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I am buying a gaming laptop
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15th May 2017

Eyo. I so ive got all my money saved up. And i am going to buy a gaming laptop, beacuse i need something for school aswell. So do you guys have any suggestions for what pc i should get? Btw i play games like Arma, dayz, squad, ghost recon wildlands and csgo. Kam
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15th May 2017

Buy a cheap laptop for school work and then use your money for a real PC.


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15th May 2017

Agreed. A stationary pc is a better investment when it comes to gaming.


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The thing is, i dont have the income to buy both. Beacuse a school laptop easily goes for 300/400 pounds.
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15th May 2017

(Suddenly a Finn kicks the door in and drops some hard, cold facts on the table.)

Buy a used piece of shit laptop for school and a proper gaming PC for the gaming shit.

A good PC rig will be a better investment in the long run than some brand overpriced fancy bling bling gaming laptop. PC will last you longer and it is easily upgradable when some part starts to fall behind. I have thrown a new SSD, CPU, RAM and a GPU to my PC to keep it up with newer shit. You can upgrade your PC part by part when you have the money and on laptop you pretty much need to buy a completely new one as you can usually only upgrade the hard drive and RAM on laptops.


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Last Edit: 15th May 2017 by Grusey
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15th May 2017

If you know someone that knows their shit when it comes to PC's, its a fantastic investment. And like Grusey said, just buy some piece of shit Lenovo laptop or something. That would be the logical thing to do.


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15th May 2017

Lenovo T520.

£150 for the laptop, £60 for the SSD replacement - Boom

Then, bite the bullet and save, it is your realistic choice, plus the whole dont shitpost were you eat thing


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15th May 2017

It might not be popular with many people but if you are on a budget, and don't mind running a few risks but a cheap Motherboard, cpu, and ram combo, second hand on ebay shouldn't cost you more than £200.

Always look for the auctions not buy it now as that is just over priced crap. (I got a Gigabyte Sniper M3, i5 2nd or 3rd gen, and 16GB ram for £160 on ebay in 2013, alongside a Geforce 760GTX also got on ebay for £130.
This is what allowed me to join back with the group as the pc before couldn't run Arma.
Then I was lucky enough to find someone selling the exact max spec i7, another 16GB ram (exactly the same down to the timings) and a Geforce 780 for $300, a bit pricy but I know but now I have a guest gaming pc using the previous i5, a new motherboard and ram bundle I bought for £100 brand new and the 760, as well as the main Gaming one.

All in all I have two gaming pc's for the total cost of: £390 + £232 = £622 bump up to £700 including fans and the extra case, and psu.

It's more time and effort and I understand I've been quite lucky to find everything that I needed, but when you're on a budget time doesn't cost you as much as you think. We make the wrong decisions when we get inpatient.

If you want a hand with any of it give us a shout.

Tip for cheap laptop, depending on the size of your school, check with the IT department for any end of life laptops. Chances are if you are nice enough, they might just give you one that would be collecting dust otherwise. 
If not still check with them as they personally might have acquired a new one as an upgrade and have one to sell you cheap. 
Last Edit: 15th May 2017 by Fro
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15th May 2017

I would also recommend you go for a Laptop + PC arrangement. As everyone already said, there are financial advantages in the long run but I'd like to throw in some 'logistical' advantages, beeing someone who had a 'gaming' laptop with the same kind of mindset you had.

It's kinda not worth it. Proper gaming Laptops are pretty damn big so just finding a proper backpack for them can be kinda hard, same thing for the weight, might not be a big issue but especially one you have to carry around books it starts to add up. The size may also be a disadvantage in the classroom itself, just thik of the place it takes up on desks and the like.

My last point would be 'risk management'. Basically just think of what happens if you carelessly drop your backpack: Would you rather damage your expensive gaming laptop or your cheap one. Sure you could replace certain stuff like displays but that's extraordinaryly expensive.

Like I said I used to go with the 'gaming laptop' idea so In my opinion it's not really a good idea, you basically end up with a Jack of All Trades but master if none: To big and heavy to easily carry and the constant thought in your mind that a proper Tower-PC would've given you better performance for less price. In my opinion the only time gaming laptops are worth it is when you travel a lot and are not in the same place for more than five days in a row.


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15th May 2017

Well, I've got a gaming laptop as I'm travelling quiet a lot and needed something which is mobile but beefy enough.
I've got an MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro, Specs:
CPU: Intel I7 6700HQ
RAM: 16 GB DDR4
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1TB HDD

So long it's working out for me although it costs around 2000 Euros.
In case you decide to buy a gaming laptop don't go under these specs.

Cheers,
Adam


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21st May 2017

Get a cheap used laptop, preferably the Lenovo ThinkPads for school and use the rest of your money to invest into a gaming desktop. In the long run, a desktop is gonna last longer than a laptop due to its upgradability and viable cost effective builds while a laptop is limited to upgrades such as RAM and hard drives.

Gaming laptops are only needed if you travel a lot and you're usually away from using a desktop. The problem with gaming laptops is that they're heavy and hungry on power consumption due to their relatively low battery life.

Once you make a good investment in a PC build, you'll find yourself reusing your parts and only upgrading some parts through time.


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