Been under a rock awhile, would like new laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by NuclearLizard, Jan 13, 2021 at 10:59 AM.

  1. NuclearLizard

    NuclearLizard Notebook Deity

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    i have 2k + 2k from work. can play with more

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    I like em big, I am a bit larger so the extra real estate is nice. plus the extra cooling

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    Canada, I'd like to stay in there to avoid the heinous tariffs getting slapped on everything.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: msi, asus, clevo,
    b. Dislike: HP, alienware
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    sure, as long as there is some warranty.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Gaming, light workload, I also used my laptop to run Dnd/PF games from.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Both, my current set up is a docked KB/M set up with a large display plus on the go.

    Would like stay on the luggable category, as i tend to move to the area and plant for awhile.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    need for speed
    final fantasy (all of them)
    Witcher 3
    Horizon ZD
    Resident evil
    Plus a lot of other little ones, i could be here all day. Gaming is #1 time waster.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    0-2hrs I dont tend to stray far from outlets, and if I do would like something that could take me up to 6-8 with it throttled down if possible.

    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?

    Bit of both, Been doing a lot of online purchasing lately so that flightyness is gone. if a lot of people are down for it I'm good to buy sight unseen.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Shackled to windows, interested in linux.
    Screen Specifics

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

    1080 to 1440 probably tap out at 120 htz anything above is gravy.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    I like the matte screens. visually its pleasant and not having my eyes burned out by glare from an errant sun beam is nice.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Not really, you could throw top end components in a idea pad from around 2010 and id be happy.

    Not a fan of the rainbow barf though.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    a few TB.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    as soon as they start shipping

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    3-5 years.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    indefinitely, most of my work can be done on pen/paper or my phone.

    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?

    If I could drop it off and pick it up i'd pay. I was leery about having people in my house before the pandemic. lol

    Additional thoughts.

    I was liking the looks of the a few brands

    Clevo X170
    MSI GE raiders
    and the like

    Would like to grab something with an AMD CPU but if the price is right and i can tune it i don't mind.
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The new MSI GE series with the RTX 3000 cards looks like a good bet, but there is an NDA on reviews until the end of this month, and there's no guarantee when they will start shipping.
    You might be able to get a discount on an older GE model with an RTX 2000 GPU, though with your budget, I think buying the latest tech is the way to go.

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  3. NuclearLizard

    NuclearLizard Notebook Deity

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    Thanks mate, I did a lot of research in between posting this and today. Talking to a few guys in my gaming discord I've basically narrowed it to the

    Ge76 raider when rocket lake drops for it
    SCAR 17 2021 eddition.

    I'm leaning to the GE76, but the scar has a lot of stuff that caught my eye.

    Waiting for those reviews.

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