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Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 Laptop: 15.6" 120Hz, Ryzen 5 5600H, 8GB RAM, RTX 3050 Ti EXPIRED

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Best Buy via eBay has Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15.6" Laptop (Shadow Black, 82K201XCUS) on sale for $549.99. Shipping is free

Best Buy has Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15.6" Laptop (Shadow Black, 82K201XCUS) on sale for $549.99. Shipping is free or select free store / curbside pickup where available.

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Product Details:
  • 15.6:" 1920x1080 Full HD 120Hz IPS display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 3.30 GHz 6-Core / 12 Thread Processor
  • 8GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 NVMe TLC Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card
  • 802.11ax WiFi 6 / Bluetooth
  • Backlit Keyboard (white LEDs)
  • 720p front-facing webcam w/ privacy shutter
  • Windows 11 Home
  • 3-cell lithium-ion battery
  • Weight: 4.95 lbs.
  • Ports:
    • 2x USB 3.2 Type A
    • 1x USB 3.2 Type C
    • 1x HDMI
    • Headphone / mic combo jack

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Since Black Friday, <$600 laptops with at least a RTX 3050 Ti equivalent GPU seemed to dry up.

This one seems quite decent assuming the noise under load doesn't bother you.

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At $550 or less , it's a very decent laptop for the price point!
I picked one of these up on black Friday. It si a solid machine but will need some upgrades.

The included 8GB (1x8GB , 1Rx16) ram is throw away, you will need to upgrade just to launch some games as the iGPU shares 2GB of you included 8GB and 6GB is simply not enough these days.

I suggest this 32GB (2x16GB , 2Rx8) kit from Timetec :
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098TYN...ct_details

The stock SSD is a 2242 size which can be upgraded. Used models from SK Hynix are good, there are also new options from Sabrent.

Inside the box lenovo includes the 2.5" SSD adapter to add an additional SSD.2.5" I installed a sapre drive I had laying around and the process was fairly easy. You can also add an addition 2280 / 2242 / 2230 NVMe SSD in place of the 2.5" SSD but you will need to supply a m.2 standoff.

I used this kit :
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FY8C...ct_details

I haven't run into any issues with the power brick throttling but others have, you can find compatible 170w models for around $25.

Lenovo Vantage allows for power / fan profiles and even a bit of overclocking on the GPU. ALT + Q allows you to switch power profiles on the fly. In performance mode with the OC maxed out, this laptop clocked in benchmarks on par with the fastest 3050ti models around.

Fans are a bit loud but temps are decent, I re-pasted with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaught and only dropped a degree or two so it's not worth doing IMO.

For the price you probably wont get anything better anytime soon. Highly Recommended.
Great laptop, really happy with mine from Black Friday.

FYI, you don't need the $70 170W charger to fix the battery drain issue, any 170W slim tip Lenovo charger is compatible. I got one for $20 used on fleabay and it solved the issue. Also a brand new Silicon Power 8GB stick of RAM goes for about $20 on Amazon. Really worth the ~$40 extra
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12-03-2022 at 09:39 AM.
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At $550 or less , it's a very decent laptop for the price point!
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12-03-2022 at 09:43 AM.
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Bought this a while back on another slick deal. Upgraded the RAM and the PSU doesn't affect my playtime unless it's 4hr+ session at high settings.
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12-03-2022 at 09:52 AM.
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This is better than the deal I posted a couple of days ago at Sam's for only a little more money
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12-03-2022 at 09:59 AM.
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Quote from mar16celino :
Bought this a while back on another slick deal. Upgraded the RAM and the PSU doesn't affect my playtime unless it's 4hr+ session at high settings.
Are you referring to the PSU issue where lenovo didn't supply the higher PSU?
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12-03-2022 at 10:02 AM.
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Are you referring to the PSU issue where lenovo didn't supply the higher PSU?
Yes that's right, the laptop eventually gets to very low battery (while plugged in) and the performance drops immensely.
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12-03-2022 at 10:10 AM.
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Bought this on the first slick deal. Good laptop for the price. Threw in another 8GB stick for $23 and a 1tb WD 770 NVME drive. Great for the price and had no issues with battery drain playing FH5 as high as I could.
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12-03-2022 at 10:23 AM.
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I bought Acer Aspire 5 from Costco for 550. At the same price point, is the laptop posted here better deal? I know another 8 gb Ram upgrade doesn't cost a lot if I need to on IdeaPad.

https://www.costco.com/.product.1...ed_product
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12-03-2022 at 10:26 AM.
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Quote from make.my.deal :
I bought Acer Aspire 5 from Costco for 550. At the same price point, is the laptop posted here better deal? I know another 8 gb Ram upgrade doesn't cost a lot if I need to on IdeaPad.

https://www.costco.com/.product.1...ed_product
What are you using the laptop for? This has a dedicated GPU for gaming.
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12-03-2022 at 10:35 AM.
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hows the screen/display?
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12-03-2022 at 10:40 AM.
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What are you using the laptop for? This has a dedicated GPU for gaming.
This is for my son. So far only Valorant which works fine on Acer.

Also, Acer has 60hz vs this has 120hz. Can I get 120hz display performance if I use Monitor with 120hz capacity on Acer? Acer has thunderbolt port.

Acer has 16gb ram, 512 ssd vs this has 8gb, 256gb ssd. Also, Acer has I7 12th Gen processor.
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12-03-2022 at 11:03 AM.
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I have this laptop, purchased from Lenovo directly at a lower price point back on Black Friday. I threw in a 16gb dual channel kit and 170w PSU for 70 bucks and it's a great laptop.
+ Lightweight
+ Quiet for the price point
+ Runs relatively cool can actually game while having it on my lap
I definitely recommend this laptop especially if you are able to get it a little cheaper.
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12-03-2022 at 11:11 AM.
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This is for my son. So far only Valorant which works fine on Acer.

Also, Acer has 60hz vs this has 120hz. Can I get 120hz display performance if I use Monitor with 120hz capacity on Acer? Acer has thunderbolt port.

Acer has 16gb ram, 512 ssd vs this has 8gb, 256gb ssd. Also, Acer has I7 12th Gen processor.
Anything graphic heavy is going to benefit from having a dedicated GPU. If he plans on gaming I would get this one. You could always upgrade the drive and ram for a little more. A different monitor isn't going to make the graphics better if your computer can't process it.
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12-03-2022 at 11:16 AM.
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Can this run dual monitors and the laptop monitor?

I'm seeing nothing mentioning that and this review:


How isnt the RTX 3050ti able to run my game at anything above 1920-1080. I had an older razer with an gtx 1660ti, that was able to push above that. Dont buy if playing to play on monitor. The hdmi port isnt connected to the gpu. Waste of money
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