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Spec questions before I buy a new gaming/work Laptop.

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#1 yorocco7


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 12:34 AM

I'm looking to buy a new Laptop. I've narrowed my search down to 3-4 options. Acer-Asus-Dell & Lenovo. The PC has to have intel i5 or better.
I'm looking at something suitable for work (video editing, Wed-design) & average gaming. It seems like nvidia is the way to go for my needs.
So I have a few questions I want to ask to help find the best laptop for me.

-What is the "real world" difference between these Graphics cards best to worst?
Nvidia GTX 960M
Nvidia GTX 950M
Nvidia GTX 940M
* What about a Lenovo with Intel HD 520 card?

-Is an intel i5 6th Gen Better than an i7 5th Gen?
-If the laptop has an optical/DVD/CD drive can that be removed & a SSD drive in its place? I've heard that is an option.
-If so how does that work as far as filling the cavity left, do you need to get some kind of chassy?
-If the laptop has a 128 SSD HD & a 1TB HDD can I assume the SSD is a removable/upgradable drive & not fixed permanently to the motherboard?
I heard the models with the small 8 SSD & 1TD HHD have the SSD as a chip built onto the motherboard & can not be upgraded.
-How can I tell if the SSD can be removed/ upgraded?
-If the laptop has a upgradeable SSD how do I tell what type of SSD will work in the device? Like finding RAM compatibility.
-Is there anyway to tell how hard it is to open the compartment bins to get to things like the HDD & RAM?

Here are a couple of the laptops I'm looking to buy:

-My #1 so far: ASUS X555UB-NH51


-Lenovo Flex 3

Thanks for the help!

Edited by hamluis, 04 December 2015 - 10:17 AM.
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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:09 AM

If you're doing video editing I'd recommend sticking with the machines with nVidia machines.


Removing the DVD drive and replacing with a SSD or hard drive will depend on the machine.  Normally there is a chassy that the drive goes into.


The SSD may be upgradeable, but it may be an M2 drive (basically a memory stick).  The SSD may also be soldiered to the system board, again it will depend on the machine.  The only way that you're going to be able to tell is to either get a hold of the service and repair manual or find postings on line stating it is one way or the other.


If the SSD is upgradeable you just have to replace it with the same type, SATA or M2.


Normally if the part is end user upgradeable it is easy to get to, normally only a few phillips head screws.

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 03:45 AM

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