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New laptop for gaming and study

1 hour 20 min ago

Hi,

My current laptop is outdated and is on it's way out (Toshiba Satellite L650). I am looking to upgrade to a new laptop that I can game on. I like the portability of a laptop, travel a fair bit and need it for study so I don't want to build a PC. Ideally I'd like to play The Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, Borderlands 2, Overwatch and other newer AAA titles if I can. Doesn't necessarily have to be the highest graphics settings just run comfortably is all. I have narrowed my searches down to two laptops and would like some insight as to which would be better, or if there is another option. My price range is around $1,500 AUD however I can go slightly higher if needed as I want this laptop to last at least the next 3 - 5 years.

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/asus-gamer-fx503vm-e4178t-15-6-inch-gaming-laptop.html

Or

https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/deals/dell-g3-15-in-stock-ready-to-ship/spd/g-series-15-3579-laptop/smb510501au

I'm leaning more towards the Asus as it seems to have the better specs.

Thanks for your help!

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Laptop Suggestions-Gaming

1 hour 21 min ago
* **Total budget and country of purchase:** £2000, UK * **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.** Best spec for money. * **How important is weight and thinness to you?** Not really important * **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.** Windows * **Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.** N/A * **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.** Gaming mainly and some photoshop work * **If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?** All new titles on med/high settings * **Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?** good build quality and ok look but not necessary * **Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.** Currently using HP omen i5 7th gen with 1050gtx it does ok but games are getting slow had it for 2 years so i think its time for upgrade had a bit of look and this one seems decent https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-rog-zephyrus-15-6-intel-core-i7-gtx-1070-gaming-laptop-1-tb-hdd-256-gb-ssd-10180450-pdt.html but im seeking some more opinions and suggestions. Thank you submitted by /u/Infernaus
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First time buying a laptop from Philippines

1 hour 50 min ago

My budget is $750 and I'm from Philippines. I was hoping the laptop be meant for video editing which i think would focus on SSD Ram and Processor of the laptop. I dont have any clue what kind of laptop that fits in my budget. Please help me, thank you!

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Laptop for Basic Use

2 hours 24 min ago

Total budget and country of purchase:

20,000 Philippine Peso/380 Dollars

* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.**

Best Specification for money

* **How important is weight and thinness to you?**

N/A

* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.**

Windows

* **Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.**

N/A

* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.**

Just Microsoft Office Stuff

* **If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?**

N/a

* **Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?**

N/a

* **Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.** -

I found a store that sells this

Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 for 380 dollars, it has an
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core i3-6006U
  • 4GB DDR4 SDRAM

while most of the laptops that has been offered for my budget is around 320 dollars, mostly running in celeron n4100 processors. While the Acer Aspire has an I3 processor. Should I proceed with Acer Aspire?

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Laptop for work/streaming mostly at home, 600€, Germany

3 hours 11 min ago
  • Total budget and country of purchase: Around 500-600€, Germany

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best specs first

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not very important but preferably light if possible

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15'6 or bigger

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Mostly office stuff, streaming YT/twitch/netflix, light gaming

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Nothing specific in mind

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Reliable quality, good keyboard

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Budget could maybe be a but higher but i'd prefer it not too expensive

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Not so expensive pc gaming

4 hours 25 min ago

-Total budget and country of purchase:Italy,400-500 € -Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply:Best specs. - How important is weight and thinness to you?:not important -Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux:Windows -Do you have a preferred screen size?:N/A - Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run:no editing. -If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?:Simulation games like Train Simulator or Bus Simulator.Fps not important. - Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?:no.

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Hi,Need and advice here!😀

4 hours 48 min ago

Hi there ya all! It's nice to find a place where I can get advices about computer buying. Now,I am looking for a gaming pc to play games like Train Simulator or Bus Simulator,even an acceptable one is right,it does not have to be a perfect or extra-performing device. My country is Italy and my budget is 400 € maximum. I do not require any particular OS or screen size or feature but just a pc that can run games like that ones I mentioned. Thank you in advance and sorry if maybe I did not copy and paste the form but had some problems during the pasting process.

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14" HP Pavilion, Asus Vivobook S or Acer Swift 3

5 hours 11 min ago

Hello dear community,

I am looking for a reliable 14" Laptop with at least i5 8th gen and MX150 to carry it everywhere and play some games occasionally. But as a college student I am on a tight budget. In my country (Germany) I have now found these three options to be fitting:

HP Pavilion 14 Ce0001ng at 799EUR https://www.amazon.de/HP-Pavilion-14-ce0001ng-Notebook-i5-8250U/dp/B07D43HBPK

ASUS Vivobook S14 S430UA (with i7) at 1049EUR https://www.amazon.de/VivoBook-90NB0J53-M00870-Notebook-i5-8250U-UHD-Grafik/dp/B07GVJVKCK

Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-58CX at 929EUR https://www.amazon.de/Acer-SF314-55-58CX-Full-HD-Ultrabook-i5-8265U/dp/B07H2VRY3N/

I would be grateful if you could help me decide!

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Dell XPS 13 - L322X

6 hours 17 min ago

Hi, I have a Dell XPS 13 - L322X, and I'm having some problems with it.

My laptop will boot when I press the power button. The laptop will turn on, and the lights on the keyboard will light up, but nothing will show up on the screen. Sometimes it takes me up to 100 times to boot the laptop before something will show on the screen. I don't even have time to press F12 or anything else.

I've tried everything, including draining the flea power prior to booting up, including removing the internal battery. I contacted Dell and since it's out of warranty, they said it will be hundreds of dollars to fix. They claimed they could easily fix it, but I don't believe anything Dell tells me.

Does anyone think buying a new MB on eBay will fix the problem? I'm really stuck on this.

I've tried the Dell Community Boards, but no with luck. Some people think I have a faulty BIOS, but my BIOS keeps the time and all the settings as expected the few times I've gotten in.

Sorry if this is the wrong community to post this in. If anyone has a better place you think I should post it, let me know.

Thanks in advance!

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Touch screen laptop for school & general use. No gaming.

6 hours 19 min ago

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $1500 max but would prefer something more in the $1000 range. Prices in CAD, location Canada.
  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Open to 2 in 1, don't care too much about specs since I wont be playing any games. Battery life is semi important as well.
  • How important is weight and thinness to you? The lighter and more thin the better.
  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows.
  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 13 inch.
  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. No gaming, potential photo editing. Lots of programming as well.
  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/A.
  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Touch screen is a must, good battery life and of course an ssd.
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Really only looking for something sleek and aesthetically pleasing, no clunky eye sores with branding and logos everywhere, Thank you!
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Looking for a laptop for university

6 hours 40 min ago
  • Total budget and country of purchase: I have no set budget but I’d prefer it to be kept under 1000AUD

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I value battery life and some decent specs, I imagine I’d be using it for quite a while throughout the day

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not important at all but lighter would be better

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows 10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. N/A

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I’d mainly be using this for university work (bachelor of information technology if that helps) but I’m not sure what sort of software I’ll be using yet. However in my spare time I might use it for low spec games.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? I’m not planning on playing high spec games but I might like to play lower spec ones like the binding of Isaac, terraria, stardew valley and if possible some more demanding games like modded Skyrim and borderlands 2 assuming that’s possible. 1080p/60fps would be my preference

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? The two things I am after is at least 8gb of ram and a good sized SSD for my OS and programs

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I’m more after bang for your buck laptops over something that’ll compete with a full gaming tower, which I use for my higher end tasks.

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Laptop for school, practically no gaming

7 hours 17 min ago

Total budget and country of purchase:*

-$650 or less, USA.

Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.

-no to 2 in 1 and battery life would definitely be a plus. I'd like IPS if possible.

How important is weight and thinness to you?

Somewhat important, not a total dealbreaker if it's not ultra-thin. Thin bezels would be a plus.

Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.

Windows

Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.

N/A

Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.

-No editing, only game will be Football Manager which isn't hard to run, will be mostly using it for schoolwprk/excel.

Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?

And SSD is definitely a requirement. I don't need too much storage so a 256GB SSD only laptop isn't off the tables. Other than that, nothing else.

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Durable studying laptop matte display

7 hours 25 min ago

I will be fast. 13"-14" Laptop with matte display (really hate the reflections and my bother has a ThinkPad whose screen looks so much better). I won't game on it, just maybe LoL that anyway is not so demanding. Used mainly to study pdfs when traveling (that happens quite often). From Europe <1500€.

Thanks to anyone who can help!

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Light gaming laptop/desktop

8 hours 37 min ago

I don’t know how much information you guys need, so I’m going to basically say everything. Sorry for the long post, but I know nothing about computer hardware.

I’d prefer a laptop but I’m looking for a computer to do some light gaming and video streaming. Right now I only play grim dawn offline with a lan connection for multiplayer, but would like something that could run online games without lag but probably not anything too intense. I don’t play games much and usually play one until the end then uninstall then find a new game.

I also use Hulu/Netflix/Prime/HBO streaming daily so good internet connection is a must, although I don’t think that has much to do with the computer itself but more the internet connection and router? I’m not sure.

Battery life isn’t that important to me because I usually have it plugged in 24/7 unless I take it to the kitchen to read a recipe off or watch an episode while cooking/taking a bath.

I feel like most laptops could do this for me, but I don’t want to be screwed by overestimating the computer. I’d like to spend under 500 preferably closer to 200-300. But if you think I can’t get this without spending more, please let me know!

Thank you guys for all your help!

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new laptop

9 hours 4 min ago

I am an engineering student and i need a new laptop ASAP. It needs to be able to run autocad and solid works and well as be able to be used for C programming. Ia m currently using a mac and its shit so please help ASAP

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Up to $800, 15.6 in (USA) laptop for student

9 hours 24 min ago
  • Total budget and country of purchase:

$800; I'm in the USA

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.

I don't want a 2-in-1. Battery life is the most important factor for me since I'll be spending a lot of time on campus.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you?

Weight and thinness is not very important. I prefer a heavier build. I like something that feels solid. With that said, if the laptop you have in mind happens to be a thin-and-light, that is fine too.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.

Windows 10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.

At least a 14 inch, but I'd prefer a 15.6 inch

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.

I don't game or edit. This laptop will primarily be used for word processing via Microsoft Word, and watching YouTube videos.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?

N/A I won't be gaming on this laptop.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?

Reliable build quality and battery life are what I value most.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.

While I won't be using this laptop for anything too intensive, I wouldn't mind some overkill in terms of performance, if the budget permits. However, my main concerns are battery life and build quality.

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External GPU Suggestions

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:59

I'm looking for some insight from those who've had experience running an External GPU on a laptop. From what I've seen price wise, it'll cost a few hundred at least. But it's cheaper than a new desktop build. So I'd like some opinions on whether or not it would be worth it.

I already have a decent laptop. However, it's about 5 years old, but still has decent hardware. I also already happen to have a MSI GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.

I have never been much of a PC gamer, but I'd like to use this setup and start transitioning over from console. I'll be running Sea of Thieves and PUBG initially on the PC. PUBG is pretty demanding.

Would it be worth the extra expense for the enclosure and do you think my current laptop would be a decent primary gaming system at this point?

If so, does anyone have any experience with external GPUs and recommend a good enclosure for the graphics card & laptop that I already own?

Or would I be better off putting that money into a new build all-together?

Laptop: MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro

Processor: i7-2710HQ

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

Ram: 12GB

Hard Drive: Crucial M500 240GB + HGST 1TB

OS: Windows 10

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Anything with minimal bezels, less than 15” screen for general use for $1,300 or less?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:10

I was checking out the Lenovo Yogabook 730 but I can’t get over the massive bezel on the bottom.

I liked the ASUS Zenbook UX391 but the $1,100 model is an awful red color.

I liked the ASUS Zenbook 13 but I’m but I’m worried the i5 processor won’t hold up in the future.

I don’t mind the MacBook Air but I’d prefer Windows, and the processor again worries me.

Anything else that I should look into? Personally I’m leaning towards the Zenbook 13. Do you all think the i5 processor will be okay with general use and light gaming (emulators and maybe older games like PSO, Diablo 2, and FFXI)? Reviews also mention the keyboard is a little weird, as anyone used it?

Thanks for any input or recommendations.

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$500 Laptop for gaming, classwork and netflix

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 21:35
  • Total budget and country of purchase: $500, USA
  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I'd like best specs and battery life
  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Preferrably light, but I'm okay with anything
  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows 10 preferred
  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15.6", please
  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Yes, I will be playing lower-end games, and using telegram to voice chat while I play
  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? I'm looking for something to play Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, TF2, CS;GO, and especially games such as GTA IV and possibly GTA V
  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? I'd like a sturdy build (possibly made of metal but not needed), bluetooth would be nice but again isn't needed
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Just like a few months ago, this is a test to see if there's any better laptops around now, thanks!
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I've narrowed it down to 3 laptops for under $500

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 21:07

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some advice as to which of the following 4 laptops I should go with. They all meet my "must haves" with the main variation being the price between the i3s and i5:

Asus Vivobook F510UA-AH51 $509.99

Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 81F500BSUS $399.00

Acer Aspire E15 E5-576-392H $379.99

For $100 I'm leaning towards the Asus, but if the difference is negligible then I'll go for one of the others. My current laptop is a Samsung Chromebook Pro, which I love given it's ultraportability/screen but it's limited in terms of multimedia, steam games, and photo/video editing.

Thanks!

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