New Laptop for Cyber Security Study's

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  1. GenericStudent

    GenericStudent Newbie

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    Hello everyone. I need to buy a new computer for collage as my current one was stolen. Here are my notes and thoughts. I'm in the UK and I have no brand preferences. I'd prefer to buy brand new but would consider second hand. The computers aesthetics don't matter to me at all (but i do like to look of the hp pavilion below). I plan to make this purchase in a month and want to keep it for 3+ years. If the laptop were to fail within the first year I'm royally f***ed and would be able to pay to have it shipped and fixed.

    Budget: £1,000. I'd like to spend less but I can go as high as £1,300 if the laptop is rely worth it.
    minimum specs: A 4 core CPU that benches at a minimum of -15% in comparison to a i5-6600k.
    I would like it to have the equivalent of at least a 1650.
    any storage options.
    any ram as long as it's not soldered and has 2 slots.
    5 hours of battery life.
    A 14 inch 1080p 60Hz screen is a must as a minimum. Glossy or Matte
    bonus: Removable battery or 7+ hours of battery life.
    Can be purchased without windows.
    For a display I'd like it to have at least 15 inch 120Hz+ 1080p display
    It has a 1660 ti equivalent or better so that I can play some games.
    It can be bought without any storage drives included.
    It has an m.2 slot along with room for a 2.5" HDD
    It comes with a fare warranty but I don't really mind this one.
    Considerations: I want to buy/upgrade to 16GB of ram from CEX because it's cheaper from there.
    I'd also like to buy my storage separate. That being a m.2 NVME drive.
    I will also be installing arch Linux on it so there is no need for windows.
    Use case: I will be running 3-4 virtual machines at a time and would like the boot times to be relatively quick.
    I'm a cyber security student.
    I's also like to play some games like CS:GO, Doom 2016 and doom eternal.
    Possible choices that I'm thinking about:
    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/173...-intel-core-i7-9750h-8gb-ddr4-240gb-m2-ssd-1t
    £1,029 - 17.3in 1080p 144Hz,i7-9750H 6core, 1650, 1TB HDD + 240GB m.2, 8GB ram
    https://www.razer.com/gb-en/gaming-laptops/razer-blade-v6
    £900 - 14in 1080p, i7-7700HQ 4core, GTX1060 6gb, 256GB M.2, 16GB ram, THUNDERBOLT 3
    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/156...0h-8gb-ddr4-256gb-nvme-ssd-4gb-gtx-1650-win10
    £779 - 15.6in 1080p 60hz, i5-9300 4core, GTX1650 4gb, 256GB nvme, 8GB ram,

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/hp-p...s-intel-i7-9750h-gaming-laptop-lt-04k-hp.html
    £1099 - 15.6in 1080p 60hz, i7-9750H 6core, 1660ti 6GB, 512GB nvme, 8GB ram, +aestetics

    https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/recoil-III-gtx-15/
    £1032 - 15.6in 1080p 144hz, 9750H 6core, 1660 ti 6GB, optin price included 512GB nvme, 16GB ram, 17.3in is an additional £30

    https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=7DX02EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB
    £1,049 - 15.6in 1080p, i-9750H 6core, 1660ti, 512GB SSD, 1x8gb ram

    I have these as considerations but I am open to suggestions. Please give me your opinion and only be mean if you must. Thank you.
     
  2. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    15.6" RECOIL III GTX


    It has the best specs I personally wouldn't buy any of those laptops but if thats to your liking go for the 15.6" RECOIL III GTX.

    I would look at something more reliable like the xps 15 with the 1650
     
  3. GenericStudent

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    Do you know the RECOIL III GTX to be unreliable?
    Edit: Just checked out the xps 15 and it's also £350 more expencive
     
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    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    as a rule of thumb when it comes to laptops, You get what you pay for sometimes stretching the budget initially lowers overall cost down the road.

    also I said unreliable because they have not been widely distributed for a very long time
     
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