$1,200 - $1700 USD budget, what's the most bang for my buck

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  1. whip_it

    whip_it Notebook Consultant

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    I bought the the Dell XPS 15 when it was launched in 2017 ... the 9570
    Its come to a point where it's getting a bit sluggish

    I am looking for a 15 inch laptop.

    I am looking for the most bang for my buck in terms of power ..... i dont care about size or weight, gaming laptop or ultrabook

    I just want a separate GFX card (maybe even expandable externally?). Also want a very powerful CPU.

    I've been out the notebook game for 3 years, so your help will be REALLY appreciated.

    Please let me know.

    I am in Toronto, Canada


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    1) What is your budget?
    $1200-$1700 USD

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    15 inch

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    CANADA WOOP WOOP

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    indifferrent

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Heavy Excel tasks, multiple chrome tabs, Gaming

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Leave on desk.... dont mind if heavy, just want the most bang for my buck when it comes to power

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes, new flight sim, 1st person, strategy gams, simulation games (cities skylines)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    dont travel dont care for it

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    online is fine

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    i currently have 4k from my dell xps 15 2017 version, but 1080p or higher would be fine, dont care much about refresh rate

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    indifferent.... but i know matte is superior at the end of the day

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    at least 256 SSD

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    asap please

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    2-3 Years.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    i have a backup so failure is fine

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Nope, ship it out


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    Specs of my CURRENT LAPTOP:

    Sku Description

    7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
    16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately)
    512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5
    Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
    Backlit Keyboard, English
    15.6" 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
     
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  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    What kind of tasks will you be running? Also, can you share the specifications of your XPS 9570?

    You should fill out our FAQ so we can understand how you're using the notebook. You'll get more replies that way anyway.

    Charles
     
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    thank you, my first post updated.
     
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    whip_it Notebook Consultant

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    oh wow

    once again, been out the game for like 3 years now, so all these things i've never heard of.....

    i LIKE that it has a numeric pad (mind you i don't have one on my current laptop, but it's not a deal break to have or not have one)

    So, I'm assuming this is a gaming rig, how would this compare to its competitors?

    Also, I've heard Ryzens are a LOT more bang for your buck in terms of power., is this true?.. these are all intel chips?

    Thank You!
     
  6. whip_it

    whip_it Notebook Consultant

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    I forgot to mention

    I wouldn't mind paying a bit extra if there was a company that had a good payment plan

    FOR EXAMPLE, when i got my dell xps 15 in 2017 from Dell, i got 0% interest dont pay for 2 years, which really helped
     
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    whip_it Notebook Consultant

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    Specs of my CURRENT LAPTOP:

    Sku Description

    7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
    16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately)
    512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5
    Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
    Backlit Keyboard, English
    15.6" 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
     
  8. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    You could go with the new Dell XPS 15 if you like your current laptop. It offers six- and eight-core Intel chips.

    For the most bang for the buck, the suggested Clevo notebook is a good choice, and I'll put this one out there that has even faster Ryzen chips. https://www.sagernotebook.com/Notebook-NP7958F1.html
    Eurocom is the main seller of Clevo notebooks in Canada so you might try them, they should have the model linked above available. (I'm not sure of the Clevo model number.)

    Charles
     
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    whip_it Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks a million Charles
     
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    Also I do want to point out that your laptop is still pretty powerful. Have you considered just reinstalling Windows - we have a great guide to doing that - and seeing if the PC's performance is better? A clean install of Windows can do wonders.

    Also, 32GB memory kits can be had for cheap (US goes for around $100-120) and you can get a 1TB SSD for a similar amount (around $100 in the US for a drive like the Intel 660p. I can't see the prices being too different in Canada.)
    So for a few hours of time + a few hundred dollars (barely that) you could maybe get another 2 years out of your machine.

    Charles
     
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