Looking for a gaming/college laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ardit, Apr 20, 2015.

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  1. ardit

    ardit Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    My budget is around 1000-1200$

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    I'd prefer Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen or Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook?
    I actually live in Germany. But I'm just looking for information about which I should buy, then I will just look for it. But, of course, if there are web sites that ship here or if you if any suggestions they are very well accepted.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I don't have any particular preferences, I feel like brands like Asus or Acer aren't as good as HP or Lenovo but I'm not really sure. Although, looking for gaming laptops I've seen brands which I don't really know.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes, as long as they work.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Web surfing, office and productivity software, gaming, listening to music, video chat and movie streaming.

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook?
    Yes, like GTA, Skyrim and Dark souls II9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    At least 5h

    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?
    It's OK to buy online without seeing it

    11) What OS do you prefer?
    Windows 7 or 8


    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    Midrange or maximum resolution

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    Can't really decide.


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, but not very important.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    As soon as possible.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    At least 5 years.


    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    About 500GB. Yes I'd like to have a SSD as well.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Yes. But i don't really need a burner, although it wouldn't hurt to have one.



    Hi I'm Ardit and I'm looking for a do-it-all laptop, and gaiming is one of the main tasks.
    So far I'm interested in the HP Envy 17-k104ng or Lenovo Y50-70, what do you think about this two?
    At xoticpc.com there is a big choice between Sager and MSI buy most of what I've seen had 3+ hours of battery life.
    So I'm not sure of what I should choose.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. DataShell

    DataShell Notebook Deity

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    The Y50 is a good laptop, just make sure you're getting the version with the IPS screen. If you can flex your budget by a bit, I highly recommend the Sager NP8651 (Clevo P650SE).
     
  3. coincidence

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    I'd recommend flexing the budget for the Sager NP8651, it'll fit you a lot better like Data Shell said.
     
  4. Quikster

    Quikster Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    Only problem, is it won't get 5 hours of battery, only about 4 as long as you get a 1080p screen, and it doesn't have an optical drive.
     
  5. Game7a1

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    Doesn't the Y50 come bundled with an external DVD drive (only on some bundles)? I mean, is an external DVD drive is okay?
    The best GPU you are able is either a 860m/960m or a 965m. The aforementioned Clevo laptop and the Alienware 15 (though with an i5, which may not be to your liking) come with a GTX 965m. I say either or the Y50 are good choices if you plan on using an external DVD drive.
     
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    Huh? The NP8651 has a 970M.
     
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    Ahh, darn it. I was thinking of the NP8650. My mistake.
     
  8. ardit

    ardit Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks to all of you,
    the Sager NP8651 seems like a very good option. But if I wanted one that has a longer battery life should I look for more expensive laptops or are there any other options?

    Anyway I'd rather have a normal optical drive instead of an external one, or I'd rather just buy a laptop without it because I already have an external optical drive.
     
  9. ChrisAtsin

    ChrisAtsin Notebook Evangelist

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    You would have to either drop the dGPU or get an Alienware 13 to stay in your price range and get 5+ hours of battery life. If you spend more, the AW15, the Razer Blade 14 and the Asus UX501 will also get your 5+ hours.
     
  10. DataShell

    DataShell Notebook Deity

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    Yeah,as painful as it is to say, batery life is one of the things Dell did right with the Alienware 15. @ardit The Alienware 15 is probably your best beti you want more battery life but don't want to sacrifice performance and are willing to drop the extra $$$ on your new machine. I know that it's possible to talk your way into discounts with Alienware on the phone, but you'd have to ask in the Alienware subforum for info on that.
     
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