A good laptop for gaming and engineering software v 2.0

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Ikjot Singh, Nov 11, 2017.

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  1. Ikjot Singh

    Ikjot Singh Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello Everyone,

    I started a thread a month ago about a good laptop for college for engineering software and gaming and decided to buy the Ryzen powered Asus ROG 702ZC. Well a few days ago, I talked to the faculty head and he told me that I wouldn't need to specifically buy a big desktop replacement laptop for college because every class that needs software already has its own lab with high end computers and all, and i would only need it for making notes. But, since i am gonna be on the go i would still need to buy a laptop that can run CAD software and game well. My previous budget was about 3500 Canadian dollars, but since i've decided to buy a Razer phone, my budget is around 2200-2300 but i can extend it to 2500.


    1) What is your budget?
    Around $2500 Canadian Dollars

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen


    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    I'll be buying it in Canada.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell, Alienware, Razer, MSI, Asus, Acer
    b. Dislike: None to be exact


    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    CAD software and Gaming

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, I will be taking the laptop to college as well as using it at home so I need it to be somewhat portable.


    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes, mostly CS:GO, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Rust, PUBG, GTA 5, Need for speed.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    I need at least a battery life of 4 hours at college without being plugged in.

    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?
    Either is fine.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 10.

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    Anything 1080 and above, but 1080 is great enough.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    I do not have any particular preference in this field.

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Somewhat Yes.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    By the end of this Year in December or the beginning of January 2018.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    Like my current one, a minimum of 4-5 years.

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    I definitely want a primary SSD drive for windows and some games, and as for secondary storage, I can arrange for a brand new 1 TB samsung 850 evo ssd to replace the default HDD if it has one.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No.

    Some laptops i found interesting


    17 Inch-

    * GIGABYTE P57Xv7-KL3 17.3 (GTX 1070)

    * ASUS ROG GL703 SCAR EDITION (GTX 1060/ GTX 1070)


    15 Inch-


    * GIGABYTE P56Xv7-KL3 15.6" (GTX 1060)

    * GIGABYTE P55Wr7-KL3 15.6" (GTX 1070)


    * ASUS ROG GL503/ GL503 SCAR EDITION (GTX 1060)

    * GIGABYTE AERO 15/ AERO 15X (GTX 1060/ GTX 1070 MQ)

    * DELL INSPIRON 7577 (GTX 1060 MQ)
     
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    Ikjot Singh Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's loud, has poor build quality and horrible battery life. I wouldn't personally buy that model.
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    Msi gt62vr or msi 16L13
     
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    Ikjot Singh Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well i cant say about the build quality, but it has a 90 wh battery and nvidia optimus so thats odd

    Which one would you suggest then?
     
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    What about the aero 15 or 15x? Are they good?
     
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    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    The the 1060 Aero is solid. I have no idea about the 1070MQ model - haven't seen it tested thoroughly yet. Generally, if you want battery life, it's kind of hard to couple that with a powerful dGPU since OEMs are now crazy over G-sync and think everyone and their grandman wants to have 30 minutes of battery life and G-sync.
     
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    Ikjot Singh Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'll wait and see if the 1070MQ model meets the expectations, but to be honest I think buying a 1070 for a 60 Hz screen is a waste.

    The only problem about the aero 15 1060 is that it costs about 2600 in canada and you can get a 1070 laptop in that price

    Anyways what are your thoughts on this 15.6 inch GIGABYTE P55Wr7-KL3 ? Costs about 1999 on newegg.ca for the 1060 model.

    https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16834233194
     
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    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    My thoughts are "Hot, hot hot!"

    Image taken from NBC"s P55Wv7 review
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    Generally, a 1060 is already overkill for 1080p if you don't abuse Anti-Aliasing. A 1070 will be just as outdated as a 1060 in 2-3 years. Look at the 970M and 960M - the 970M is on 1050 Ti levels.
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    @Ikjot Singh Did the faculty say No to amd GPU and cpu?
    Are you gonna do programing in the future during mechanical engg.? CUDA or OpenCL, perhaps?
    Take a look at your faculty's lappies, most of them will have a Lenovo P series or Dell Precision 7xxx series.
    Well a desktop CPU and GPU will pull ahead than BGA CPU/GPU.
    If you intend to do GPU programing and CUDA is the one you select, you will need to use College PC for your work since AMD has no CUDA but only OpenCL.
    If you're tight on budget and need more performance from a small form factor Ryzen and Polaris are for you.
     
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