VR-Ready + Gaming + Video Editing Laptop < pref $2000

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by PixelShmixel, Dec 7, 2017 at 4:08 AM.

  1. PixelShmixel

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Around $2000 to $2500 (lower is always better so I can then spend on VR gadgets and other peripherals).

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    15". But may also consider 17".

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Dubai. (Laptops are hella expensive here, so I am open to ordering one from the US).

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: No preference. Open to all.
    b. Dislike: None.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Maybe, but with at least OEM warranty.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    a. Games
    b. Video editing (hobby, non-professional)
    c. Multimedia (streaming Netflix to the TV, etc)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both, but it will mainly stay on my desk. Will occasionally take it for LAN parties or D&D groups (if I'm the Dungeon Master), and maybe to work once in a while if needed.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    VR games (I plan on getting Vive and others in the near future)
    RPGs (e.g. Divinity Original Sin 2)
    MMOs (might get back into WoW if they release the vanilla server)
    GTA V with many mods
    If possible, try the latest Forza with my racing wheel.
    All other titles I will leave for my PS4.
    It's worth mentioning that I would occasionally like to record myself while gaming (screen + camera)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Battery-life is not a major requirement since I will almost always find a place to plug it in.

    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?
    Buying online is fine.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 10.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    Max resolution. Pref. 4k and 120ghz (but this may be asking too much, in which case 1080p is fine). I just want to future-proof as much as possible.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Glossy.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Dec 2017 / Jan 2018. Hoping for holiday season / boxing day deals.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    At least 5+ years. I have had my current laptop (HP DV6, 1210TX) since 2009, and I've pretty much run it into the ground (RIP).

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    I would prefer at least a 256GB SSD for the OS and programs. And a 1TB HDD.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No.

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    One Main Preference:
    A major criteria for me is cooling (and preferably less loud fan noise if possible). I will not be playing any major AAA titles on ultra settings. Cooling and fan noise is not a problem for when I'm VR gaming, but it's not desired when I'm multi-tasking and video editing.

    I am computer-literate, but otherwise a noob when it comes to 'thermal paste', 'thermal throttling', 'overclocking' and all these other terms. This is why I'm averse to getting a Sager/Clevo. I don't want to have to do any additional things like pasting, or undervolting the processor, or messing with the bios. I'll probably screw that up anyway. Apart from this issue, I have no problem with a reliable pre-built and stress-tested plug and play Sager/Clevo recommendation.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention, 1070 is my preference for the graphics card.
     
  2. sicily428

    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    15"
    Msi gt62vr 7re
    Msi 16L13
    Clevo p750tm

    17"
    Msi gt72vr 7re
    Clevo p775tm
     
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    I've decided to settle on this. Went to Dubai Mall this weekend and found it (but it had a 7820 CPU; is that skylake?).
    It was for 9k AED (USD $2,450), which is HELLA expensive I think.

    I've searched online, but not having good luck finding this exact model.

    I'm definitely going for this one. Thanks for helping me make up my mind. Can you suggest where I should look for this online?
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    i7-7820hk is an OCable Kabylake mobile cpu
    http://www.hidevolution.com/msi-gt62vr-7re-dominator-pro-239-custom-built-gaming-laptop.html
     
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    Oh, that's a relief then! And thanks for the link.

    In your experience, is it worth waiting till closer/after Christmas or will the price difference be negligible?
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    my suggestion is for waiting february. new 6-cores Intel mobile cpus are coming
     
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    Okay great. Thanks again!
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    you are welcome!
     
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