Hi, currently looking at replacing current laptop (Fujitsu Q702 i5-3427U @1.8GHz) due to its untimely death as the screen and power buttons lose their functionality ):
Am entering university as of next year so looking for something that can get me through that, as well as being a low level gamer (nothing higher than Sims3 really, LoL, AoE, etc.. low demand.). I'm wondering whether it would be cost effective to buy 2 separate machines, one for home and one for school, or just keep it to one laptop.
I'm looking at: MSI GT70 i7-4700MQ@2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 128SSD + 1TB HDD, 17''
WITH NVIDIA GTX 770 Graphics Card,
which I can get for $600 effectively new. This would function as a home pc/desktop, and I'd then purchase a second laptop for approx. $250 (nothing spec heavy, 11'' with 1.5+ GHz 32GB SSD etc.)
Alternatively, most anything I can find that incorporates a semi-decent graphics card into a small laptop with a nice CPU is looking upwards of $1200 or so, my personal favourite so far being the Lenovo Yoga 710 i7-7500U@2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD, NVIDIA 940MX graphics card, priced at about $1600.
Are these sorts of prices good value (especially MSI+mini laptop)? Is there going to be anything small and portable (<14'') that I can find that will have a decent graphics card, as well as 8GB RAM, SSD, and an ok processor under the combined price of $600MSI + $250?? Which is a better cost/value, or a more effective system??
Not going to be using it for heavy high demand tasks (i.e. 3D software, video editiing, etc.), simply looking at maximising performance with value, while still being able to have gaming ability.