Engineering Major, deciding between GS65, Aero 15x, Blade, Etc.

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  1. jdmcnett

    jdmcnett Newbie

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    So basically, I am looking for something that is going to last 3-4 years and still be capable. I have done research on the three in the title, but am open to suggestions. Also, if anyone could help me figure out which reseller to buy it from and with what options that would be appreciated (LM or regular thermal, those kind of things). Thanks!

    1) What is your budget?
    2500$, roughly the equivalent cost of MBP
    2) What size notebook would you prefer? 14-15.6

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    The good ol' US of A
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: MSI, Gigabyte, pretty much any with good rep
    b. Dislike: razer seems bit overpriced
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    nope
    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Classwork, Excel, word, etc. Gaming. Watching Netflix. CAD, Solidworks
    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, will travel frequently around campus.Under 5 lbs
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes, CS up to BF, Fallout
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4-5 would be nice so I don't have to charge in class.
    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?
    Ok, with not seeing. I have handled a GS65 at Best Buy.
    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows
    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    standard 1920 x 1080. Don't think 4k is worth the premium
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    matte
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Something subtle is better, but don't care too much.
    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    In the next week or two.
    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    Ideally 3-4 years to get me through school.
    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    512 min, but was looking at maybe 256 versions and adding another ssd
    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    no
     
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    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Reviews of each machine are below:




     
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    Thanks I will check them out!
     
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    Just to make it slightly more difficult for you (lol) Here’s another laptop to take a look at:

    Asus Zephyrus GX501VI-XS74 laptop.

    At this point, if you can get your hands on one at Best Buy, you can always price match the laptop and then you can warranty the laptop with Best Buy and it will be a peace of mind for you when you drop the money on it.
     
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    jdmcnett Newbie

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    Just purchased GS65 from HIDEvolution!
     
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    Spartan Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Congrats man! They have some of the best build quality out there and by far the best thermal paste application.

    I hope that you got the Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut or if you will be moving around a lot, at least the Fujipoly thermal pads for increased cooling
     
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    Thanks! Yes I did end up getting the conductonaut with the fujipoly pads, I’m just hoping that their application technique will be good enough to prevent any leakage as I will be using this at college and will be moving it a lot
     
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    They applied nail polish around the CPU/GPU dye on my GT75 Titan to prevent leakage so I am assuming they'd do the same on yours although to be honest, if I was going to move around a lot, a safer bit would be to go with IC Diamond but keep those Fujipoly thermal pads and call it a day.
     
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    Gs65 is the king of those laptops.... Congrats
     
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