QUESTION: Laptop Ryzen 5 4500 + GTX 1660Ti under £750?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by LaMOi, Feb 7, 2021.

  1. LaMOi

    LaMOi Notebook Guru

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    So I’ve been doing extensive research Over the last month.

    I’ve learned quite a bit.

    I’ve decided to buy a cheaper laptop for home use and playing RTS games.
    with a plan to wait to buy a 30 Series Laptop. No rush.

    I recently bought an HP HP 14s-fq0000na Laptop - AMD Ryzen™ 5. £499

    I’ve been impressed with it. Runs Medieval 2 Total War, Empire Total War.... very smooth. I was surprised! Not even a dedicated graphics card!

    However the screen was too small and a bit naff.
    So I thought why not upgrade to HP PAVILLION same spec only it includes GTX 1650 and bigger screen 15.6.

    Only £649.

    • Dedicated GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB graphics
    • AMD Ryzen 5 4600H hexa core processor
    • 8GB of DDR4 RAM delivers seamless multitasking
    • 256GB SSD offers plenty of storage & super-fast loading

    But you know how it goes....

    You then see another laptop namely Asus TUF Gaming A15 15.6 - which has a better screen 144hz and larger SSD 512 GB only £100 more!

    This pattern can be a slippery slope, you spit something else a little better, slight more expensive.
    But that said I’ve noted with gaming laptops that around a certain price range e.g £600-900 you are largely getting the same components.
    It’s around over £1100 that you start to hit the higher mid range Processors like Ryzen 7 and RTX 2060.

    And I’ve realised it would be foolish to spend that kind of money when I’ve seen new 30 series laptops for under £1000.

    For example,

    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 15.6" 144Hz IPS Ryzen 7 RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop £998

    So I thought no hold fire.

    But I thought if I could get a slightly beefier laptop in the interim. So I could comfortably run Warhammer and 3 Kingdoms Total War would be good.

    So to my question — is it possible to find a laptop with better specs than HP Pavilion 15-ec1001na 15.6"? At the same price point or £100 more (max)?

    So finding better specs below £700-750 — I myself have not been able to find it.

    It seems for that price point these are the best specs you can get.
    Even laptops with RTX 1660Ti mostly adds another £200 to the price from what I’ve seen!

    Any views on this??
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2021
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Though I lack experience with those specific notebooks, the RTX 30 series cards can be worth a little more depending on the kind of games you're playing ...they are significantly better at ray tracing than the RTX 20 series. But if you're fine with integrated graphics, then it is difficult to advise you to spend much more than your original purchase. The HP's GTX 1650 will be far more powerful than Ryzen integrated graphics.

    Another gaming-notebook option is the ASUS TUF Dash F15 - it might be in your price range.

  3. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Notebook Consultant

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