Absolute best full GTX 1060/1070 or full RTX 2060/2070 laptop I can get for $1800 or less?

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  1. Tmansdc

    Tmansdc Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $1800 is the absolute max. Would prefer under $1600 though.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook? USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? Any decent brand is fine.
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    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Redistributed the way the topic says where if they've never been used and just shipped a bit then sure. Refurbished if only they have the same warranty and/or preferably have never been used or very little.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? College, gaming, internet, video editing, and word processing.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Desk 75% of the time, school 20% of the time, the other 5% will be on my month long trips I do every year.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) Any and all kinds that's why I want a full GTX 1060/1070 or RTX 2060/2070.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? As long as I can get at least four hours on full power saving with the screen on 30% or less brightness I'm good.

    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? As long as there's pictures that show what the laptop looks like and shows it's sides and ports I'm good with online.

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.) 1080p

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.) Preferably matte but if there's a semi-glossy one or even full glossy one that fulfills all my other requirements then I'm good with that as well.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Just as long as it wouldn't be publicly ridiculed I'm good.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need? 256gb ssd is fine even 128gb ssd. I have a brand new 4tb external usb 3.1 hard drive I'm going to use for all my files/programs anyways. Of course the more the space the better!

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop? I need to make a decision by midnight MST on Tuesday so 55 hours from this post.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop? Four years minimum, six years max.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? A week or two. I still have a working 2013 Toshiba qosmio x70.

    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? I can deal with 2 weeks to ship it off as long as my backup still works.




    Also I'd like the weight to preferably be 5.5 lbs at the absolute most or less. Also cooling is very important. Also 15.6 inch is the size I want.
     
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    Tmansdc Notebook Enthusiast

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    BTW I'm ok with 6.0 lbs or less now. Also by "full" I meant non max q version of the video card.
     
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    Casowen Notebook Consultant

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    hodgeMN Notebook Evangelist

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    Going to 2nd this one. Really nice laptops. If you want the 17 version, you can get a full 2070 for a similar price. I would suggest going bare bones as ram and SSD prices are falling and are much cheaper vs having eluktronics add them. You can also get a windows 10 pro license for around $10 too.
     
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    gthirst Notebook Consultant

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    The Lenovo Y740 15" has received a lot of love. There is an extensive thread in the lenovo section of the forums on it. If you can nab a military (25%) or student (20%) discount you can get a 2060 or 2070 max q for well under your desired budget. It is also aesthetically pleasing, rather thin, light, and metal. Also great thermals!

    If you can wait and don't care as much about the metal frame, the y540 is coming soon. It is said to be basically a plastic version of the y740 with basic lighting (no corsair RGB, just white backlit keys). They haven't announced specific pricing, but I would imagine it will be a decent amount cheaper. It will have the 2060 and 2070MQ as well.
     
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