Gaming laptop for college

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by LeFear, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. LeFear

    LeFear Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for a gaming laptop with decent battery life and portability, at least a gtx 1050 ti and thunderbolt 3 or a gtx 1060 without thunderbolt.



    General Questions


    1) What is your budget?
    1200 usd can stretch it to 1250 usd if shipping cost is less.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    14 inch or 15.6 inch, not more or less.
    3) Where will you buying this notebook?
    I will be shipping it to Saudi Arabia so any website that ships internationally.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: none
    b. Dislike: none
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming and college work like programming and watching movies.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both as I need it for home and college.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    All the latest AAA games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    I will be using it in college so at least 5-6 hours.

    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?
    Online is ok.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 10 home or pro, no issue.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    Full HD 1920x1080, if I can get anything better in the price range than I'm ok.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    No preference.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Will be able to compromise of it is really worth it.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    As soon as I find a really nice offer or discount. Mostly before September.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-5 years. I'm ok with decreasing settings in games.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    At least a 1tb hard drive and a 128 gb ssd. I might add the hard drive later if only ssd is available.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Not necessary.
     
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  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    Lenovo Legion Y720

    It has a 60Wh 4-cell battery that's good for about 5-6 hours of web browsing and also comes with a GTX 1060, which should be more than enough for games.

    If that's out of reach, then the next best thing is the Dell Inspiron 7567 with a 1080p IPS screen (Avoid the TN option, that one is crap)

    The 7567 has an even larger 6-cell 74Wh battery that can go upwards of 8 hours of web browsing and the 1050 Ti inside is good enough for most games at medium-high settings at 1080p.


    In both cases, you can also check out Dell and Lenovo Outlets since they have some fantastic discounts on their devices there (usually open box or refurb) that come with full warranty.
     
  3. LeFear

    LeFear Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've been trying to find the y720 for a price inside my budget but I just can't seem to find it. About these outlets, do they ship internationally? My choice would have been the dell ips but it has no USB C port or thunderbolt port which would be very useful in the future. I would really appreciate if you can link the y720 for a good price that ships internationally or the dell ips for a cheap price that ships internationally.
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    USB-C Thunderbolt is not really useful for eGPU if that is what you are after - the bandwidth severely bottlenecks any GPU past a 1060.
     
  5. LeFear

    LeFear Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hmm then I should only look for gtx 1060 laptops with good battery life and in my budget. Any more suggestions or links for the y720 at a good price?

    Also I've read that there is like a 20 percent performance decrease and I don't think that its too bad and I'll get at least a lil bit more performance and future proofing.
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    It depends on the GPU - the more powerful the GPU, the more you bottleneck it. Keep in mind the CPU's limitations as well. Intel is also moving to 6-core CPUs in a few months. i3s are becoming the quad-core CPUs from Intel similarly to how Ryzen 3 became the defacto minimum AMD is offering (It's good that Ryzen turned out great cause now we have good choices coming from both sides)
     
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    LeFear Notebook Enthusiast

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    Uptill now these are the following laptops that I've found:
    Acer predator helios 300 for 1100 usd after adding hdd price - But worried about its battery life

    Lenovo legion y720 - if the price is lower

    Gigabyte p55wv7 for 1250 usd - but worried about its thermals

    Asus zenbook pro ux550ve - if it's lower in price

    Gigabyte aero 14 with 1050 ti (unreleased) - if it's lower in price.

    I can't seem to find the dell 1050 ti ips in Amazon which ships globally. I've also been looking for the acer v15 nitro 1050 ti version but can't find it.
     
  8. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    P55W has heat issues
    UX550 is nice - large battery and good screen
    Aero 14 is no bad

    V15 1050 Ti model is good but the 1060 model overheats.
     
  9. LeFear

    LeFear Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can you suggest any good links for buying laptops that ship worldwide?
    Also apparently the ux550 is going to be way above my budget and mostly the same case for the aero. I've heard the undervolting the cpu in p55w helps the thermals alot so that's something and a link for the 1050 ti v15 nitro will be appreciated.
     
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    Gigabyte P series are really bad with thermals - I'd strongly suggest avoiding them if you want a long-lasting machine.
     
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