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The graphics accelerator is fine on it... the processor itself isn't super strong though, you'll only be able to play a few leagues at most I would imagine.. it's the equivalent of say an older gen i3 ...

That said... for the price, it's a wonderful little machine for everyday tasks etc.

Cheers Welshace

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That one above comes to £624 ... but you can obviously upgrade and swap around components as you see fit on pcspecialist... I suggest you take a look on there... it's great.

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosIV-15/

Hi Welshace

Thanks for all your help on this thread - that's kind of you to take your time to help people.

Now, I think I have narrowed my choice down to either this PCSpecialist spec you have here, or the http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80EW0...0_1906726.html you suggested later.

I adjusted the Hard Disc memory on the Cosmos to a 1tb Serial ATA (is that worth doing compared to the 240gb v300 you have?) Totals £615 with VAT.

Now, the other one (the Lenovo) is £400. I'm guessing that like for like the Cosmos is better, but would you say it's £215 better? (I know that's very subjective!) The only game I'll be using either for is FM.

Thanks a lot.

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Has anyone played FM on the new version of the 12" Macbook? Any idea if it runs well on it?

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
  • Processor: Intel Core 1.8GHz+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 7300 GT ATI Radeon X1600 Pro Intel GMA X3100 256MB VRAM OpenGL 2.0 compliant
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

As far as I can tell the 12 inch macbook only does something like 1.3ghz -with turboost to 2.8ghz.

Does it have to be a Mac?

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Does anyone have recommendations for a "convertible laptop" (ie one that can be used as a tablet). I'm looking for something with a 10 inch screen and on a budget of say £250. Don't mind running on lowest graphics. Most of the laptops I've been looking at have the atom processor. Is it capable enough?

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Does anyone have recommendations for a "convertible laptop" (ie one that can be used as a tablet). I'm looking for something with a 10 inch screen and on a budget of say £250. Don't mind running on lowest graphics. Most of the laptops I've been looking at have the atom processor. Is it capable enough?

Your biggest concern would be finding a convertible that cheap (and small) that runs on a "full scale" operating system. FM needs the full Windows 10 or MacOS in order to run at all. Android or other phone/tablet OS's won't do.

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Your biggest concern would be finding a convertible that cheap (and small) that runs on a "full scale" operating system. FM needs the full Windows 10 or MacOS in order to run at all. Android or other phone/tablet OS's won't do.
I strongly disagree. There are quite a few options even around £150 that come with a full os. Example

http://www.laptopoutlet.co.uk/linx-1010b-10-1-touchscreen-window-tablet-quad-core-atom-z3735f-2gb-ram-32gb-sd.html

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Do you have any recommendations in that budget range?

Sorry I should clarify, you'll struggle to find a decent enough laptop in the 10" size even at at budget, as obviously 10" is mobile phone territory these days even..

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Your biggest concern would be finding a convertible that cheap (and small) that runs on a "full scale" operating system. FM needs the full Windows 10 or MacOS in order to run at all. Android or other phone/tablet OS's won't do.
Sorry I should clarify, you'll struggle to find a decent enough laptop in the 10" size even at at budget, as obviously 10" is mobile phone territory these days even..
I found this laying on a shelf at work: http://www.lamina.info/lamina-t-1012b-nord/ Retails at about £150. Decided to test and it does run full fat FM 2016. Graphics on lowest end and a bit slow. Only tested with one nation loaded (EPL-vanarama).
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This is why it's been mentioned several times on every page in this thread that it's all relative tbh...

Fm will load up on most systems and you can click through the first few days fine... after that, your system above for instance, with no ram and very underpowered cpu will soon grind to a holt ..

FM performance is all about speed, and each user will have a different opinion on what they count as playable :)

One of the laptops I play on for instance, is an old old generation i5 bought 6 or so years ago, and for me, it runs fm at a perfectly acceptable speed. I doubt everyone would feel the same.

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I strongly disagree. There are quite a few options even around £150 that come with a full os. Example

http://www.laptopoutlet.co.uk/linx-1010b-10-1-touchscreen-window-tablet-quad-core-atom-z3735f-2gb-ram-32gb-sd.html

Of course you can find cheap stuff. I bet you can find - if you look even harder - tablets or convertibles for 99 pounds. But none of them are machines I would be willing to recommend to anyone. Poor quality screens, really inadeqate hardware ... and generally poor build quality. That's what you get. But if they have got the "full" Win 10, they will run FM. Poorly. So if you want one of those, by all means buy one. Just don't ask me - or anyone, really - to recommend one of them.

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Yeh I didn't even bother recommending one and I looked for you. There was no point as there's nothing adequate out there in that price range.

My advice would be to be save and get something of better quality.

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Six of one, half a dozen of another.

Why do you think people would waste their free time looking for something for you that you're not even sincere about.

The people on these forums do an amazing job helping people out every single day, and they don't have to. But they do it.

And you're here nitpicking and basically trolling the thread... and for what?

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Has anyone played FM on the new version of the 12" Macbook? Any idea if it runs well on it?

I have the 2016 12" MacBook with a 1.3 GHz M7 chip. I've not put too much time into FM on it, but it can manage it. I wouldn't advise too many leagues loaded if you want to play the full version though. It does get very warm, but didn't seem to slow down from thermal throttling, so it's not too warm.

Also I didn't try 3D, I only use 2D classic.

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What do we all think of the HP Envy 13, i7-6500U variant? Get the feeling theres better out there for the price.

Depends what price you've seen it at?

I've always preferred the Xps range from Dell ..

But as I say, it depends on your needs and budget...

Taken on it's own merit though.. HP's have improved a lot over the years, they tend to have better than average battery life and great screens too..

Although I have to admit, I've never had the pleasure of trying one myself, because as previously mentioned, I will always go for an XPS or say, an ASUS or Lenovo in the 13 inch catagory if I want cheaper than an XPS.

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If you are after a 13 inch specifically, there aren't any out there that I have seen with a better cpu at that price... and fm is all about the cpu.

And it will play fm perfectly fine :)

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Hello

Would this be ok for me - http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/P5S40ESABU-HP-ProBook-450-G2_1884970.html

Budget is £450, other suggestions? Ideally would like it from this site so I can pay over 5 months - Not played FM since FM 13 as laptop not good enough. I would like it for this FM and decent enough it will play the next FM. I only play with England only, medium database at least and I usually play my save for a good few seasons. I skype a lot so would need a webcam and mic and the only other thing I would use it for is general internet browsing.

Thanks for any help

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Hello

Would this be ok for me - http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/P5S40ESABU-HP-ProBook-450-G2_1884970.html

Budget is £450, other suggestions? Ideally would like it from this site so I can pay over 5 months - Not played FM since FM 13 as laptop not good enough. I would like it for this FM and decent enough it will play the next FM. I only play with England only, medium database at least and I usually play my save for a good few seasons. I skype a lot so would need a webcam and mic and the only other thing I would use it for is general internet browsing.

Thanks for any help

Not bad at all.. but sticking with your budget.. try this:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.MVHEK.106-Acer-Aspire-E5-573_1837792.html

Cpu is better, which is everything for FM... the only drawback is the ram, but frankly, you can double it for another £30-£40 when you have the cash..

If you want to stretch the budget a little... consider:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/20EV0010UK-Lenovo-ThinkPad-Edge-E560_1857763.html

Great cpu, plus the added bonus of a decent HDD

Or a really budget busting suggestion:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80LM000QUK-Lenovo-B51-80_1857774.html

Great cpu, dedicated graphics card, good amount of ram

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Hiya anyone know of any good i7 processor laptops, the only game I play on is football manager so don't need the best graphics, just want to play with a good player database and run quick, I have seen an i7 laptop with 12gb ram and 2tb hard drive for 600 quid, here is a link to it, let me know what you think or if you can find better please, http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-x555ua-15-6-laptop-black-10137771-pdt.html

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Your link isn't working for me at the moment, so can't see the spec... there are many i7 cpu's ... is there any specific reason you want an i7 over say an i5 or an AMD?

And is £600 your budget?

Edit: NVM .. can see from the text in your link that its the asus-x555ua ...

What I will say about it, is that they have compromised a lot on build quality to give you that price...

The i7-6500u it comes with is great and all, and the 12 gb ram is nice, if not way overly excessive imo

But besides that, you get very little. The case is cheap plastic, the speakers are awful sounding, the screen isn't great.

BUT if you aren't too bothered about that stuff.. it's not bad..

Here's a few alternatives to look at:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80R6001HUK-Lenovo-Yoga-500-in-White_1912191.html

Same cpu, better build quality, dedicated graphics card..

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80LM000QUK-Lenovo-B51-80_1857774.html

Same cpu, cheaper, better quality, dedicated card (although not superb card)

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/30020523-Medion-Akoya-P6659_1885564.html

Cheap brand, not best build quality, but better specs and dedicated card.

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/30020524-Medion-Akoya-P6659_1885565.html

Notably cheaper.. and cpu isn't far behind really..

Wildcard:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/30020522-Medion-Erazer-P6661_1934830.html

If spec is all you care about , and build quality of the housing is not... the above is something to look at...

The screen is actually good quality, and the spec is superb.. it's only really the plastic casing that lets it down a little.

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Yeah cheers for the help Welshace, you know your stuff, I basically want a better laptop that I have now, the laptop I have at the moment is a Sony Vaio laptop, the model number is VPCF22CSE, specs are 8gb ram, Intel Core I7-2630QM 2.00 GHZ processor, I got a budget of 500-600 quid, the cheaper the better but obviously want the best I can get, also is it possible to take my RAM out of my current laptop and put in the new laptop to boost the RAM up ?

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Hey, sorry I didn't get back to you till now.

Regarding the ram... it's very unlikely your old laptop and the new one will use the same DDR class of ram so can't be used together.. even if they could, mixing and matching old and new ram is never great.. the old ram can bottleneck performance.

Now we know your needs, I still can't recommend the Cosmos IV enough to people looking for a sub £600 laptop:

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/reviews/

Click on that link and scroll down to the Cosmos IV at £599 ... it's amazing, and don't be put off by the i5, it will outshine your old i7 by miles.

I will say though, the new skylake i7's like the 6500u aren't far behind at all... so it's a toss up.

I do love pcspecialist, so it narrowly takes it for me... especially if you are willing to pay that little extra for the i7 rather than the i5.

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Are you able to find anything similar on saveonlaptops.com as their shop ain't far from me and I can go in tomorrow and buy it, no worries if you can't as I know you are probably a busy man, I appreciate your advice, also why would an i5 laptop outperform and i7 as I

I always assumed i7 were the best processors.

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As far as the cpu's are concerned, there is marginal difference in performance between the two listed in the laptops in the 4 above I posted.. with the 6500u just taking it.

Really what you are paying for is the other things coming with it... so:

Ram: anything 8gb or above is perfect.. and for fm, anything above is pretty much unneeded unless you plan to multitask a lot while playing.

Graphics card: anything dedicated will play fm perfectly fine tbh

HDD: SSD's are great for everyday use, but won't affect fm much at all...

Based on that.. you should be able to choose...

Personally, I'd get this: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80LM000QUK-Lenovo-B51-80_1857774.html

Everything is decent, and it will do the job you want for fm great :)

Unless you can spare the extra money to get this : http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/K501UB-DM021T-ASUS-K501UB-DM021T_1869973.html

As the extra ram is handy, the SSD is great, the dedicated card is good and the build quality on asus' is more to my liking over the Lenovo..

By then again, i'd still stick to the pcspecialist one myself.

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For the extra £50 you get:

Pcspecialist has the superior cpu in terms of raw power..

It has good quality ram , where as I couldn't tell you what the lenovo has.

I much prefer geforce graphics cards over radeon, but that's just a preference, but i do believe the 940 is better than the radeon option.

You get a great 128gb SSD, great stuff.

You get great customer support and service from pcspecialist, including the full warranty and online support/forums.

For £50, well worth it.

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I wondered whether a laptop for <£300 could play FM to a decent standard? I'm not interested in other games, would happily use 2D and would typically have at most 4 leagues playable. Other uses would be browsing, amateur coding, Netflix. I found this but am not sure whether it would run FM?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80LT003CUK-Lenovo-B50-70_1791730.html

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Sorry one more question, it is about VAT, it says that it is 600 quid including VAT but 519 without VAT, do I have any choice in VAT or do I have to pay VAT, also they said on the phone that the laptop will take 5-6 days to put together the laptop.

You have to pay VAT.. it's standard tax...

Yeah it will take 5-6 days as they build it there and then for you specifically :)

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I wondered whether a laptop for <£300 could play FM to a decent standard? I'm not interested in other games, world happily use 2 and would typically have at most 4 leagues playable. Other uses would be browsing, amateur coding, Netflix. I found this but am not sure whether it would run FM?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/80LT003CUK-Lenovo-B50-70_1791730.html

You would struggle with 4 leagues with that cpu I would think...

This one would be more suitable:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/T6P47EAABU-HP-250-G4_1886839.html

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Thanks, despite being 4gb rather than 8gb?

4gb is adequate, and you can always add more when funds are available to you.. ram is a super cheap upgrade :)

Cheers Welshace you are a legend.

No worries

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4gb is adequate, and you can always add more when funds are available to you.. ram is a super cheap upgrade :)

Hi Welshace

Just wondering your thoughts on a 64 bit system that requires 2gb RAM to run, and FM requires 2gb RAM.

I just feel it would be a bit slugish with this setup.

What do you think?

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Yeah, with all things fm.. it's all relative when talking about speed...

One of the laptops I play on myself is a fairly old gen i5 with 4gb ram... after a while it does feel sluggish to me, but it runs my 180k size database for quite a while tbh.

But you are 100% right, it's not the ideal setup.. and its definitely not something i'd stick with, But you are essentially paying the extra £20 in this case for a vastly better cpu with adequate ram to play with until you can afford the £20 to double the ram..

It's a no brainer really.

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Ok, it was really for that reason I tend to head towards the 8gb and up for RAM.

But you're right, it's cheap and simple to upgrade. I would recommend the OP upgrades the RAM sooner rather than later.

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As it's easier to upgrade RAM than a CPU & with FM being all about cpu horsepower the option Welshace gave is the route that I'd also suggest if finances do not cover buying the best of both options.

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