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Buying a new gaming laptop and looking for advice


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#1 connorsuds

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 07:11 PM

I am buying a new gaming laptop and was wondering how these specs look and how well they would play on games such as, battlefield 4, ESO online, WOW. 

 

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:40 AM

Hi, you made a great choice on the i7 CPU as WoW is pretty CPU intensive game and the 860M should be able to handle BF4 at may be medium settings at 1080p. Although, if your budget permits, you could up the GPU to a 870M in order to turn the graphical settings in BF4 and ESO.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:45 AM

My concern would be the 128GB SSD drive.  I'm running 120GB with WoW and install almost everything else to a mechanical disk and I still have had space issues when WoW updates major patches and expansions.  I don't install any where near what I used to but my WoW install is about 35GB, last I checked.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 03:29 PM

if youre looking to buy like today, check out some prebuilts from Lenovo, there are a couple great deals at like the same price with almost identical builds to the one that you have above, i7, Nvidia GT860, SSD AND HDD etc.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:23 AM

My advice is don't buy a gaming laptop. "Gaming Laptop" is an oxymoron.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

I pretty much agree with bludshot if you are going to be gaming a desktop is a better choice.  I am not a fan of the laptop form factor unless you require the portability.  You can get more computer for less money if you go with a desktop.

 

Additionally screen size is an issue.  Another reason for preferring a desktop for gaming is upgrades.  Laptop upgrades are generally limited to RAM and possibly hard drive.  Upgrading a video card can get another six months to a year out of a machine.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:00 PM

Also your posture is worse on a laptop (maybe ok for idle clicking, casual computer use, but you stare at games and focus on them). And, arguably the keyboards are less ergonomic. Everyone I have ever known who games on a laptop suffers overheating problems, including the computer shutting down in the middle of their game.

 

The only time I could see someone getting a gaming laptop is if their situation requires that they can't have a desktop (say they are traveling and living on a bus or something) and so, might as well make it a really powerful gaming one because they like to game.  But for everyone else who really wants a laptop and wants to have a gaming computer, I think they should buy a non-gaming laptop (saving lots of money compared to buying a gaming laptop), and then take that money and buy a gaming PC. Then you have your gaming PC and your laptop.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:17 PM

I have a desktop and a laptop (both gaming systems) I have never had an issue with posture on either of them, to be honest its more comfortable to switch between them from time to time, I use a controller (xbox) with a lot of my games so the keyboard placement is not generally an issue.

 

I really like being able to game just about anywhere, I bring it to my buddy's place and we play multiplayer games, much easier than lugging my desktop and 3 monitors.

 

I have an MSI laptop, and have yet to encounter a game that it couldnt handle.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:53 PM

I was talking about PC gaming ;)  If you're using an xbox controller that's another story. But yeah, this is all just... personal opinion and stuff



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:06 AM

I was talking about PC gaming ;)  If you're using an xbox controller that's another story. But yeah, this is all just... personal opinion and stuff

 

Yea PC gaming with an Xbox controller, Skyrim, Battlefield, Crysis, Borderlands, etc, all playable with a wired Xbox controller.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:53 AM

bludshot is right - Gaming laptops are a little ridiculous. The idea of gaming laptops never really worked for me. I always tell people to never buy a laptop unless the portability is a necessity. But, I am assuming you do need it (or want it, at least) hence why you posted about a laptop in the first place.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 03:32 PM

Nobody's actually answering this guy's questions...

 

The laptop specs look GREAT. You will have a great experience as long as you don't have unreasonable expectations.

 

The battery is not very big and the components are power hungry so I'd only suggest gaming while plugged in. 

 

Other than that, the small SSD is a concern. That's the only thing I would change if you have the option. Maybe 480GB would be good, depending on how many games you want to install.

 

A 128GB SSD only has room for Windows and 1-4 game installs. 4 for smaller, older games, 1 for single insane games with crap tons of addons and updates like WOW. 

 

Since SSDs degrade with write cycles, it would be unwise to be constantly uninstalling and reinstalling games to the SSD. 



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 06:17 AM

Those posters who think you shouldn't buy a 'gaming' laptop have valid points. I, however, feel that if you ever go out of town on a trip of some kind and want access to your on-line games then you should check into it.

I got mine at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ and I'm quite happy with it. I also found a Lenovo on Amazon that had almost the same specs as mine. The main difference was Lenovo had 2 video cards and no DVD. I went with a DVD drive.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

Those posters who think you shouldn't buy a 'gaming' laptop have valid points. I, however, feel that if you ever go out of town on a trip of some kind and want access to your on-line games then you should check into it.

I got mine at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ and I'm quite happy with it. I also found a Lenovo on Amazon that had almost the same specs as mine. The main difference was Lenovo had 2 video cards and no DVD. I went with a DVD drive.

Optical drive is useless. If anything you buy an external one. You can install windows off USB and any PC game can be found on Steam. Optical is a waste of space and money.



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:13 PM

any PC game can be found on Steam. 

 

 

That is not entirely true as some EA games like Battlefield 3 and 4 are not available on Steam.


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