Ideas for a new 15.6 laptop for gaming, video editing, streaming and movie watching

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  1. demonhotrod

    demonhotrod Notebook Evangelist

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    What is your budget?
    £1000

    What country will you be buying this in?
    UK, England

    What size notebook do you prefer?
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)

    What brands do you like or dislike?
    Like: Clevo, Sager, HP
    Dislike: Acer

    Would you consider a refurbished laptop?
    No

    What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Listening to Music, Video Editing, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming

    What games will you be playing?
    Team Fortress 2, Battlefield, Skyrim, Minecraft (CPU heavy, not GPU) plus a whole range of other Steam games

    Where will you be using this laptop?
    Will stay on desk

    How many hours of battery life do you need?
    3

    Will you be buying online or in store?
    online

    Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 8 or Windows 7

    List the screen resolutions that interest you:
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)

    Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    Is the laptops design important to you?
    No

    Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?
    Around 10/28/2013

    How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3+ years

    How much storage capacity do you need?
    None, I have my own 256GB SSD but a laptop with 2 hard drive slots would be nice (but not a deal breaker)

    Are you interested in SSD for storage?
    No

    Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?
    DVD Burner

    I've priced the following Clevo P150SM up:

    15.6 Full HD glossy
    Nvidia GTX 770M
    i7 4700MQ 2.4Ghz
    8GB DDR3
    No Hard Drive
    DVD-RW
    Wifi + Bluetooth combo card
    No Operating System
    UK Backlit Keyboard

    £1,072.00

    But I just want to see what else is available to me for the same or less money, especially if it equals the Clevo.

    Thanks very much for any/all help, guys
     
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    I've found the Lenovo Y510p, it has the GT755 which I'm guessing can't compare to the GTX770 but other than that seems favourable. I'm still leaning towards the Clevo/Segar but I'd still love some other opinions or ideas if there are any

    Thanks :)
     
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    Is the 8970 better value? I was going to go with Nvidia this time around, simply because i've been used to an Envy 14 with the "gimped" AMD 5650 for the past 3 years and the way it handles switching between the dedicated and inbuilt graphics is realllllly annoying haha, something a bit more seemless like Optimus really interests me

    mySN seem to be the way forward though, there seems to be lots of buyers throughout Europe (which is encouraging) and the prices aren't too bad

    Thanks very much for your reply :)
     
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    yup, mysn is the way to go :D

    personally i will never buy ati/amd but the question is will nvidia fit within your buget. the 503 is this years version compared to my 502 from last year. the 680 sure bumped up the price but was well worth it.
    think the 780 is even dearer though unless your willing to go for a lower specced card.
     
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    The 503 with the GTX 770, i7 4800MQ and 8GB RAM (is this needed? Or is 4 still suitable?) just sneaks into the very top end o my budget.

    If I could get the system without hard drives it would be even better as I already own a 256GB Sata 3 SSD and a 1TB portable drive but that's something I might have to ask them about first
     
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    Any reason you are going for the 4800MQ? You should be good with the 4700MQ if you are looking at gaming. Should save you a few quid. You need 8 GB of RAM. That is the minimum recommended.

    AMD switching is still a hit or a miss when you compare it to Nvidia's Optimus. And the 8970M is about 10-15% better than the GTX 770M. Just an option.
     
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    Sorry! Haha, my mistake. I did mean the 4700MQ, I thought 47 but I wrote 48... just wishful thinking I think :p

    A 10-15% increase is probably what, 2-5 frames more? I think i'd probably prefer the smooth(er) graphics switching and cheaper cost, to a couple extra frames... but it's definitely worth thinking about because you get what you pay for afterall. Thanks for the 8GB suggestion, I shall take note and make sure I get that rather than the 4
     
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    8gb ram is the norm now but you can save a few more quid upgrading it later yourself as ram is quite cheap.
    you can order without operating system but you will have to ask about the hard drive. it comes with a 320gb 5400rpm as standard which you could sell and then have enough for the ram.
    as idiot said the 4700mq would be fine for your needs saving another £80
     
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