I haven't had a gaming PC in about 5+ years now, ever since my desktop died and I gave up my office for a nursery. As such, I have no desk, so no place to put a desktop.
I want to play some PC games, like Starcraft 2, Borderlands (and 2 when it comes out), and a bunch of indie stuff I've gotten from the HIBs over the past few years. I don't have much money though, and I've been trying to compare laptop graphics cards using notebookcheck.net. I found this laptop on Newegg, and then found it slightly cheaper at Buy.com, and it seems to be the cheapest laptop I've seen with a graphics card that has 2GB of dedicated memory.
Acer Aspire AS7750G-6662Newegg link
Core i5-2430M (2.4GHz)
AMD Radeon HD 6650M w/ 2GB dedicatedNotebookcheck.net on the graphics card
Notebookcheck.net lists the card as a "class 2" which is middle-grade for dedicated chips, only "class 1" is better. Averages in the 1100s on 3DMark 11. And from the benchmarked games they list, it looks like just about anything from the last year will run well in medium to high graphics, with a few exceptions for poorly optimized or really intense games like Skyrim that doesn't even hit 30fps on low. (I have no interest in Skyrim so that's not a factor)
Will this be "good enough" with 2GB of dedicated memory? It seems like every other laptop I look at is 1GB until you hit $800+ and that's essentially out of my price range. Is it worth getting a laptop this cheap or should I save up some more for something better? For comparison I saw Cyberpower has the Xplorer X6-9200 for $860, but even that only has a nVidia GT540M chip which seems to be on par with the Radeon HD 6650M. The biggest differences are the Xplorer comes with an i7 and 8GB of RAM, but only has a 15" screen.