Hi all, my PC recently broke and my laptop is on its last legs. I work away from home sometimes and do a lot of my work on the laptop at the moment all my PC was ever used for was some battlefield 3 really. So I'm in the market for a new laptop.
What is your budget? £500-900
What country will you be buying this in? UK
What size notebook do you prefer? Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)
Desktop Replacement (17-inch + screen)
What brands do you like or dislike? Dislike: Mac
Would you consider a refurbished laptop? Yes
What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for? Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming
Mostly extremely gigantic excel files. Watching / streaming movies and occasional few hours of gaming (Battlefield 3)
What games will you be playing? Battlefield 3, Diablo 3.
Where will you be using this laptop? Will be used different places and Will stay on desk
How many hours of battery life do you need? 2
Will you be buying online or in store? online or in store
Which OS do you prefer? Windows 7
List the screen resolutions that interest you: Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)
High Resolution (1600 x 900)
Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)
Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen? Glossy or Matte is fine
Is the laptops design important to you? No
Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop? Around 03/30/2012
How long do you want this laptop to last? 1 1/2 years
How much storage capacity do you need? 250 GB
Are you interested in SSD for storage? Maybe
Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type? No
Now I'm not sure but I figure for my budget I will be hard pressed to get something that can run battlefield 3 (even on low settings) though I'm not massively familiar with laptops as I am with desktops. So if my budget can't reach a BF3 ready machine what are peoples thoughts on trying to build a eGPU (or external card) utilising the PSU and GPU from my now broken PC.
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Your options would include the Dell XPS 17 with the GT555m which should allow gaming at low to medium settings for BF3. You can get 10% off using the coupon 0C03P209L07JS$ . A sample config would look something like this
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
Microsoft Operating System English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Memory 8192MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x4096] Keyboard Backlit UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard Video Card 3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M Graphics Card
Hard Drive 1TB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Dual HDD - (2x500GB)
Optical Devices DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)
Wireless Networking Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 (2x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card)
Cables UK 250V Power Cord
Shipping Documents English Documentation
Gedis Bundle Reference N02X7M06
Service Standard Service - 1 year of Collect & Return 10 day coverage included with your PC
Extended Service 1Yr Next Day Hardware Support
Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband Not Included
Digital Photography Adobe® Photoshop® Elements + Premiere® Elements Bundle
Order Information XPS L702x Order - UK
Primary Battery 9-cell 90Whr Lithium Ion battery
Carrying Cases No Carrying Case
Dell System Media Kit XPS L702x Resource DVD
Color Choice Silver Anodized Aluminum Cover
Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Protection
Online Backup DataSafe Online Backup 2GB - 1 year licence
TV Tuner TvTuner Not Included LCD 44 cm(17.3") FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
DataSafe Datasafe Local 2.3 Basic
Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
Protect your new PC McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription
Power Supply 150W AC Adaptor
Operating System Recovery Options OS Windows® Recovery Media Not included
TOTAL :£836.09 inclusive of all taxes
You could also look at a custom Clevo laptop from PCSPECIALIST - Laptop-computers, Laptops, Custom Laptops, Gaming Laptops, Buy Laptop . You could salvage the copy of windows 7 from your PC and install it on the laptop. The build quality is good and the performance to price ratio is one of the best. They builders have a good reputation on this forum. Look for at least a GT555m on the Optimus II for decent gaming performance. A sample config would look like something like this
Optimus II: 15.6" Glossy Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-2670QM (2.20GHz) 6MB
8GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB) nVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M - 2GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
250GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD2500BEKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6230 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Standard Build - Approximately 5 to 7 working days £706 inc VAT and Delivery.
If you can wait for about a month or a little longer, you should be able to get your hands on the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia/AMD. They will be introducing their latest generation hardware some time at the end of April.
Medion X6819 and X6817 are possibly the best price for the hardware .
But just you should know that Medion are not famous for their support , not so good monitors , loud , X6819 I think on battery drops GPU to minimum -not sure you could play realy intensive games .
As well I heard somewhere that you need to send the machine back to Germany if any concerns and you will pay for this .
About the new laptops - probably you have to wait till summer .