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A slight concern would be heat management, keep an eye on system temps if you decide to run more leagues than you mentioned.

Other than that it's a nice looking bit of kit with a solid punch.

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Hey guys, just in the market for a small, budget (~$500) laptop to use mainly just for FM and the usual internet browsing.

For game play I usually load 5-6 nations with most divisions and a large database, and looking for something which will run quick and smoothly. Not all that concerned for 3D graphics and such, but would like the general game play to run at a good speed. Not very knowledgeable on what is needed/useful and like I said, its main purpose is for the occasional FM binge.

Looking around ive come across:

- http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-15-i5558-5718SLV-Signature/dp/B018LH6FWK/ref=pd_cp_147_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0P4VCGMB6W947TM9FVWC

- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0158XJGJ4/ref=psdc_565108_t3_B017D79MM4

- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010SBAJDS/ref=psdc_565108_t2_B0158XJGJ4

Suggestions??

ty

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Just ordered a MacBook Pro,

2.8 Ghz i7

16GB SDRAM

512GB Flash Storage

Iris Pro Graphics+AMD Radeon R9 with 2GB

Pretty excited about running FM16 on it, I've been running FM up to FM16 on my 2007 MacBook Pro. It freezes up some times, but it's time to update since I'm starting online classes in Jan.

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Hi guys!

Seen some great responses and very helpful people here so I'm going to give it a go..

Not in a hurry to buy laptop but found this on sale today and wanted to ask how it would run FM16. Not picky at all with graphics, (will run 2d if necessary), but want to load a decent amount of leagues.

- 13.3"", FHD

- intel i5 6200U(2,3-2,8GHz)

- intel HD 520 - 8GB(4GB on board + 4GB)

- 128GB SSD SATA

- no ODD

- 802.11AC

- VGA - BT4.0

- 2x USB 2.0

- 1x USB 3.0

- 38WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack

- win10 64bit"

Thanks for advice! :)

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Amount of a leagues/clubs, Large database, usually only load and play in England.

Are 3d graphics important? Nope.

What other tasks do you do when playing FM? I don't play other games, generally surf the web/emails, want to move away from chromebooks /notebooks

Is game speed essential? I want a "good" FM experience

Fast load and save times? The faster the better.

Screen size important? Not bothered.

Does it need to be portable: Not bothered.

Where are you in the world and where do you usually buy from online. Based in the UK. Tesco or Argos have been the only websites I've properly looked at.

Max budget is probably £300, if possible.

Have seen a lot of laptops on here but many are way out of a uni students budget! Any feedback is appreciated!

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Might be useful to know that broadly speaking, even upping your budget to £400 would make a vast difference in the choices available..

Having been in the same situation as yourself not that long ago, I understand that's easier said than done but still.. might be worth staying in a few nights in freshers week for ;)

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Might be useful to know that broadly speaking, even upping your budget to £400 would make a vast difference in the choices available..

Having been in the same situation as yourself not that long ago, I understand that's easier said than done but still.. might be worth staying in a few nights in freshers week for ;)

Haha you know it ;) yeah its annoying to pay around £450 to play the real Fm as FMH just doesn't give you the same buzz! I am working a lot whilst I'm home so by the end of the hols I should be able to up my budget somewhat.

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to know if my current Macbook Pro is able to run FM16

The details for my mac is:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)

Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB

I only play in England and only run 2D graphics.

Will FM16 work on my mac?

Thanks

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Hi amb,

Technically speaking, it should run a few leagues fine, although it is known FM tends to push macs in particular quite hard as they still aren't quite up to par, gaming wise, so I would suggest downloading the demo first and seeing how it handles it. :thup:

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Hi, has anyone any experience using PC Specialist? Attracted to buying from there due to the promise of no bloatware. I would only play FM Touch/Classic probably max 6 leagues and medium database, tend to use 2D and happy with low level detail 3D - looking for something around £500 and screen 15.6 inch. Thanks.

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Use PC Specialist on a regular basis.. they are great JB .. only ever had a few niggles with orders, and always sorted out promptly.

I'd look at something like this:

Genesis Series: 15.6" Matte HD LED 16:9 Widescreen (1366x768)

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Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core Processor i5-6200U (2.30GHz, 2.8GHz Turbo)[/TD]

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8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)[/TD]

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Integrated Intel® HD Graphics[/TD]

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500GB SEAGATE HYBRID SSHD Drive, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (5400 rpm)[/TD]

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Comes in at £496 ...

Having said that, have a play around.. there are lots of options with your budget. Do you want less Ram but better cpu? do you want a bigger HDD? a gfx card?

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Hi Welshace,

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll have a play around but thanks for the initial recommendation. Good to know you've had good experiences with them, I think that's me sold then :)

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Hi Welshace,

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll have a play around but thanks for the initial recommendation. Good to know you've had good experiences with them, I think that's me sold then :)

If in doubt at all about anything, contact them directly, they will no doubt answer any questions you have.. they've alway been helpful for me.

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Hey everyone.

I've had an ASUS X52JT for the last five years and the time has come to upgrade. So I'm after a laptop that's similiar, if not with better specs than my current one. I've been very happy with ASUS, so I'm happy to stick with them although any reliable brand would be great.

1. Amount of a leagues/clubs

4-8 leagues, large database

2. Are 3d graphics important?

Nope

3. What other tasks do you do when playing FM?

Web browsing, watch TV shows & films on VLC player, listen to music, watch football on SkyGo etc

4. Is game speed essential?

Reasonably fast

5. Fast load and save times?

Again, reasonably fast would be great

6.Screen size important? Y/N If yes, what screen size would you prefer?

15-17 inches. Lower than 15 would be too small and higher than 17 would be too big

7.Does it need to be portable (light) or do you want it as a desktop replacement (heavier and not ideal for carrying around but ok for situated in your house a various locations (bedroom, sitting room etc.)

Something around the middle. Not heavy like a replacement desktop and not light like a portable.

8.Where are you in the world and where do you usually buy from online?

Germany and I usually buy from either amazon.de or mediamarkt.de (if you need help with translating, give me a shout)

Budget: €500-€850

I've already had a glance through amazon and already filtered these laptops, just not sure if they're suitable for FM and my other laptop tasks :D ... http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=sr_nr_p_n_feature_seven_br_3?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A340843031%2Cn%3A!340844031%2Cn%3A427957031%2Cp_n_style_browse-bin%3A392618011%2Cp_n_feature_fifteen_browse-bin%3A8321955031%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A1478227031%2Cp_n_feature_eleven_browse-bin%3A7472560031%2Cp_n_feature_seven_browse-bin%3A8321977031&bbn=427957031&ie=UTF8&qid=1451404394&rnid=8321966031

Thanks in advance :)

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Hey, any of those on your link would be a good upgrade on your current system, I don't know the german market very well these days.. but basically...

A recent generation i5 is perfect, 8 gb ram minimum, decent speed hdd is good ( I like hybrid drives myself).. a dedicated graphics card would be beneficial but not essential.

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Hey, any of those on your link would be a good upgrade on your current system, I don't know the german market very well these days.. but basically...

A recent generation i5 is perfect, 8 gb ram minimum, decent speed hdd is good ( I like hybrid drives myself).. a dedicated graphics card would be beneficial but not essential.

Is Hybrid better then? Which graphics card do you think is the most dedicated? What about brand name? Does that matter? There are some Medion and Lenovo that look good but not sure what their reputation is. Or should I just stick with ASUS?

Despite not really knowing the German market, is there any chance you could have a quick browse on the link anyway? The specs filter on the left is easy enough to figure out although I could help with translating :D

Apologies about the rapid-fire questions :D

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Is Hybrid better then? Which graphics card do you think is the most dedicated? What about brand name? Does that matter? There are some Medion and Lenovo that look good but not sure what their reputation is. Or should I just stick with ASUS?

Despite not really knowing the German market, is there any chance you could have a quick browse on the link anyway? The specs filter on the left is easy enough to figure out although I could help with translating :D

Apologies about the rapid-fire questions :D

I've checked your link. Very good computers, but.. From experience I would pick something other than Lenovo if you have the chance. Also when it comes to harddrive a hdd is slower than SSD and this affects loading speeds etc.

A hybrid is good but there the SSD is usually pretty small if you don't want to spend big bucks. A SSD disk only (prefered 128gb min), is a little more expensive than traditional hdd but imo worth it!

Your ram is ok. Graphics card ok.

In Sweden a computer with SSD, 8GB ram, geforce, i5 around 2.3ghz is around 600 euros..

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I've checked your link. Very good computers, but.. From experience I would pick something other than Lenovo if you have the chance. Also when it comes to harddrive a hdd is slower than SSD and this affects loading speeds etc.

A hybrid is good but there the SSD is usually pretty small if you don't want to spend big bucks. A SSD disk only (prefered 128gb min), is a little more expensive than traditional hdd but imo worth it!

Your ram is ok. Graphics card ok.

In Sweden a computer with SSD, 8GB ram, geforce, i5 around 2.3ghz is around 600 euros..

Cool, thanks for the info. You too @Welshace :)

My concerns are about the U processor. Earlier in this thread it was mentioned that we should avoid it at all costs. Is that really the case and if so, what would be a good alternative?

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Basically, any dedicated card is good for FM use...

I prefer Hybrids for casual users as they combine the boot speed of SSD's (how quickly you can load up the laptop etc) and the space of HDD's without the cost.. That being said, If you don't need a whole lot of space, you can get a full blown SSD with about 256gb space within your budget..

This one for instance is at the top end of your budget but had everything you need and will do everything you ask..

I've not had issues with Lenovo's for years... in fact my girlfriend has had 3 in a row now and loves them.

http://www.amazon.de/Lenovo-Z51-70-Multimedia-Notebook-schwarz/dp/B00ZI45XV4/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1451422264&sr=1-2

Yes the U processors aren't ideal, but the 5200u is a newish generation i5 and for your casual use.. it's perfect.

When I said avoid them if possible it was just a warning not to compare them to fully capable non U based i5/i7's that aren't ultra low powered.

On your budget, from those websites, the 5200u is great for what you require.

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Basically, any dedicated card is good for FM use...

I prefer Hybrids for casual users as they combine the boot speed of SSD's (how quickly you can load up the laptop etc) and the space of HDD's without the cost.. That being said, If you don't need a whole lot of space, you can get a full blown SSD with about 256gb space within your budget..

This one for instance is at the top end of your budget but had everything you need and will do everything you ask..

I've not had issues with Lenovo's for years... in fact my girlfriend has had 3 in a row now and loves them.

http://www.amazon.de/Lenovo-Z51-70-Multimedia-Notebook-schwarz/dp/B00ZI45XV4/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1451422264&sr=1-2

Yes the U processors aren't ideal, but the 5200u is a newish generation i5 and for your casual use.. it's perfect.

When I said avoid them if possible it was just a warning not to compare them to fully capable non U based i5/i7's that aren't ultra low powered.

On your budget, from those websites, the 5200u is great for what you require.

Appreciate your help mate :) Instead of ordering online, I'm going to go in store and buy the laptop personally. The shop I use has an website where it tells me if the laptop is available in store or not too. Basically I can't be assed waiting 2-3 days for the delivery :D

Based on the specs that I gave you guys earlier and the feedback I've recieved since, I'm leaning towards getting this ASUS laptop...

https://www.expert.de/shop/unsere-produkte/computer-zubehor/notebook/laptop/17044051125-notebook-asus-f555lj-xo922t-15-i5-8gb-1tb.html

More specs (in German): https://www.udo-lermann.de/elektro-und-elektronik/computer-und-zubehoer/notebooks/11054/asus-notebook-f555lj-xo922t

What do you think?

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Appreciate your help mate :) Instead of ordering online, I'm going to go in store and buy the laptop personally. The shop I use has an website where it tells me if the laptop is available in store or not too. Basically I can't be assed waiting 2-3 days for the delivery :D

Based on the specs that I gave you guys earlier and the feedback I've recieved since, I'm leaning towards getting this ASUS laptop...

https://www.expert.de/shop/unsere-produkte/computer-zubehor/notebook/laptop/17044051125-notebook-asus-f555lj-xo922t-15-i5-8gb-1tb.html

More specs (in German): https://www.udo-lermann.de/elektro-und-elektronik/computer-und-zubehoer/notebooks/11054/asus-notebook-f555lj-xo922t

What do you think?

That company, (expert) went bankruptsy here in Sweden..! (Their website isn't very good tbh..)

On topic.. It's a very capable computer! Not perfect, but you'll probably get your moneys worth.

This one has a slightly better cpu, graphics card and a faster harddrive, (SSD).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015PYYDMQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1451428717&sr=1-1&refinements=p_n_size_browse-bin%3A2423841011%2Cp_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A7817224011%7C7817225011%2Cp_n_feature_twelve_browse-bin%3A9521908011%2Cp_36%3A2421889011π=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70#featureBulletsAndDetailBullets_secondary_view_div_1451429032373

I don't know if you can get it in Germany but it's an example for around the same bucks..

Edit: It's not on Amazon.de atleast. (Sorry.)

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to know if my current Macbook Pro is able to run FM16

The details for my mac is:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)

Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB

I only play in England and only run 2D graphics.

Will FM16 work on my mac?

Thanks

I was running FM16 on my MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2GB of RAM, mid-2007, although it was slow. I had to run 3D on medium setting and about every fourth match the computer would crash. I would just restart and continue, forced me to save the game before each match. My new MacBook arrives tomorrow, pretty excited about it.

Update: my new MacBook Pro rocks FM16!

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Just a a quick back of a beermat estimate... probably £600-700 new ... £500 second hand?

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Can anyone tell me if any of the laptops below are good enough to run FM with a lot of detail and full 3D mode?

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/gaming-intel-core-i7-4720hq-8gb-750gb-128gb-ssd-nvidia-gtx950-2gb-dedic-gl552jx-cn182h/version.asp

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/asus-maintsream-multimedia-core-i7-6500u-8gb-1tb-dvd-dl-15.6-fhd-led-windo-x555uj-xo113t/version.asp

Is the more expensive laptop worth the extra money or would the cheaper laptop work just as good?

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Both will run it great.. the more expensive one is an older model now and pretty over priced tbh...

The second cheaper one has a great CPU and is only lacking the graphics card and ssd, which if you aren't too bothered, it's great..

That being said, for FM use, you could spend significantly less and still play fm at a decent speed.

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Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor

Windows 10 (pre-installed)

Memory: 8 GB

Storage: 2 TB

Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera

Intel® HD Graphics 530

It's £549.99 Anyone?

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How many leagues? how big a database? what else do you need it for?

But yes, for fm use, it's more than capable... the lack of graphics card might mean not running on full detail but it should be ok.

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What would the SSD and graphics card add? I'm not good with computers!

I want a good 3D match engine in detail, able to load 50-60k amount of players and run quickly. Would the cheaper laptop be able to do match what I am after?

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SSD's will make saving and loading in the game quicker, but not the general day to day processing in the game...

In general and SSD will mean faster booting up of windows etc.

A graphics card will mean being able to watch the 3d matches in higher detail and general graphical performance improvements across the board.

For fm.. not really a huge issue for either and both are more for convenience than anything.

The cheaper one will run fm great yes...

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Welshace thank you for your help. I have no clue about this type of stuff!

Just one last thing, is it noticeable re the loading/saving times or is it minor? I don't want to be hanging around for it to load/save.

Thanks again pal!

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1 TB - SATA - 5400 rpm / 8 GB Flash cache

prossecor AMD A8-7410 2.20 GHz

Laptop HP 15-af102nv - 15.6" (A8-7410/6GB/1TB/R5 M330)

HP

AMD Radeon R5 M330

graphics card 2 GB - DDR3 SDRAM

hello guys

i' ve been playing fm for several years on a desktop, now it failed me

and i wanna buy a laptop with the above specs

what do u think about it? will be good enough to play fm 16 and future editions?

thanks in advance

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Slow hard drive (load and save games will be slow - the longer your career the larger the file size, the longer it takes to load).

AMD A8 7410 is an entry level processor - it will probably be ok for a small amount of leagues, and a small-medium database.

Radeon R5 M330 - low end graphics card - play on low 3d detail.

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will be good enough to play fm 16 and future editions?

thanks in advance

Probably not - it's a low end laptop and won't have great longevity.

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Hi guys, Welshace was a great help earlier. I am ordering my new laptop tomorrow and I am stuck on which laptop to buy...

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hewlett-packard-hp-pavilion-15-ab215na-intel-core-i7-8gb-2tb-dvd-sm-15.6-n9r35ea/version.asp

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/asus-maintsream-multimedia-core-i7-6500u-8gb-1tb-dvd-dl-15.6-fhd-led-windo-x555uj-xo113t/version.asp

I want it smooth running, quick, good graphics and plenty of leagues.

If there are anymore laptops on laptopsdirect that you can recommend for circa £600-700 please say.

Thanks!

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Smurfs suggestion is much better than those you've linked all round Luke.. great price for it :thup:

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Luke the laptop Smurf linked is on pre-order not due in til Jan 8th, so stock wont go to a positive until they booked in. You will get it a day or 2 after that, thats how they work i used to work for these up until a few months ago.

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It's more of a suggestion as to what specs to aim for.

The site you were using for the laptops I couldn't easily filter the results.

But you can get a very decent FM laptop with the specs I've posted.

If you can wait then wait - what's a week and a bit for a for a very good laptop.

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Cheers Andy, I just looked on the desktop site as was using mobile site and that info wasn't showing. Cheers for all your help guys and Smurf for the recommendation. Gonna place an order!

Thanks for all your help!

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Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor

Windows 10 (pre-installed)

Memory: 8 GB

Storage: 2 TB

Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera

Intel® HD Graphics 530

Ok I bought this laptop today and for some reason, the interface is still choppy.

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