http://www.palicomp.co.uk/cheap-pcs-.../prod_348.html

My adjustments are:

AEROCOOL Strike-X Advance Black Case With Red LED USB3 (+£30.00)

Coolermaster 650w

Intel Core i5 4 Core 2500K 3.3Ghz 6MB L3 CACHE (overclocked to 4.7ghz)

ThermalTake Contac29 BP High Performance Ultra Silent Cooler (+£30.00)

GIGABYTE Z77-D3H With NEW Z77 Chipset

8GB DDR3 1600Mhz - PATRIOT VIPER V3 RED Performance/Gaming RAM

128GB CRUCIAL M4 SATA3 - 6Gb/s (+£89.00)

REMOVE HARD DRIVE (-£50.00)

500GB SATA3 - 6Gb/s, 7200 RPM & 16MB Cache (+£45.00)

DOWNGRADE FROM BLU-RAY DRIVE TO DVD+/-RW DRIVE (-£10.00)

AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB

The quote they gave me for this system was - £694.99

Certainly a powerful machine and a good price

Very good processor better than the one above. If you want to play other games on this laptop then I'd change the graphics card to a GT 650 instead of the 630.

LAPTOP 1

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5755G_1273280.html

This has now been upgraded to 8GB RAM and GT 630 2GB for the same price.

Again if you want to play other games then the GT 650 would be better.

It's a good computer - on par with the desktops imo.

LAPTOP 2

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatechnspiren1519.html

Specs wise, I like this one the best out of the 3 laptops due to the hybrid HDD/SSD but it's Novatech who, even though I've heard good things about, are a small company and it's their own brand laptop. I also think it looks really ugly and tacky despite the impressive specs. This costs £622 when adding a separate purchase of W7.

There is another model above this in spec slightly which has a 650M and I7 3630QM for £722 (separate purchase of W7).

I'd go for the other model with the 650m - this is a monster of a computer! I'd be tempted.

Looking around the site - this is a beast

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatecheliten1525.html

This is good too - depends on whether you'd prefer a desktop or a laptop in this case.

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Very good - although I personally don't like Medion builds.

Thanks - can I ask why?

I saw a German site that said it ran a bit hot, which was the only thing that concerns me. One benefit is that there is a spare HDD bay so you can add an SSD or another HDD at some stage.

For the price it seems a very good deal.

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Hi Eugene and Welshace,

I've been given a coupon that brings this computer down to a price nearer the other one I asked you about before. Is the video card a lot better than the original one I asked you about or not enough to be bothered about? I know the processor is a little bit faster.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0017s51&model_id=inspiron-17r-se-7720&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&

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Thanks - can I ask why?

I saw a German site that said it ran a bit hot, which was the only thing that concerns me. One benefit is that there is a spare HDD bay so you can add an SSD or another HDD at some stage.

For the price it seems a very good deal.

I've seen a few Medions and they just look cheap and clunky. I don't what it is about them - random parts strewn together imo.

On most desktops there's usually a spare bay. But always check.

It's a good deal alright. I'd be wary about them though. Although it's been a few years since I've seen one.

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Hi Eugene and Welshace,

I've been given a coupon that brings this computer down to a price nearer the other one I asked you about before. Is the video card a lot better than the original one I asked you about or not enough to be bothered about? I know the processor is a little bit faster.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0017s51&model_id=inspiron-17r-se-7720&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&

That's a very good computer processor, lots of ram and a good video card.

I wouldn't hesitate.

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That's a very good computer processor, lots of ram and a good video card.

I wouldn't hesitate.

Thanks mate. Much appreciated.

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That's a very good computer processor, lots of ram and a good video card.

I wouldn't hesitate.

Agreed - I've found a 15% voucher (which I assume is being referred to?) bringing this down to a quite frankly excellent £679.15 with free delivery! Am just ordering now :)

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Agreed - I've found a 15% voucher (which I assume is being referred to?) bringing this down to a quite frankly excellent £679.15 with free delivery! Am just ordering now :)

That's the one. I've still got to convince the other half!

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That's the one. I've still got to convince the other half!

Tell her she'll be able to buy shoes twice as fast!

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That's the one. I've still got to convince the other half!

Where?! :eek: Voucher code please! :D Another system to consider though argghh! Pity it's Windows 8 though :(

@ Eugene - Thanks for the advice mate but what do you reckon would suit my needs most out of the 5? Regarding the Novatech's, didn't you think the build quality looked a bit poor and tacky? That was all I was worried about plus it being their own brand. Yeah, that one in your link was the upgraded one I mentioned.

Remember though, I don't play any other game on the PC but FM. I'm just looking for a good performance over 4 years with a 25+ league setup and a 100k+ player database.

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In regards to the 25+ league and 100k players I couldn't tell you what FM13 possibly requires for this.

That Novatech one I pointed to is pretty good specs - and someone else on the forums (can't remember who) backed the Novatech build.

That Novatech or the Dell one posted above are superb.

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Here's the code - the 15% one for the Inspiron 17R Special Edition

http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/dell.co.uk

Nice one mate, cheers.

@ Eugene - Ok no problem. Either Novatech is great but it looks ugly don't you think? Pity the Dell comes with W8 & not W7 :(

I'm obsessed with getting an SSD and that is the only stumbling block for me with most of the laptops. That's why I'm leaning towards the desktops. I'm just thinking, are the desktops worth over £100 over the laptops? (with monitor, desktop 1 is £780 and desktop 2 is £775 with monitor & £25 delivery). I don't want to be overspending just for FM here.

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I think the novatech looks fine. The back is a bit ugly but you can buy vinyl skins to cover it if you don't like it that much.

Regards the Dell -- surely you can get windows 7 and install it on the computer.

If it's just for FM don't get hung up on SSDs, you'll have faster boot time, faster load and save times. But it does nothing to speed up the actual game play. All that is in the processor.

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I think Dell has permanently switched over to all new systems having Windows 8 now. However SI confirmed that its fine for FM 2013 which is the main thing!

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I'm the opposite regards the Novatech lol :lol: It's the front I don't like, I actually like the glossy look :p

The Dell - Yeah I suppose but the cheapest I can find Windows 7 for is 72.99 so I wouldn't want to do that. Welshace said that Windows 8 is poor and targeted at tablets.

Yeah I know SSD's wouldn't affect FM but I mean for general use like booting up Windows and Firefox, Itunes etc. I'm not so bothered about file transfer speeds though really but I like the sound of instant response times. I'm probably being a bit picky though.

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I wouldn't say Windows 8 is poor? There's a tablet version of Windows 8, called Windows 8 RT - but SI have said it's not compatible with FM.

Windows 8 is.

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From what I've heard Windows 8 isn't that much of a leap from Windows 7 for desktop users, rather than "poor". If you're using a touchscreen its miles ahead. I'm not particulary worried here.

We're not back in the bad old days of Vista!

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Ok so I've done some thinking and have ruled out 'Desktop 1'. Also, I won't be going for the upgraded Novatech due to it being £722 with W7 when I could just get 'Desktop 2' for £52 more. I'm still considering the £622 Novatech ('Laptop 2') though. Oh, and due to the Dell deal, I can also rule out the Toshiba ('Laptop 3') as the Dell is better @ the same price. Dell will take the Toshiba's place as 'Laptop 3'.

So here is the updated and final selection:

DESKTOP 2

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/Reconfigure.asp?price=665.89&idproduct=1316&idconf=289898&act=placeOrder

LAPTOP 1

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5755G_1273280.html

LAPTOP 2

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatechnspiren1519.html

LAPTOP 3

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0017s51&model_id=inspiron-17r-se-7720&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1& (As mentioned, £679 with 15% off).

What am I like eh? :lol:

Decisions, decisions...

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I'd go for the Dell Laptop.

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Ok thanks for your advice and I'll definitely consider it, would just like some second opinions though :thup:

What do you reckon, Welshace?

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So yeah, I've finally managed to round my selection down to 2 and it's between the Desktop ('Desktop 2') and the Dell Laptop ('Laptop 3').

This is a really close and tough decision for me. I'll have to make my decision by Tuesday at the latest.

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I went for the Dell. Can't wait. Hoping it lasts me a while. Fingers crossed it comes before November 2!

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Chap, would any of the laptops listed on the first two and half pages (of link below, upto about £230) be suitable for FM12 and FM13 not bothered about graphics card as i tend to play commentary only.

http://www.thelaptopcentre.co.uk/cheap-refurbished-laptops/page/1/order/3/

Thanks in advance.

Out of that list

http://www.thelaptopcentre.co.uk/cheap-refurbished-laptops/toshiba-tecra-m10-10h-intel-core-2-duo-m-226ghz-2gb-ram-160gb-hdd-dvd-rw-windows-141-widescreen-wifi.html

It has the best processor - and since it's a processing game.

I wouldn't run anything else while running the game - perhaps get "Gamebooster" so it can shut down unnecessary processes while you play your game

http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

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Out of that list

http://www.thelaptopcentre.co.uk/cheap-refurbished-laptops/toshiba-tecra-m10-10h-intel-core-2-duo-m-226ghz-2gb-ram-160gb-hdd-dvd-rw-windows-141-widescreen-wifi.html

It has the best processor - and since it's a processing game.

I wouldn't run anything else while running the game - perhaps get "Gamebooster" so it can shut down unnecessary processes while you play your game

http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

Is this due to lack of hard drive space? Will it run the internet?

Will the game itself run pretty quick and with how many leagues?

Cheers.

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I'd rather not go pricier, The links only open as a dell error so i can't see what they are, how much are they?

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Is this due to lack of hard drive space? Will it run the internet?

Will the game itself run pretty quick and with how many leagues?

Cheers.

Nothing to do with hard drive space - it's a better processor - that's what the game needs to run on - a good processor.

160 gb is loads for FM.

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