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johndoehoe22 1,162 189 February 18, 2014 at 06:36 PM More Lenovo Deals
So I thought that the main thing to look for was a good processor. Now I find out that I need a good graphics card.

My old computer handles it with no problem, but I always thought I overpaid for the computer...maybe not. But that computers just about totaled right now.

I had ordered a Lenovo P500 (same as Z500) and thought it would handle everything easily. I saw it as a better computer over the Toshiba A505 satellite I had.

Turns out I was wrong because it can hardly handle the online poker gaming. I can play like one table but not more than that. On the Toshiba it goes with no problem.

So now I'm considering buying another laptop since I lent the Lenovo to my father for a vacation trip he was going on so he didn't need to buy his own laptop. I was still using the Toshiba but it's messed up.

So where should I look and what should I look for? I really don't want to overspend and the laptops with the good graphics cards are real expensive.

http://outlet.lenovo.com/SEUILibr...e=59RF0005

Would this be any good? I'm looking at graphics cards and I'm not sure if that's any better than what I have on the P500. It's certainly very affordable though.

Thank you for any help here

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When you say online poker, do you mean inside a web browser like Firefox? If that's it, then you don't need any graphics card to handle that. Any $300 laptop would do it. Are you sure maybe you didn't have some software issue with Lenovo P500? Maybe you didn't have Flashplayer or Shockwave installed correctly?
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Probably he's looking for something that will run a poker app like PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker. OP: I'd start with a search or deal alert and then just pick something that fits your parameters on price & power. For Pokerstars or FTP I doubt you'll need megapower (what are you, 64 tabling? :-p ), but some niceties to consider are an ssd or hybrid drive (for faster boot times), and a nice IPS screen (better viewing angles).
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Probably he's looking for something that will run a poker app like PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker. OP: I'd start with a search or deal alert and then just pick something that fits your parameters on price & power. For Pokerstars or FTP I doubt you'll need megapower (what are you, 64 tabling? :-p ), but some niceties to consider are an ssd or hybrid drive (for faster boot times), and a nice IPS screen (better viewing angles).
if hes looking to run those apps he can do them from a tablet as well, just FYI
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if hes looking to run those apps he can do them from a tablet as well, just FYI
Okay, then perhaps a tablet search on SD.
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Thanks for the help guys

I was looking at Lenovo Outlet and stumbled upon a Lenovo S510p for $332. I ordered it. I was going to get the S500 for $290 but figured for the upgraded graphics card and extra memory it was worth the extra $40.

I always thought Lenovo outlet was free 2-day shipping though. I need a new laptop ASAP with this one falling apart. I'll have my other laptop back in 2 weeks but maybe it's better I get something that can handle poker gaming a little better.

The other one probably wasn't awful but I was multi-tabling and playing on more than one program at once. I'm in NJ so it's legal to play.. I was playing on 2 programs at once with multiple tables open. Who knows if even this S510p could handle that. My Toshiba does it fine though. I don't multi-table as much as I used to and usually only play 1 program at once now either way.

Maybe I could've saved $40 and got the S500 but too late for that now.

Only thing that S500 had that was better was i3 2 cores 1.90 processor. The S510p has i3 1.70 processor. S510p had 6GB memory vs 4GB memory and intel hd 4400 graohics vs intel hd 4000.

Hopefully I made a good choice.
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Just curious, why not a desktop? It will be a better longterm investment.
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Just curious, why not a desktop? It will be a better longterm investment.
I like to be able to move around with it. I don't ever just sit in one place really. I could hook up a desktop to my TV but still not really what I want to do. Laptop is just much better for me. If I was going to do that then I'd probably spend 1000s for a tv/desktop all-in one type thing. I'm really trying to spend as little as possible.

I'm starting to think I made a bad purchase though. Maybe should've spent more for something better. Not a great deal that I got with better to be had.
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