Hey everyone. Ever since my old HP Pavilion HP Pavilion dv7-4087cl from 2010 crashed on me, I have been in new computer mode since late last summer. I have been trying figure out what I was looking for, such as a laptop or desktop. I kept going back and forth until my 9 year old backup laptop, Acer Aspire, broke down a few weeks ago. With the casualties of both my laptops, I decided it was best to definitely shop for a new laptop. I am looking for a laptop that I can use for school. I also want a computer that has good gaming capabilities.
I wanted to get the forum's opinion on the MSI Apache GE62 and GE72. I have seen great reviews for the GE62, which is one that I am leaning towards. The GE72 just has more ram and a bigger screen. Links of the specs are provided below:
Just in case, I will use the template as a guide. I am open to all opinions and recommendations that fits my criteria if they are outside MSI Apache models that I listed above.
Laptop or Desktop?
My budget for the new computer is:
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Gaming, web browsing, school work, video editing, a little game streaming on twitch
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Microsoft office, Power Director, Xsplit/OBS, Steam
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, other games that I can access from steam
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
I tend to keep some internet tabs open along with some programs. I can adapt to the new computer if I need to.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, but will probably use a portable hard drive if I need to. I also will be utilizing cloud storage like google drive and dropbox. It is preferred to have a 1TB hdd at 7200RPM. If I can get a good deal, then ssd (yet not that important right now).
Will you be overclocking?
I don't know how to overclock, so no
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
For now, I will use it with my hdmi port from my television.
Maybe 2 computer monitors down the road for a three screen setup (laptop and two monitors).
Do you need peripherals? OS?
None except for a mouse, maybe a cooling mat. Windows 8.1, but will take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade as soon as it comes out.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
I want the versatility of doing school work, media consumption, and gaming on the go. I have never had a computer with a dedicated gpu. Consequently, my remaining desktop of 10 years cannot play, let alone open the latest and past games from steam. Ever since I was able to do some light gaming on my HP Pavilion on a integrated graphics card, I wanted to play more. However, I would like more computing muscle. I haven't played a computer game since August, so I am ready to play again.
Edited by Miroku16, 28 May 2015 - 05:06 PM.