17" with at least 1920 x 1200

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  1. rjo88

    rjo88 Newbie

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    Hi,
    I currently have an early 17" 2011 Macbook Pro.
    This has a 1920 x 1200 screen over 17" which I think is ideal for the work I do on it.

    Unfortunately these laptops have a limited life due to overheating burning out the GPU and as such many of them are for sale needing replacement MBs.
    Mine probably has limited life so I would like to get a replacement.

    However it seems that apart from power consumption, the processor performance of modern CPUs aren't *massively* (many times) better that what I have (i7-2720QM )! Not what I would expect from 7 years of difference anyway.

    So if I just settle for a similar CPU experience that I am used to, and considering that I am happy to replace drives with good SSD equivs and put in at least 16Gb of RAM myself, what would you suggest for a 17" laptop with at least 1920x1200 resolution that won't cost the Earth?

    Also happy to buy old models that are 2nd hand.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Mobius 1

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    nothing 16:10 anymore
     
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  3. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Prophet

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    Best to get QHD screen with 17" since anything lower will hurt your eyes. You can always scale down the resolution.
    You can see @Mobius 1 signature with Thinkpad p70 which is perfect and somewhat lighter for your work and I'm sure he can do mods which make the laptop last very long.
     
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    p71, not p70

    p70 is older model with maxwell quadro and skylake cpu
     
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    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    Most modern low-end laptops have this (assuming 17' form factor)
     
  6. rlk

    rlk Notebook Consultant

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    Unfortunately, after the M6500 Dell went to 16:9 screens rather than 16:10. The first generation processors (even i7-920XM) were a lot slower than their successors. Were it not for the 16:9 issue (and the fact that there were no higher resolution screens in 17" at the time) I might have gone with a Dell M6800. As it is, I went with a Thinkpad P70 (last fall) with a UHD screen.

    The reason I went Lenovo rather than Dell is that the 7710/7720 only have one 2.5" bay; the Thinkpad has two (you can replace the optical drive with a second 2.5" drive). They're otherwise quite similar machines. You can probably find a little better deals on used/refurb with the P70 vs. the P71.
     
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