MSI's new GX640 budget gaming laptop packs Core i5 CPU, Mobility Radeon HD 5850

In the wake of Maingear's eX-L gaming laptop getting revamped with new Intel Core processors and the latest ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics, MSI announces an even cheaper gaming notebook that is also equipped with some new hardware.Unlike the Maingear, the MSI GX640 comes in a single configuration, but it's not a bad one for the $1,099 price tag.

In the wake of Maingear's eX-L gaming laptop getting revamped with new Intel Core processors and the latest ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics, MSI announces an even cheaper gaming notebook that is also equipped with some new hardware.

Unlike the Maingear, the MSI GX640 comes in a single configuration, but it's not a bad one for the $1,099 price tag. You get a Core i5-430M processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, and a 1,680x1,050 15.4-inch display. Most importantly, however, is that it includes the new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, which won't be as fast as its more powerful 5870 sibling, but still supports DirectX 11 and comes with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM.

You can grab the GX640 already at Amazon.com, and MSI says the budget gamer will becoming to Newegg later this month (which means in the next few days).

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