Looking to buy a laptop for gaming

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  1. ember89

    ember89 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello everybody!

    I need your help. I'm looking to buy a great laptop for gaming. It does not need to be new.
    I'm ok with a used one too if it's in a good condition. However I must buy one in the following two weeks(traveling).

    1) What is your budget?
    $1200-$1300

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17.3" 120Hz or more FullHD
    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: Clevo/Sager
    b. Dislike:None so far

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

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

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, I will travel a lot in the next few months. I don't really care about the weight of the laptop or if it's bulky.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes, that's the reason I'm looking for one. All kind of games. Few I played recently: Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, Insurgency: Sandstorm, Red Dead Redemption 2 etc.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    I don't need a lot. ~1hr

    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.

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    FullHD 120Hz +

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Matte

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    I don't really need much. 500GB or more.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    In the next two weeks. I don't have much time. My first flight is due on Aug 01. I will travel a lot the next few months.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    2-3 Years if possible.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I have one for work. So I should be ok I guess?

    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?
    That's fine. However I don't think I can get any decent new laptop for this price. So it doesn't really matter.
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Hi there and welcome back.
    The Sager NP6877CQ meets your needs and budget. I'd suggest upping the memory to 32GB (2x 16GB), or at least getting 2x 8GB instead of the default single stick; that way you'll have dual-channel memory for better performance.
    The GTX 1660 Ti is a strong card and will be able to play all games at 1080p well.

    To see what else is available, try this search on Newegg.
    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?LeftPriceRange=0 1400&N=100167732 601329747 601327201 601327202 601350588 600553910 600136700

    Charles
     
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    ember89 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you for your reply. I checked the laptop you linked. I really like it but I decided to increased my budget to $2400. Hoping to get faster, better performance laptop.
    Do you guys think a Dell Alienware Area 51m with this specs would worth the price tag. It would be $2540 after taxes.
    Specs:
    17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz, IPS, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Eyesafe(R) Display Tech + Tobii Eyetracking
    2 x 256GB PCIe SSD (R0), 1TB Hybrid
    16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 at 2400MHz
    NVIDIA(R) GeForce RTX(TM) 2070 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
    Windows 10 Home 64bit English
    9th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K (8-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.9GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    Alienware TactX keyboard with per-key RGB LED AlienFX lighting, anti-ghosting, and N-Key rollover technology
    Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Initial Year

    Or is there any better laptop out there for this money? I still cancel this order in the next few days.

    Thank you again!
     
  4. Ed. Yang

    Ed. Yang Notebook Evangelist

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    Hmmm... 2400mhz, 9#00K, seems like refurbished/preowned set to me?
     
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    I'm not sure. Placed the order directly on Dell's website.
     
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    Ed. Yang Notebook Evangelist

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    If u're comfortable with just one yr warranty, u can get a biggie within ur budget of under $1.3k
    If u would prefer to get another yr of insurance(warranty), burst ur initial budget limit by $50.​
     
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    ember89 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can you give me a link to this laptop, please? I can't recognize it from the picture you linked.
     
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    Thank you. I'm not sold on their laptops just yet. However my order was cancelled from Dell for unknown reasons. No one could tell me what the issue were after two days on the phone. I got super frustrated and moved on. I have to find another laptop with the same or better specs.
    Any recommendation, please?
     
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    The Sager NP8378F2 is a powerful gaming laptop and well priced. It doesn't use a desktop CPU like the Alienware Area-51m, but for gaming it will make little difference.

    I'd suggest 32GB of RAM for future-proofing. It's not an expensive upgrade nowadays.

    Charles
     
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