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Gaming Laptop Advice Needed

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#1 rdcast


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:09 PM

Hello everyone!

My current computer specs:
$400, four-year-old HP laptop
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Version: 10.0.16299 Build 16299

Processor: Intel® Pentium® CPU N3540 @ 2.16GHz, 2159 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)

Drive: C:
Description: Local Fixed Disk
Compressed: No
File System: NTFS
Size: 441.91 GB
Free Space: 359.49

Installed Physical Memory (RAM)...4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory..................3.89 GB
Available Physical Memory............1.37 GB
Total Virtual Memory....................7.89 GB
Available Virtual Memory..............4.70 GB
Page File Space...........................4.00 GB

I saw no video/graphics-card, in my laptop.

With the above specs, my current laptop, in gaming programs, often logs-out from the game. Lagging and global slow operation plague my online experience.

I need expert recommendations for a new gaming laptop, that will out-perform my expectations.

My suggested baseline Specs:
17" Laptop (a must).
Processor: Advanced.
Fast/Large SSD with no second HDD, if practical.
Fast 32 GB RAM
Powerful video/graphics card.
Adequate cooling system.
Backlit keyboard.
Preferable total cost: $1,500 or less, if realistic.

I first researched and chose Newegg to "customize" a laptop. Final cost, $1,721. That was substantially above my stated budget of $1,500. Once having placed the order and payment was transferred, I then discovered that Newegg could not vouch for the compatibility of its components. And instead of customizing the laptop for me, they required that they ship me the RAM to install myself and to call the vendor for compatibility issues. I canceled the order.

9SIAAPK5RB8261 MSI GP72X Leopard Pro BUNDLE - 17.3" FHD 120Hz 5ms 94% NTSC | Upgraded 512GB SSD | Intel i7-7700HQ | Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti (4GB) | 1TB 7200RPM HDD | Windows 10 Home - Retail | $1,539.00
20-232-155 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16S-16GRS - Retail | $182.99
System Final Total: $1,721.99

Next, I went directly to their vendor Xotic-PC who did a better job of "customizing" but after the transfer of payment again, they informed me that the manufacturer no longer provided the product, and had to cancel the order. This occurred after much foofaraw about payment type being my credit card had flagged the large sum.

System Final Total: $1,807 including the following upgrades:
Cooling & Overclocking: 1 x IC Diamond Thermal Compound - GPU & CPU (XPC Service) $35.00 
Ram: 1 x 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory $169.00
M.2 SATA / PCIe / NVMe SSD Drive Slot 1: 
1 x 500GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (Read 3200MB/s - Write 1900MB/s) $204.00

I need expert advice without the bias, on how to best configure a gaming laptop suited to my needs without undue expense. Also, any suggestions for a good custom laptop supplier would be very helpful.

Thanks for any and all help,

Edited by hamluis, 04 December 2017 - 04:22 PM.
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#2 D_A_R_K_Knight


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:39 PM

I have used laptops for almost all of my gaming. I owned Alienware before and after Dell took over. Most recently I went to a MacBook, but those are less gaming friendly. 


 You asked for "vendor suggestions" recently I purchased a Sager laptop for my son and love it. The quality was excellent, it feels like a gaming (desktop replacement) laptop and did not come loaded with all the bloat ware that others may. I would recommend them, I was able to build a very good laptop at or under your $1500.00 budget. But as always if you are trying to configure the laptop with the latest top of the line CPU/GPU you will go over budget.


i7 7700

GTX 1060 (1050Ti was less)

16gb DDR4 2400mhz

256 SSD

1TB mechanical HD






Good place to start. I never had issues with my Alienware laptops either, I know theres some haters out there since Dell took them over only going off of personal experience ($1475.00) for their 7700/GTX 1060.

#3 rdcast

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:58 PM

Thanks a million for your awesome suggestions!  :love4u:

Thank you D_A_R_K Knight for your insight. Indeed, I followed your recommendation and purchased the following system.
SAGER NP8372 Notebook

- 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Processor ( 6MB Smart Cache, 2.80GHz)
- 17.3" Full HD IPS Matte Display with G-SYNC Technology (1920 x 1080)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB GDDR5 Video Memory
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
- Windows® 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled
- 16GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2400MHz - 1 X 16GB
- 250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
- 1TB FireCuda SSHD Drive
- Killer Dual Band Wireless-AC 1535 M.2 AC Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Module Software & Services

- Sager 3 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty [+$179.00]

- $2,128.00

Edited by hamluis, 04 December 2017 - 04:17 PM.
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#4 Kilroy


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 02:57 PM

rdcast, you would have gotten better responses if you'd have given a maximum cost.  The machine you purchased is $700 over your stated max and doesn't meet the requirements you posted, it only has 16GB of RAM.  You probably could have gone without the 1TB drive also as you're using less than 100GB on your current machine.

#5 LeeFitzsimmons


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:41 PM

I would offer this advice.


For your next upgrade, I would suggest you go with a desktop and not a laptop.


I used to play games on laptops, and the entire experience is so much better on a desktop.


Just my two cents worth... :-)

#6 Aishwar


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 08:03 AM

There are many games you could play as per the specs of your laptop. Check out this list where you will find a lot of awesome games that you can install and enjoy on your laptop: https://www.gizmobase.com/lists/best-low-spec-pc-laptops-games/1187/

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 03:26 AM

Yes, the 32 GB of ram is over kill for for your laptop, unless you are doing video/photo editing then 16 GB is plenty, and MSI is another really good manufacturer of gaming laptops

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