Looking for Gaming Laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by pwnbot5000, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. pwnbot5000

    pwnbot5000 Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1,000 to $2,000. I realize that's wide, but ultimately I'm just looking for the best value for my money. Was eyeing the Helios 300 but it's pretty hard to find at it's normal $1,200 and lower price right now. Was also looking at the Lenovo 7i which is near $2,000 but the wait is two months to get one. Basically if it performs well and isn't well over $2,000 I'm interested. Been considering the 1660ti the minimum card.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    D. 15-16"
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Like the looks of Asus and Razer, but have heard they're brands to avoid
    b. Dislike: Not really. I don't love the look of the Helios 300, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it were readily in stock.
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No would prefer new.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming and web browsing.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Most of the time I'll be using it on the couch or in bed, rarely leaving home with it.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes, mostly: World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 (and Diablo 4 wheneveri t comes out), Hearthstone, Civ VI, Final Fantasy XIV, and occasionally AAA games though highest settings not needed.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not important as I'll rarely be using it away from an outlet.

    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?
    Considering COVID...buying online.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080p 144hz is fine, and ideally one with good colors, contrast, and low input lag (no ghosting please). If it has G-Sync that's a big plus, but it seems G-Sync laptops are pretty limited and a big price jump to get it.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    No real preference here, Matte will likely be better under my living room lights, but I've heard they can make the screen less clear which I don't love.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    A little bit, but overall I'd say I'm interested in function over form.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Two m.2 slots would be ideal, stock SSD size doesn't matter as I'm comfortable swapping it out.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Ideally this month.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    At least a few years would be nice.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I have a main desktop, making this a luxury item I could live without if it failed and I needed to RMA it.

    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?
    Mail in warranty is fine for me.
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Try a Sager. The NP7958F1 has a great loadout for the money; I configured it with a Ryzen 7 3700X, an 8GB RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM, and a 500GB SSD/1TB hard drive storage combo for about $1,800.
    That will certainly let you play all of today's games maxed-out. It's wise to get a system that's high-end if you want to use it for a few years.

    The MSI GE66 Raider is an alternative, or the GS66 Stealth if you want something thin and light. Neither will be as powerful as that Sager but will still be more than enough for today's games.

    All I'd caution you from reading your post is the use of the notebook in a couch/bed. If you are going to be gaming or stressing the notebook, invest in a lapdesk or otherwise ensure the notebook is resting on a solid surface. Cooling is very important in high-performance notebooks and there is not much margin of error if the fans are blocked etc.

    Charles
     
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  3. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    and if your uncertain of sager about 10 years ago I bought a gaming sager and it lasted 7 years and I had almost no issues during that duration, and yes the NP7958F1 is your best bet.
     
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