Upgrading GT62VR Dominator Pro

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by GamingACU, Jun 4, 2021.

  1. GamingACU

    GamingACU Notebook Deity

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    My MSI GT62VR has been amazing over the last 4 years, but I get the feeling it's near the end of its lifecycle. Done a bit of traveling with it, so it's slightly banged up, and the GTX 1070 is a few generations old now. Will probably give it to my wife to replace her desktop with an old AMD bulldozer processor and GTX 960.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Preferably under $2500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    Would like it to be minimally bulky and under 7lbs. if a 17".

    Current laptop is a 15" with lots of extra bulk.
    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: MSI, Sager (although haven't owned one in awhile so not sure how the brand is doing).
    b. On the fence: Alienware (been hit and miss for me), Asus.
    c. Dislike: Lenovo, Acer, Mac
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Yes, my 3 previous laptops were refurbished and performed great for years.

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

    Gaming. Analytical data processing / visualizations (Tableau, PowerBI, etc).

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Mostly leaving it on a desk. Maybe some occasional travel.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    Yes, potentially anything, so would prefer high-end specs (i7, GTX 3080).

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    Enough to watch a movie is fine.

    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?

    Don't need to see it.

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

    Windows 10

    Screen Specifics

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

    1080p minimum.

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

    Matte, but it's not a deal breaker.


    Build Quality and Design

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

    Build quality > style but a backlit keyboard is required.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    1TB is fine.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    In the next month

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    3+ years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    Not an issue unless I get rid of my current one.

    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?

    Vendor is fine.
     
  2. GamingACU

    GamingACU Notebook Deity

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    Making a response to say that I'm currently looking at the Xotic PC XOTIC G70H.

    It's the only thing I've seen under my budget so far with an i7 and 3080. I've ordered from Xotic before, but never their own brand so don't know how they perform.
     
  3. atquantrandash93

    atquantrandash93 Notebook Consultant

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    It's basically a Clevo rebranded. Regarding Clevo, it is sold in the U.S. by many resellers under different names, e.g. EVOC from HIDEvolution, Sager, XoticPC, Pro-star PC, etc.
    Many on this forum would only use a Clevo with a Prema BIOS, which is a custom version allowing full control of the machine. This BIOS can only be obtained from a Prema partner vendors, e.g. HID, LPC-Digital, and zTecpc. On the other hand, many would say the stock BIOS has improved, and that the Prema BIOS is a cherry on top, not a necessity.
    As a result, buying from Xotic PC would not give you the Prema BIOS. You may consider checking LPC-Digital, as I think it offers the lowest price, with Prema BIOS, compared to other Prema partners.

    I hope this helps.

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    I ended up getting an Alienware M15 R4. Was able to stack a couple of discounts/coupons and get a 3080 build under $2k.
     
  5. atquantrandash93

    atquantrandash93 Notebook Consultant

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    Nice! Where did you get the coupons?

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    I got the code through this Slickdeals post: https://slickdeals.net/f/15071350-a...-10870h-16gb-ram-512gb-ssd-1579?src=catpagev2

    However, that model is not accepting that coupon anymore. So I just went around adding random variants to my cart until one finally worked and then I customized it how I wanted.

    Ended up with:
    i7-10870H
    3080
    32gb ram
    1tb SSD
     
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    atquantrandash93 Notebook Consultant

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    Congrats! And thank you for the link!

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