Mainly its between MSI GS75 or ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704GW, but open to others

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by donotwant, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. donotwant

    donotwant Notebook Guru

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    as the title said I'm mainly in between MSI GS75 or ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704GW,
    but open to others systems

    1) What is your budget?
    My budget is around $2,000 but I might be able to stretch it to $,2500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    17.3" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    United States

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: MSI, ASUS, Acer
    b. Dislike: too many Toshiba's died on my watch, and HP I had only frustrating customer support dealings

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    I would rather stay away from refurbished

    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?
    It won't be going out of the house much, but it won't be staying on a desk either.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    I don't really play moba's or sports, but everything else is game

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Battery life is not as important since it will not be leaving the house much.

    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?
    I always prefer seeing and feeling out an item, rather than blindly purchase it online.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    if I had to choose it would have to be windows, but I don't like it.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080p would be fine, I really like my 2017 MBP screen though.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    I guess I prefer glossy though it can be annoying with sunlight, but matte is not a deal breaker.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Sure.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    I have a 1TB m.2 NVME 960 evo drive that I will replace whatever hard drive the laptop has. so drive size isn't important right now.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    when the RTX 20xx laptops come out.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    hoping it will last me for 5 years at least.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    well currently I have nothing since my Alienware R4 died(it was a cheap open box and I had a warranty on it so at least I got my money back) and I have to wait for the new laptops to be released.

    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?
    If it gets fixed, I don't care.

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    I am looking to get a laptop with the new RTX2070 thats coming out. its fine if its Max-q.

    as for how experianced i am with computers, i would say very. I am able to upgrade a hard drive on a MSI gs65 stealth (the one you have to take mostly apart because the m.2 slots are on the other side of the motherboard. Though i do not feel confident enough to take apart the heating elements to that board. I have built and set up many pc's.
     
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  2. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    The Asus has cooling and firmware problems with frequent performance drops. Supposedly some of the performance drops have been solved through the latest BIOS update, but it's still a dogy unit if you ask me.
    The MSI is a solid laptop with no known issues. I would go with the MSI.
     
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  3. donotwant

    donotwant Notebook Guru

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    what about the GIGABYTE AERO 15-X9-RT5P? its similarly priced as the stealth, but only a 15"
     
  4. JRey

    JRey Notebook Evangelist

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    I'd personally go for the GS75 between your 2 choices.
    The GS65 has pretty good cooling and the new GS75 will have an improved cooling design. With your budget, you should be able to get either the RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 Max-Q versions.
     
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  5. donotwant

    donotwant Notebook Guru

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    MSI GS75 Stealth it is then. I will probably be buying from GentechPC, seem to have a good deal. Though I think I will stay away from liquid metal and just stay with nonconductive paste. I don't know why but I feel very skittish about liquid metal.
     
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    Krogshöj Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would definitely buy the Stealth if I had your budget.
     
  7. donotwant

    donotwant Notebook Guru

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    well I tossed a curve ball and canceled my order for the GS75 and got a GE75 instead...

    As much as I loved the thickness of the GS75 and the giant mouse pad, I got scared by the performance of the 2070 max-q. At $100 cheaper the GE75 has a non max-q, so I switched to that instead. Luckily Ken from GenTechPC had me covered.
     
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    Max Q cards are severely underclocked, so only get it if you don't play much Triple A games
     
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