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Still gaming with a not so old dell inspiron 7559 (i5 6300 hq, 16 gb ram and gtx 960m); worth the upgrade for a newer rig (dell or whatever) with current gen i5 and gtx 1060?
Looks fairly meh to me.
This is the device that serves me really well for a few years. Comes with 3 USB ports and a full sized hdmi port for an external monitor. I run ps, AI, in, and acrobat simultaneously without problems. Of course, I upgraded like I said.
Btw, the track pad is atrocious. Get an external mouse.
$800 better? , MacOS competiable
Thank you for the reply!!
This is my current laptop I am running WoW on, I am just looking to upgrade.
> 4 cores and 8 threads for the programs you'd need to run.
I have a separate work computer so I don't do much more than play WoW and stream Netflix or Youtube occasionally.
> I recommend upgrading(in this order)- motherboard(B350 or X370, former is cheaper)
I could probably add another 100 - 150 to the budget if I am going to get a noticeable difference in performance....
I have seen Windows 10 OS on USB for a lot cheaper on Ebay, is it not recommended to go that route?
You won't be able to get anything within that price range. I found this one under $800: [link]
Anything with a newer i5 or i7 CPU and 8 GB + or RAM should be fine for recording and streaming.
Forgot to mention- what are you planning to live stream and record? Streaming and gaming on the same PC, or separate? Or something not gaming related?
I bought this one last year, not sure what your budget is but it's under $1k which is pretty good for a gaming laptop. I did end up upgrading the memory and putting in a second solid state drive, but neither is necessary to run this game pretty well.
This is the exact laptop I use and I get 45-60 fps with the GeForce optimized settings. I get 35-45 fps with laptop high and 25-35 fps at max. I have never had an issue with playing FFXIV on this laptop.
I have this and it's pretty good, getting 60+ fps most places on a mix of med-ultra settings
Anything with a 960m or higher and a SSD will do you good
I'm not a troo gamer. I just like playing Overwatch. I got this for like $700 last Christmas and its been a fun ride. Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
For similar price you can get this dell so you do the comparison :D
A little over budget but I would recommend this Dell Inspiron ecause it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU(I wouldnt recommend any dual core CPU for music production) which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, long battery life, 960M GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget.
Glad I can help, in that case, I would recommend Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, long battery life, and it is within your budget.
Since you care about battery life and screen then I would recommend this Dell inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, very good heat management, long battery life, and it is within your budget.
"record music through some sort of DAW ", "PyCharm/Intellij IDEs" for this usage Quad core would be recommended, but that is very hard to find on 13.3 inch within budget, so I would recommend this dell inspiron because it comes with everything you need, i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good build quality, long battery life, and it is within your budget.
Thanks for the tips!
Let's say I am a guilty gamer today, but maybe not in 1-2 years. Would these specs still be worth the value? Interesting that dropping to 8 GB RAM only saves $20. I am replacing my 6-year-old XPS 15.
What if I want to save a couple hundred bucks and will only play something like Overwatch or DOTA casually. What are your thoughts on this one?
I'm using Dell's gaming laptop currently. It has a powerful GeForce graphics card (just below specs for VR) that can render any program that utilizes the GPU. I haven't had any issues, so I recommend it. :)
I can't tell. This is the laptop that I am referring to
I haven't disassembled it yet so I don't have any specific details about the parts.
If you're willing to spend another $160, someone I play with has this laptop and says it works pretty well. Really, just something with a decent dedicated gpu will make a world of difference.
If you prefer one with a 1080p display, how about this? Just keep in mind this has an i5 vs. an i7. The i7 could make a difference if you are doing CPU intensive tasks.
I would recommend this Dell because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, very good heat management, long battery life, GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget.
We decided on this one instead
If you still didn't get one then this one gets my vote.
I would recommend this Dell inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, very good heat management, long battery life, and it is within your budget.
I agree that this is a great choice, even though it is a little over budget.
I think you will need quad core CPU for 3 VMs, and that is hard to get good battery life with, so I would recommend this Dell inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, very good heat management, long battery life, 960M GPU that should be able to handle the games you are referring to on at least medium settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget.
Something like this would be perfect if it had a glossy screen.
We decided on this one instead
Looking at reviews, it depends on the actual unit you get. Check out the Dell Inspiron gaming line. This guy has a way more powerful gpu, quad core cpu, and is only 100 more. [link]
This is probably the best budget gaming laptop you can find atm.
Or if you want to you can spend an extra 100-200 dollars for a i7 model.
ima just leave this here as a suggestion that meets the requirements and in which i think is good for its value. Might be a little heavy to bring to school everyday though (6 pounds)
I would recommend this Dell Inspiron i7559 because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for your usage, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, high build quality, very good heat management, long battery life, GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget.
i know it is over the price range, but it often get in sale for around 650$,
it has a quadcore cpu and a dedicated graphics, for games, it is a little over kill for her since it will play most recent titles in high settings and 60+ fps, but that will guarantee longevity, it could easily last for 6+ years if she takes care of it
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I don't know much about laptops and which brands are the best (specs matter)
A post in a thread about great laptops for gaming recommended this.
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 sounds about right: [link]
It's probably the most powerful laptop you can get for $800. I've heard nothing but good things about it. It's not a 2in1 but I think it has a more expensive touch screen option.
Definitely not the second one if you want to do any kind of gaming. It doesn't look like it has a dedicated graphics card.
The first one should be fine. The 960M should be able to run most modern games on medium decently. In your price range, though, you can probably find one with a larger SSD and cut out the HDD. This one goes on sale periodically, but right now it's the same price as that Pavillion you have listed and you wouldn't have to upgrade anything on it. I can't speak for the longevity of HPs, though.
Just went through this myself, upgrading to a new laptop for Stormblood.
I ended up buying this laptop, and so far, it's been amazing. It runs the game at about 60 FPS with most of the settings turned up. This dips when it's unplugged, but only to about 45 FPS.
No complaints so far.
If you prefer dell and the SSD is a must then I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for coding, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, Very good battery life, and it is within your budget.
That is the same model.
No, an SSD would be faster.
If you're looking for an SSD, this is the model I'd suggest checking out.
It won't be relevant for long but should be able to at least run new games for the next 5 years
I bought this lower end gaming laptop last year to replace my old one so i could render something for my job. It plays poe pretty well when i am not playing on my main rig.
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
And what about something like this second hand [link] ?
Looks like some good specs for video editting.
OR is here the same issue with the RGB screen? Laptop like these i always can upgrade the ram etc. or not?
TBH, I personally think that this laptop [link] is probably the best laptop you can get for the money. It's fairly large, but it's very powerful and will do almost anything you'd be doing in a college setting.
A step up? I honestly can't answer that unfortunately. I only look at really expensive laptops (XPS 15, Razer Blade, Samsung Notebook 9, etc) and solid budget deals for my friends less willing to pay for stuff. The expensive stuff are just premium. Lighter, better battery, etc.
I currently have this laptop. It plays most games well and is somewhat portable using a laptop backpack at 6 pounds. It can typically be had for $650-700 from Amazon but is listed at $780 right now. Battery life is great at 3-4 hours if you're not gaming.
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)
Jeez people are overkilling this.
OP it depends what you're needs are. Adobe CC covers a huge breadth of basic design to video editing. That's a huge difference in spec needs.
I do layout and photo editing on my laptop. It's a Dell Inspiron 7559 with ssd drive. It works beautifully but I'm not dealing with photoshop files with a hundred layers. It works great for standard users.
I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, GPU that should be able to handle medium gaming with no issues, and it is within your budget.
Thanks for this, and I kind of expected this suggestion. I have been staring at it on Amazon for a while now, but always wondering if the difference between the 1050Ti and a 960 makes looking at a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 worth it.
For your usage I wouldn't recommend dual core CPU (usually followed by U on laptop), instead I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, and it is within your budget.
How is the 6th gen processor compared to the 7th gen? For example this laptop
I've been very happy with a Dell 7559 that came with a 256GB SSD and a slot for an additional 2.5" drive:
I added a 480GB SSD that was on sale for all of my games.
It has a backlit keyboard which is nice since I use it in the dark a lot. The backlight does not stay on constantly (darkens after 10 seconds or so of inactivity), but will come back on with any key press or movement on the track pad.
No optical drive. I haven't had a huge need for one, as I have other computers in the house when I do need one.
I play games (mostly from Steam) on standard settings and have had a good experience.
Sound quality from the speakers is OK. I use headphones or bluetooth speaker if I want louder audio.
This one isn't as strong specced, but it has better battery life. Would this be adequate?
EDIT: Never mind, the battery life is only half an hour longer, at 4.5 hours
I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, GPU that should be able to handle medium gaming with no issues, and it is within your budget.
probably yes but it's really expensive for those specs even at the reduced price. Fr extra $60 You can buy the inspiron 7559 and it has a gtx960m and an SSD
If all you're wanting is a laptop for writing code and building small projects, you don't need anything further than an i5 with integrated graphics.
I bought this laptop for game development and light to medium gaming. Works pretty good for what I bought it for.
So the best way to get data off the HDD is going to be to take it out of the laptop and get some kind of USB adapter to connect it to another computer.
A quick google search will find many SATA III to USB adapter cables out there.
Once plugged in via USB to the second computer, you should be able to navigate to the drive and pull off any files that you have on there. You wont be able to grab any programs that are installed, you'll just have to reinstall those on a new computer.
As for a good replacement laptop, I would suggest the Dell Inspiron 7000 series notebook.
Here is a link to Amazon: [link]
I just purchased this laptop myself and it has been absolutely amazing so far. It's only 8GB of ram and a 250GB SSD, but there is an extra memory slot and HDD bay for easy expansion. The laptop is only $650 for prime members. It also has a GTX960M which is a great video card for the price you're paying.
The $549 model of this laptop is a pretty good value, but for $700 you might want a better display and GPU.
This Dell: [link]
has an IPS display, a GTX 960M, a 256GB SSD, and an empty slot for another HDD.
You may want a quad-core for some of the stuff you're doing which means it'll be heavier.
What about this?
Go to your local Best Buy, the probably have the 7567 on display (they did at all the stores near me). I was instantly convinced to get the 7559 instead. The laptop looks silly/clunky and the TN screen is awful. Personally I went with this 7559 for the IPS display and SSD, plus saves you a few bucks. #1's processer is significantly better though. Is touchscreen really a selling point for you? IMO it's just a good way to cover your screen in fingerprints. Really only useful on tablet-esque laptops.
I would recommend this Dell Gaming Laptop because it comes with because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget
I think that the Dell i7559-763BLK it comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 (should run all this games just fine ),15.6-Inch FHD IPS,8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB SSD and Intel i5-6300HQ would just fits you fine .
Not for FL Studio/Ableton. The quad-core will help when it comes to that.
This is the config I'd suggest.
Thanks for the suggestion. What do you think about Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK? The specs are pretty similar and it only cost $60 to upgrade.
Please get an external optical drive if you really need that functionality. As mentioned, by requiring that you are limiting your options really hard.
This is what I'd go with.
I am a personal fan of this one and often wanted to buy it for myself, but I know I would use it for gaming and don't get any work done.
If you are going to buy it from the stores look for 960M, 970M, 1050, 1050Ti, it is unlikely that you will be able to find anything above 960M but just in case you get lucky, if you are welling to buy online, then I would recommend this Dell Gaming Laptop because it comes with because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget
If you can push your budget a little I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with everything you need , i5 quad core CPU which is one of the best in the market and great for gaming, 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, GPU that should be able to handle the games you mentioned on medium to high settings with very good FPs, and it is within your budget
Seconding this, I think the closest you'll get to $500 with a laptop capable of running those games would be something like this here.
You're best bet would be to look at /r/hardwareswap to see if you can find any deals.
Edit: Also, I have that laptop and while it is a great laptop capable of running a lot of titles at 60fps, I ended up biting the bullet and building a PC about 3 months later. If you don't need it for the portability, I would recommend saving up a couple hundred more and building a PC, you'll be much happier.
I have an x230 tablet version, i5, 8 DB Ram, mstata ssd 30 gb with windows 10, aditional samsung 256 sdd in it, backlit keyboard, the larger battery and the additional slice battery. I am looking to find out what this is worth as I was wanting to get me something like an older version of this [link]
or at least something with dedicated graphics so I can play newer games
I bought this laptop, and added an SSD and 8 GB more ram, for about $950 total. However, there are laptops with the 10-series cards, so I'd buy one of those if I were shopping today.
By the way, a fellow Redditor just msged me and pointed something key out that we might have been missing in our discussion /u/lonerim2 /u/shopineer /u/Patrick_Reviews .
That Dell is not just a less and more powerful version, it's a significantly different machine, just under one Amazon item:
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop - 256GB SSD, i5, but also weighing 6lbs and an IPS...
[Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop] - 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD, i7, but also weighting 4.6lbs. (acc. to Amazon) and NO IPS!
What the heck? Amazon has the same reviews, questions/answers, page and everything for the laptop, and makes it look like the 2512BLK is just an upgraded version of the first one (no idea on the name of the first one btw). Even googling it is confusing because it seems like a lot of the info between the two are mixed in the reviews.
/u/shopineer - so I wonder what IS the real weight for these things?
I'd like to say I agree with him. 950M is your best bet under $700.
IF you can expand the budget a few more bucks, here's my recommendation:
For $700 a 960M and an IPS display sounds like a pretty decent deal. i5 quad vs i7 quad might not make a huge difference for gaming on a 960M, though, so you might want to compare that deal with this one with that in mind.
I'd skip the K501UW, not because of photo editing, but because it's actually a rather poor quality panel in general, when it comes to contrast and trying to display darker images. IMO a poor quality display can be one of the most noticeable flaws in a computer.
If anything like that one, I'd get this one instead. Same GPU but much better quality display.
When I was looking for a new gaming laptop (my last one is quite literally falling apart, no idea how it's lasted so long), a popular "budget" laptop I've seen suggested a lot is [link] . A GTX 960 won't be playing games on ultra but it'll still be able to play modern games for a few years. And if you look at Amazon warehouse they get them in for even less. Amazon Warehouse currently has one for $647.99.
this post reads /r/hailcorporate, but I just want to say I am in no way associated with Amazon. I was just really close to ordering that laptop several times until I got a better paying job with more hours.
The GPU is decent, but I think I'd steer clear of the ZX50VW, since it seems to use a very low quality display (poor contrast and viewing angles). This has the same GPU and a much better display: [link]
(i5 vs i7 quad won't be noticeable for most things, but the display will)
It's this one. The HDD bay couldn't be used for a CD Drive-it was specifically meant for a hard drive. There was already a cradle in it that my drive fit perfectly into. I'd take a picture but I don't want to open my laptop if I don't need to.
If you are looking for a laptop look no further!
I play PS2 on that nearly every day. Great laptop. It has an m.2 drive in it so you can put a SATA drive in it as well for additional storage. I have an Samsung 850 Pro SSD (SATA) in that slot and have all my games and stuff on that and use the m.2 drive the OS is on for OS stuff
I use this laptop, can handle unreal 4 development and whatnot. Only one screw on the backside, an extra hard drive slot, and another dimm slot as well.
I bought this one. Added 8 gig of ram and another ssd. I even run arma 3 no problem
I bought this laptop back in June. It performs well for what I wanted it to do which was moderate gaming while away from home. I did not expect to be running any current gen games at high settings which it won't.
Few examples of what I have played on it with good settings would be.... Borderlands 1 and 2, diablo 3, wow, overwatch, bioshock, csgo, and a multitude of platformers and rogue-likes. It comes stock with a 256GB ssd with the ability to add a second ssd if you wish. I added an extra 1TB over the holidays and it was extremely simple to install. Can't recommend this laptop enough for what I bought it.
Not really, the new Dell Inspiron 15 starts at pretty much the same price as the old Skylake model. You do know that the computer manufacturers decides what their laptops should cost and not Intel, right?
Budget: something under $150, but that can be flexible
Source: I'm using them on both my laptop (this one for gaming and music and on an iPhone 6 for music
Isolation: I'd be fine with passive isolation but I will be listening to them around people so not much leakage
Preferred type: either on or over ears, as long as they are comfortable and closed back. I'd also like them to be pretty durable
Preferred tonal balance: I'd like something with immersive bass that doesn't get in the way of fine details. Overall, just something that sounds good.
Past headphones: Steelseries Siberia 100 and apple earbuds lol
Preferred music: mostly classic rock and progressive rock.
Thanks a lot guys I'm eager to hear your recommendations!
I think this is a better choice at ~$700 [link]
GTX 960M instead of 940MX, IPS 1080p display instead of a poor quality TN (not a good TN like some desktop monitors), same 256GB SSD.
I don't think anything you're saying is necessarily wrong (he wouldn't spend "another $200" in a graphics card though because he is not even spending that much on the card now, but I'm being nitpicky).
However, many of the points that we are discussing will work differently for different people. For example, maybe cheaper games won't save you $300 in five years but maybe they will or it may be close, it depends on how many games you buy. Many people do not own a desktop PC but many do and also a lot of people just get a laptop for convenience but never take it anyway so they could switch to a desktop. Also, let's say you could live with a budget $300-400 laptop. You can get something like this instead. The additional cost is less than the PC we are talking about here and you get a screen, keyboard and Windows 10. Also people do not play with their PC hooked up to the TV because it's just common to get a monitor but you totally can do it if you want.
I don't disagree that the console is more convenient and that it can be cheaper up front. But in the long run, pc gaming can be cheaper and better at the same time. So I definitely disagree with making a blanket statement about console gaming being cheaper.
See I found this one and it seemed decent but I wasn't sure
I'd get this one instead, looks like WAY more value for money (at least to me)
Hey i was actually looking for the same thing as op, thats why im on the subreddit. There is the 800 version of the laptop from dell on amazon for 730 dollars but with i5 and 960m marketed as a gaming laptop. Another on the same page,With the i7 is not marketed as a gaming laptop and i cannot figure out why, as it seems the only difference is the processer. Can the i7 do as well? Thanks
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I've been burned by Hp products and customer service in the past so I tend to avoid but thanks for the heads up. Had a bunch of Amazon credit built up so went with [link] thanks for everyones input though
Your best option is probably the HP pavilion 17. A lot of the deals on the 950M from Black Friday have ended from what I'm seeing. The only other suggestion I would have is the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $700. It's pushing your budget a bit, but would be more powerful with a GTX 960M graphics card and a quad core i5 processor.
Damn that thing looks heavy. Thanks for the advice though. I saw the cheaper model, how would that compare? Do I really need an I7? This model seems to also have a larger SSD, which is always a plus. Still unhappy about the weight and the claimed battery life though :/
Then I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though but you won't face any overheating to reach the point of damaging internals, just to the point of using it on your lap while gaming would be a discomfort.
For the money you can't do better.
This Dell on Amazon is pretty legit at $650. The 960 in it is pretty good for mid range gaming. Could hit 60fps in Overwatch on high at 1080p I believe. The catch is it has a 256gb ssd but it has space for a second HDD so you could grab a terabyte hdd and slap it in there for $80
The Inspiron wins for sure.
Do let me know if you have any questions. I am willing to help.
One, it looks like it does come with backlit keyboard after all, 2. it is now on even a better discount so make a decision soon, and third, pushing to 1k these days will not get you much better performance in gaming (same GPU but you would get more ram, bigger SSD, better CPU) if you wait for holiday sales you might be able to get stronger 970M GPU or a 1060 but that is not guaranteed since we just finished some good sales.
The Acer Aspire from Ebuyer is the best one for gaming, would pick that among them.
If you can stretch your budget a bit, try this Dell Inspiron at 757 GBP
The 960M Graphic card will handle future games better, compared to 950M. I still think the acer Aspire should be enough for your light-medium gaming though ;)
If you need any video performance test for a game, try googling : "GTX 950M <game name>" and choose the video tab.
hey you will definitely love this dell inspiron for its great speed, fairly good in regards to durability, good gaming quality and should be able to run black ops 3 without huccups.
I play on a laptop with an i5-6300HQ, 16 GB RAM, GTX960m 4GB, SSD and I get about 50-70 fps at 1080p depending on the area. My laptop is about 6 pounds.
I have this laptop if you're interested for $550:
How can I find the folder for my SSD?
This is the laptop I'm currently using; [link]
I've got a Dell Inspiron laptop if you're interested. Includes case. Here's specs:
Can my laptop run mhw? [link]
As far as I'm aware, the Inspiron 5577 is the exact same model as the Inspiron 7559. However, I don't know if your MaxxAudio Pro software is the same. Here's a tutorial I made a long time ago to get the most ideal audio quality, but it depends on whether you have the same software. Hopefully this helps.
Quite the budget!
I personally wouldn't go refurbished if you have that high of a budget, because warranties and such.
If you're going for that cool-dad-business-gamer laptop, here's a couple options:
Lenovo 15.6" Legion Y520 Notebook
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop
Laptops have caught up with PCs in many cases. If your budget is only a few hundred for a laptop and a few hundo for a desktop, consider combining the two budgets and going for a better laptop. Having a slow laptop in grad school is only going to impede your success, and your education is (marginally) more important than gaming anyways. Maybe something like the link below, if it’s not out of reach for your budget. This thing can play about anything you’d want to play at atleast 30 FPS and most games at 60 FPS, although you’d have to use lower settings in newer titles.
This chart shows you the frame rates you could expect in some popular games:
I use an older version and I have no issues while playing. I play on Laptop High and get around 45 fps.
I am basically in the same boat (I play dota 2 also lol) as you here are a couple I am considering.
Here is my link I made with some other options:
Well I agree that this dell is a great option, but if you are hesitant then I would recommend This Acer VX 15 because it comes with slighlty more powerful CPU, and slighlty more powerful GPU as well, and a much better screen.
Hi again !
Looks like the laptop you recommended is at $728 on amazon
So i was looking left and right and saw those guys (okay I lied, im alright spending between 700/800):
Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK, 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA Gaming GeForce GTX 960M
ASUS K550 15.6" Full HD Notebook Computer, Intel Quad-Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2GB
Seems like the Dell Inspirion i7559-2512BLK has a little edge on the graphic side of things and larger storage. 256GB is very little and I feel like the 1TBB coupled with the 8 GB SDD would work out better for me (looks like i could upgrade that SSD, a bit confused about that tho)
Would love to hear your take on this, are those a better value than the original laptop you suggested ? Cheers !
Edit : Found this one at $799 instead of $999 (that's my limit) :
MSI GL62M 15.6"
Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.80GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5
8GB DDR4-2400 RAM
256GB Solid State Drive
This one is very similar as well for same price [link]
What do you think ? sorry lots of questions !
Could you link it?
I have this one: [link]
How about this?
The lowest I'd possibly go for newer games is this.
If you want something that would have a better screen than Y520, and the Acer VX-15 (both have pretty meh screens), I'd take a look at this.
Only thing you might want to do is add another hard drive in there if you don't have an External. The HQ means it's a quad core (Q being Quad, H means the CPU is soldered into the motherboard), and the 960M is still a pretty solid laptop GPU, and there's not really that big of a difference between the 7300hq and this laptop processor.
Here's the video review (Dave 2D / Dave Lee is a good channel to watch)
Here's another one by LinusTechTips (Also good)
Honestly... how about a refurb Dell Inspiron 7559? Dell Outlet Link.
$609 for the cheapest one I see right now. PenTile (RG/BW) not-true-4K display, but still a heck of a lot better than the poor TN panels in these Acer models. I see Acers of the like for $579 usually but I would find $700 to be too much for a display this poor.
Just make sure you setup the Adobe DPI-scaling workaround so things aren't tiny in Photoshop.
Also 960M GPU.
EDIT: If you need new, there's this model with still the 960M and a display that's still considerably better. [link] $739
I'm going to start recording videos for a Youtube/Instagram business page and need a decent microphone setup for cheap along with a pop filter. It will need to be powered by my laptop that has one audio jack.
I was looking at this one by BTSKY, but I'm unsure if my laptop can power it for good audio and if just the one audio jack will work (it's technically an out-line 3.5mm but can receive in-line audio from a pair of headphones that have a mic one, so maybe they're the same thing? I'm a newb with audio, so ignore me if that was retarded).
If it's a standup mic, extra points since I won't need a mounting setup, but if I do, I do.
Thanks in advance, guys!!
I'm in USA. This is the computer I have:
Sims 4 runs like butter on Ultra settings on my laptop. Quad core i5, 8GB RAM, GTX 960M with 4gb vram, 256GB SSD.
[link] <~~ this one except mine has an i7
I can tell you the serial number once I get back home.
Which configuration this or that
Sorry, Dell not HP :/
Price seems high for a low quality TN panel. Poor contrast and viewing angles. At this budget I would make a point to get a not-poor-quality display, as this kind of thing can be fairly noticeable.
Also be sure you're not be drawn in by the 'Core i7' processor branding. It's a U-series, so the 'i7' branding is basically meaningless. It's only a few percentage points faster than an i5-7200U. U-series vs HQ-series means more than i5 vs i7.
This Inspiron is only a little more. Same SSD size, better GPU, much better display quality. Also good battery life.
Could also consider a Lenovo E570.
If you can spend $758 than i would suggest you to go with this one [link]
How does this look? Or this?
add $58 more and get this one by dell [link]
4gb GTX 960 GPU
15.6 inch FHD display
8GB DDR3 RAM
Windows 10 OS
How does this look?
What about this one?
The cheap acer with the 940MX will get you close, a 950M will get you borderline, but I really think a 960M would give you the best Rocket League experience.
You can grab a Dell with a nice IPS, 256 SSD, and 960M for 720 USD here.
Here is video of the machine playing Rocket League. 60+ FPS no matter what, even while recording with Shadowplay which drops a few frames.
As mentioned, you might want a quad-core for heavy software.
After a little bit of searching, I found the Dell Inspiron 7559. I think I'm decided on getting it now but can't decide if I should get the 256GB SSD with Intel i5-6300HQ for $649.99 or for over a hundred dollars more at $779.99, I could get the other model that instead comes with a 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD Hybrid Drive Storage and Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ.
I assume you are referring to this one. ?
HP Pavilion 15t with the GTX 1050 and IPS screen sometimes goes down to $649. [link]
If not, the Dell Inspiron 7559 is good for $669. [link]
Might be able to find the Inspiron used on eBay for a good price. Probably still with some warranty left too.
^(Note in general about these laptops to anyone other than OP looking at then and has a higher budget and is considering upgrades: Offered 3840x2160 options on both of these laptops are PenTile RG/BW not-true-3840x2160. See sidebar PSA on /r/SuggestAlaptop/ for more info. 4K has tradeoffs especially at this midrange level of GPU, but if you want 4K there are other options I would look at, which use true 4K displays.)
Could also be the $669 deal on Amazon for last year's model. A pretty good choice IMO in its reduced price bracket.
It will automatically boost the clock speed as the thermals, power availability, and number of cores in use allows.
Also, you said you paid $600-700 from Fry's. Was this a recent purchase? I can assure you that it is worth nowhere near that much. Below are just two examples of far better options should the option of returning your laptop still be available.
Not really a "price" check but do you think I could get this laptop + some cash on top for this gaming PC in a trade?
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link] u thought
Any opinions on that compared to these options I've gotten via pm/friends?
HP Pavilion 15-bc051nr $749.99 (company perks price). Really wish it had a SSD though. Good point here is it will ship in 1 business day and it costs less, but it doesn't look as powerful as your suggestion. Also earns me points I can spend elsewhere as cash, which is cool.
Dell i7559-763BLK $739.99 256GB SSD here, but less powerful(?)
Would you be able to push your maximum budget to get this dell mainly because it comes with 960M GPU instead of the 950M on the Lenovo-Ideapad-700 which is more powerfula dn weill be able to get you better FPs for you games (not 120+ because screens with 120 refresh rates are only available on much higher priced laptop), and the rest of the specs is very similar 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, Good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, Full HD IPS screen which is a must have for this price range, very good battery life, and it is not much outside of your 699 maximum.
Something like that but it only has 4.5 hours of battery life and weighs 2.75 kg, I'd strongly recommend getting a desktop and a cheap laptop
[link] This laptop works really well for me, might be something better under your specification but this will definitely do Melee and DS3.
That also uses a very low quality display. "eDP Vivid Color 94%" refers to the Chi Mei N156HGE-EAL, a display similarly poor to the one used in the K501UW. As such, I generally don't recommend that model.
For that price I would get the Inspiron 7559. Same GPU, i5 quad vs i7 quad won't be noticeable for gaming when paired with a 960M, display is much better. I'd only recommend this MSI if you happened to be planning on replacing its display with a LP156WF6-SPB1 (high gamut IPS) or something like that anyway.
Or perhaps this GTX 1050 equipped HP Pavilion while it's still $699 (or $749 with the 4GB GTX 1050).
I tend not to recommend this one, since it uses a rather low quality display. The models I usually recommend at this price are the Dell Inspiron 7559 and the HP Pavilion Power.
The Zenbook uses a pentile not-true-4K display (as per the sidebar PSA). If you want 4K, I would get something like the Inspiron 7567 4K (not the FHD models since it's a very low quality type of FHD display, and not the Inspiron 7559 4K since it's another pentile not-true-4K). The Inspiron 7567 4K uses a true 3840x2160 matte (non-touch) display, alongside a GTX 1050 Ti and a 512GB SSD.
However the ZX53VW I wouldn't recommend either. The matte finish and 1920x1080 resolution are nice, but the display is a very low quality one (similar to the Inspiron 7567 FHD), where black shows up as a grayish gradient, and the picture is washed-out. These days almost all the good displays are the IPS ones. Not because TN is bad, but because almost all of today's TN laptop displays are this low-quality kind. I think you'll find the difference between a good quality display, and a not-so-good one, to be one of the most noticeable things, so I would suggest to skip this model.
The Dell XPS displays are all quite nice, though.
If you want a direct alternative to the ZX53VW, this Inspiron 7559 has a much better display.
And this Eluktronics Clevo laptop has an even better GPU and display (the LG LP156WF6-SPB1, one of the best IPS FHD matte displays there is).
I'm not sure if these are available to you, but check them out. They're both a bit heavier than the ones you listed, but are a little more powerful. They both have a dedicated graphics card, and have room to be upgradable with extra hard drives and more RAM.
The ASUS K501 uses a rather low quality display, and I don't really recommend it because of that. It's certainly important to get performance specs that match what your intended use is, but I would also say that the difference between a good display and a not-so-good one is rather important, and arguably more noticeable at times.
As an alternative to the K501, I would get this. Same GPU, CPU is better (but that difference probably won't affect your use), also a SSD (albeit a smaller one), and display is a heck of a lot better when ti comes to contrast and viewing angles.
The Ideapad 700 is great for a cheaper option, at $549 with a GTX 950M DDR3 and an IPS 1920x1080 display.
If you want great build quality, don't mind a bit of ghosting on the screen (which is otherwise excellent quality), and don't mind refurbished, you could pick up a Dell XPS 9550 from the Outlet, with the 960M.
Lenovo Thinkpad E570 (GT 950M DDR5, 1920x1080 IPS, 8GB Memory) -- $612
The Lenovo Ideapad 700 is a good choice too, but this laptop has the faster DDR5 version of the 950M. The Acer is good too as a lower-priced option, but its display isn't as good quality as this one.
Ty for the help guys, finally i bought the [link]
thanks for the help!!
I wouldn't recommend Inspiron 7567, not only due to the issues ceresia had, but also due to very poor display quality. (FHD models at least, the 4K ones are good but more expensive, and newer games won't run well in native res).
I would make your priorities:
You'll be able to notice differences in these a lot more than for most other specs.
For right in your budget, this last-gen Inspiron is cheaper than the current Inspiron, has a much better display (IPS), and this particular model has a 256GB SSD as well (should be fine as long as you don't want to store tons of movies).
The GTX 960M should be just fine for the games you're looking at running.
If you want something that'll open you up to future games too, these:
Also out of curiosity, how did you hear about the Inspiron 7567? I'm trying to find the best ways to tell as many potential buyers as I can about the issues with its display.
Ah. Yeah you definitely don't need that much performance. Even this Inspiron 7559 has a 960M which will exceed 60fps max in LoL (and has a decent quality display).
Talking about this Dell?
If you can do $50 more, take a look at this Sager. (Or from here if you can source your own Windows)
I bought a gaming laptop with my tax returns last year. [link]
It's worked really well for me. Doesn't have the best specs, but there hasn't been a game that I can't play.
I also tend not to recommend the K501UW anyway, since it uses a rather low quality display. Not because it's TN, but because it's a particular low quality type of TN that most of today's TN laptop displays end up being, including the 1080p ones. Contrast is very poor, and viewing angles are narrower than even decent TN displays.
The Inspiron 7559 has the same GPU, a faster CPU (if you need it), a considerably better quality display.
EDIT: To other readers, I would still not recommend the Inspiron 7559 for actual photo editing on the internal display. The Acer Nitro has a better display for that.
I have this laptop, it gets 60+ fps almost everywhere on high-ultra settings
The 512GB SSD in this one is nice. I generally don't recommend the K501UW, though, since it uses a very low quality display. The contrast and viewing angles are both poor, and IMO a low quality display can be one of the most noticeable flaws in a laptop. The Inspiron 7559 has a smaller SSD, but uses the same GPU and has a significantly better quality display. (not the new Inspiron, though)
~~I would advise to avoid this model, since it uses a low quality display. Black shows up as a grayish gradient that varies depending on viewing angle, and the resulting poor contrast produces the "washed out" look that calibration can't truly fix. Not because it's TN, but because it's a particular low quality type of TN that most of today's TN laptop displays end up being. I think you'll notice the difference between a good display and a not-so-good one, more than a lot of other things, and I think it's worth getting something else instead.~~
~~The Inspiron 7559 (last year's model) has the same GPU but a significantly better quality display. If you want a faster GPU, take a look at some of the recommendations I added to this link.
~~I unfortunately don't know about linux compatibility with the models, though.~~
UPDATE: I was mistaken. The ZX53VW uses a good display! It's the ZX50VW that used a poor one.
Inspiron 15 7559 - $740
Overwatch gameplay example on this laptop
GTX 960m 4GB
If you want a good gaming laptop, the minimum is around $740. This laptop has very good price-to-performance. You can also check out this, which costs around $40 more, but has a newer, better GPU.
Oh man, wish I had seen this like two days ago. I just bought this one.
How about something such as this?
Yep, I'd also suggest the i7559. Good option for the stuff you're doing.
Try to get a 960M for that stuff. Go with this.
Would also suggest this Inspiron.
The ASUS K501 uses a low-quality TN display. Good resolution, but the contrast + colors + viewing angles aren't great. The display is technically upgradable to IPS, but there's also these which come with better displays right off the bat:
The specs in it that are solid are the 16GB of memory, which you can put in any laptop for cheap, the 512GB SSD, which is less cheap to put in yourself but still doable and still available in some sub-$1K laptops, and the NVIDIA GTX 960M, which is also available in many sub-$1K laptops.
You could get these all for under $1000
If you want to spend more to get a premium machine, IMO the Dell XPS 15 is a better option.
EDIT: And the 6700HQ CPU. But you can just get one of the Inspiron i7559's with that instead of this one.
Grab this and upgrade the RAM later on.
Yep, that Inspiron is the way to go.
Get this. Cheaper.
Stick with this Inspiron. You don't need the i7. The i5 is fine for gaming.
Then I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
Expensive for what it is.
I'd stick with this model.
I would highly recommend trying to push your budget and get this for the 960M GPU, but if you can't then the next best thing would be this Acer Aspire because it comes with 8GB DDR4 Memory which is recommended enough ram for smooth multi tasking, 256GB SSD which is great for faster booting and and overall performance, 940MX which should be powerful enough for these games and it fits your current budget well.
I'm pretty sure this is what they're referring to:
Great laptop for the money.
The one you linked is a good option, another good option for under your budget is this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it also come with back lit keybaord.
The best value laptop on the market right now is probably the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $670. It's now on sale, and it has some fantastic specs for it's price range if you're looking for a budget gaming laptop. It comes with a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and a 256GB SSD. It has a GTX 960M graphics card, which is about the best you'll find for under $1000 and should be fine to play most games on the market (more graphic intensive ones will have to be played with settings turned down). It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a very long battery life (advertised up to 10 hours), and a backlit keyboard.
Actually, as a counter to the K501 and the $599 Acer, I'd get this: [link]
Much better quality IPS display. You'll notice that before a lot of other specs.
Screen is almost certainly a fake-3840x2160 pentile display as per sidebar PSA (the cheapest laptop with a real 4K 15.6" display is this if you wanted the laptop for that), and its other specs aren't particularly spectacular for the price anyway.
If you want to run Overwatch well, maybe this: [link] ?
this is a great option, but if you are not in a hurry I would hold off on it a little, its price should be lower than that soon, or you could get this slightly better for slightly more but still within budget.
I would suggest looking into the Dell 7559 for $700 (still on sale for Black Friday, typically $780). It has some of the best specs you'll find under $900 with a Quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb SSD and a GTX 960M. The 960M is about the best graphics card you'll find for under $900 and should work fine for most games you are interested in playing. It also has a full 1080p IPS display which should have pretty good color reproduction / brightness, a very durable build quality, and a pretty long battery life.
Would also suggest that Inspiron. Good option if you don't mind the 960M.
> -Nothing tiny
> -Nothing super fancy
> -Open World games, i dont need the best graphics possible but I would like it to be smooth.30+ FPS? at a decent resolution, not too picky.
Please try to provide more details. You cannot be any less descriptive than this. (Aside from "Some laptop")
Let's from the beginning. With windows, this will include any/all flavors of windows. IE. Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 etc.
What is your definition of "Nothing tiny". Anything that is 15.6"? Or is 13.3" large enough? This definition is too ambiguous to use, thus the standard 15.6" will be used until you specify.
It is noted that you want to play games, stream(Assuming stream HD* videos, etc). What games have you considered/wanted to play? "Open world" games is to broad of a brush to use. IE. Watchdogs 2, Skyrim, runescape etc. are all open world games but are worlds apart in graphical needs.
Any regular laptop will be able to handle HD* streaming and web browsing without an issue.
Essentially, there are a lot of laptops that can meet your needs(aside from gaming aspect which is too vague) for less than $700 USD.
Here are some examples:
$659.99 Dell 15.6" |i5|8gb ram| 256gb SSD| GTX 960M gpu
$771.79 ASUS 15.6" |i7|8gb ram| Dual drive 750gb HDD & 128gb SSD| GTX 960M gpu
If you don't mind just having a 256GB SSD instead of a 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD combo, this has the same GPU and a better quality display (IPS). [link]
The best value laptop on the market right now is probably the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $670. It comes with a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and a 256GB SSD. It has a GTX 960M graphics card which should work just fine for any gaming you find yourself doing (including skyrim or pretty much any Steam games). It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a very long battery life (advertised up to 10 hours), and a backlit keyboard. It's only problem is it's a bit on the heavy side at 5.6 pounds.
Maybe also look into the Lenovo Ideapad 700 for $660. It has similar specs to the Dell but with a 950M instead of a 960M, and a worse battery life. It has a IPS display as well, but it's display is glossy (the 7559's is matte).
Other than that, I don't think you'll find too many computers by Toshiba, Acer or ASUS in this price range that'll fit your needs well. Acer makes a few, but they have poor quality TN displays.
If your main usage is gaming then this Dell Inspiron would be the better option, because it comes with a much more powerful GPU (the 960M) and quad core i5 which is better for gaming than the dual core i7, and it also comes with good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading and it is actually cheaper than the one you mentioned.
This Dell Inspiron gaming laptop would do a great job in running those games as well as programming. It has a powerful i5 quad core processor, nice 8 GB RAM, a solid gtx 960 dedicated graphics card and a fast 256 GB SSD... It also has a decent build quality and decent battery life.
Something such as this would be a great option.
> What do you think of the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71? ... [link]
Both of these laptops are American models and might not be available in the UK. Dell already updated the Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 to the Inspiron 15 i7566 in the UK. You can check it out on their website.
If you don't like the MSI, I would suggest to take a look at this Asus:
Two suggestions from me :
Dell Inspiron i7559, £757.12 : i5-6300HQ, Nvidia GTX 960M 4GB, 8GB RAM, IPS display, 256GB SSD
MSI GL62-6QF, £799.97 : i7-6700HQ, Nvidia GTX 960M 2GB, 16GB RAM, TN display, 1GB HDD + 256GB SSD.
I'm using the MSI GL62-6QF, bought on ebuyer on 31 October 2016. You can check my review here
If the laptop is strictly for gaming (i.e, no programming, no video processing, no VMs), then the Dell i5 above or HP Omen from /u/shopineer would be enough (and it has 965M which is a slight upgrade compared to 960M)
First of all, that Dell laptop you linked is a scam, it will reject your purchase if you buy it using the "add to basket" option and then asks you to contact them through the written e-mail address, then they will ask you to send your money first.
Out of those options, the best option for gaming would be the Acer Aspire V nitro, since it has the GTX 960M, has 128GB SSD and 1TB HD. The difference on battery life between i5 and i7 would be negligible, since this is a gaming laptop we're talking about. I read that the keyboard feels nice, although I don't own that laptop.
If you want other option, I'm using an MSI GL62, bought this October. for £50 more you can get extra 8GB RAM and i7-6700HQ processor but no backlit keyboard. Aaaand here's a Quick review about the laptop just in case you're interested.
Don't get the K501UW, because it uses a TN display, while a lot of the competition uses much better IPS displays. The 1920x1080 resolution is good, but the viewing angles + contrast + colors of the TN display aren't.
Get this instead: [link]
Same GPU, but a much better display (IPS).
MSI GL62-6QF, £799.96
I'm using that laptop, bought on that same site on 31 October 2016. You can check my review here. Downside? battery sucks, I mostly use the laptop while plugged-in so it's not a bother for me. Also I don't really care about the TN panel vs IPS panel since I only need the processing power, more RAM, and extra storage.
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK £757.12, better screen, lower disk space, lower ram, higher VRAM, better battery.
If you're strictly using it for gaming and doesn't need the higher processing power, higher RAM, extra disk space, the Dell is better
I would recommend this Dell inspiron because it comes with Anti glare 15.6-Inch FHD IPS screen, 960M GPU which should be more than enough for mid range games on medium settings with high fps, it fits your budget well and it offers great value for money.
You won't be able to find a powerful gaming laptop at 14 inch for this budget, and I wouldn't recommend an i7 either, instead I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it also come with back lit keybaord.
If you want a lot of power and great value, I would suggest the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $670. It has great specs including a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a 960M dedicated GPU. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a backlit keyboard, and a great battery (advertised up to 10 hours). It has a good, durable build quality, although it weighs in at 5.6 pounds.
If you want a lighter and more sleek version with a larger hard drive, maybe look into the Acer V15 for $800.
And if you want to save a bit and don't think you'll need a dedicated GPU, maybe look at the HP 15 for $585. It has specs including a skylake i7 processor, 8gb of ram and a 256gb ssd. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, and an okay battery (advertised at up to 6 hours). It weighs in at 4.75 pounds as well.
Would also suggest the Inspiron. This is a great option.
Or if you were using Fraps or a program that records instead of a dedicated capture card, you may benefit from an i7. So then you'd be good with this model.
Also would suggest this, but you'll have to check with Dell about the global support. And it does come with a backlit keyboard.
Would also suggest going with the Inspiron i7559.
I've heard that MSIs have a few issues here and there. What do you think of the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71?
Edit : also found this Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK
I agree with Shopineer that this would be a great "gaming laptop" for your budget, but if your main usage will be for college I would reconsider the gaming aspect, a college laptop should be smaller, quieter, much lighter, and with very good battery life, I would check this article to know what to look for in a college laptop.
If you're interested in budging, you could look into something like the Dell 7559 for $700 (still on sale for Black Friday, typically $780). It has some of the best specs you'll find under $900 with a Quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb SSD and a GTX 960M. The 960M GPU will aid in programs such as AutoCAD or other graphic intensive work you find yourself doing. It also has a full 1080p IPS display which should have pretty good color reproduction / brightness, a very durable build quality, and a pretty long battery life (advertised up to 10 hours).
The best two are already linked this Dell Inspiron if you are only going to game, or this Dell Inspiron if you are going to do other stuff like video editing/ MATLAB, 3D rendering.
Then I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this price and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it also comes with back lit keybaord.
You can find the Dell Inspiron 7559 for much cheaper at $660 on Amazon. It is a very solid gaming computer that should work well for most games on the market, but more graphic intensive ones will have to be played on lower settings. There will be no benefit of having an i7 over an i5 for gaming purposes (as long as they're both quad core).
If you're worried about RAM, there is another RAM slot for upgrading in the future (however 8gb is likely fine). There is also another storage slot that is empty if you would like to ugprade the storage in the future. Here is a video on how to upgrade it: [link]
Would also suggest getting something such as this.
My best suggestion is probably the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $670. It's now on sale, and it has some fantastic specs for it's price range if you're looking for a budget gaming laptop. It comes with a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and a 256GB SSD. It has a GTX 960M graphics card, which is about the best you'll find for under $1000 and should be fine to play most games on the market, including Civ, Total War, Cities Skyline, Banished, and Tropico. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a very long battery life (advertised up to 10 hours), and a backlit keyboard.
The Storage and RAM on the laptop are also pretty easy to upgrade if you desire to do so (1TB HDD drives can be found around $58 and 8gb Ram slots can be found around $38. It has another storage slot to add a HDD if you need more storage, and another slot to add a RAM card. Here is a video on how to upgrade it: [link]
any 960M laptops with i5 processors will do just fine for Overwatch
950M can work as well, might have to lower some settings though :
I would still pick a 960M though, just in case if Overwatch decides to kick it up a notch on the graphics requirement
Something such as this would be a great option. I'd say it is a pretty good value right now.
it would be hard to find this GPU on these sizes, what about this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it also come with back lit keybaord.
I would go with this. Best option for the stuff you're doing.
Dell Inspiron 15 i7559
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 14
Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15
These would be more powerful laptops for around $650.
If weight isn't important, stay away from the K501UW. Has a TN display and dual-core.
You are better off with this.
A cheaper and better choice
Hrm, there used to be a 660 dollar deal on an HP laptop with a 960m and a 1080p IPS screen which is comparable to OP's laptop. This model: [link]
edit: what i'm trying to say is, it's not a blowout deal. check on slickdeals for a 960m laptop and you'll see what i mean (take a look at the expired deals)
Check this one out:
Not sure regarding the seller but the Dell Inspiron with the i7 and 960M is a really nice one.
Something like this Dell Inspiron 7759 would work.
This? It looks like a fairly good computer that will fit your budget, I saw some reviews on it. LinusTechTips has a video about it right here.
EDIT: You can upgrade to a 1TB HDD and an i7 here
One of the best options for the price! Other options exist with the 960M GPU, but most of the have poorer quality displays.
You can also get it with a 256GB SSD here: [link] (i5-6300HQ vs i7-6700HQ shouldn't make a huge difference)
Or the same listing here: [link]
Are you talking about this one?
Dell Inspiron 7559
Yeah, this is pretty much your best bet right now: [link]
Much better quality display than others at this price with this GPU (IPS, others use TN displays with very poor contrast and viewing angles)
You can spend less on others, but they might not have IPS displays, and they won't be as good for newer games should you choose to play them.
Try this fella. [link]
Very basic GPU. You would be very disappointed.
The 7559 for 659, you can also pick it up for 577 used; which I recommend.
However, the 960m is still a mobile card. So it will be good for League and OW. But don't expect GTA 5 on max.
Laptop prices are pretty wildly all over the board. You could spend $300 or $3000. When you are looking for a gaming computer, the first and most important spec is the graphics card, which this has Intel HD Graphics 520 aka integrated graphics (GPU is part of the CPU). You could probably play those games at 60fps if you turned the settings way down. here is an example video with the Intel HD 520 graphics.
I recommend getting a laptop with discrete/dedicated graphics (something by ATI/Nvidia), also with an SSD drive (or you could just swap out the spinning drive for an SSD later). If you don't want to do much work and just walk into Best Buy or click a button and get a laptop, here's a few: Dell Inspiron 15 7000, Asus 17", Acer 15"
If you are willing to put in a bit of time to find a deal, my personal recommendation is to search a site like Slickdeals.net and watch for Dell/HP/Lenovo official Outlet/Refurb discounts or coupons. You can get a great laptop for 20-60% off probably, because it was a return or a "scratch and dent" (might have a small ding or nick), and they have the same warranty.
Here is a Dell Outlet search for Nvidia graphics laptops. You can get a killer XPS 15 for $900 -- edit: and then upgrade it to an SSD
This is the #1 deal for laptops this year. It can run NXT in ultra at 60fps all day long
Don't listen to anyone that says you need a desktop these days lol. They'd also probably be the same people saying you need a GTX 1080 just to run NXT in minimum settings
Newer gaming laptops have 2 fans with giant heat sinks and lots of ducting for airflow, most notably on stuff like MSI laptops or other super high end ASUS and Alienware type stuff. Anything with an i5 processor and atleast a 960m graphics card will do amazingly with NXT, it just might get a little hot is all (so you have to cap fps to 60 instead of 100+ like some people want)
Anything with a dedicated nvidia graphics card will run nxt pretty dang well, I currently have a laptop with a 630m from 4 years ago and I get about 70fps on medium settings, but it overheats so I cap my fps to about 27 with rivatuner statistics server
That 630m is from 4 years ago though, most modern gaming laptops will have a 930m+, any of those should do really well. The 960m is kind of the standard laptop gpu at the moment for medium-high end laptops. For 400 you should be able to atleast get a 940m or a 950m.
Other than the gpu, just make sure it's atleast an i3 processor, like 4-8 gigs of ram minimum, and a 7200rpm or ssd-type hard drive for faster startup speeds
r/SuggestALaptop is a really helpful source of info
I'll be getting a Dell inspiron with a 960m here in about a week so I can report back with how it does after that lol, but someone else here on Reddit said they had roughly the same laptop and got like 100fps on ultra lol
Really as long as you get a dedicated nvidia gpu alongside an Intel processor, it's gonna do pretty good
The only really shitty laptops for rs just have an "integrated" Intel gpu that comes for free with the processor
Here is the link to it on Amazon: [link]
Its on sale right now actually.
I was looking at this laptop as a cheaper alternative to a 1060 one [link]
It's definitely not ideal, but I do like being able to take it with me to study somewhere other than my room
You have quite a range of prices there, what's your budget?
The Dell Inspiron 7559 with a quad core Core i5 Skylake chip and the Nvidia GeForce 960m is much, much more powerful than the ones you posted, and it's a little cheaper than the Yoga 710: [link]
There is one weird review on that Canadian listing, but in America, that laptop is one of the highest rated on the market ([link]).
Of course, that's why I recommended it. It has the 4GB 960m.
It's been named "Best Budget Gaming Laptop" by WireCutter
Linus called it a "Killer $800 Gaming Laptop" in his review on Linus Tech Tips, and he was very impressed with it.
It's currently sitting at over 1,530 reviews on Amazon, with a 4-star average and 78% of the reviews are 4 and 5 stars.
And there are many, many more from professional review spots and individuals alike
> but it's got horrible reviews on the trackpad/keyboard/build quality
Most of the reviews from around the net and on Amazon actually praise the build quality.
I've also handled them at Best Buy, Microcenter, and Fry's, and they're very solidly built. Much better than those of MSI, for example.
The keyboard is also pretty decent - very sturdy, no issues with keyboard flex from the times I've tried it. Again, to contrast that with MSI, I noticed a lot of keyboard flex in those and in cheaper Dell Inspirons (like the cheapo one we got for the office).
Honestly, I think if you're writing off the 7559 based on some misguided reviews online, you're making a big mistake. Worse comes to worst, order it on Amazon, try it a few days, return it if you don't love it. NBD.
All that said, if you're in love with the 2-in-1 form factor, the Lenovo you pointed to is going to be one of the few with a dedicated GPU, even if it's very weak.
You may also want to consider the Lenovo Y700 15.6". My coworker just got one and he enjoys it. The design is a bit extreme for my tastes, but it looks solidly built. For $799, it comes with a 4GB 960m like the Dell 7559, a slow 5,400RPM 1TB HDD, but a faster 128GB SSD for your OS.
> I'm also teetering back towards [link]
I'm not seeing what you're seeing here. The keyboards will be pretty much the same, as will the trackpads. The keyboard tray will probably be better on the 7559 because it's a bigger, solid laptop so the space isn't at a premium like it is in a 2-in-1. So, aside from the 2-in-1, where's the improvement between the two? Also, this one doesn't have dedicated graphics, but that might not mean much, given the advancements in the recent Intel iGPs and how weak the 940m/mx is.
1920x1080 IPS display, 256GB SSD, and NVIDIA GTX 960M
In case anyone's curious, I have been looking at this one, but it just had a price raise.
i5-6300HQ instead, but that shouldn't matter for most things, and it's $659 instead of $783.
Also important to note about the "4K/UHD/3840x2160" display in this model is that it's not really 4K/UHD/3840x2160. It's a lying cheating RG/BW Pentile display just like the one in the Zenbook Pro, that uses its dot arrangement to gain the ability to advertise 3840x2160, without actually achieving the full detail of 3840x2160. It makes the computer go through all the work of rendering 3840x2160, but you lose half that detail when it gets to the display. The cheapest laptop (that I know of) where you can get a real UHD display in 15.6" is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Touch, for $1099.
Maybe something such as this?
Would also suggest this.
If you have an extra $100 to spare...
I have this and I love it.
I just recently got a Dell Inspiron off Amazon for around $800 that does everything great. I think it was a sale at the time, let me dig up the link.
Well crap it's even cheaper now, go figure. I ended up getting another 8g memory and a second SSD drive too.
I thought the same thing after seeing other tester's replies. Double checked and it's the same thing though. Not sure why. For the record I'm using this laptop:
This laptop does pretty decent for the price: [link]
It even comes with an SSD already installed which is a plus.
I definitely recommend this one.
With the SSD and the 960M you will have no problem running the game at medium-high on 1080P. I have almost the same machine (i7 version) and I am always around 100 FPS outside of Dalaran/raids.
Aside from WoW, the laptop has been great although the display is a little dull and the track pad can take some getting used to. Nothing a keyboard/mouse + monitor can't solve though.
You're welcome ;)
This laptop has a solid-state, a strong processor, more than enough ram for now (and ram is a very simple upgrade that you could make for $50 down the road should you need it), and also a pretty great graphics card. I actually have this laptop as a complement to my desktop for when I travel, and as a bonus you can run games like Overwatch, the Witcher, and Skyrim on high settings.
I am not sure why do you need a dedicated graphics card but I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
It's a fairly good option. I usually recommend the Inspiron i7559 because it has an IPS display and I'm pretty sure the ZX53VW doesn't, but it's not bad.
I would recommend his Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I'd also suggest this option or the GL62.
If you want to save money I would suggest looking into something like the Dell 7559 for $700. It is pretty powerful with a quad core i5, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a GTX 960M graphics card. It would easily be able to run CSGo or Street Fighter V. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a pretty long battery life, and a backlit keyboard.
For under $1000 I would suggest the MSI GE62 for $950. It would be more than powerful enough for games like WoW, LoL and Overwatch. Its specs include a Quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and 256GB SSD. It has a GTX 970M graphics card which is pretty powerful and will be able to run much more powerful games than those you listed. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, and a backlit keyboard.
My best suggestion would be the Dell 7559 for $700 (currently on sale, typically $780). It has some of the best specs you'll find under $900 with a Quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb SSD and a GTX 960M. The GTX 960M will allow you to play most games on the market with ease, but may struggle with some AAA titles. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a long battery life, and a durable build quality.
I would not suggest any GTX 1060 laptops given your needs, as none of them will have a battery life that will last more than 3 or 4 hours at most.
Not at 600 but this Dell Inspiron is very close to this budget and your best option because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and the same as the one on the dell linked, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, and good battery life.
Inspiron i7559: [link]
GTX 960M & 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display
Couple of good option are either this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which is good enough for music production, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
Or The Dell Inspiron i7559 because it offers great value for money , it comes with quad core i7 a better option that the quad core i5, great battery life, 8 GB of ram for smooth multi tasking, 8 GB SSD for cache and to help with load times(you can add SSD if you want more storage), 1TB for your large files, backlite keyboard which is a nice plus, 1080P screen (wouldn't recommend any less at this price point), 960M GPU that should handle moderate games.
I agree with shopineer this Dell is a great option, another great option is this Dell-Inspiron-i7559 because it comes with i7 quad core (which is the best for this budget), 960M GPU which should be powerful enough for medium gaming, think overwatch and Civ 6, high screen resolution, touchscreen like you wanted, 8GB of ram just like you want, great battery life but just a little over budget your budget.
so the one with touch screen would be even heavier than non-touch ones?
which one would you recommend to buy, the one with touch for $799, or the one on amazon with 256 g ssd no touch for $749?
Yes, this comes with the hypird SSHDD, and yes Another good option for less is this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and and the same as the other dell, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
There's a quad core i5 version of the same laptop with SSD for $699 in Amazon. See if this might work out better for you. Also, non-touchscreen if thats something you wanted..
Edit: added words
Most people would recommend this I think. If I remember correctly this is the normal price, not sure if you can find something better on Black Friday. It is a bulkier and heavier laptop due to the extra specs, so keep that in mind. (it weighs 0.5 kg more than the Lenovo one). If you've found a good deal post it here and I might be of help. I cannot give you a confident answer either since I'm not an expert but I can give you some tips as a fellow consumer.
This is one of the best values right now: [link]
NVIDIA GTX 960M, i5-6300HQ, 1920x1080 IPS display (All ASUS and MSI laptops with this GPU for this price use low-quality TN displays), 256GB SSD.
Should run Blade & Soul fine, with its i5-6300HQ: [link]
If you're looking for the best price per dollar, it might be a good idea to consider building a desktop. Fun project for you and your kids. I'd check out /r/buildapc and /r/buildapcforme.
If you must stick with a laptop, then go with something such as this.
Something such as this might be decent. Though, it'd be a far better option to wait for the GTX 1050 to come to laptops.
^ What Orangematz said is pretty important. Especially budget since we have no idea what range of laptops to suggest...
The best option that meets all of the requirements (that you mentioned) is the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $770. It's a pretty good gaming laptop that should be able to play most modern games (although more graphic intensive ones will likely need to have their settings lowered). It comes with a quad core i5 skylake processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a GTX 960M graphics card. It also has a full 1080p IPS display, a long battery life (advertised up to 10 hours), and a backlit keyboard.
I would stay away from an i7 if you're worried about heat (they are oftentimes known to heat up much more than an i5 CPU).
If you want something new, pretty powerful, and that won't run too hot I would suggest the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $700. It's a pretty damn powerful laptop that would work well for more powerful games than WoW if you are interested in them. It has good specs with a quad core i5, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a GTX 960m. It is also known to have pretty decent cooling that should not get too hot, especially for games you're interested in.
If you want to save a bit you would probably also be fine with the Acer E15 for $500. It has a dual core i5, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a GTX 940MX graphics card. Reviews indicate that heat is not a huge issue, and the laptop has other benefits of a 1080p display, and a very long battery life.
Unfortunately you'll be pretty limited to 15.6'' laptops, as smaller form factor laptops often have much worse cooling due to their thin size, and will be quite a bit less powerful.
If you are planning on playing CIV 6 then you need a 960M GPU, I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I impusle bought and went with the dell [link]
The GP62 has a TN display and not an IPS display though. This means poorer contrast/colors and narrow viewing angles. At this price point it's easy to find IPS displays.
This Inspiron has a 960M, but a much nicer IPS display: [link]
After going and checking out the 14-16 inch laptops I decided I'd be cool with one that size if it'll allow me to run Overwatch where it was still 720p with high frames(50+ constantly). Would this be worth the extra money? Or are there better options? [link]
None of them. I'd go with this.
This is what I'd shoot for. Gets you a quad-core i7 and 960M which should be good for the stuff you're doing.
Or, you mentioned that desktop and laptop combo. That is a really good decision; get a cheap Chromebook for taking notes and then using your desktop for the heavy stuff. Desktops have much better performance per dollar. I'd check out /r/buildapc.
I'd 110% recommend picking up the Dell Inspiron 7559, especially from Amazon as it has an M.2 SSD, with an open drive bay for an HDD or 2.5 inch SSD. It has a 1080p screen, quad core i5, 960M that runs everything very well, num pad. I have one personally and it does very well, feel free to ask any specific questions if you have them. Usually it runs about $800, build quality is also very good.
Edit: $760 right now
My best suggestion would be the Dell you mentioned, the the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $760. It will be able to be used for much more demanding tasks and video games. Its specs include a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a more powerful GTX 960M graphics card which can play much more demanding games than those you listed. It's display will also be better with an IPS display, and it has a backlit keybaord, and a solid battery life (advertised as up to 10 hours).
If you think you need more storage, you can get a version of the Dell Inspiron 7559 with a Quad core i7 instead of an i5 and a 1TB HDD for $800. The i7 won't aid you at all in gaming over the i5 though, so I would only suggest this if you want more storage and don't want to upgrade yourself.
The FX53VW has a TN display rather than an IPS display, so the viewinig angles, contrast, and colors won't be as good. I usually don't recommend it because of that. Will likely affect your use of Adobe programs, but also makes a difference in general because the screen is what you look at all the time.
This one has an IPS display too: [link]
is the 17 a must ? if not then I would try to push budget and get this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
Best deal for a gaming laptop IMO [link]
Yes it will run Red Orchestra
I wouldn't go with the HP, it has lower build quality and the bigger size defeats the purpose of a laptop and it is much heavier as well.
Another good option for less is this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I would usually recommend a thinkpad for "reliable business grade" but it also seems that you need a powerful quad core CPU and that combination is way over your budget, so you either settle for a ThinkPad with dual core CPU or get this Dell Inspiron because it comes with a powerful Quad core i5 CPU which is needed for your usage, it has enough ram for smooth multi tasking (8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance, very good battery life, a mid range GPU (960M) and it fits well inside your budget with the current sale.
If you can push it then I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
That HP linked below would be decent, or you may also like this.
Check out something like this or this. Both are good options for you.
Then this would be your best option, because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget, it has enough ram for smooth multi tasking (8GB), a SSD for faster booting and performance, great battery life, good keyboard, decent build quality, and just a little over your budget.
well this laptop only has shitty ram instead of the shitty HHD on the MSI linked here.
I'd go with the Inspiron, but go with this version.
Maybe something such as this would work?
This is the laptop I picked up recently. It comes with a 256GB SSD and an empty 2.5 bay so you can add a hard drive. I don't know how demanding CSGO is, but this can handle Witcher 3 on low settings just perfectly. It's also cheaper than your two options.
My best suggestion would be the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $750. Its specs include a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a more powerful GTX 960M graphics card which will still be able to play much more demanding games than those you listed. It's display will also be better with an IPS display, and it has a backlit keybaord, and a solid battery life (advertised as up to 10 hours). It's also pretty durable, although on the heavier side at 5.5 pounds.
I would suggest looking into something like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $760. It's an excellent laptop with great specs including a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a GTX 960M dedicated graphics card which will work extremely well for playing most AAA games, although more intensive ones will need to have their settings lowered. It's also got a full 1080p IPS display which will have good color reproduction, a backlit keyboard, and a pretty long battery life.
Here is what you're looking for.
I would scratch the K501 off your list because it has a dual core processor. There's no reason to get it if you can get a laptop with identical specs and a quad core processor for just a bit more (there will be a very noticeable improvement with a quad core).
As far as how the touchpad and keyboard will be, I would expect the touchbad to be pretty awful on every one. Touchbads are always bad on middle-tier gaming laptops and I've yet to hear of one having a good one. The keyboards I would expect to all be decent or better, but you'd have to look at individual reviews to see how good each one is.
My best suggestion if you want to budget is this MSI: [link]
And if you're not trying to budget, I would suggest the Dell Inspiron 7559 which will be noticeably faster than the others with an SSD card.
Do you have to buy right away ? this was going on a sale for 670 that recently ended, if you can wait I would keep my eye on it, because 960M would run Overwatch from medium to high settings with high FPs, if you can't or don't want to wait, then i would recommend this lenovo Ideapad 700 because it comes with 950M GPU which would be the next best thing and better than the option that Michiganders suggested, it also comes with quad core i5 to support your gaming, 1 TB HDD for storage, and it fits well inside your budget.
Yeah the Dell Inspiron mentioned in the post, as well as the MSI GL62, and the Dell Inspiron i7559 all mentioned in the post if you want more info about the specs.
I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
Or this Dell Inspiron i7559 because it offers great value for money , it comes with quad core i7, great battery life, 8 GB of ram for smooth multi tasking, 8 GB SSD for cache and to help with load times(you can add SSD if you want more storage), 1TB for your large files, backlite keyboard which is a nice plus, 1080P screen (wouldn't recommend any less at this price point), 960M GPU like the other Dell.
I'd go with this. Amazon has phenomenal customer service.
If weight isn't an issue, I'd go with this over the K501UW. It has a quad-core and IPS display while the K501UW does not.
I have the exact same dilemma, except I'm considering this one as well [link]. Cheaper than the other Dell but bigger SSD, i5 quadcore though..
this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I agree with shopineer, that this Dell Inspiron i7559 is a great option, another very good option, is this ASUS K501UW it is more expensive, however, it is much lighter, it comes with pure 512GB of SSD which is much better speed wise, and it has the same 960M GPU for your gaming , it should be play those games on medium to high with high FPs just like you wanted and it is not over budget by much.
For some reason your link gets me to the home page, I assume you are referring to this Dell Inspirion if that is the case then yes, this would be a great option because of the 960M GPU which should get you the gaming performance you want, and the SSD will help with other usage along with the quad core CPU and the 8GB ram you would be all set.
I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I'd probably lean towards the Inspiron if it is cheaper than the Omen.
But, try to wait for the GTX 1050 to come to laptops. It will be absolutely worth the wait. Don't know when this will be, though.
No, I would aim for this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the game you mentioned on low to medium settings at 30~45 Fps, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
You would probably need about a GTX 960M, which you'd have to be around the $700 price range to obtain. Something like the Dell 7559.
My best suggestion would be the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $750. Its specs include a quad core i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a more powerful GTX 960M graphics card which will still be able to play much more demanding games than those you listed. It's display will also be better with an IPS display, and it has a backlit keybaord, and a solid battery life (advertised as up to 10 hours). It's also pretty durable, although on the heavier side at 5.3 pounds.
I bought this the other day and I'mn really happy with it. Meets all you requirements and is a great deal. You won't be able to find a GTX 1070 in this price range
This is my go-to choice for games under $1000: [link]
NVIDIA GTX 960M, 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display (The MSI and ASUS laptops with this GPU for this price use low-quality TN displays), and 256GB SSD. The 8GB of RAM can be upgraded yourself if you end up needing more.
If you go $1099 you can get a GTX 1060: [link] . Same GPU as the ASUS FX502VM, but the FX502VM is using a low-quality TN screen instead of IPS.
If you want as much power as you can, maybe look into the Lenovo Ideapad 700 for $750. Its specs include a quad core i7 processor, 16gb of ram, 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD, and a GTX 950M. It also has a full 1080p IPS display.
If you want more gaming power, I would suggest the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $700. Its specs include a Quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a GTX 960M graphics card. It also has a 1080p IPS display, and a pretty long battery life if that's something you're interested in.
I would get this config of Dell Inspiron over the HP Pavilion (it is known to have lower quality) and because it comes with a powerful Quad core i5 CPU which is needed for your usage, it has enough ram for smooth multi tasking (8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance, very good battery life, a mid range GPU (960M) and it fits well inside your budget with the current sale or this Dell Inspiron config if you can push your budget.
Seems like good specs but I am not familiar with the model, I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M GPU which is the best you can get for this budget and will be able to play the games you mentioned on high settings with high FPS, it also comes with enough ram for smooth multi tasking(8GB), Good SSD storage (256GB) for faster booting and and overall performance,Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor which more than enough for your gaming, great value for money, good battery life, it doesn't come with back lit keybaord though.
I agree with shopineer, that this Dell Inspiron i7559 is a great option another good option is this Acer Aspire V 15 because it has similar specs (slighter better ram) and 1 TB HDD rather than 256 SSD, but it is also lighter and with Thunder bolt 3, which means you can use a dGPU on later if you needed too.
It is pretty good but the peaks are pretty lack luster due to a poor iGPU. I recommend getting this ( [link] ) if you are willing to spend $750USD. My laptop is pretty mediocre, but I can run quite a few games, and I can max out COD4 in 720p (which is my native resolution) and it runs at at least 60fps if my CPU doesn't throttle a lot, but with a real GPU you can bring the settings up to medium 1080p and run it very well.
dell makes a pretty nice gaming laptop for around 800 USD depending on where you find it.
Check this out.
$700 is not a bad price. I am trying to get as cheap as possible (cuz I already spent a boatload on my PC haha) so I am curious if I can get an even cheaper one. But I think the 700 is a good place.
Thanks for the help!
I only say this because its what I bought and I heavily researched for about a month, your average google search will say that this is the way to go, however its an i5. I know the link says $822 but it raises and drops. I've seen it $800-$850, anyways, this is the fruit of my labor for anyone who wants it.
Well, honestly, for that GPU if you're insisting on buying that one -- Just get a Dell Inspiron 7559
Save yourself some money in the process.
I use this laptop with a 2nd monitor playing windowed fullscreen. I get ~40-60 fps except on burning ground and it drops to ~20. Shocking and chilling is better in the high 20s-low 30s. I can stream 480p or lower on Twitch while playing and get fps in the high 20s. Not the smoothest gameplay, but not that it matters if I'm watching a stream at the same time anyway.
With a budget of $700 you should be able to get decent gaming performance out of a laptop, especially if its just TF2.
Something like this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M $700
I'd also check /r/suggestalaptop they might have some more recommendations
$700 dell laptop ( [link] ) this is one of the lowest price points for a gaming laptop. But, you can check jet.com for others anything with a 960m or better will be just fine. Also on jet.com there is a special 15% off coupon.
Why not grab a Dell Inspiron 7559?
That is overpriced for what you're getting.
This Dell Laptop is much better in terms of power, upgradability, and price.
That's a real good price on it too right now, lowest it's been on sale for. That's what I'm using right now.
Why not this one? It is cheaper and has a better graphics card in it.
Also comes with an SSD.
I think this is as good as it will get. Great machine overall.
I would suggest looking into something like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $735. It's an excellent laptop with great specs including a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a GTX 960M dedicated graphics card which will work extremely well for playing games like Overwatch and LoL. It's also got a full 1080p IPS display, a backlit keyboard, and a pretty long battery life.
If you want to trade out the SSD for a 1TB HDD and a quad core i7, you can also get a model of the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $760.
For you, I think the one with a SSD is a better purchase over the i7, as a quad core i7 is really only needed for much more demanding CAD programs or video editing. Unless you need more space that is.
If he can push his budget a bit, the Dell 7559 for $780 is probably his best option. It will be easily powerful for gaming with a 960M graphics card, quad core i5 processor and 8gb of ram. It also has a full 1080p display which will work well for watching videos.
If he's budgeting a bit, maybe the Lenovo Ideapad 700 for $690. It will still work very well for gaming with a 950M graphics card, quad core i5 and 12GB ram. It also has a 128gb ssd, and a full 1080p display (not an IPS display though).
I would recommend this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop because it comes with 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz(one of the best CPU in the market),, 8GB DDR3(great for multitasking), 256GB SSD(great for faster booting and loading), Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M(for your very light gaming), Windows 10
I'd personally stick with the i5 version, it gets you a full SSD instead of a hybrid drive.
Would you still recommended the ASUS K501 compared to this Dell?
Well, GTX 960M it is.
Here is the laptop
Can you spend more for this?
But since you're willing to wait for later sales, I think it'd be a good idea to come back around Black Friday and see if the sales are any good.
This laptop looks pretty legit as well. Thanks
Edit: The Amazon page says the weight is 4.6 pounds. A similar one on Newegg and other Amazon laptops state that the weight is closer to 6 pounds. Is the one you linked actually that much lighter?
All good options was already mentioned, so let me do a quick comparison for you this one has a less powerful CPU but comes with SSD but it is a little small in storage and heavy.
This one is the lightest of them, Comes with a i7 CPU but it is dual core, with a bigger SSD but it also cost more (about 80 USD more).
This one is my personal favorite and I think it will be the best for you, because it comes with i7 quad core, which is the best in all 3, has great battery life (just like you wanted), it does comes with HDD but it has 8 GB of SSD which makes it a little faster.
There are some cheaper options you could still look for if you're fine with getting a GTX 960M. Something like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $750 would still work just fine for games you are looking to play. It has a skylake i5 processor (quad core), 8gb of ram, 256GB SSD and a 960M grahpics card. It also has a durable build quality, 1080p ips display, and a pretty long battery life for a gaming laptop.
Other than that, if you're not too interested in budgeting, it may be worth just waiting for prices for pascal graphics card laptops to drop.
At your budget, something such as this would be decent. But if you're looking to play newer games, you will want to wait for the GTX 1050 to come out.
This one would be decent.
Perfect, thanks for the reply. One more question if you don't mind. How would the Lenovo compare to this Dell that I see recommend a lot? I'd be using it mainly for school work, light programming, and light gaming.
I would suggest this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor (one of the best CPU in the market), 8GB DDR3(great for multitasking), 256GB SSD(great for faster booting and loading), Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M(one of the best GPU in the market for your budget and powerful enough for your gaming), Windows 10.
I'm probably going to go for the Dell 7559. Going to be buying a gaming desktop sometime in the coming months so I really don't need a graphical powerhouse. Just want something decent and mobile. Thanks for the recommendations! Just one question.. In your opinion, which laptop is better? Dell 7559 or MSI GL62 6QF-627
I would usually recommend this dell because it is worth it to go over budget because of the 960M GPU, but since he is max is 750 I would suggest this Lenovo Ideapad 700-15ISK because it comes with Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz(one of the best CPU in the market), 8GB RAM(great for multitasking), 1TB HDD, Win 10 Home, and 950M GPU which is the next best option after the 960M on the dell.
I think something like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $760 would suit your needs extremely well. It has a skylake i5-6300HQ processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. It also has a 960M graphics card that will work extremely well for gaming, and it's quad core processor will be of use for producing music and other demanding programs. It also has a full 1080p IPS display which will have good color reproduction, a solid battery life (advertised as up to 10 hours but expect 6 or so), and it has a backlit keyboard.
The best option would be this, but if possible, I'd wait for the GTX 1050 to come to notebooks. It should be a pretty big performance jump, well worth the wait.
That is another thing to consider... you might just want to spend some more for this considering that the Acer V15 Nitro is hard to get apart.
Okay. What about this?
To be honest, the games you are playing are not all that graphically demanding and you would definitely be just fine with a 960M. It may be worth it to budget for right now if you don't think you'll be playing too many AAA titles (which the 960M will struggle with unless graphics are turned low).
I think your best option is to either go with the laptop Orange recommended, buy a cheaper 15.6'' 960M laptop like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $750, or to save for a 17.3'' laptop with a GTX 1060 - like this SAGER: [link]
Though if you plan on playing brand new games, you may want to wait for the GTX 1050 to come to laptops.
Actually scratch that, I would recommend this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop instead, because it comes with Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M which is much more fitting for Overwatch (medium to high settings with good FPS), 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz(one of the best CPU in the market), 8GB DDR3(great for multitasking), 256GB SSD,(great for faster booting and loading), Windows 10, and it has great battery life.
If you are confused on specs, go to this page and do some reading.
I'd suggest this.
If you're playing brand new games, you might want to wait the GTX 1050 to come out.
Otherwise, I'd go with something such as this.
There really aren't many options at this price ~$800 is 960M teritory, and the price range after that I would recommend buying is the ~$1500 where there are 1060s. 970Ms and especially 980Ms are no longer worth the money unless there is a good deal.
This will easily run CSGO at 200+ FPS, but when you say it should run battlefield at 1080p 60FPS at whatever settings, I hope you don't mean BF1, as the 960M will struggle to get 60FPS at 1080p. All other games you play are fine though.
The things you should look for are a 960M and a processor that is either an i(5 or 7) (4, 5, or 6)xxxHQ. Example, i7 4720HQ.
Bump it up to $800 and you can get one with a quad core i5, decent GPU + SSD.
This is a solid laptop for around your price. Linus did a video on it here.
I highly recommend this one:
With the new graphic cards out, I would normally suggest something that has those but at your budget and requirement you really don't need it (especially since they general start at $1400). gtx960m will easily be able to play csgo and is within the confines of your budget. As you can tell from the reviews, it's a good laptop for the price point.
This is one of the cheapest laptops I could find that would run the game comfortably:
You'll get high-very high settings on this with 60+ fps all the time. (And honestly you're not going to really see any difference in game quality between 60 and 160 FPS. It's when you dip below 60 that you notice it.)
Look for a newer laptop with at least a GTX 1060 or better GPU and you should be good to go.
The 1070, and 1080 are better cards, but they're also more expensive. Extra bonus points for 16gb's of RAM and an SSD instead of an HDD.
[link] or Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
I have this laptop. After changing some settings I get 130-150 fps
There's also the Dell Inspiron 15 7559:
- specs comparable to XPS 15 9550 (quad-core Skylake CPU, GTX 960M)
- extremely easy to upgrade everything (only a single screw, room for more RAM and another drive)
- cheap ($780 new or less than $500 from Dell Outlet on a really good sale)
- not nearly as portable as the XPS 15 9550
- build quality is fine but can't match the XPS line
I'm considering buying this laptop: [link]
How much would an equivalent pc build save me? Equivalent in terms of gaming power I mean. I'm mostly interested in running XCOM 2 and Civilization 6.
What about this? But as mentioned, if you can wait, then wait for the GTX 1050.
First thing up-front, check this page out when you've got some time.
I'll go ahead and sum it up for you. The 960M is the graphics card. Better graphics card = better gaming performance.
Though, for those tasks, I think a 960M would be okay. However, if you think your son plans to play brand new titles, you are better off going three routes: buying a 970M laptop for $1000, waiting for the GTX 1050 to come to laptops, or spending more for a GTX 1060 laptop.
Thing is though, even if you're cool with the 960M, there are better deals than that. And I don't think you will need that much RAM, either.
So, I think this would be a good option. Or, if you feel your work might need the i7 for stat programs and are open to the option of adding an SSD later, you can check out this.
This laptop is a really budget-friendly balanced option. I used to own one myself, and would highly recommend it. The 960M GPU in it is better comparatively than the minimal requirements of a nVidia 450. You won't be able to get much cheaper than that.
Gaming laptops are in a transition mode as many are switching to the new 10xx series nVidia cards. If you can find ones with a 970m+ like earlier model Razer Blades or Gigabyte P55W's, you'll be good and then some.
I get 30-43fps all medium. Towns are usually 20. Low is 38+ anywhere. Beware that any laptop that plays bdo will get hella hot no matter what. Just get a good desktop to actually be able to kill world bosses lol
A price range is going to be your limiting factor. Give us a price range and wr will be able to give you something that can run it.
With that said, I recently purchased this laptop [link]
It runs GTA:V with no problems doesn't max it at 4k but plays 1080p at about 40-60 frames depending on game activity. The base price is 779.99 but if you click used amazon is selling this laptop at a discount due to boxes that were damaged. The laptop is fine but the box is busted. The price is 721 but they take an additional 15% off at checkout bringing it down to around 620 with tax that comes to 650. $650 is a complete steal for something with this much performance.
I am not from dell or Amazon just a guy who knows a good deal when i see one. I understand a laptop may not be what you are looking for but I still thought I would share.
Yes. But if you can save money and get either a gaming PC or a better laptop like: [link]
this laptop currently has the best price/performance ratio
[link] how does that look?
If you can push it a little, I would get this Dell Inspiron because it comes with 960M (which is the best you can get for this price) and should be able to play the games you mentioned on low, maybe medium settings, and along with the quad core i5 CPU, 8 GB ram and SSD, it should be great for daily tasks as well.
You may also be interested in this.
I agree with Michiganders, this dell and this Acer is the best laptops for your price range that comes with both a dedicated GPU and a SSD, I would try to push for this dell because it comes with better build quality, better battery, and much better GPU(which means much better gaming performance).
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is much better
Also if you can save up little more I think this is probably the most affordable gaming laptop
I would recommend this Dell 15.6-Inch because it comes with 960M GPU, which should be able to run the games you mention along with the battery life you want, and it should fit nicely in the backpack.
Honestly the games that you are looking to play are not very graphically demanding and you don't necessarily need top of the line specs. If you want to budget a bit, it may be worth buying something like the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It has great specs that will work well for you with a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a 960m graphics card. It is also well built all around and has a full 1080p IPS display, and a pretty good battery.
You could easily play LoL and Overwatch with top specs and pretty good FPS.
If you are looking to spend a bit more though, it may be worth future-proofing yourself and getting a new GTX 1060 graphics card. You can get the ASUS GL502 for $1400 which has incredible specs with a skylake i7-6700hq processor, 16gb of ram and 1TB HDD. It also has the powerful 1060 graphics which can even play some extremely graphic intensive games very well.
I think it is because of the bigger sized SSD, the y700 had a good discount, but sadly it ended now, so I think your 2nd best is this Dell Inspiron option is great, I know you said you are worried about storage size, I would say just add a bigger SSD like Orangematz mentioned.
Just like Orangematz said, if you are only gaming then this configuration is better because of the pure SSD.
No, the dell Inspiron i7559, two different models
Ssd model:Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 8 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M [link]
Get the Dell Inspiron i7559, it's $780 for a 960M, i5 6300HQ, 8GB RAM, and is easily upgradable to 16GB, 256GB M.2 SSD (there's also an option for no ssd, but a 1TB HDD), and a 1080p IPS screen. I have had it for one month yesterday, and have been playing cod, csgo, and other games with no problem on high at 60 fps.
Battery life is decent, it gets pretty warm during intense games, and the fans get pretty loud, on idle it is silent, trackpad isn't very good, but usable, keyboard is decent, it's pretty heavy, but not unusable, keyboard backlighting is good, and boots in 20 seconds.
If you can push it to 780 I would get this Dell inspiron because it comes with quad core i5 which will do great for Data analysis using R along with the 8 gb ram, 256 SSD will do great for multi tasking and daily usage, if you can't push it that high then I would suggest this ASUS ZenBook UX305UA because it is more lightweight, and with better battery life with very similar specs.
I think she would be good with something such as this for light games, then you could go with something such as this which has a GTX 1060.
Or you could meet in the middle and get equivalently spec'd notebooks and grab this.
I think this dell is going to be nice enough, the i7 and hyper threading will not be used by much games, so unless you are planning to do some rendering I would go with this one.
I was hoping you would say that :)
The Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop at $779.99 is hard to beat at with your price range.
Even Linus Tech Tips did a video on a similar model and was impressed at how good it was for gaming at that price.
And after tons of research two of my brothers got these 7559
Like it has everything you need for gaming and to just feel fast overall
6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)
If you can't get an Amazon credit then maybe you can get a Dell credit
But I recommend getting the SSD also if you buy from dell directly instead of amazon you can try to haggle a bit call them ask for a discount or 0% interest payments, and if you are a student or work for the government ask them if they have discounts for that.
I would recommend looking into the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It will work very well for gaming with its quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256 gb ssd, and GTX 960M graphics card. The 960M graphics card will work extremely well with for gaming and will be able to play LoL, GTA and other games extremely well.
It also has a pretty good battery, and a backlit keyboard. It's also of moderate weight at 5.2 pounds, but still very carry-able.
Why not this version
You could add a 1TB HDD or another SSD later on for more storage
If you're just gaming I'd suggest going with this variant.
The internals are upgradable. But, I don't think you'll need more than 8GB of RAM. And as for more space, you can add a 1TB HDD alongside the 256GB SSD in this machine.
If you can up your budget a little I would recommend this Dell Inspiron because it comes with Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)(one of the best CPU in the market for this budget),
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5(one of the best GPU in the market for this budget and should be more than enough for your gaming),
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive( both will do great for multi tasking and fast loading and booting),
15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen(a nice bonus).
If you're interested in getting a SSD and want great specs, maybe look into the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It will easily be able to play games like Civ or more intensive games (if you get into them in the future) with its 960M graphics card. It also has a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd. The screen is a full 1080p IPS display which will look great for watching videos.
It also has a good battery that can last up to 5 or 6 hours of light use, a backlit keyboard, and an HDMI port.
I agree with Orangematz, this Dell is a great option, but if you are planning to do anything other than gaming you might want to consider this config because of the better CPU .
I would recommend looking into the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It will work extremely well for gaming and video editing with a 960M graphics card that will allow you to play games like GTA and Overwatch with pretty high graphics and great FPS. It also has good specs with a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram and 256gb ssd.
It also has a full 1080p IPS display, and a pretty good battery that can last 6 or 7 hours of light use. It is also pretty well built.
If you need a bit more storage maybe look into something like the Asus k501 for $870. It is more expensive, but comes with slightly better specs with an i7 processor and 512gb ssd. It is also much lighter than the dell at 4.4 pounds so it will be more portable, and it has a sleek design.
You can add a M2 SSD but if you only care about boot time it is not slow because of the 8 GB SSD for cache, if you prefer you can get this config as it comes with 256 SSD out of the box but with a i5 6300 HQ rather than the i7
The Dell Inspiron has the same price with a much better CPU here [link]
However, I do love the aluminum chassis from ASUS and hate the Dell's chassis.
Go with this instead if weight is no issue.
I would suggest this Dell inspiron it has similar specs to the Asus already mentioned (storage is a little less but will be enough for you), cheaper and with better battery life.
Games will not utilize the hyper-threading really-- so the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK with the i5 quad core processor will do an equally job in gaming as a ;laptop with the i7 that has hyper- threading... See a full review of this laptop here.
What about this? If you're just gaming, the i5 is fine.
The dell Michiganders mentioned is a great option and I always recommend it, another good one is this dell it is slightly cheaper with Quad core i5 and a pure SSD which is a nice bonus faster booting and loading and the rest of the specs is very similar.
Thanks for the advise all. Buying this today unless there is a better equivalent or deal that has become available.
I'd second the K501UW. Just realize it has a dual-core i7 and non-IPS display.
If you want a quad-core and IPS display, I'd go with this.
The Dell inspiron series has a lot of the features you want at right about that price range.
Like the Amazon link? I don't have an exact one for the Lenovo, because the specifications of the ones I saw on there (and on Lenovo's own website) differ from the one from the seller I've contacted, but other than that, here:
Dell Ins 7559: [link]
Lenovo y500: [link]
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
Yeah, the HP laptop you bought has decent specs, but the hard drive is a 5400rpm model, which slows everything down.
If you want no lag, and a fast, responsive system, make sure the laptop has a SSD(solid state drive). You usually have to pay a little more, but it's well worth it in the crazy fast boot time and application launch speed.
For good gaming performance, might be overkill, but I'd check out the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M Review here by Mobile Tech
There's also the DELL Laptop Latitude E5440 Intel Core i7 4600U (2.10 GHz) 8 GB Memory 256 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M 14.0" Windows 7 Pro Review here by Notebook Check if you don't mind a refurb.
If weight isn't an issue, I'd go with this.
Is this one reliable?
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10) [link]
Using it for gaming if that helps
I recommend spending a little bit to pay up for this.
I was going to second Shopineer's MSI deal but it has a 5400 RPM HDD, which would make you cry on load times and have noticeable slowdowns after a couple months from my experience. It will be extremely solid for those games and has a super speedy SSD. Since the SSD is an m.2 drive, you can easily add a 1 TB HDD for a mere $50 at a later date as it does have an open sata drive slot if you feel the need to.
I am not 100% sure, but I think Geography needs a dedicated GPU (a friend of mine uses it for measurements of the earth's layers or something like that), if I am right then I would recommend this Dell inspiron because it comes with SSD which will out perform a normal HDD, it has 960M GPU which I think you might need(will also help with higher gaming if you ever go into that).
With the rarest of exceptions you should be able to find much better deals on these websites than from any of the bigbox stores such as bestbuy/staples etc. Recently Bestbuy had their "gaming sale" The laptop that I was considering was marked as 400$ off....the "sale" price was still higher than the normal price at NCIX and Newegg.
with your budget you will not get a laptop weighing less than five pounds and would be able to perform the tasked you need. how ever i would suggest you check out this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop i5 cpu, 8gb ram, 256 gb ssd and 960m gpu.
I would suggest this Dell inspiron because it comes with Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M(one of the best GPU in the market for this budget) and the 8 GB ram with the SSD makes it great for daily tasks and multi tasking with fast booting and loading of games.
Again, thank you for taking the time to help me out.
How does this model compare to the original posting model? I am definitely leaning towards the one you are suggesting here, but just want to explore all options.
Basically, I dont have internet access at all times, so I need a laptop for gaming. I use this. I added 8 gigs more of RAM and a 500gb SSD, spent about $900ish.(USD)
This Dell comes out to be around 620$ if you get it from Amazon warehouse deals, they currently have an extra 15% off when you add it to your cart.
I have a laptop ([link]) and I want to use a monitor for it. I was wondering if i plugged in the monitor, and then turned the laptop upside down (i will use usb kb/m, ofc) with the lid closed, will that give it better cooling? Drew it in paint [link]
Actually, I've been heavily researching laptops for ~$800. Here are my results.
You got this Asus that has 8 gigs ram, gtx 960m, 6th gen i7. With shipping, handling, and a cheap ssd, you get it for $922
You got this other Asus that's got the same specs except cheaper with the SSD and a mediocre core, gaming doesn't need a great core but it is a minus. This is so far my top choice.
You got this dell that basically is like the last one except a bigger SSD and a worse core.
The one you suggest, I think its this one has no SSD. The i5 is actually better then the i7 6500 and the gpu is slightly better because more gpu gigs. I'm still shopping but a specific link would be nice. The SSD is kinda important
[link] its a dell inspiron 15 and packs good enough specs to do everything you need it to do. It stretches your budget but you can also buy a hard drive to put in if you need more mass storage
hm for 750 i would probably consider this,[link] it has less storage but i heard the build quality is better, so you might want to consider that. But if you want to game and don't have a desktop then go for the lenovo / dell if you do have something to game on the side then go for the acer.
What about this? You'll probably want the quad-core.
Since you want Dell, here : [link]
If you don't mind brand then - [link]
I bought this laptop. I added an extra 8 GB of RAM to it, but even without the extra RAM, it runs the game on DX11 with almost max settings. I did run max settings for a little, but used the NVIDIA optimizer to make it run smoother. I have no issues in any content.
I would suggest a laptop with pascal gpu but it seems like you are trying to spend around $800. For that price the best you can probably get is [link].
That's definitely an improvement but you will probably want to save up and get one with an SSD drive. HDD's will tend to give you problems especially if you travel with it a lot. SSD will save you money in the long run.
That dell has specs you would want to aim for, about $100 more. you get a bigger screen, beefier graphics and an SSD. Not sure how the i5 and i7 stack up but their performance is probably real similar. The dell CPU has a higher boost clock but the i7 has more cores.
Some people say 256gb is too small but I have no problem fitting all my games and work on mine at the same size.
If you video edit or something you'll need a bigger hard drive but snag an SSD and a 950m or higher for sure
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG [link]
Also this one is $100 cheaper but with an SSD
Oh and same price, but SSD + 950m
Lenovo Ideapad 700 - 15.6" FHD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i5 6300HQ, 12 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M, Windows 10) 80RU00FEUS [link]
Thanks for the info. I noticed the listing for that laptop said "up to 3.2 GHz," so wasn't exactly sure how to factor that in. Model is this one by the way.
> How is it not fair to only count the gaming parts?
Because OP talked about reusing old parts. If we're strictly speaking about the total of cost of all the parts involved, even if they're reused the total cost of the PC is still the same. You can't just consider the costs of the new parts by themselves. The cost of the old parts are still sunk costs and requires previous investment into PC gaming.
> PCs are multifaceted, and in today's world, are all but required.
No it's not. It depends on needs. Some people only care about playing casual, socially focused games and watching Netflix. Mobile devices are perfect for them since it also combines the social functions they desire (like texting, messaging, internet). My mother exclusively uses her iPad and iPhone. She doesn't want a PC because she doesn't need it. She runs her entire business through her phone. You don't need a PC to be successful in today's world.
>If you need a PC (as humans do) and you spend $500 on a non-gaming desktop from HP or Dell so you can get your work done, no one bat's an eyelash. If, however, you spend $200 extra to get a machine that is also capable of some moderate gaming, suddenly you spent all $700 on gaming? It's idiotic.
You're conflating an essential function with a leisurely one. Gaming isn't necessary to live. If you need a PC to do your job so you can live, it's price can be justified. And cost isn't linear either. What if you own a $500 laptop because it's convenient for you to carry to work? You can't upgrade that. Sure you can buy a $800 gaming laptop. But the battery would suck, it might even be heavier, the GPU might not be as good as a full desktop, ie full of compromises. You have neither a good work laptop nor a good gaming machine.
> The cost of gaming should not be every penny you've ever spent on a computer
Why not? If someone purchased an Xbox One S for the stated intention of both gaming and watching their 4K UHD movies, does that suddenly make the gaming portion of the One S $150? The total cost of the machine is all that matters to consumers because at the end of the day the cost of entry is the only cost they'll see. Does using my iPhone to only text and browse Reddit somehow change its price? No, it's still an $800 phone. To get those two functions, I still need to buy the whole thing. PCs, like consoles and phones, are all in one value propositions. You don't get to break them down by costs and not be able to do the same to consoles.
> it should be the extra pennies that you put into your otherwise-mandatory machine to make it into a gaming PC.
This is a fallacy. Not everyone wants a desktop. Many people just want a lightweight laptop to bring to work and a separate machine for gaming and entertainment on the downtime. Not everyone is a teenager with all of the time in the world to sit in front of their desktops. Also, to make a PC gaming capable, you'd need to upgrade more than just the GPU. Gaming applications still need RAM, a strong CPU, and storage to run. So you can't just consider the cost of the GPU alone.
> Also, I'm finding it very hard to take you seriously when you say that the Xbone comes with Windows 10. You should be smart enough to know that's disingenuous.
My point is that it comes with its own operating system. You don't have to pay extra for that. It's never my intention to suggest that it was a full PC.
It is not "Too cheap", the Dell Ispirion doesn't compromise anything major to get to this price, so it is a pretty decent deal and we recommend it often in the subreddit.
Would you consider that to be a competitive laptop as well? It's an i5 but it's marketed as a gaming laptop so I'm not sure if it has any competitive edge over the dell you linked earlier.
This laptop will not even come close to running the games you want, let alone allow you to stream. You will need a dedicated GPU for such tasks and a stronger product overall.
I would recommend the Dell Inspiron 7559. The Nvidia 960M graphics card will allow you to play games at a respectable FPS and even run The Witcher 3 (a very demanding game as you probably know) at medium settings. The screen is a 15.6 inches, you get a 256gb SSD with this, very fast, but you will have to be careful with your storage as it is limiting if you want to cram your music and/or movies in there. Also, this is even cheaper than the HP, which is just icing on the cake!
I agree with both Kat-77 and shopineer. The Asus and MSI laptops that are suggested below are your two best options. Something better and you'll find yourself in the ripoff range, and something lower and you'll find yourself in the GTX 960M range, unless you're fine with saving money and going with an $800 Dell Inspiron i7559. [link]
If you want the best build quality, go with a T460 configured with a 1080p IPS display.
If you prefer better specs for gaming, go with this.
Well since your not doing any intensive gaming until the 1080Ti comes out that laptop would be perfect for you the 940m graphics should be able wow and overwatch in 60fps another good option you should consider is the Dell Inspiron with the 960m graphics card. Or the Acer Aspire V 15 which has a 950m graphics card
I just bought this Dell a month ago to replace my 7-year-old ASUS. 4GB VRAM, 256GB SSD, 3.2GHz quad i5, 8GB DDR3 RAM. I'm incredibly picky and spent a lot of time comparing. This beat out the ASUS K501UX because of the higher quality screen, 2GB extra VRAM, and the quad-core had a better CPU benchmark than the dual i7. Incredibly happy with it. There is an empty 2.5" hard drive bay if you want to drop in another SSD/HDD.
how about this decent Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop ? it has a nice quad core i5 cpu which might be a bit more powerful that you require but might come in handy, a good 8gb ram, a dedicated gpu for your low to mid power games, and a super fast 256gb ssd storage. it also has very nice screen display settings, fairly good battery life, it sits nicely below your budget and will be able to handle your tasks without hiccups.
I would recommend the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It is a good, all around gaming laptop that also has a great battery life for schoolwork. It is pretty powerful and has a 960M graphics card that will run rocket league / world of tanks flawlessly and will allow you to open up to more demanding games in the future if you so choose. It has a battery that can last up to 7 or 8 hours of light use as well.
It is on the heavier side though at 5.2 pounds, so if you would like something light and extremely portable this may not be for you. You can still carry it in a backpack without much problem though.
What about this? If she is just sticking to gaming and photo editing, the i5 is fine.
Well the same laptop Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop is available new for under 800, so I would consider this as a good deal, foes it come with warranty ?
I would recommend this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop because it comes with Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)(one of the best CPU in the market),NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5(one of the best GPU for this price point),
8 GB DDR3L (great for multitasking), 256 GB Solid-State Drive(great for faster booting and loading),15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen, Windows 10
I feel like you already bought it, but just in case you didn't I agree with The technitician, this dell is one of the best laptops for this price point
you should check out this pretty decent Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop which has a decent quad core i5 cpu, an 8gb ram a dedicated 960m gpu and a much faster 256gb ssd.
ok the laptop you should get is the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop it is able to manage the witcher 3 easily in excellent fps the cause of this is the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 that it comes with in side these beast and the wonderful Intel i5-6300HQ GHz Quad-Core processor it has.
I meant that one versus the other one at $779 posted in comment here
I am leaning toward it.
If you want a GTX 1060, you can go with this.
A thinkpad would actually do very well for you based on what you will be doing as well as your personal preferences. Unfortunately , the ones within your budget with an intel quad core processor and Nvidia card which I really would want you to have, are out of your budget range. This Dell inspiron is also a decent option as well -- very powerful and does have a good support for Linux OSs.
They both have the same graphics card, so there will be a negligible difference. The advantage of a dell inspiron is that the i5 processor is quad core instead of dual core (will lead to slightly faster performance), and it has an SSD instead of an HDD. SSD's have less storage, but will lead to faster bootup and all you to open programs and files more quickly.
It has a higher price though.
I would suggest this Dell 15.6-Inch Laptop because it comes with Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz(one of the best i5 CPU in the market), 8GB DDR3(great for multitasking), 256GB SSD(great for faster booting and loading), Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M(should be more than enough for your photo editing), Windows 10.
Pro tip: Since the laptop is well under your budget you can buy Accidental Damage Protection(You will hate paying for it, but you will love yourself for doing it if something ever happened to your 750+ USD laptop)
Okay cool thanks!
What do you think about the i7559 vs this similar dell model
You can get that right here!
You really have tons and tons of excellent options in your price range, and you really would not have to go up to your budget if you didn't really want to.
I'm not sure why you looked into the XPS 13, as it does not have a dedicated graphics card. I would recommend you look into the XPS 15, which does have a graphics card, however one of the major selling points of that laptop is it's intense portability for a 15 inch. You don't sound like you need that great of portability, so I'm not sure it's worth paying the premium for it.
I also don't think it's necessary that you get a top of the line graphics card, and I think you would do just fine with something like the GTX 960.
I think even something like the Dell 7559 for $780 would work well. It has specs likely fine for what you need with a quad core i5 processor, 8gb of ram, 256gb ssd, and a 960M graphics card for gaming. It also comes with a backlit keyboard. You can also get a version with a 1TB HDD and 8GB SSD (for windowsOS) if you need more storage for $817. This version also comes with a slightly more powerful i7 processor. Both of them also have a pretty good battery lasting up to 8 hours of light use. They are of moderate weight at around 5.2 pounds as well.
If you want something with a more sleek and less gamer looking build, look into the Asus K501 for $860. It has similar specs to the Dell but with an i7 processor. It also has a huge 512GB SSD, 8GB of ram and the same 960M graphics card. It is pretty light for a 15 inch at 4.8 pounds as well, and it has a good battery lasting up to 7 or 8 hours on light use. And it has a backlit keyboard.
If you think you would like a graphics card stronger than the 960M, let me know and I can give further recommendations. The 960M is good enough to play Skyrim with moderate graphics and get very high fps (>60) and similar games. You may not be able to play highly demanding games though on anything but light or moderate graphics.
lifetimeofnot you have come to the right place in regards to what your looking for the 17inch with the 16gb ram and the 960m gaming graphics your budget is a bit low for that which your asking if you through in $200 bucks on that you could take a look at the HP Pavilion 17 Laptop , but if your looking for a decent 15inch with a 960m gaming graphics with 8gb of ram then you should check out the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop. It comes with a powerful Intel i5-6300HQ Quad-Core which can manage your Photoshop editing easily. Looking at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 its perfect to play skyrim on highest settings without a thought, 8 GB DDR3L ram and a 256 GB Solid-State Drive storage I think she will like it and its within your budget.
Maybe this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)
I'd also check out Eurocom [link]
Well i suggest you take a look at the Dell Inspiron 7559 this laptop isone of the best out there and is at a great price.
How about the [link]
Here it is.
$779 but good specs. Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M
you should definitely take a look at these two great options. both of them have almost identical specs with the only difference being this dell inspiron having an i5 and a 256gb ssd and this Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK which has a i7 and a 128gb ssd plus 1tb hdd. both are decent options though and they a for the same price.
No idea. Best article I could find is this: [link]
"Nvidia officials said GTX 1060 GPUs will enable a level of performance unseen in lighter laptops (less than four pounds). Typically these models would have a GeForce GTX 970m or GeForce GTX 960m. Nvidia officials said with the GeForce GTX 1060, we’ll now see GeForce GTX 980 desktop-class performance in such devices.
These laptops will be as easy on your budget as they are on your back, Nvidia officials added. The company said to expect GeForce GTX 1060-equipped laptops in designs that cost less than $1,300."
^ in comparison the Dell i7559 is less than $800, and pretty solid. Also equipped with a 960m: [link]
I'm glad these new GPUs won't break the bank though haha. Personally, they're probably overkill, but it's so cool that performance margins have decreased so drastically, and such power can come from such tiny machines!
welcome insan3soldiern.....the best laptop for you would be the Dell 7559 Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.....This laptop can run all the games above with ease and it at a great price now .
for a powerful laptop within your budget this awesome Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop would be an ideal option. it houses a great intel quad core i5 cpu, a good 8gb ram, for your games to run on decent graphics it comes with a dedicated 960m gpu, and for great boot up speed and program launches it has a 256gb ssd storage. easily this laptop with manage all your task mentioned without hiccups.
If you're okay with 15", you can go with this.
definitely you should check out this powerful dell inspiron which houses a good quad core i5 cpu, 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu and a fast 256gb ssd
The Acer Aspire V is an excellent option for $735, especially if you need a lot of storage. It has great specs for it's price with a powerful i7 processor, 8gb of ram, 1TB HDD, and a 960M graphics card for gaming. It is also upgradable to 16GB of ram, and has an open m.2 SSD slot if you would like to add (although they are difficult to access). It has extremely good value, however only a mediocre battery life, lasting 4-5 hours of light use.
If you don't need space and don't want to have to upgrade yourself, maybe look into the Dell Inspiron 7559 for $780. It has similar specs, but with a quad core i5, and a 256GB SSD instead of 1TB HDD. Also has pretty good value, and would allow you to run games like Overwatch and DOTA 2 flawlessly on high graphics.
I would go with this dell (from the two you mention) for a couple of things, first, better GPU, second, better keyboard which is something I assume is of important to you :)
Sure there are plenlty of gaming laptops within your budget but this one stands out for me.The
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop. It comes with a 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor which is recommended since your only gaming you don't need an i7 processor, a 8GB DDR3 ram, 256GB SSD for storage, the wonderful Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M that will run all the games you have mentioned, and Windows 10 as you wanted :=)
I don't know if its too late but this is a pretty good one...
Dunno mine looks normalish bar the red logo.
I am seriously considering buying a laptop for when I am not home, which is becoming more and more frequent especially on the weekends.
The product I have settled on is this: [link]
Are there any big red flags here? It seems like a really good deal but i'm no expert when it comes to laptops.
its a dell 7559 (skylake i5 and a 960m)
I ended up getting this one and I'm pretty happy with it.
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop
I found mine on eBay cheaper though so I recommend checking there. Mine is the i7 version as well and I have a 250gb msata that frees up the sata spot for a 1tb hdd for storage/game installs.
700 is a little high, you'll have to get lucky on some fool who doesn't do his research, you can get a true quad core i5-6300HQ + 960M, under $800
This is the one I got. Best part is the m2 ssd. Slapped a second ssd and an extra 8gb in it. Plays overwatch like a boss! [link]
Right now, the best I can recommend locally is this:
Unfortunately, it's also the only thing I can recommend, seeing as it's the only one available locally with a 950M in your price range. Also, since it isn't an FHD screen, you should be able to game decently well on it. Also, almost any laptop you buy here will come without Windows and Office, which must be bought separately or obtained creatively ;)
Moving overseas, things are much better. Here's a Dell that beats the crap out of the ASUS above:
Or this ASUS:
If you're willing to increase your budget by $90, this MSI is a real beast with a 970m:
Bottom line, if can buy from the US, go for it. Also, keep in mind that the better a laptop performs, the heavier and thicker it becomes and the hotter it runs. Battery life will also decrease substantially, both while gaming and while on idle (You should ideally be gaming when plugged in). 'Ultrabooks' like the Dell XPS series, HP's Spectre x360 lineup and ASUS's Zenbook all tend to have battery lives around 8-10 hours, look very sleek and stylish with carbon fibre or aluminium unibody cases and be much thinner and lighter, but they are horrible for gaming as they don't have discrete GPUs and tend to have marginal cooling. If you favour looks, then it's going to be a tough choice.
Welp, my obliviousness has gotten the best of me once again. Thanks anyways. Could you at least tell me if this is a good deal?
But the Dell has 4 gb more ram then the asus x555ub isnt that better ?
Last question i promise, are these better than the last of those 3 ?
With 16 gigs of ram.
I'm starting to lean more towards PC gaming over the past months.
So based on what you said, I tried to narrow it down. Also, I still don't want to buy a MacBook because it is still way too expensive for the hardware offered. So which one of these would work for the major?
Dell Inspiron i7559: [link]
Asus K501UW-AB78: [link]
Dell XPS 13: [link]
So based on what you guys have said, I tried to narrow it down. Also, I still don't want to buy a MacBook because it is still way too expensive for the hardware offered. So which one of these would work for the major?
Dell Inspiron i7559:
Dell XPS 13:
For that price range I would get this Dell instead:
Better CPU, better GPU, SSD > HHD.
I found this and I think it would fit my needs.
I was hitting /r/random and ended up on /r/suggestalaptop and a thread was already posted similar to my needs!
B,ecause it's a mid range machine. They didn't skimp on the gpu but made up for it by giving you an i5, 8gigs of RAM just the SSD (vs say an SSD and 7200 rpm hdd) You can get a 17" with an i7, 16gigs of RAM with and SSD + 1tb 7200rpm hdd for around $1400, so in comparison the $1000 for those machines is right on.
EDIT: btw Dell offers this laptop which is very similar just has a 960m instead for $800. So again, the $1000 pricetag is right on.
Just found your new laptop xd: [link]
The HP one definitely. You would see massive benefits of the 6th gen processor in terms of battery life down the corner.
Also, if you are even slightly serious about gaming, I wouldn't recommend either of those cards. They are fine for some slight amount of Dota, but that's it. Seeing your budget, if you can in someway get a laptop from the US, this one is great. It has a 960m which is miles better than either of those cards while being slightly more expensive. The Xiaomi laptop too looks like a really good bargain, if you can wait.
13 or 15 inch?
for medium graphics u will need some form of a dedicated gpu in my experience. maybe this
Idk if buying a new laptop is an option, but I found a decent laptop on Amazon for only $800 USD. Its the one I'm getting for several paradox games, as well as some others.
Here's a cheaper Dell gaming laptop: [link]
The one on amazon already has that. [link]
I had a cheap $400 2012 Toshiba laptop with a shitty AMD graphics card that ran Civ V with medium graphics pretty well, although it would start lagging a bit once more map was discovered and more intense wars started.
You should be fine, but if your budget is $800 max, then I recommend you get this. More bang for your buck.
based on your requirements this dell inspiron 15 would be suitable while saving you some money. it comes with a great quad core i5 cpu, an 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu for your games and a good 256gb ssd which will bring some much needed speed for your OS boot up as well as programme launches.
This Dell Inspiron gaming laptop sits right within your budget and you give you that performance you are looking for in Minecraft. It has a very powerful i5 quad core 6th generation processor, along with 8 GB RAM which is great, a wonderful gtx 960 dedicated graphics card for gaming and of course a 256 GB SSD which brings some much needed speed.
if you are willing to stretch the budget a bit you could get this decent dell inspiron which houses a powerful quad core i5 cpu, 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu and a blazing fast and energy efficient 256gb ssd storage.
for a gaming laptop within that budget this dell inspiron or this Newest Acer Nitro VN7 would be great options. they are both the same price however the acer is without an ssd and the dell does.
i really dont think you need anything more powerful than this dell inspiron it has a 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M gpu and good battery life.
Take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to see whats out there within your budget.
I'd suggest either the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> for the Asus FZ50VW for $779-$799.
The Asus has an SSD as well as a large storage drive with an i7, and the Dell has better battery life and an IPS display. Either would suit your needs easily.
The HP Omen laptops are really overpriced. I wouldn't suggest going down that road.
The xps 13 has integrated graphics card which is worse than the surface book that has the dedicated graphics card. You want the 15 inch model. If you're going for dell and also want to save some cash, look at the dell Inspiron 7000, that also has the 960m and it costs significantly less.
I'm sure you can still play overwatch on the sb with things set to low/medium. You can find videos of it on YouTube. The 960m will be able to run it better though.
If you could push your budget to $775, this is probably the best value you could get for your money. The Dell 7559. Otherwise, the Acer Aspire you linked is a great deal as well, for under $600.
The HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Notebook that has a very good i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, a decent gtx 960 dedicated graphics card and of course a wonderful storage with an SSD and a HDD.. This will run MOST OF those games you mentioned on high settings easily.. But if you really want to keep closer to the $600, go for this Dell Inspiron i7559 that will give you a very similar performance to the HP mentioned above and is much cheaper.
I was actually referring to this one. [link]
For both laptops though, the negative feedback sort of worries me. In both cases there are complaints about the screen issues and wifi connectivity issues.
yes it is, is this dell right? if it is then yes it is a definite contender
This versus Dell i7559 and why?
I'd say spend a little more on the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> for $779.
It would give you a GTX 960M, which would do a lot better with your gaming, and you can get ~7 hours of battery life out of this machine, so it's a win/win there. It is a little over 5lbs, so it's not terribly heavy, and it has a 256GB SSD keeping it snappy.
have you taken a look at the dell inspiron?
Not really anything to compete if you want to keep that really slim 13.3" look.
If you wanted to move up to something larger, the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> will get you ~7 hours of battery life and a lot better performance overall, allowing you to play CS:GO and LoL on max settings and Overwatch between medium and high.
definitely this dell inspiron will get the job done. it comes with 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3 ram, 256GB SSD, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M gpu. or this ASUS K501UW-AB78. it has a powerful Intel Core i7 cpu, a dedicated GTX 960M gpu, 8GB DDR4 ram, and a 512GB SSD.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is a much better gaming laptop..It has a far better processor as well as graphics card..To be exact, it has a quad core i5 processor vs a simple dual core i7 processor which is much weaker...It also has the gtx 960 dedicated graphics card vs the 940 MX which is only a low end graphics card.
That one looks nice. I know it is hard to predict this kind of thing, but I am looking to get a laptop for my brother who needs it for college and gaming wise mostly just wants to make sure it will run Civ 6 well. Think it will manage?
On the higher end we have been considering this laptop (the one recommended by Amazon for "gamers" - $800):
Here are the requirements for Civ 5 for reference: [link]
I'd say your best bet is one of these two:
For the £830 This DELL
For £770 This DELL
In that price range, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK would do an excellent job for you. It would probably be an overkill- but too much power in a laptop can never be bad... This laptop has a very powerful quad core i5 processor supported by 8 GB RAM , a great 256 GB SSD and of course, a nice gtx 960 dedicated graphics card. It will run MTGO very well.
I agree with Shopineer I think this item description is more accurate than what is mentioned below
yes it could just to clarify your talking this right? If it is the laptop you can get 40-60fps out of it
If you're doing video editing, I would avoid anything with a slow 5400RPM drive. For that reason I'd go for this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong>.
It comes in under budget and has a great IPS display for your video work, a 256GB SSD, a quad-core i5-6300HQ, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, and great battery life.
It doesn't have Windows 7, though. You do have downgrade rights, however, and could just drop the OS back a few versions. I find Windows 7 is really slow compared to 8.1 and 10, though. Is there a reason you need it to have 7?
Your best option within budget would be the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong>.
It's going to give you up to 7 hours of battery life, a GTX 960M to play OW easily, a high quality IPS display for the best viewing angles and color reproduction, and even a 256GB SSD.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK will be a great pick for you and fits perfectly within your budget. It will run those games you have mentioned very well on high settings with great frame rates... If the 256 GB SSD that is comes with will not be enough storage space for you, be free to get the Dell Inspiron i7559-12623RED that has a 1000 GB + 8 GB SSD instead
Can buy this one 256gb ssd, core i5. Great performance, battery life is about 7 hours. It's a great value for you and you get great performance out of it. It is a bit bigger but if you need performance, this is it.
Amazon.ca has it, however you'd be paying around a CDN$200 premium over the exchange rate. This is generally less than ideal.
The Canadian laptop market tends to be both very limited and expensive, so your options are a bit scarce. You could consider this CDN$1000 Acer V5-591G-55PV. It's pretty comparable to the Dell i7559, but has a slightly weaker GPU.
I would actually suggest this one for its ssd, [link]
for a powerful gaming rig that would do a stellar job at those games you mentioned, id strongly recommend you get this dell inspiron which houses a powerful quad core i5 cpu, an 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu and a blazing fast 256gb ssd storage. this laptop is a bit outside your budget however its definitely worth the price. if not you could go with this less powerful but decent Acer Aspire 2016 Newest
The <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> is the best you'll do on Amazon with $800.
There are some others you can check out on <strong>this list</strong> though.
I think a laptop that is just about the exact same, but cheaper and therefore better value is the Dell 5779. Especially if you only need an SSD, which includes most people.
It only has an i5 though, instead of an i7. If you're looking to use it for gaming, you only need an i5, but if you are trying to use it for intense programs or HD video rendering, you need an i7.
this dell inspiron will easily meet all your desires and more. it comes with a great intel quad core i5 cpu, an 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu and a decent 256gb ssd storage
If you could go up to that price range, then this Dell Inspiron gaming laptop would be a great deal! It has a powerful quad core i5 processor in comparison to much weaker dual core processors you would get in a laptop for $700 or below , plus it has the decent gtx 960 dedicated graphics card which blows away the GT 950, 940 and 940 MX you would get at $700 and below... This laptop also sports a nice 256 GB SSD which will provide some much needed speed as well as a decent 8 GB RAM...
I would go with this dell just because it has better GPU, the price is right, and great rating/reviews on amazon
You actually have a very good budget to get a laptop to do what you actually want. Go for this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop which would run Skyrim on max settings as well as other more demanding games and complete all your college work easily. This laptop has very decent performance specs inclusive of a quad core i7 6th generation processor, 8 GB RAM, a nice 256 GB SSD and of course, a decent gtx 960 dedicated graphics card for gaming. This laptop also has a nice battery life and a decent build quality- it has a very good reputation among it's owner as the ratings on Amazon will tell you.
You are right, as an affiliate we can not determine how responsive the actual touchpad are, but that is what reviews on Amazon are for, and that is why I would recommend this Dell gaming laptop it is very popular on Amazon and the specs is great for the price, they come with 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD(for faster boating and loading), Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M(for better gaming experience ) and 4GB GDDR5 of dedicated Video Ram for even better gaming and higher FPs, Windows 10, 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen, two cooling fans, and a great battery life, all for under 800 USD what more can you ask for ? :D
this dell inspiron will get the job done just fine. it comes with a 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ cpu up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M gpu, it also ags a decent built as well as a nice battery life
I would honestly go for the Inspiron i7559-763BLK which has that full SSD.. Though it has a slightly less powerful processor , you wont seen a difference in performance based on processing power..In fact, the machine with the full SSD might actually perform a little better than the one with the HYBRID drive and an i7 processor in gaming.
this one has an ssd only but it has a i5 cpu.
not a windows 7 laptop but this dell inspiron will certainly get the job done.
That laptop you are looking at does look good but is poor on specs where gaming is concern-- it has a mediocre graphics card and a dual core processor which is not so good especially for demanding games like the Witcher III.... I recommend based on your ideal spending range that you get this Dell Inspiron...If you could up a little higher definitely get the Dell Inspiron i7559-12623RED which is lighter in weight and has a better battery life... Both of these laptops have very solid quad core i5 processor which is great for any gaming, 8 GB RAM which is fine , and importantly, a gtx 960 dedicated graphics card which is solid..Any of them will surely run those games you mentioned (some of them on ultra while some on medium with great fps...
yes this one
I agree with shopineer, you can get better than GTX 960 for this budget, for 800 I would go for either this Dell gaming laptop or this Dell Inspiron i7559
If you're going to drop the money, you should do it right, IMO. You're going to want a GTX 960M at the minimum to play the games you've listed. The closest thing to your budget is the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> for $779, and that would handle your games as well as having good battery life, a 256GB SSD, and a high quality IPS display.
the acer aspire would be your best pick for a gaming laptop presently at that budget. unless you would like to spend more and get this dell inspiron. it has a decent quad core i5 cp, a dedicated 960m gpu an 8gb ram and a 256gb ssd. or less and get this dell
Based on the tasks you will be doing ie gaming and completing school related tasks, this Dell Inspiron would do a fantastic job for you. It has very good performance power, a nice 256 GB SSD, great quad core i5 processor and of course , a powerful gtx 960 dedicated graphics card... It also has a nice build quality and battery life and is right within your budget.
Dell with i5+m.2 256gb SSD: [link]
I definitely agree with this. I recently wrote up a guide on the Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops sub $1000 and the Dell 7559 came in at #2 on the list at just $800.
The 7559 represents fantastic value for money given it's specs and performance. The only thing I would be weary of is its weight, at 7lbs it's pretty heavy.
Given your need for video editing and battery life, I would go for this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong>.
It has an SSD, which can be huge for your video editing purposes, a quad-core i5-6300HQ, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics for your editing and playing OW on medium or better settings, an IPS display for your video work, and around 7 hours of battery life for school.
All in all, it's the best option within your budget.
none of the above mentioned... you could get this brand new powerful dell inspiron within budget
You can take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to get an idea of what is available within your budget and you can balance specs, weight, and battery life as you see fit.
If you want the best balance of those factors without going over $1k, the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong> would be the way to go.
It's only $779 but has an IPS display, SSD, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, and ~7 hours of battery life.
You wont get a good gaming laptop for 1000 because most that cost 1000 only have a gtx960m which is not worth 1000 since it is about as good as a gtx750ti desktop card so i would recommend spending 1000 on a desk top to get a gtx 1070 and a i5 but if you must have a lap top her is a decent onehttps://www.amazon.com/Dell-15-6-Inch-Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor/dp/B015PYYDMQ/156-2623700-9051855?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=pcpapi-20 and here is a mechanical keyboardhttps://www.amazon.com/Azio-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-MGK1-K/dp/B010M53SLU/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469480600&amp;sr=1-14&amp;keywords=mechanical+keyboard
This Does not have an i7, is not a 17" display, but it does have 256GB SSD
there is this one: [link]
Its fairly cheap and should run WoW fine
I just got this yesterday if you considered getting a different laptop instead. Pretty dope specs for $800.
PS yeah those bezels are nice
Blam, my daily driver.
Performance better than ps4/xbone in most circumstances while maintaining some righteously frosty temps.
a little more expensive than you are looking for, but it has excellent performance to price ratio
The Dell Inspiron 7559 is Rocking a i5-6300HQ (quad-core) CPU with the 960m 4GB vram and 8 GB of ram while still having a 256 sata SSD with those specs you can expect 60 FPS in doom with Medium to High Settings at 1080p
Edit: Spelling errors and price is 799.99 @ Amazon.com
If this is the one you are talking about its pretty good for the price
If you just want a mid range laptop that work consider this [link]
I brought it recently (got overcharged because I did not pay attention) but still very happy with the laptop. The one I linked is the best price.
The only downside is the weight (if you want light weight, ultrabook is the only option but that means no gaming on laptop). Otherwise it has everything I want, most important is a good battery.
I say buy this laptop, which can run any games you want, and put your money into better things (like saving for future desktop, buying more games just use it else in your life).
If not for the new possibility of graphic card generation, I would buy another one for my friend but he decided to wait.
Feel free to ask me if you need.
Just search Dell laptop 960m
I'm now torn between that one and [link], that Pindrop posted
haha, uhm. so, just a suggestion to get you started: this is cheap ($800) and comes with a 256gb ssd for storage. you could get the 480gb, stick it in there along side the SSD, and you'd prolly be ok. If you don't want to have the shopping restriction that the laptop you get needs a second bay, you could get the 960 gb model, which is on a lovely sale for $170.
I would always choose a desktop system over something portable, but as you stated you're looking for something more portable. If you wish to go the Apple rout your options are more limited, but that's not my call to make. I personally have Windows systems as most of the software I use is either cross platform or Windows only. I also occasionally play games so Windows wins out with it's huge game library, but I digress. You could also look into a Hackintosh system, but those can be unstable.
Anyway, Kyle over at Awsomesauce Network did a 'Go Anywhere Do Anything PC' for editing when he's traveling about. He later upgrades it, but it's the concept that matters.
I myself have a decent desktop rig for everything, but recently I found myself looking for an editing companion on the go. I settled with a Dell i7559 which does pretty much everything I need it to after tossing in a 1TB hard drive as a secondary. I have a friend that uses the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU for his projects. It's much weaker in comparison, but still manages quite well in Adobe products after plopping in an SSD and some more RAM.
If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer to the best of my abilities.
By the looks, both would get you 60FPS on Ultra settings.
If you don't need a lot of storage space, there're similar options with an SSD rather than HDD.
Though you lose 3/4 the storage, it would speed up file operations to 8-12x that of a hard-drive. (Speeds up game loading a fair bit)
Considering it's cheaper, you could get an external USB hard-drive for storing images and such on if required too. :)
$775 atm on Prime Day. Same specs plus a GTX 960m for moderate gaming prowess: [link]
You can also add 3 years of accident protection for $152.
On the lower end, a dell Inspiron would probably be fine. It has everything an average gamer / college student would need in it. It has an SSD which is faster than an HDD but less storage space at 256GB for this model. 256GB is probably fine for an average gamer / student though, and you probably will still never max it out unless you need to download 50+ games.
Another good option if you want something on the cheaper end is Acer Aspire V15 Nitro if you want 1TB HDD.
If you would like to pay an extra $100 for a bit higher quality, and an Asus 501 would be good, with a large SSD at 512GB as well.
And if you want to pay even more at $1000 for extremely high quality, get an Asus ROG G501. They are known for being tanks and their quality.
I would go with This And add a 1 TB Hard Drive since it comes with a 256 GB Solid State Drive.
Note: I'm in the US and that suggestion was based soley off currency converion. It may be a different price wherever you buy it.
The one from costco has double the RAM and a 4k screen. Not worth the extra money imo.
this is another option for your needs. You gain a bit of performance, but you lose some battery life and it's a bit bigger.
You'd want to get atleast a 960m which would allow you to play newer games. If you could get a 970m that'd be ideal.
The 970m laptop is used but it comes with an extended warranty it seems. It's a bit harder to find a 970m at $1000 without going used or refurbished. You have to spend bout $1100 to find a 970m laptop.
More like £600
What are you looking for? Gaming? Multi-Purpose? I'd stay away from HP btw.
This laptop is excellent for gaming.
He can afford a 960m instead of a 940m. That laptop is a lot less powerful than this:
I just upgraded from an old crappy laptop which sounds pretty similar to yours, to this: [link]
I wasn't having issues with game speed even into the 1700's with this, actually I think its the first time I've made it to the 1700's because the game speed usually kills my enthusiasm for a run even when I'm doing well. Good luck
If you're fine without a touchscreen, go with something such as this.
you could go with the dell inspiron you mention above. its a decent deal.
You're requirement are quite simple, almost any laptop would suffice.
A suitable option in the <$1000 range would be the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. It's got a 15.6" 1920x1080p resolution, a 4-core Intel Core i5-6300HQ clocked at 13.GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a GeForce GTX 960M. These specs will run applications like pyMol with no problem. The laptop weights little over 5 pounds (5.11) and has a decent battery life.
Link for the latop on Amazon US
Best specs for $800 that I've ever seen are right here. Have fun.
And also this one [link]
would you still pick the aspire over this dell?
The Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop would be a good choice for you.
It's high quality, has a powerful i5, 8GB RAM, 256ssd, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, and a great 15.6" 1920x1080 display.With 7+ hours of battery life.
this dell is a bit outside your budget but its just what you need for those games to run on decent settings. it has a great Intel i5 6300HQ Quad-Core cpu, a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gpu, a 256 GB Solid-State Drive and an 8gb ram. you will easily be satisfied with the built, battery life and overall performance of the machine.
Hard to get something comparable for less. Maybe a Dell Inspiron 15 i7559, which you can get for $699 from the Amazon Warehouse would be an alternative.
Take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to see a good range of options within your budget.
I'd specifically go to the Acer Aspire E15-574G for $499. That's the cheapest way to get dedicated graphics to play most games on medium settings. Some higher end AAA titles would need to be played on low.
If you want to do video editing and want the best bang for your buck, I'd throw out a little more cash for this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong> which is $799, so slightly out of your desired range, but is considerably better in all regards with a much more powerful quad-core i5-6300HQ, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (great for video work), a much more powerful Nvidia GTX 960M, and a great 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display.
That would give you the option to play any games on the market at a pretty low price. There are other little options like an older <strong>Acer Aspire V15 Nitro</strong> which still has an SSD and a GTX 960M, but comes with a 4th gen processor which really shouldn't be a problem for you in the long run.
The <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong> would be the best bang for the buck for your budget.
It has an SSD, a GTX 960M, a high quality IPS display, and a quad-core i5-6300HQ. It also carries reasonable levels of battery life to make it through a day of school with average use. Although you'd need to plug in when doing anything graphically intensive.
you could also consider this really powerful dell inspiron it has a great i5 quad core cpu, an 8gb ram, a dedicated 960m gpu ans a nice 256gb ssd storage space.
Yeah I saw that, I saw a lot of positive reviews about this [link] what are your thoughts on it?
For graphic design, definitely a laptop with a dedicated graphics card, a quad core processor and of course 8 GB RAM or more . An SSD would also be very ideal for you. For graphics design, a decent gaming laptop will do an excellent job for you. If you really don't want to go too far from the $800, this Dell laptop would do a decent job for you. It has a very good i5 quad core skylake processor, nice SSD, great graphics card and of course, 8 GB RAM WHICH you can upgrade easily to 16 later on.
Another popular machine that is often mentioned in this sub would be this, which may interest you.
Another option to consider
I would go with this, best value for $800. Especially if you want to play DayZ and other more demanding games in the future.
this dell inspiron is what you will definitely love for CAD as well as moderate gaming. it comes with a powerful quad core i5 cpu which would be good for CAD. good battery life, an 8gb ram, a decent gtx 960m gpu and a fast 256gb ssd storage space. this rig will get the gaming job done on decent settings as well as CAD.
What about $900 shipped and taxed?
The newest quad core i5, 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 16), a 256SSD, backlit keyboard, and the third best mobile graphics card you can get. The GTX960M is a great card for your needs, you would even be able to play something intensive like Battlefield 4 quite comfortably, albeit after turning down to medium settings or so. For the specific games you listed, you should be on medium settings at a steady 60FPS no problem.
For around $1000 you'll find units with the same GTX960M but with an i7 instead of an i5, which for your purposes is $200 wasted. The only scenario where you'd want an i7 is in heavy video editing or CAD, which you mentioned are not a concern. The next increment you would want to look for is $1300 where you start seeing the GTX970M, which is a higher performance card but definitely not in the value category.
this dell would also be a great option as well. it houses a decent i5 quad-core cpu, a 256gb ssd, an 8gb ram, and a good gtx 960m gpu. this is a really nice choice and it should be able to run gta v on decent settings.
If weight is unimportant, I'd go with an i7559.
I mean for the price it has more value. Also check out:
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK - [link]
Asus K501UX - [link]
I would suggest this Dell as a much better dollar for performance value.
The differences between a full-power i5 and i7 are very minor outside of applications like CAD or video production, the graphics performance on the i7 is better however that is assuming you're using the onboard graphics. Since both machines have a dedicated GPU, this advantage is wasted for you. Your other primary difference is 8GB vs 16GB, but over 8gb you get hit with a brick wall of diminishing returns for gaming. It can make a difference in the 8+ range, but only if you're running a bunch of other programs in the background. The Dell also comes preconfigured with an SSD, which I pretty much consider a requirement for any computer over $600.
Ultimately it's up to you, the Lenovo is definitely a great value for the specs but if overall value is what you want than the Dell gives you more for your money while keeping almost identical performance for games.
I would go for the one with the full SSD...A hybrid drive is a regular Hard drive with a little SSD section, in this case, the SSD section is 8 GB.. Personally, I am not really a big fan of hybrid drives... Anyways, the i7559-763BLK I know will run overwatch on ultra settings - as for the other especially the Witcher, it will play it on medium settings...
definitely you are asking for this decent dell inspiron. it houses a great 6th gen i5 quad core cpu, an 8gb ram, a dedicated gtx 960m gpu, and a great 256gb ssd for that quick booting speed. this laptop has a nice battery life and will run games on decent settings.
You may also be interested in this which has an IPS display over that Asus.
$700 is a pretty unfortunate budget, as it kind of sits in between performance levels. If at all possible, I would suggest getting the extra $99 for this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong>.
That would get you an i5-6300HQ, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display. It's the best bang for the buck in its category.
Alternatively, at $729, there is this <strong>Acer Aspire V15 Nitro</strong>, which has similar specs, but comes with an older 4th gen CPU which shouldn't make a lot of difference outside of battery life.
You have a plenty large budget for 3D work. You could do it with much less, really. It seems like for your needs that a high quality display and keyboard will be the priorities.
What does matter, though, is the display size. Do you want something big or do you want something really efficient to carry around with you?
You can take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to see a bunch of professional options which would give you the best build quality, keyboard, and a lot of good displays.
If you want portability, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 for $599 would be a great starting point. You could customize it from the base settings as high up as you wanted without wiping out your budget. You'd get a really lightweight laptop with a high quality display, the best keyboard on the market, and should still have no issue doing your 2D work, and even lightweight 3D work.
If you want something better suited for 3D work with larger displays, check <strong>this list</strong> to compare some more powerful options.
I'd start with checking out the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong> for $799 as a baseline in that department. It's by far powerful enough to handle anything you're doing, has a great IPS display, 256GB SSD, and still comes in under budget.
The difference is the storage. I would definitely go for the i7559-763BLK which though has a smaller storage space, would be much faster than the Hybrid Hard Drive. It does have a sata drive for an additional for either a 2.5" HDD or a 2.5" SSD,which means you could easily increase your storage in the future.
I would stay away from the ThinkPads already suggested. Both of them have low end 1366x768 displays, and that is absolutely something you do not want going into your program. The Acer suggested is also out of stock at the moment, and you may need to wait awhile to consider that an option.
I'd say that your best option would be to throw a little extra money in the pot for this <strong>Dell Inspiron i5-i7559</strong> for $799.
It would give you the best balance of portability, performance, and battery life. The high quality 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display is also going to be very useful when using CAD. Lower end displays can get pretty taxing on the eyes.
Thank you for the suggestion! I think the 960M will work for me so I am torn between the ASUS you listed and the Dell I listed here:
I have been looking for a gaming laptop in the same budget range for about a few months now. I have narrowed it down to the Dell that people are mentioning and the Acer.
I have seen the Acer on sale at Newegg for $680 a couple times. The Acer supports an M.2 internal SSD in addition to the HDD, so theoretically you could buy an SSD and an additional 8gb of RAM and it would be about the same price as the Dell. If you don't want to go through all the trouble, the Dell seems like a good deal though.
As for overheating, I've personally had issues with Dell, but it was probably just a "laptop in general" problem. If you do experience overheating, just limit the CPU a bit in the power options and maybe get a fan and you are good to go.
For $800, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is a perfect choice for you. With a very powerful quad core 6th generation i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, a nice GTX 960 dedicated graphics card and of course, a nice 256 GB SSD which brings a lot of speed, you will be able to run most of the latest games on decent settings and even max out some of them. It also has a nice battery life and in terms of build quality, it is fine.
Even though it weighs 2.6kg, Dell 7559 is a good choice if you are into gaming. Just buy a HDD for it
If you are not too much into gaming, then this one is also a good choice. It is not as powerful as the Dell one(in terms of both CPU & GPU), but it is lighter. Add a HDD in it.
Thanks for the suggestions! Honestly though I really don't need the 970m, the 960 would do just fine and going over budget really isn't an option for me. Something like this [link], except with an i7 and better keyboard? I really don't like the gaming laptop look with all the big ass symbols and obnoxious colors.
There's a couple different directions you could go with this. I would consider both the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong> or the <strong>Asus ROG GL502VT</strong>.
The Dell is cheaper, but has an i5-6300HQ vs the i7-6700HQ in the Asus. The i5 lacks hyperthreading, so you don't get the full 8 logical cores like you do in the i7, which could come in handy for your video work.
The Dell comes with a 256GB SSD, though, and the Asus lacks that, but you could add an <strong>m.2 SSD</strong> easily enough when cash allows, and that would be the best way to get a good SSD anyways. You'd pay a huge premium trying to get one stock. They come with cloning software so you don't have to reinstall Windows as well.
The Asus also has a much more powerful Nvidia GTX 970M, which is an easy 30% gain over the 960M, giving you a lot more freedom of performance, as well as the additional RAM which is also important for video editing purposes.
Say hello to your new computer. Will handle gaming fine, good balance of screen size and portability, and boasts an SSD, for 200 dollars underbudget.
I would go with this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15-i7559</strong>.
It's got great battery life and plenty of performance for your games as well as a high quality 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display. I think it would also be the best option looking forward to Civ 6 coming out this fall, right about the time you'll be heading back to school.
If you want a hard drive larger than 256 gb then youll probably have to settle for a standard hdd over a much more beneficial SSD that will make your computer feel much faster. SSD storage beyond 256 gb starts to become very expensive especially in laptops. so it will be out of your budget. Personally i would suggest keeping the relatively small ssd and investing in an external hard drive sometime down the line. These days a 1tb external drive can be had for under 60 dollars and have a profile slightly larger than that of a cd album. That being said the helper's choice is great but within your budget you could probably squeeze in a 960m over the 950m which performs about 20-40 percent better for most games which will help you for the more demanding recent titles that you want to play. As for not wanting windows 10, your pretty much out of options unless you custom build your machine with Xotic PC/Sager etc who are out of your budget since no recent windows machine will not have windows 10 and macs are way out of your budget, and the ones that do will be significantly less gaming powered than the ones suggested. That being said theres nothing stopping you from overwriting the OS once you recieve the machine to something like windows 7 or something you prefer more, but i doubt youll find anything in your price range that has that functionality out of the box
For the £815 This DELL
1st Laptop £815 - Has an i5 rather than i7, only 256GB Storage, although it's a fast SSD.
2nd Laptop £770 - Has more, but slower, storage and a powerful i7
Both machines have the 4GB 960m which will run games with no bother. You even get good performance out of new games like GTA/Overwatch etc.
As Shopineer mentioned both of them are really good, Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is also a good one the specs are almost the same the difference here is better cooling system and more SSD storage (256 GB) and double the video memory (the one you are asking about is 2 GB this one is 4 GB)
This is really the best bang for your buck.
id suggest you wait until later in the summer when there will be better deals on laptops since you dont need it now. however this dell inspiron would be a good option though.
HP's gaming laptop options are pretty horrendous. You'd save a lot of money just dropping their support subscription. The Pavilion linked by the other dude below is pretty terrible without even having a full HD display, and it even skims the top of your budget.
If you're playing WoW, especially moving into Legion, I'd suggest getting this <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong> so you at least have the GTX 960M to handle the increased view distance and new particle effects that they are dropping in (there are a lot of them, been playing the Alpha and Beta for awhile and they keep coming). That's the best bang for the buck within your budget.
If you really need to stick with HP, you can take a big performance hit from the Dell and go a little over budget for this <strong>HP Pavilion 15</strong>, which has a GTX 950M and an i7-6700HQ.
This is what I play on, [link]
I get 50-60 fps easily with high settings. The game runs very smoothly and I rarely have a problem with it. When I do have problems it's usually my internet bugging out, not the laptop.
you could check out the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop
this dell inspiron would easily get the job done as well. its has a power quad core cpu for intensive gaming, a dedicated gaming gpu, driven by an 8gb ram and an awesome 256ssd storage space. you could also check out this ASUS K501UX. it has an i7 cpu, 8gb ram 950m gpu and a 256gb ssd.
A friend recommended this
Will the i5 be too slow for CAD programs?
For gaming and programming, go for the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK with the i5 quad core processor , 8 GB RAM and the 256 GB SSD which will give some great speed...This laptop also has the gtx 960 dedicated graphics card which when combined with the other performance components mentioned above, will do a decent job in the games you mentioned. This laptop will also do a decent job in programming . As I am typing here , I am remembering that you wanted something below 5 lbs, that laptop above is somewhat heavier-- if you really can't work with it, then the Dell Inspiron i7559-12623RED would do the job as well and is very light weighted..The only thing here is that it doesn't have a full SSD-- it has a hybrid drive instead which I don't really like --- this is a regular HDD with a small SSD space built in the same case-- nevertheless, you can easily buy an SSD later on for this laptop which would be awesome.
Another option. It's identical to the ASUS suggested except it comes with a 256gb ssd and no HDD.
While it is slightly more expensive, I do advocate for SSDs because they improve all around system performance (boot times, load times, etc). You/your bro would notice the difference and appreciate it I'm sure.
With that said, there's nothing wrong with getting the model you've listed in your post.
I'd encourage spending a little extra for this.
I would recommend the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
it comes with
ntel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 which should be more than enough to run those games :)
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.
No.... You need a laptop with a dedicated graphics card which actually you can get in that budget. This Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK would be a far better choice of laptop that will easily play LOL on max settings with very high FPS.... Why ? It has a very powerful quad core 6th generation processor, 8 GB RAM, A 256 GB fast SSD drive and probably most importantly, the Nvidia GTX 960 dedicated graphics card for gaming. This laptop also has full 1080 resolution which is much better than the Lenovo.
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop would be a wonderful choice for you
Go for a laptop with a quad core processor and 1080 p resolution. The Dell Inspiron i7559 would be perfect!
2.6 kg, has realy good battery life and has a 960m to run your games ezpz
You can take a look at some Dells too, something like this [link]
The have some different models as well
That sounds like a solid job to me lol.
This Dell and this Acer are the only two I could find in your price range.
I'd tell your friend to return it, and get that Dell I mentioned. It's not as cheap as it was before, but it's still cheaper and better than what your friend has.
I was wondering if this was worth the buy or is it too overpriced?
I read some of the reviews on Amazon and most of them were mostly positive so it doesn't seem too bad but I'd like your opinions on it.
Also do you have any recommendations if you can find a better/cheaper one than this one?
At the moment I can't really get a desktop since I travel a lot, so that's not an option.
Around 800$ gets you laptops that you dont regret buying after a year. Look into the Dell Inspiron 7759
in my opinion this is the only laptop that is worth its price [link]
Here, I'll link it.
Dell Inspiron 7559:
Heard good things about this laptop
How bout this, OP?
Dell Inspiron 7559: 15.6", discrete GPU, a little over $800.
Get the Dell Insprion 7559 instead Way better specs and much cheaper. and use the money saved to upgrade the HDD to a SSD.
If you really want a good deal on a high performance laptop, I would look at Dell's latest Inspiron model that goes for $800 and has a GTX 960M along with a 1080p IPS screen.
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10 $799
Review here by Mobile Tech
Another review by The Wirecutter-Best Budget Gaming Laptop
Good specs and great priceDell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop, Core i5-6300HQ, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10 $799
If you need/want a more powerful PC ASUS ROG 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, i7-4720HQ, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD $1,200
For ultra: [link]
If you want mid/high settings, there are cheaper.
going to need a price range before I can give any real recommendations. the basics are simple though...
yeah you won't be playing at maxxed out settings or even high-ultra but you'll be playing a very acceptable looking game at a nice framerate.
now the other option, which I highly recommend looking into, is building a custom rig for $500-$700 and just grabbing a chromebook to take to class. This is assuming you have a budget around $800-$1000 total but will definitely get you the most bang for your buck. Especially if you are going into a CS degree where you will be doing any kind of programming since you can install a light copy of Linux onto the chromebooks for all your IDEs and actual assignments since Linux and basic IDE's require next to no horsepower to run. If your parents are coughing up the cash for you and would be willing to spend ~$800 on a laptop but think it is out of the question to spend that on 2 systems, just try to explain to them that by doing so you
A) keep your expensive system safe in an enclosed room where nothing could really happen to it like drops/spills/theft/accidental damage/etc and at worst only the cheap chromebook takes the brunt of those things.
B) Doing so ensures you have a system that can easily perform respectively all the way through your education at uni unlike a lot of systems out there which will be slow/chugging along in only 2-3 years without proper maintenance (if they have PCs ask them how well their laptop from 201X runs compared to the day they bought it). Desktops tend to hold up longer in terms of performance than laptops and are much cheaper to maintain/fix if something does go wrong.
quick edit: something like this Dell may actually not be half bad for your situation
wait a few months for the new mobile gpus to come out, they will probably be vastly superior to anything out atm but will cost a pretty penny, aka 1500-2000 usd at least but if u cant wait get a dell 15 7559 with a 960m which will run all those games you listed on high for a reasonable price for only 800 usd
Sorry I never got back to you.
I would reccomend this model. It will easily play both CSGO and Minecraft, while also staying reletivley cheap. I'm not sure the direct conversion between Swedish money and US Dollars, but hopefully that will be within your budget!
I would go with that Asus. The Alienware has a slightly better GPU, but a rather low spec Processor.
I would also check this one out. A very good machine and has an SSD opposed to the very slow Hard Drives in the 3 you linked.
For $800, you can get a Dell 7559:
-8 GB DDR3
-GTX 960m @ 4GB VRAM.
This laptop will allow for more than light gaming (not as much as a 970m gpu will allow, but 970M is not catered for light gamers). Honestly, this is probably the best bang for your buck as the Dell XPS starts at $800 without a dGPU. The biggest difference would be the thinness of the laptop, as the XPS is thinner, and better screen (the infinity edge is noted for 100% color accuracy on the RGB scale, I believe).
I may have found y'boy
Just going to drop a couple links, I'm on mobile:
This is the one my friend has. Lightweight, and great bang for your buck, which is what he was going for. Possibly the best option for its price.
I personally like this one better, but obviously it's a small bit more. You're basically paying the extra $70 for three things: the sleek design, the touchpad (the best I've used on any laptop), and the SSD. Half the storage, but a slight overall performance boost with the SSD, and it's more reliable.
I put these $800 ones in the mid-range category. They are good computers, and you'll certainly be able to game on them. If you want to spend higher that's fine, but you may want that money for other stuff when you get to college.
To jump to the low-end, this is a great deal:
Solid laptop if you decide to just get something for schoolwork. Solid state memory, 2GHz processor (fine for lightweight programming, online homework, word processing, definitely not for games :P), reported about 7 hours of battery.
I got the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK for $700 - they said it was 'used like new'. Well it came in original packaging never been used. It has the new i5 HQ processor, a 250gb ssd, 8 gb ram (i upgraded to 16 for $33), 960m gfx. Oh it also has a spare hdd slot, so I added a spare 500gb regular hd to it.
I love this thing. I've always been a gamer but I've never needed to play on 'ultra settings or nothing'. Dark Souls 3 on High looks fucking awesome.
Battery is wonderful for a gaming rig. I can put it into airplane mode and surf the internet for 5-6 hours easy, or play skyrim modded for 3 hours at least.
No problems with the screen. It's 1080p, that's all I care about.
I did tons of research before buying this laptop. I wasn't willing to spend over a grand on something, let alone the $2k other ppl say they spent. I just don't have that disposable income. And this computer will last me 5-6 years easy.
I was looking at the MSI PE60 laptop and comparing it to the Dell Inspiron i7559 you linked in the other thread. I noticed that they were quite similar, except the Dell has a 256GB SSD and the MSI has a 1TB HDD. What are your thoughts on the memory difference, as well as some other differences between the two machines that you might have noticed?
If you are thinking about the Acer Aspire but want an SSD, what about the Dell i7559-763BLK? It also has a 960M so it should have a similar gaming performance, but it comes with a 256 GB SSD and it also has longer battery life.
I'd say one of your best bets is This DELL at £825.
It's a nice machine & since it's a loan you are getting, it will leave you some change to get a nice external mouse & headset.
The XPS 15 would be $1499 with that config, so it doesn't really help you on the price but maybe you like that screen better?
As a budget option, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.
Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
I has a quad core i5 instead of i7. You can compare the CPU Benchmarks here:
Yes, battery life is usually not that good on powerful gaming laptops, but there are exceptions. If you want a laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
It has a quad core i5 CPU (15-20% slower than the i7 above) and an SSD instead.
What about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen. Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
Piggybacking on this comment, if you want a 960M this is probably your best bet
good battery, decent processor, great price
If you will be doing some gaming , then I would recommend you go with this Dell Inspiron.
On brand name alone, Asus >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Acer. With that said, assuming that your primary interest is gaming, I would pick neither.
For those applications I would aim for an i5 CPU and 8 GB of RAM for things to run smoothly.
Dota 2 is not a very demanding game. You can run it on ultra (36 FPS) even on a 940M GPU:
Since you want a laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
For other games, here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect from a 960M GPU:
(scroll down to Game Benchmarks)
This laptop should have more than enough performance for both development and Dota2 gaming (100 FPS on ultra).
What sort of budget do you want to work with and what size is ideal for you?
The Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 would really be a good way to go if the ~$800 range is ideal for you. High quality display and an SSD are ideal for video work.
In that case, if you want a laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
You can take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to see a range of good options for your needs.
I would suggest configuring a Lenovo ThinkPad T460p with everything you want on it so you'd be getting the best build quality and the best keyboard, which can do a lot of good for your needs.
Alternatively, you could cut down to the <strong>Dell Inspiron 15 i7559</strong>, which would give you the best bang for the buck with dedicated graphics for Unity. It has an i5-6300HQ, rather than an i7, but it's still quad-core, just doesn't have hyperthreading, and unless you're really capping 8 logical cores, you probably won't notice too much of a difference.
I agree, that Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK seems like the best option, particularly if you want a long battery life and an SSD. If that is less important, and you prefer a 1 TB HDD, you could find something closer to $700 with the same gaming performance.
Unlikely, at least not for a quality unit. For a solidly built machine with a 970M you'd be looking at around 1400.
As a further note, they offer that same model but with a 256GB SSD instead of a 1TB HDD. The SSD will give you a significantly better experience.
As far as the i5 vs i7, stick with the i5. You're getting the full power HQ version, which is more than fine for gaming.
If you would also consider a 15", what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.
It may be difficult to find a 14" with similar specs (GPU and CPU) within budget.
For calculation intensive software like Matlab, Autodesk and Solidworks I would get a quad core CPU and at least 8 GB of RAM. Some calculations may be GPU accelerated, so a mid-range GPU could be useful as well (this is anyway included in quad core CPU laptops).
The Eluktronics laptop you mention only has a dual core. The Acer is good value for the money but does not have an SSD.
What about the Dell i7559-763BLK?
What about the XPS 15? If you get the version with a 960M it should handle Skyrim (and of course the lighter games) really well:
As a budget option, if you want a similar performance, also with a good battery life, but a slightly bulkier laptop, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
In both cases, here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect:
For heavy programming and gaming I would get a quad core CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU.
If you want a gaming laptop that does not look like a "spaceship", what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Here is the typical gaming performance of a 960M GPU:
Not sure, I guess it depends how you are going to use the laptop. But probably not suitable for a full day at university unless you know you can change the laptop every now and then.
If you can up the budget a bit you can have the same 960M but with a much longer battery life: Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Yes here you go:
I've been comparing this dell and this asus, thoughts between the two?
Also for $60 more I can get this asus. (with coupon code)
I like the asus because it is much lighter and has better battery life but I like the dell for the improved performance. Is there that much difference between the i5 6000hq series and the i76000U series for my purposes? And should I spring for the improved graphics card/ slightly different memory configuration in the second asus link?
Ok so first you need an i5 processor laptop it will do the job for you and this dell fits your budget perfectly with good specs as well.
Within budget you could get a laptop with a 960M graphics card. If you want a gaming laptop with an SSD and a good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect from that:
Thanks for all the info. I actually did go with the Dell Inspiron, and purchased and extra 8GB of RAM.
The Dell i7559-763BLK also has a 960M so it should have a similar gaming performance.
Each manufacturer probably has a few good and a few bad models (some more than others), so it may be easier to discuss specific models instead of brands.
Or do you prefer a laptop with a bigger HDD? Or maybe a 17" laptop?
Honestly, the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 is your best choice. It is simply fantastic withing that budget and easily beat the Asus K501UX thanks to it's better graphics card (gtx 950 vs GTX 960). Though the K501UX has an i7 processor, it won't give an increase in performance over the i5 quad core processor--. Normally, my number one recommendation for a gamer under $800 would definitely be this, but it has a 256 GB SSD alone while the Asus has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD which makes it have bigger storage space overall. If the difference in storage space is not a big thing for you, I implore you to get the Dell as it has an extremely great battery life of over 10 hours- something none of the other two laptops can come close to competing with.
That HP has a 940M graphics card. Here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect from that:
If you are fine with that, that looks like a reasonable choice.
Within budget you could also get a laptop with a 960M graphics card. If you want a gaming laptop with an SSD and a good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
For gaming I think you should get at least a quad core i5 CPU and 8 GB of RAM. Within budget you could get a laptop with a 960M graphics card. If you want a gaming laptop with an SSD and a good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
You budget is kind of between a 960M and 970M. You can compare gaming performance here:
If you decide a 960M is fine you can have a nice laptop for $800, but if you want a 970M it is going to be $1200 or $1300.
In case you go for a 960M, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
The 960M graphics card should be more than enough, so I would get that one since it is cheaper (no need to pay extra for the 965M graphics card unless you play more graphically demanding games).
The fact that it has more memory and an SSD as well makes the decision easier. Personally, I would pick that one even if the price was the same.
On a side note, if you are interested in a budget option with similar gaming performance, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Given that there's little to no advantage to the i7 vs the i5 check this out.
Hybrid drives still suck, unless you need more than 200GB of storage a pure SSD will give you a much nicer experience.
What's the difference between this Inspiron I found: [link]
And the one you linked? Just the SSHD versus SSD?
Two: How does this ASUS stack up against the Dells: [link]
I've decided to get this: [link]
Hey, I also just got accepted into CSUN (for my doctorate) and will be starting in the fall. Congrats to you!
Anyways, check out this laptop. It's cheaper than what you were prepared to spend, so that's a plus. It should run everything you need quite well, too.
For general use and gaming I would get at least an i5 CPU and 8 GB of RAM. The games you mention are not very graphically demanding, but I would get a 960M GPU anyway to make sure you can play a few other games as well.
If you want a laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect from a 960M GPU:
The best value and performance you're going to get within your preferred budget would be the Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 for $799.
That would give you an Nvidia GTX 960M, quad-core i5-6300HQ, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a great 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display. It will handle all of your games easily, even with high settings in most cases, and it won't even eat up your whole budget.
This Dell Inspiron would be a fantastic choice for you. Fits perfectly in your budget and will run LOL on ultra settings with great frame rates(higher than 60 fps). It also has an outstanding battery life. It also has a HDMI port that will allow you to easily connect a monitor to it.
Oh, I was actually looking into Another Inspiron 7559, but yours looks much better (Mainly because of the weight). I can't see any letdowns in yours and the price isn't that higher.
Thanks for the tip! looks great!
Oops I didn't notice you wanted to play Overwatch, I skimmed over that. Sorry about that.
This ticks all of your boxes, but is a wee bit over budget.
Can you extend to £825 to get This DELL?
If you are happy with the performance of the XPS 15 but want a budget option, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK? It is slightly heavier but it also has a good battery life.
The Inspiron i7559-763BLK is perfect for you. you are on the right track. That laptop has a wonderful quad core i5 processor along with a nice graphics card in the GTX 960 along with decent RAM and a nice solid state drive that brings much needed speed. It will do a good job with those games you have mentioned- at least run them on medium settings with good frame rates.
This laptop also has an outstanding battery life of over 10 hour, making it ranked one of the best gaming laptops under $1000.
If you want a rather discreet gaming laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Thank you! I've found something similar to it and now stuck between the hybrid (one you suggested) and 265SSD(the link below). Can you tell me your thoughts? I've decided to go for the i5 because it's cheaper and I've heard is the goto if you're not a computer science major. (I'm biology.) A little bit of side photoshop, music making, and video editing will be fine right?
If you want a 960M laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Here is the kind of gaming performance you can expect:
Another option is the XPS 15 (lighter but more expensive)
If you want a 960M gaming laptop with good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Not sure what the best way is to buy it in Australia, but this could be a starting point at least.
I would look into something such as this.
What about this? It would be a better option for gaming since it has a quad-core and 960M.
But, the Thinkpad would last you longer.
The decision comes up to you on what is more important.
You can take a look at this list to get an idea of what is available within your budget. There are a number of them, but you definitely get a bit of a step up at the $799 price point.
If you can squeeze out the other $49, you can get this Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 for $799 which would give you a new Skylake quad-core i5-6300HQ and an Nvidia GTX 960M. You'd also get the benefit of a high quality 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display and a 256GB SSD, which is quite a value. Definitely worth the additional investment if at all possible.
At this moment, for under $1000 for a gaming laptop, I easily recommend the Inspiron. It is the most rounded gamer and most cost efficient gaming laptop under $1000 atm. With a decent quad core i5 processor along with the Nvidia gtx 960 graphics card and 8 GB RAM, you will do a fine job in modern games. Also, this laptop has an ssd that improves it's speed and power. What also stands out for this laptop is it's excellent battery life - ( up to 10 hours).
As it relates to your comparison with the Asus laptop, the Dell is way better. Why ? It has a far superior processor and a much better graphics card. Yes, it has two of the major components for gaming over the Asus.
Sorry, last one.
how would this compare
Depending on if you meant $800 before or after tax, this is the go-to suggestion for budget gaming laptop currently. A GTX960M will run most modern games pretty happily, to steady the framerates you might have to kick things down to Medium but it will still look good.
Alternatively, dropping your budget to around $600 will get you a GTX950M which is significantly less capable and bumping your budget up to $1200-1300 will get you a GTX970M which I wouldn't argue is a big enough step up to warrant the price increase.
So for video editing, you definitely need a laptop with a solid processor preferable a quad core i7 processor and enough memory. An SSD would also be a big bonus.
For your budget, and closer to the range you ideally want to spend, I strongly recommend this Dell Inspiron .It will do an excellent job for you and the task you do. It has a very powerful processor , which is key as well as it comes with a dedicated graphics that you will find use for eventually. It comes with a 256 GB SSD which is very much needed in editing. This laptop has a nice battery life and a decent build quality.
Instead of that, I'd personally lean towards this. It'd be more reliable and upgrading the components would be much easier on this machine.
what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Not sure about recommended specs for Adobe XD, but I think this laptop should be more than sufficient (it is probably also best spec for the money if you want a good IPS screen as well).
I am considering the Asus ux305CA and the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. any suggestions between these two? Also, would i get better performance and build quality by spending a little more on a dell xps 13 or even the entry level dell xps 15?
If you want a gaming laptop with an SSD and good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
Firstly, it doesn't look like the name of the game you wanted to play got into the post. 150FPS is a pretty lofty target for $1000 or under, even if it's a game from 2008...
If you really don't care about the weight then
is far and away the best value gaming laptop under $1000 right now, however the battery life probably isn't going to be great. It depends on if you want 4 hours of gaming or 4 hours of web browsing, with some tweaks to Windows Power Management to disable the graphics card when it's not needed you should be able to get 4+ hours out of it.
I'd also reconsider your weight limit, 9 pounds doesn't sound like much but it makes a huge difference if you're hauling it around all day. My previous laptop was 5.5 pounds and I could definitely feel it when it was in my backpack, my current one is around 4 and it's made a pretty significant difference.
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop
Has very good stats, good bang for your buck, very upgradable,
Cons are its 15.6 inch, slightly heavy, and has a number pad, battery (4 hours at normal use)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 14"
Very good stats, well below your price point, great storage
Cons are its slightly heavy (lighter than the Dell), Lenovo bloatware and security issues, battery (6 hours reg use)
These are a couple of cheap gaming laptops
That is fantastic then! You could easily go for this awesome gaming laptop. Will run those games you mentioned on decent settings with nice Frame rates.
For graphic design I would get an i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 1080p IPS screen.
I think there are good options below the full budget. If you want a gaming laptop with an SSD and good battery life, what about the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
That should be more than enough performance in case you want to play more graphically demanding games as well.
IDK though. 960m is pretty shit, but I honestly don't know what else. If you can find something with a 970m for under $1k, that should be what he buys.
Dell Inspiron 7559 Basically Alienware internals without the Alienware price.
I don't know about Tera fps but for that price range the best I know is the Dell 7559, which is the one in my flair, has those specs (except the 320GB drive, that was from my old laptop). The Amazon store page for it has those specs. Here is the Dell website if you want to check other variations of that model. Yes, I do recommend this laptop a lot.
I saw a good one austin duncan had a while ago on his channel with a 970m going for about 700$ it was a dell laptop I believe.
~~edit : found it [link]
cheapest thing I could find was a $1350 laptop with an i7 and a 970m [link] for $1350. Looks like you could only get a 960m w/ an i5 for around $1100.
Dell Inspron 7559
Looking for best bang for the buck?
Would this be much better than the Alpha?
Laptop question here
This laptop or this laptop?
Both are the same but the $900 one has an i7 over an i5 and comes with a 1TB Hybrid drive over a 256GB SSD. Both have the same GPU (a 950M).
Is it worth paying an extra $100 for an i7 and more storage space? This will probably be a LAN party / college laptop and the most demanding game would probably be like Rocket League because I already have a desktop computer to play more intensive games.
Right at the $800 mark but the Dell Inspiron 7559 is pretty much best bang for the buck laptop you can get.
Check this one out
You are not going to get a 3gb+ GPU for that price point but you get an i5 and a 960m
Thanks for all the info. I actually did go with the Dell Inspiron, and purchased and extra 8GB of RAM.
I'm debating picking up a new laptop. While I realize I could get a better dedicated desktop PC for what I want, I value the portability of having a laptop since I might be doing some more traveling soon. I'd use it for mostly just some standard work/browsing but the occasional gaming too (stuff like Skyrim, Overwatch, League of Legends).
A couple options I'm looking at all over the spectrum...
Any other recommendations or thoughts?
800 dollars. Perfect laptop from specs. It has SSD for fast poe loading and 960m gtx is the best card cost/effective.
Don't know about this. I got a Dell with similar specs for $700 last November. It had a 256 SSD and I bought an additional Sandisk SSD to insert into its empty slot to make a pretty good gaming laptop.
I think this would work well enough. There are some videos on youtube of 90-100 fps on low settings in Overwatch with it.
Alright, I see.
What about this, or is it too heavy?
Looks legit to me. How is this too good to be true, though? You can get 960M with similar stats for 200 less than that.
Buy a 1-2 TB internal HDD to stick inside since there's room. It can run all of the programs needed for CSE classes easily, and can run games like the Witcher 3 at medium settings at good framerates. If you want, I can try to get you some exact #s.
I found two laptops which are perfect for your price range and needs.
Dell Inspiron 15.6 gaming laptop €800 This is a great deal, i5,8gb of ram, nvidia graphics card and SSD all in a nice form body with a 15.6 inch screen.
Asus Rog 999€ This is the perfect gaming laptop able to handle almost anything you want to play, 17inch screen, i7 processor, 16gb of ram, fast 1tb HD, NVIDIA graphics card with 2g.
Both of these laptops have amazing specs for their price so it comes down to how much you want to spend. If you can afford the Asus buy that, if not the Dell will be perfect for you needs.
I suggested this to someone else, I don't know what you think of it, I'll copy the post:
For the £800 mark This DELL is one of the best power-pound laptops out there at the moment. I've seen it recommended on here a lot.
It's got a good Skylake i5, nice and fast RAM, a speedy SSD and a decent deicated gpu, along with a nice design and strong build.
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Easily , the best gaming laptop under $800 is this Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK laptop It has a very powerful processor, good dedicated graphics card and a nice SSD that will provide some much needed speed. It also has a nice memory and good build quality. This laptop will handle games like the ones you have mentioned easily on ultra settings.
I think it'd be a little bit foolish to not get something with a SSD in it at this point. Whether it comes stock or you add it as an upgrade later it's definitely something you'll want to do. I didn't think it was that big of a deal until I got one with the laptop I bought a couple weeks ago and it helps immensely. I suggested to you before the Dell Inspiron, and as far as bloatware goes it's the most minimal in a new laptop/pc that I've seen. All I had to do was uninstall Mcafee and there wasn't any other bloatware which was a very pleasant surprise. I'd still go this route if I were you, [link]
It's about $400 cheaper for a slightly less powerful processor and less ram. You could upgrade the ram and get a large hard drive to put in there (since there's only 1 screw on the back to take off) and then you'd be almost as well off as the MSI for a lot less money.
That's just my 2 cents.
What do you think of this one comparitively? I don't really like Dells or HPs but it seems to be just fine.
For the £825 This DELL
For £766 This DELL
1st Laptop £825 - Has a slower CPU (Although the i5-6300 is still quick) but has a 256GB SSD.
2nd Laptop £766 - Has more, but slower, storage and a powerful i7.
Decent quad-core CPU, IPS display, decent battery life considering it's specs. I'd also lean towards the 256GB SSD version.
Are you talking about this one: [link]
I have seen a lot of people talk about this one. The only thing is I would prefer a laptop that is around 4.5 lbs. Ive seen on Amazon and my local Micro Center ([link]) that it is around the >5lb mark.
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Thoughts on this one? I'm reading it has a better display, but the specs don't seem as solid as the one you suggested.
For £746 This DELL
2nd Laptop £746 - Has more, but slower, storage and a powerful i7
Consider this dell laptop
Tell me what you think of the laptops on this spreadsheet:
To reiterate, these are the laptops: Inspiron 15 i7559-763BLK, ASUS K501, another variant of the Inspiron 15, MSI GP Series.
Sure some links would be good. Would this be a good laptop too?
I've got my eye as well on
It's a hundred dollars more which is out of my range, but it's not too much of an issue to wait a bit longer to save for it, but then at 800, might as well save up 200 more and get one for 1k, then might as well keep saving, you know?
Also with rumored new cards coming out in May, i'm hoping some prices will drop
This is the laptop I bought, great battery life and best price for performance IMO
edit: It doesn't fold over but you can definitely use a mechanical keyboard with it. I use mine with it when I'm away from home
Easily I recommend this laptop
No matter how you search, the laptop you find, once it has been purchased by so many people, you will always have a few negative things being said about it. All laptops have pros and cons. I have used this laptop and it is fantastic to me and certainly the best gaming laptop you will get in your budget. It has a very good battery life, great processor and graphics card, nice display and the track pad works fine to me. I never enjoy using any trackpad in gaming though- o matter how good they are perceived to be- so I always go for a small gaming mouse that I bring around with me.
Don't ever worry about i3 vs i5 vs i7, what matters is the model number after that. i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz that the Inspiron has is less powerful than the i7-6500U in the other laptops. Look at this comparison, on the left is the i5, on the right is the i7.
For a £900 laptop, you are going to struggle to get a laptop that will run Black Ops 3 on high at 60fps. It requires a pretty good GPU. That said, you'll be able to run it at medium no bother with many.
For the £8/900 mark This DELL is one of the best power-pound laptops out there at the moment. I've seen it recommended on here a lot.
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Could you possibly consider this?
On low, anything from a GTX960m 2GB upwards will get you 150FPS on CSGO. THe laptop below has a 960m 4GB, so you will be spot on.
This will run Payday on ultra settings.
Here are the requirements to run that game on max settings:
CPU: 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
RAM: 3 GB
OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7 or later
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX460/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512MB minimum)
Free Disk Space: 10 GB
This laptop has a Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core processor that can go up to 3.2 GHz. It has 8 GB RAM.. It has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics card and a 256 GB Solid State Drive.
You could get this laptop which doesn't have a disk drive but you could get a cheap external one..It has all the other things you are looking for.. It has a great quad core 6th generation processor and also a dedicated graphics card which will come in handy for you. It also has an SSD that would be a fantastic addition to you laptop in terms of providing some much needed speed.
The Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 for $799 is probably the most power you will get out of your budget. But there are alternatives.
Your games aren't very demanding. You could save some money and get a slimmer and lighter Acer Aspire V Nitro would be a good alternative with a GTX 950M and a much larger HDD and 128GB SSD for speeding up the OS.
Given the fact that your games aren't extremely demanding, I would actually suggest going with the Acer. You can also take a look at <strong>this list</strong> to see a range of other options that may give you some ideas.
So here are the minimum requirements to tun Pro Presenter 6:
ProPresenter version 6 for Windows (minimum Windows specifications)
OS: (may run on Windows 7, but not guaranteed or supported)
- Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center (more info)
- Windows 10
Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent AMD processor and above
RAM: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: A dedicated/discrete graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.2 or higher is required (i.e. NVIDIA GeForce series or AMD Radeon series card with a minimum of 1GB of dedicated memory). AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro cards are not recommended. Intel HD Graphics may work if they support OpenGL 3.2 (more info), but are NOT recommended or supported.
Stage Display: Additional output required for stage display function (third video out - PCI or USB)
NOTE: For heavy or advanced use of video (i.e. multiple video clips per slide, HD or 4k content, etc.), a faster system is advised.
As you can see, it is fairly a demanding program and while not needing a $1000 laptop, it surely needs a laptop with a decent processor , graphics card and memory.
For your budget, I recommend this laptop . It has a very powerful 6th generation Intel quad core i5 processor along with an excellent Nvidia GTX 960 dedicate 4 GB Graphics card along with 8 GB RAM, a solid state drive , 3 USB ports and more... This should easily run ProPresenter 6 on maximum operation.
I just checked it out and saw in the reviews mentioning the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, which I quickly looked over. I noticed that the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK and the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLKare about equivalent with the exception of the processor (Intel Core i7-6700HQ vs Intel Core i5-6300HQ Quad Core) and hard drive (1TB 5400RPM Hybrid Hard Drive + 8GB Embedded Flash Cache vs 256GB Solid State Drive). Is there a noticeable difference between the two with what I want to use it for?
Do you think I could get a bigger SSD for that laptop? I wouldn't mind sacrificing the CPU for something less.
Edit: Never mind, I found one. How does this look?
well hereIntel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen. Its one of the best laptops around,
Oh wow! Those prices are really high in Canada. Having your girlfriend ship it to you would be a nice idea but as you said, the import charges might pose a problem. This laptop from the US as well is a little less and is also an excellent machine- would the price difference make a difference for you ?
Are you referring to this one?
If so, that looks like a good choice. It will be difficult to find anything better within budget.
This laptop should be perfect.
You're not going to have a very good time with a $380 laptop from Wal-Mart. The i3-5020U is really, really weak and while you don't necessarily need dedicated graphics, you may as well at least get integrated graphics from a Skylake proc.
Also, given your video editing and Photoshop needs, you will want a 1920x1080 IPS display.
I'd suggest going with this Dell Inspiron 15 i7559
It's got a high quality 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, a 256GB SSD, and a Skylake Quad-core i5-6300HQ. It won't bust your budget and it'll do everything you need it to for quite some time.
Dell Inspiron i7559 - 800$
Asus has a i7 6500u(duel core/2 hyperthreaded cores) which is weaker than the i5 6300HQ(4 cores)
Asus has a 950m while the Dell has a 960m.
Benchmarks to compare the two mGPU: [link]
Note: Skyrim with mod(textures and such) would be hampered by the 2GB DDR5 that the 950m has.
Skyrim benchmarks for 960m:
Note: Could not find anything in a 2 in 1 form factor that would play Skyrim decently(60fps Med setting <- minimum requirements).
The i7 6500U on some of the laptops you linked is a dual-core that lacks power for games and CAD. The laptops with the 6700HQ are better but you won't be able to do any gaming on them - you will want a discrete GPU, and although JC2 and Skyrim are older games, the GTX 960M is what I'd recommend. The Dell 7559 is probably your best choice. Decent battery life and comes stock with an SSD which is nice. At least 50% more powerful than the i7 6500U.
This laptop should be great.
How does this compare to Dell's i7559?
A few good gaming laptops that are less than $1000 are the MSI GL 62, the Dell Inspiron 7559, and the Lenovo Y700. They all have the latest i7 processors (except for the Dell, but that and the Lenovo have an IPS display) and a 960m. The Lenovo and MSI have a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, and the Dell only has a 256 GB SSD. The Dell also weight about 3 pounds more than the others, but does have the 4 GB version of the 960m.
As a Mac to Windows user, it's not too hard to get used to windows, assuming you are reasonably tech literate (can follow the instructions on a tutorial video and know how to restart a computer). The horrible UI is something I have kinda gotten over, but I still prefer the look of OS X. I would like some way to find a way to change it, round out the edges, if you will.
As far as the best Windows version, you probably won't find a decent laptop that doesn't run windows 10, so there is little point in debating it. Ignoring that, I would say get windows 7 for privacy reasons, but recent updates have added telemetry to windows 7 and 8.1, so that is out of the question. You can limit the effect of data collection on Windows 10 by using a local account, the only downside to that is you can't use the xbox app, but I think of that as a plus.
Viruses aren't a bit problem, and I find Windows Defender to be pretty decent, it's not nearly as invasive as other options. If you combine Windows Defender with Malwarebytes (scan once a week or so) and an Adblocker, you should be fine.
A few good gaming laptop in you price range are the MSI GL 62, This Dell Inspiron laptop, or the Lenovo Y700. They all have the latest i7 processors (except for the Dell, but that and the Lenovo have an IPS display) and a 960m.
I agree with this, OP. My personal recommendation is the Dell 7559, as I have it and can add things like it doesn't run too hot, is not too heavy (I can carry it in my backpack all day, I am an student too) and it's only $799 on the i5 version with 256GB SSD.
Also it gives you headroom for a decent desktop build, based on your budget.
A few gaming laptops that are less than $1000 are the MSI GL 62, the Dell Inspiron 7559, and the Lenovo Y700. They all have the latest i7 processors (except for the Dell, but that and the Lenovo have an IPS display) and a 960m. The Lenovo and MSI have a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, and the Dell only has a 256 GB SSD. The Dell also weight about 3 pounds more than the others, but does have the 4 GB version of the 960m
If you game away from where ever you would keep your desktop more than 40% of the time you game (30% if you are willing to sacrifice settings/frame rate in the future) then I would highly recommend a laptop.
A few good gaming laptops that are less than $1000 are the MSI GL 62, the Dell Inspiron 7559, and the Lenovo Y700. They all have the latest i7 processors (except for the Dell, but that and the Lenovo have an IPS display) and a 960m. The Lenovo and MSI have a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, and the Dell only has a 256 GB SSD. The Dell also weight about 3 pounds more than the others, but does have the 4 GB version of the 960m.
All these laptops can run those games at your desired settings too. They aren't exactly equal to a desktop of similar cost, but don't fall too far behind. To give you an example, a full PC build that can match them would be about $700. Depending on how much you value mobility, you may be hard pressed to find an equivalent desktop.
Maybe try with (This Dell)[[link]]
It's the one I got and so far it's been really great! It's got a 1080p IPS display (looks really great), a 960m that will probably run cs go at 144+ (at least on (mid/lower settings)[[link]] )
Also has a quad core i5 which is great for things like GTA V that actually uses it!
Has an M.2 256GB SSD but you can add another 2.5 inch hard drive (it's really easy, take one screw and there's the cable waiting for your drive) and has 8 GB of ram (that you can also upgrade very easily, it has 2 slots but only one used with the 8gb stick).
and one nice thing, for the games that it can't keep 60fps, you can set the refresh rate of the screen to 48Hz so that you can V-sync!
If you have any questions be sure to tell me
EDIT: Now that I think about it, not sure if the Hdmi that it has can transfer the 144fps :(
This will serve your needs quite well.
Edit: Changed link to amazon.co.uk
Can anyone with experience compare this to the Dell Inspiron i7559? The Inspiron's specs are a clear winner but does the MSI have any advantages in build quality or anything?
Hey, I used that laptop until I moved to my new desktop. It's a great budget gaming laptop, and you might be able to hit 60fps, but only on low for all settings and off on shadows.
How do the 2gb of VRAM in the 960m handle light gaming? Things like Civ or an FPS on low-medium settings.
Would you recommend this over the Dell Inspiron i7559 despite the Dell's lower price and similar specs on paper?
I's overall not bad. Though if you were to get the Dell model I would suggest this one.
Though, for the stuff you're doing I would suggest this instead.
this will work just fine for your needs
This one, yes? Will you be doing any gaming? Any AAA titles/new releases?
That's not a good laptop at all, especially for that price point.
Just keep in mind three things for a gaming laptop:
At least above 960M (4GB DDR5 Version is the best). If you can afford 1000 USD, then go for a model with the 970M.
You can't play the latest games on either of those GPUs at high framerates. Typically, you'll be looking at Medium settings at 1080p, and 30 FPS. I usually run at 60 FPS by going down to 800p.
Try going for a processor ending in HQ, not U. Because those are a powerful ones. Go for Haswell models if you're looking to save money.
Funnily, right on the same page you see a much better one for the same price: Dell
I have an ACER V15 Nitro, and I am a big fan of it. If you live in the US, maybe consider getting yours from XoticPC (a CLEVO) for cheaper.
for $500 this will run most new games on medium settings, i have it and i can say ive tested it with these games on these settings, Mad Max on high settings, Rome total war 2 on high settings, Rainbow 6 siege on medium settings, xcom 2 on medium settings, league of legends maxed, shogun total war 2 on high
for something that is a bit more powerful i recommend looking into a Dell Inspiron 15 7559 laptop, its not too flashy looking and the base model is only $800 but it comes with a 960m which will run every game out there atm on medium to high settings np.
If you want a 970m gpu however the price is minimum $1200 most of the time and u might go over budget so a 960m will work just fine for your needs, unless u want to max out every game then u should save a few hundred more dollars to get a 970m gpu
Something like this is going to be what you want.
Hey man, sorry I know it's been a while but there's one more laptop I want you to look at: [link]
Out of the one I posted above and the other 2 laptops in my thread above, which one would you recommend out of all of them? Thanks for responding in advance.
You can get a Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 for $700 from the Amazon Warehouse (if you don't mind a refurbished unit). It will run Witcher 3 on high settings. It's the best price/performance ratio you can get in a laptop. Even less powerful laptops with a Nvidia GTX 950M cost the same if not more.
This thing right here: [link]
Could you link me to the laptop you're referring to?
This is the laptop I thought I was referred to.
Personally, I'd go with This DELL. It comes in at about £200 below budget. You have a 256GB SSD in there which will be a HUGE improvement over standard hard drives. Yes it's an i5, but an i7 in laptops is usually overkill, you have 8GB of RAM in it (I use 8GB on my machine for plenty of gaming & Photoshop work). Plus you can buy more with your £200 change if you need it.
I've seen it recommended on here a lot.
Based on the power of this laptop it will do a great job for you. It will run those engineering programs very well.
Maybe you mean this Inspiron? There's no Dell XPS 15 for that price.
That's a great machine but too bulky and heavy for me.
I feel like you're expecting a little too much.
The most gaming punch I know about 850 bucks is a Dell with an i5 and a 960m. Will probably have 8GB ram and a 1TB hdd, possibly 5400rpm.
You'll have to skimp on something I think.
The one I was talking about, but with a 250gb ssd, for 800.
Choose between the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK and the ASUS K501UX 15-inch Gaming Laptop. These are the best two deals within your budget- powerful laptops . The Dell is a little better for gaming courtesy of its better graphics card, however, the Asus will do almost the same job and has a slightly better processor. The Asus is also a little smaller in size as well as significantly lighter in weight. I think based on your criteria, you would want to go with the Asus.
At $850 it's too expensive considering this is a thing: [link]
Better specs, lower price.
I think I will go with the same laptop as you.
This is it right?
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
Ge the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is the best choice in your budget.
Get this, the most cost efficient gaming laptop available at the moment. For just under $800, it performs on par with many laptops over $1000. A decent processor, memory, graphics card ad well as storage.
Actually I would highly suggest that Dell, it DOES in fact have a backlit keyboard, and a significantly better processor/specs in general then the Asus. [link]
"Light up your game: Don’t miss a stroke with a backlit keyboard that lets you enjoy your gaming or computer time even at night. And a precision touchpad gives you responsive, accurate gesture support."
The laptop will be very capable for your work environment and uses, and I'd suggest it.
This laptop though have a slight less powerful processor than the Asus Rog, would perform similarly in gaming since the extra power of the Asus's i7-6700HQ processor will not make much of a difference in gaming performance. They have similar graphics card - the Asus has more RAM (memory), but that extra RAM won't increase gaming performance (8 GB is all needed). If you PLAN on editing though , then 16 GB would be needed. As it relates to replacing the SSD with a 2.5 1 TB HDD, don't do that..The SSD installed in this laptop is great for the speed of the laptop and will perform better than a 1 TB HDD. Use that HDD as an external storage- get a USB case for it .
For the under 800 mark this one really looks appealing to me: [link] or possibly this one: [link]
Im still looking for myself so i cant say for certain, but definetly worth looking at
Yeah, the Inspiron would be your best value. This model.
The next closest option I would say is the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop which actually comes with an SSD and would do a slightly better job.
The only laptop from that list I would recommend would be the first laptop. The second and third laptops don't have dedicated graphics cards so I don't believe they would work very well.
I would recommend this laptop: [link]
Still within your price range and is a Gaming Laptop.
In that budget range, the best laptop is the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop
I can tell you that it should be able to run Cyberpunk 2077 on very decent based on the predicted requirements for that game. I cant talk for games in 2018 as that is simple to far away to tell what those games will be like and how demanding they will be. But if $800 is really your max, that's the best laptop you will get right now.
It would run wow, but it is very not worth the price.
You could have this
Which has a better graphics card and all around features for $200 less. It's a better deal
> ...has 4 GB GDDR5
> May I ask your input on these two?
Both have pro and cons. The Acer is thinner, lighter and comes with a higher quality IPS panel (more colour accurate). The Dell has longer battery life and better cooling. Up to you what's more important. You can get the Dell also for $700 from the Amazon Warehouse, if you don't mind a used/refurbished one.
After researching, the laptop you posted looks good and this is the only other one that is better. It has a 960M GPU.
<strong>Dell Inspiron i7559</strong>
You will need to buy a traditional HDD and attach it, if required.
Same overall specs but a better GPU
I missed up, having a 2 in 1 isn't that important (Nice but I don't really care). I thought it was something else.
I like the second one but I read that they have problems with shutting off when moved. What do you think about this?
This would be a very decent pick for that budget. It will do a good job in both gaming and video editing.
Dell Inspiron 15 i7559 with an i5 quad core and a Nvidia GTX 960M with 4 GB of GDDR5 RAM. Goes for $800 new and under $700 is you don't mind a unit from the Amazon Warehouse.
If you can go a few over your budget , get this. It is an excellent laptop for gaming. Will run those games you mentioned there on maximum settings with above 60 FPS.
Dell is cheaper.
This thing: [link]
Same specs as the Asus but cheaper.
I think it would be good for those games. The only thing it really lacks is a SSD, but the price point is better than the [link]
What do you believe this would run?
Yeah that's the same laptop i have, love it. Actually spilt some coke on the keyboard like a moron and had to buy a new keyboard but works flawlessly. Did you ever install a second harddrive and more ram?
Depending. Of course a laptop isn't going to be a replacement for a proper rig, but they're quite useful. I'm going to be getting the one listed below because I need something that lightweight and I can edit on, as well as play more simple games. Look around a bit and see what a good balance is for you.
Here's the amazon link
here is the UK site for it. IDK what country you are in currently, but if you ask around here, I'm sure someone can hook you up for shipping address or w/e
Awesome thank you for the help! Decided to get this.
i7 4720HQ is OK but why buy that when you can get a higher performing and lower power draw Skylake 6th gen quad core CPU.
Look at the 7559 Inspiron
Upgradable and fast and reasonably inexpensive.
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
For $800, this seems pretty nice.
For under 600 USD, you'll be pretty hard pressed to find a gaming laptop that can play AAA titles. The BEST laptop at that price point is this one. It features an i5 6200U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a NVidia GeForce 940M GPU. Although this GPU is not designated for gaming, it's far superior to integrated GPU. It also features a dual core CPU with Hyperthreading, so you will be able to play games that has a 4 core CPU requirement. This laptop will be able to play stuff like League and Dota. I'm not sure how this one will run Blade and Soul, but I think it'll be good enough with a few tweaks to the in-game settings.
Save 300 more dollars and you'll be able to get this one. It features an i5 6300HQ Quad core CPU, 8GB RAM, and a Nvidia GTX 960M GPU. This gpu is designated towards gaming and is about equivalent to the desktop GPU Nvidia GTX 750ti.
[link] It was even on sale earlier for $700. Seems like a solid laptop.
That one for sure.
Dell Inspiron 15 7559, Acer Aspire V15 or Lenovo Y700
Go for i7, maybe you will need it for multi-tasking habang nag cocode ka. para sakin kasi hirap mag alt tab at mag games pag i5 laptops lang e. nabibitin ako lalo na pag Chrome gamit ko. :)
If di ka naman multi tasker at heavy gamer, pwede na ung i5 sayo.. pili ka na lang ng laptop na at least GT 960m (750 TI ata equivalent nito sa desktop)
Edit: MSI GE70 pa pala, parang 40-50k+ something lang yung price nito nung nakita ko sa Megamall dati.
I just bought this sucker. It has a GTX960M and runs the game flawlessly.
So i have this laptop
and a PS4.
Any advice on which system to pick this up on would be greatly appreciated!
NXT is replacing Java in 2-3 months.
Buy a PC for NXT not Java. NXT requires a powerful GPU to max unlike Java.
This would likely max NXT at 60fps.
best bang for the buck 15 7559
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is the more powerful laptop there. However, for the tasks you will be doing the likes of excel+word+powerpoint+chrome running at the same time , any of those laptops will do the job fantastically well. So my recommendation here, go for the cheapest option.
insprion 7559-763 [link]
For light gaming it will will make a difference, but ince it's a 920m inside I'd assume you would be using that.
For source engine games that rely heavier on the CPU it can be helpful to get the fastest CPU, and the CPU that takes up less power, so in general the skylake (the 6xxx) would be the better option.
Though you can get a much better computer with $800 then what you have currently. [link]
That destroys both of those in every way possible, you won't need to buy the additional ram and storage either with this, though if you have the parts already, the above laptop I linked will let you put the extra 8 in, as well as the extra HDD/SSD for it has extra slots.
I don't use a laptop but this one is relatively cheap for its specs and form factor. [link]
If you want a very budget gaming laptop look here:
That's currently the best bang for your buck "gaming" laptop available. It's almost $100 cheaper than the ASUS you linked and comes with the 960m rather than the 950m which is a HUGE difference. If you want a bit more info check out Linus's review of it from a few months ago.
Laptops don't necessarily suck at gaming, but you'll get a whole lot more value for your money buying a desktop. The differences between a $800 Laptop and a $800 desktop are quite big. Of course the laptops bring with them the convenience of being portable, which for you, being military and all, is much more valuable than the extra performance.
For gaming laptops you just need a laptop with a decent dedicated graphics card. An SSD harddrive is also recommended.
The best one on the market currently under $800 is arguably the Dell Inspiron:
Good craphics card, decent processor. Only 256GB harddrive space but its an SSD so its plenty fast. Just keep your movies, tv shows, and porn on an external harddrive and you'll be fine.
You don't need a beast PC to run WoW though, you might du just as well with a laptop in the $600-$700 range.
Hope this helps!
Edit: Used affiliate link, didn't know about it sorry.
In my experience this game runs pretty well on older equipment. My alienware m14x r2 with the i7 and 650m runs the game fairly smooth on medium graphics. Using that as my base most recent laptops with a discrete gpu should run it fairly well.
edit: just remember my brother was looking at under $1000 laptops and this was a decent find! [link]
I've been eyeballing this one: [link]
That's actually pretty good, thanks for the reply!
How do you think it compares to something like:
I saw it on another thread and it seems pretty cheap considering its power, is Dell any good these days? Saw here that their rating has gone up tremendously.
What about the idea of getting multiple devices? I might be able to get a $200 - $300 convertible tablet w/ Windows 10 and a more powerful desktop. What do you think of this one? Also, what is a good touchscreen tablet PC?
I recently Purchased the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK for school at $760 when it was one sale. Excellent laptop, fast processor, ssd, and the 960m can run most modern games on medium at 40-60fps. I play Rocket League and Cities Skylines on high at 60 fps. I do own Fallout 4 but I have not tested it due to the download size and small SSD size. You should be able to look up reviews online though.
I store the laptop in my backpack and carry it to and from multiple classes through the day with no worries. While it may be considered on the heavy side of portable laptops, I feel it is sufficient at roughly 5.6 lbs.
-Great cooling, highest I've seen the temps go it 70C under 100% load.
-Decent full size keyboard.
-GTX 960M is a great mobile graphics card. Nice IPS 15.6 Screen, looks great in all light/no glare. GPU/CPU Fans are much quieter than expected.
-Upgrade slot for another SSD.
-Bad touchpad - arguably the worst characteristic of the laptop, its simply an odd touch pad with touchy tapping and scrolling, but, it was not a deal breaker and I've grown used to it.
-Large touchpad size/Small Keyboard makes for odd proportions. There is a lot of open space on the left and right of the touch pad.
-Material prone to fingerprints. Greasy hands will show when touching the laptop not on the keyboard/touchpad.
Overall I would buy it again as the Cons are minor to me. The performance/price ratio of this laptop couldn't be beat at the price I got for it.
For just LoL, hearthstone, CS:GO, low-moderately intensive stuff will run fine on the 940M. But yeah if you do want to get into some more AAA titles and want it to be mobile the Dell is not a bad idea.
Just keep in mind you can find it cheaper here along with an SSD preinstalled as well.
The Dell Inspiron is, yeah, a pretty damn good laptop if you consider what you get for the price. Skylake HQ processor, 960M, 1080p IPS display, somewhat decent battery life.
You can find a review of it here if you're interested.
> ... but does 17in really up the cost?
You can't get a laptop with these specs and a 17.3 inch display for under $800:
After doing some more research, I've narrowed it down to either the one you suggested or this. Yours has a better processor but this one has a better graphics card. Can you tell me which one would be better for FO4?
(I know the Dell doesn't have an optical drive, but I changed my mind about that being necessary, since I hardly have any disc-based PC games.)
Take a look at this one.
800 bucks, with a 256GB SSD already. And has 4GB VRAM vs the 2GB on the Asus. Only difference is i5 vs i7.
I'm VERY tempted to get that Dell instead and save the $300 bucks.
Edit: Fuck it, I'm getting that dell. I'll save at least $250 on that.
[link] This would be pretty sufficient for that.
An open slot to add more storage too.
I am using this laptop and it play games really well. It has slightly higher specs and is a little cheaper than the HP. Might take a look at this.
I have it on all my machines. Zero issues whatsoever, if anything, it is faster. What about this?
Would you take this over the Dell?
You could buy a cheap Chromebook for around $200 to $300 for your streaming purposes and build yourself with the rest a desktop, though I don't know how good or bad such a desktop would be. /r/buildapc or /r/buildapcforme will help you with that.
The most powerful gaming laptop you can get for 800 bucks is one with a Nvidia GTX 960M. Comparable to a desktop GT 750Ti.
If you want to know how good or bad games would run, you can check this website. Scroll down and you will find benchmark scores and fps values for different. Just keep in mind that if you go for a gaming laptop, that you will be stuck with it. You can't upgrade the CPU or GPU on it, like on a desktop.
TF2 and CS:GO are pretty lightweight titles (decent integrated graphics can play them surprisingly decent), however if you wish to get into some heavier gaming, I would look at this.
This is a very good machine, and it looks like your average laptop!
Just saw this: [link]
I haven't used it though, just looking into it. It's towards the bottom of your budget, and fits many of your requirements.
What about this? You can add a HDD to it.
Or if you want something with more build quality then the UX305 is the way to go.
This is about $200 less with the same specs
Thank you! I'm just nervous buying that because it seems like it's been out for a very long Time and since my computer is very new it won't fit/work. How do I confirm that the HDD u linked me will fit and work in this laptop?
Also, do I need anything else to install the HDD in other than a screwdriver? Are there cables I need to buy? Thanks!
Just get the i7559-763, it's got the same components (CPU and GPU) for about $800.
I think this would be better. And you could save $400.
this one is pretty good
50 dollars more.
How much do you think i can sell it for? I have loved the hell out of my mac for 1 year, i think i can get rid of it now, because tbh id rather much have something like this or any other gaming laptop witha 960/970m around that range. How much do u think i could sell my macbook pro for? its the 2015 model, so i mean ive had it for just under 10 months. thanks.
thanks for the advice! one question though, i was planning on buying this laptop (i already have a PC by the way, i need a laptop now and dont want a basic one). anyways, This Laptop is what i was planning to buy, a gtx 960m 4gb vram. Would u suggest something else? maybe same GPU but a different laptop? thanks!
Intel Skylake quad core
8gb ram(expandable to 16 by adding a single DIMM)
256gb SSD(you can add a 2.5" 7mm HDD or SSD as well)
Nvidia 960m 4gb
15.6" 1080p IPS screen
Me, this one. It does not have optical drive but has room for M.2 SSD and a 2.5" HDD/SSD
this will run most AAA game high ultra with very good framerates
Don't mind me, just need to try this. PM isn't working for PZ.
I've been searching for a gaming laptop since I'm on campus for 10 hours+ a day. Had 3 other laptops in mind:
Dell Inspirion i7559. I really want this one but can't find a decent seller here in Canada :
ASUS K501UX-DH71 - $1049.99:
Lenovo Yoga 700 80QD0050CF - $1199 [1499.99 original]:
This Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10 seems to be the one that hast the most bang for the buck. You cans hip from the US using 65daigou/comegateway.
It has a gtx 960m which is better than some of the aftershock laptops of the same price.
Edit: shipping should cost about $30 to $40 if you under declear while using 65daigou
Edit2: the amazon warehouse sale could save you $100-$200 if you dont mind getting a very lightly used one
This one looks solid and it is on special: Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10 [link]
If you want to see how it performs go to game-debate.com search for the game you want. Input specs and it will tell you how it performs.
I'm playing on a laptop and it works fine. 60+ fps on mostly maxed out settings.
(with an additional 8gb of RAM for like 35$)
I definitely understand where you're coming from, never thought I'd purchase from Dell. However, after hours of research, I came to the conclusion that the Inspiron 7559 is definitely the best choice. Check it out- [link]
I would obviously opt for a desktop, but at the moment, it's a laptop that I seek. I think I'll just purchase it off amazon, not too sure on the total cost, due to duty tax, though.
Thanks for the help, friend. Much appreciated :)
FHD, 4GB 960M $800. Enjoy your new laptop!
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10 - <strong>$810</strong>
This one is lighter though: ASUS K501UX 15-inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Hard Drive, GTX950M, Windows 10 (64 bit), Black/Silver Metal - <strong>$790</strong>
If you are willing to spend a little more, I would go with the Dell Inspiron 7559. [link]
If you want to play XCOM 2 you are going to have to raise your budget and get something like this
However without XCOM 2 something like this will be enough to play most older games.
I have this laptop and it can handle streaming with lowish settings on most games, you can buy one that is preowned for $680.
[link] Literal best you will get.
Well heck with $800 let's bump up the quality a tad here.
I recommend it highly, it has an SSD, more powerful GPU, Good screen, and so on. It's made by Dell so it's very durable.
If I had any downsides it's that 256GB SSD alone isn't to much, it has no CD drive, and it's 8 pounds.
However because it's dell they have a free slot open for you to toss in another HDD/SSD, as well as being able to upgrade the memory if you needed too.
If the price is to high I can get lower.
i5 vs i7 generally depends on the models, i7 is if you are going hardcore and need the extra cores and threads (granted this applies more towards desktops)
But the laptop I linked is a full on quad core and well sufficient for even heavier tasks.
I recently bought this laptop, and WoW runs on ultra settings with no hiccups at all.
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10 [link]
Id go with this if it is not over your budget
Ah ok, where are you looking to buy? Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter?
Edit: I added some to the first comment btw.
Here's one on Amazon that fits what you're looking for, $800. i5 (idk why the title says i7), 8GB RAM, 15.6", 1920x1080, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M dedicated graphics card. Seems pretty nice for the price actually.
You might want to look into look into this new laptop made by dell that was aimed for gaming for the price at $800. Dell may not be the first thing that comes to mind for laptops when it comes to gaming but this laptop looks fairly solid. Performance wise this should run league and other games easily, has decent battery life. Also i would recommend making your decision on what you desire as there are pros and cons to every laptop you look at.
Link to laptop with a $50 off promo code
Link to an amazon offer if you want to pay a bit for an SSD for a hard drive
link to a review of the laptop
I encourage you to save up for this.
Hey man, I'm pretty much in the exact same position as you, and since I am, I'll just piggyback off yours.
I think these are the two best laptops I've found in the price range, and I'm looking for feedback furthermore. Neither are touchscreen, but I feel like at this price point, if you're trying to game, you're going to lose a lot by opting for a touch screen.
What about this instead?
That's true.. I just found this one as well around the same price range.
What about this or this?
If you're willing to increase your budget by $100, this laptop is an excellent option:
Is this the one you're talking about?
Will best buy pricematch this deal?
For the best value per dollar, check this guy out.
But at that price, doesn't it just make sense to go for the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK? The SSD will outperform the ROG's 5400RPM drive, plus there's a spare drive in the Inspiron to expand storage.
Thanks for the fast response guys. I am looking more into all the gaming laptops there is. I have $1000 on hand. Is this the most ideal laptop for $1000 price range?[link]
Do note that this only has a 256SSD but an open slot for another HDD or SSD (Dell is open about upgrading laptops, it's easy)
So you'd need to buy one of those to put inside of it. Or reuse the one from your other laptop.
Otherwise this laptop should be fine? You didn't mention if your old laptop had a GPU or not, but I'd look up some stuff on the 960m and if you are content with the performance then this laptop will be perfect.
If not I can hunt down another.
If you have another $200 to throw and want a 970m [link]
I'd also suggest building a desktop, and getting something more powerful and spending less.
I'd highly recommend the new Dell inspiron i7559, ([link]) if you're not too concerned about an ultra portable. Has great battery life, a decent graphics card (4G GTX960m), 1080P IPS display, and a quad core i5 processor, which will be sufficient for just about anything (performance isn't far off a desktop-grade i5, and a low-power i7 in an ultrabook won't even come close to touching it). Depends on what you're using it for though, but something like this will last for a few years.
Forgot to mention that it also comes with a 256GB SSD!
With the $200 you save you can buy some ram and an HDD.
How important is gaming to you?
If it is very important, you won't find anything better than a 960m in your price range.
The ROG series seems to have positive reviews, this is another option:
I'd choose the SSD unless you really needed the space. Even then If the SSD is an Msata/M2 then you can just buy an HDD for $50 and install it.
Well you are very unlikely to find a laptop I recommend in a retail store anywhere, generally retail stores will have 10 or so laptops total that are all overpriced.
If you want a brand name to look for, Acer makes a lot of budget laptops, and Dell makes durable laptops. I'd personally grab this laptop, and then get a USB dock thingy for the extra ports you'd need. [link]
Slighty worse CPU (i5 quad-core instead of i7), less RAM (8GB DDR3 vs. 16GB DDR4) but equipped with a 256GB SSD and slightly better GPU for only $800:
The 2.5'' drive slot is empty so you could install a 1TB 7200RPM HDD for games and stuff.
~$60 more than the Asus ($1,199 - 3% cash discount = $1,163.03), with 4th gen instead of 6th gen i7, DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4 (still 16GB) but equipped with a GTX 970M (~60% faster than a GTX 960M), 128GB M.2 SSD and 1TB 720RPM HDD:
No OS pre-installed though.
EDIT: Some game benchmarks (960M vs. 970M)
Have you looked at the Dell i7559? It seems like the best deal going right now with the 960m.
Yeah I was looking at ;
But will there be much difference between the one you linked and this one?
Eh I would recommend you take this one, the specifications are better then those 3, and Lenovo isn't a very trusted brand as of late with some rootkit related events that they ship with some of there laptops.
The plus side, this laptop is a Dell, very highly rated, long battery, durable, and can run circles around the Sims 4
It's got a quadcore skylake processor and a good video card. It's not thin/light/metal like an ultrabook. With that said it's not too heavy.
I think the black/black + quadcore requirement may be hard. The dell is the best value and seems to fit your needs.
Or you could wait and try and score a coupon on the xps 15.
A popular deal:
A better option due to the graphics card being a bit better + 4gb of ram - a 970m:
Is this basically the same as the Dell Inspiron on the Lappy List? This one doesn't have a touchscreen but that doesn't matter to me: [link]
How about these?
The ROG is a great choice, excellent specs, good gaming performance, decent thickness/weight for a 17 inch computer.
This is an excellent choice at $800
The higher quality ultra portable options without touchpads are as follows. The XPS 15 has the same graphics card as the two above, the HP has integrated graphics which are quite weak.
The gaming performance will be quite weak compared to the other two but it is a high quality option.
If you don't mind going a bit above budget, I would go with this:
Best version of the 960m you can get (4GB variant)
A wonderful quad core skylake i5 (Sufficient for gaming and streaming)
8GB memory (Pretty self explanatory; Upgradable to 16)
256SSD (Open slot on the Laptop to install another SSD or HDD so buy another separately)
Good HD IPS monitor
Sick black case, I don't think it's metal (metal doesn't deal with heat well anyway) but Dell makes really durable laptops
It also has Wireless AC support and blue tooth 4.0
Plus backlit keyboard
So with this laptop + HDD/SSD + carrying case.
You'd spend quite a bit less then $1200
It's fair to warn you by saying it's probable that $1300 will get you a 970m, but I don't consider it worth it, because usually you end up weaker processors, storage, build quality etc.
Get this instead, put an HDD in it. Problem solved.
Alright, what about this or this?
Honestly, the only difference between the one you listed and [link] is that your has a 970m instead of 960m so you are paying 500ish more for a 970 over a 960
Spend extra for this.
This is not bulky and looks normal
>I personally don't care if my laptop weighs more because i just need to take from point a to b in a bag. Somebody might think that weight is a key factor.
Then there's no point in even arguing about it. If you don't need the Macbook's portability and build quality, then you don't buy a Macbook.
>All of these are 500 to 700 with similar specs.
All of these are also in the inch-thick 5.5 lb range. As I said, much less portability. And also much worse build quality; these appear to be plastic.
>This is 780 with better specs and weighs less. Plus they straight up stole the design of the Macbook lol.
It's 4.4 lbs and 0.85 in. thick. It's not lighter, although it is fairly light.
You have not proven anything, other than that portability costs more. And, since Macbooks are portable, they thus cost more. You haven't yet convinced anyone that they're overpriced.
Perfect laptop, I use it for gaming at second to highest max settings 50-60fps. Although you will have to update the BIOS, to fix after hibernation lags, its easy tho (just use the EXE from the Dell support site).
Yeah portability is a key factor but it's not the end of the world. I personally don't care if my laptop weighs more because i just need to take from point a to b in a bag. Somebody might think that weight is a key factor.
Also we are talking about a jump from a i5 to an i7 which is a huge jump plus a dedicated graphics card. The built-in Intel graphics is okay for basic needs but it's nowhere close to a dedicated graphics card.
All of these are 500 to 700 with similar specs.
This is 780 with better specs and weighs less. Plus they straight up stole the design of the Macbook lol.
I just looked on Amazon because I was too lazy to go in depth but the point still stands, you can find a better deal for a better laptop at a lower price.
It would help if I knew what country you're in so I can link you to a site that would actually be helpful. Also I personally would still recommend building a desktop as your best option for price to performance, but if you want a laptop, again knowing your country would be helpful. It seems that [link] is probably one of the best in your price range, although I'm not sure about international versions. I do know that the US price converted to Euros is well under €900, so maybe shipping and a plug adapter. I hope this is somewhat helpful, but again knowing your country would be better.
^^ Was about to say this. Get this one if you want a 250GB SSD instead of a 1TB Hard Drive (Still has a empty bay for it tho, the ssd is pci).
yep pretty good value
this one here is identical except it has a quad core i5 instead and costs $799 instead of $899 and has a different HDD, just as good for games (it's a real quad core unlike earlier laptop i5s).
It has a 256GB SSD instead in the M.2 slot, you can then add a HDD to the 2.5 inch bay.
I wouldn't recommend the one you posted because hybrid 5400rpm drives from experience are crap. Much better to have a 256GB M.2 SSD and then add in a 2.5 7200RPM drive to the spare slot which would be easy and not costly.
Total cost would be about $840 doing that, and you'd have a 256GB SSD so Windows would be so much faster.
This is one of the more commonly recommended laptops on reddit. Pretty well priced, and should handle diablo 3 + most games fairly well.
If you're looking for something stronger, I'd recommend spending more, but if you're not going to be super big into gaming, this'll do just fine.
Hello! I have this laptop: [link]
I need another SSD/HDD because I'm already running out of space on my 256GB SSD that it came with. Should I go ahead and spend the money to get another SSD or just get a 7200 RPM HDD? Also, which brand of these drives would you guys recommend?
or this: [link]
This is the laptop I got, and my pc specs are as follows;
Processor - AMD FX(tm)-4170 Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3
Memory - 8gb RAM
HDD - Approx 7.5 TB across multiple drives
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 4gb
What's the price? okay, $560, not bad, but if you spend a bit more than $200 you can get something that gets 50fps in Mad Max instead of 20fps, but you said really light gamer so I'd say get the $560 one, I'm pretty sure that it's the best there is for less than $600
This is good:[link]
The first has a 960m, second is a bit cheaper and a 950m (still about as fast as a 860m I beleive), the last is my preferred amount of portability.
If you're willing to put out the cash.
Probably best gaming laptop in its price range.
4gb vram gtx 960m
1080p IPS display.
similar to what I have
Okay first off [link]
If you get a laptop get this, it is the best laptop for $800 you are ever going to get that runs circles around what you had in mind.
Now for the sake of saying it, is building a PC out of the way? You'd get a pretty decent beast of a computer with less then $800
I couldn't get the HP site to load, so I can't tell you if the 950 will work on it, but if the other comments indicate correctly it /should/
I got the best $800 laptop that I recommend a lot to people on that subreddit, it's highly rated and popular, premium features galore. Suitable for anyone.
I recently bought the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK. Quite happy with it. I'm adding a PNY XLR8 480GB SSD for ~$125 since it has space for an additional hard drive. Less than $1000 without any company discounts.
This is a great option Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
GTX960M, i5, 8GB of RAM, Full HD, 256GB SSD
No. Look for something with a 960 w/4GB GDDR5 or better. The first number is the series, the second two numbers are the tier. Acer, Lenovo, and Dell all have great options. This might be lower powered than what you need, but I am going to buy this. There was a review of this laptop where the user said they were playing Witcher 3 on high settings at 40 fps.
não existe um i7-5200U... De qualquer forma, a série U representa consumo Ultra baixo. Em outras palavras, reduzem o clock do processador pra diminuir o consumo, que-se-dane-a-performance. No final você acaba com performance similar a de um i3 série M da mesma geração (i3 com hyperthreading, mas não existe muita coisa que tome proveito disso) ou um i5 série M da geração passada.
Vale também lembrar que o i7-5500U é o i7 broadwell série U mais básico que eles oferecem, só pra dizer que é i7.
Placa gráfica? Só a integrada, piorando a situação de underclocking por falta de resfriamento.
Existem opções muito melhores nessa faixa de preço - até no brasil. Por exemplo, essa. Mesmo assim, ainda não se compara a opções que possam ser encontradas fora, não importa o quanto você tente. A Dell não vende esse modelo aqui; o melhor deles é esse, que conta com o mesmo processador capado e uma placa gráfica que não aguenta direito uma tela 1080p(mesmo dedicada).
Why do you need higher then 1080P? This laptop would be perfect [link]
Grab this [link]
And an open panel on the bottom has a slot to put another SSD inside.
If you have more specific requests I can look further, for working needs, an i5 quad core is pretty damn sufficient, and the laptop has a 250gb SSD already.
Hell if you don't need a GPU, you can go cheaper.
It'll run the game fine, but you'll be overpaying.
You don't really need 16 GB of RAM
Try to get a 970M instead if you're floating at the 1000 USD budget. It destroys the 970M.
This computer is cheaper by $200 and has a better video card, although it does have less RAM and a weaker CPU.
I bought a new laptop a week ago and it's awesome!
The only thing is that it also has a 256GB SSD. So I bought a 1TB External Hard Drive for my files and stuff.
I installed Batman Arkham Knight (50GB) on it and I get a kernel security check failure blue screen.
Sometimes I manage to get on the game and it just randomly show me the blue screen, sometimes it doesn't even launch the game.
Laptop: [link] External Hard Drive: [link]
Is there a way to fix this?
Thanks in advance!
Hard to beat this right now.
My friend bought one and he's able to handle FO4 on it on med-high. 40-45fps.
This is a laptop I just purchased and recieved today
I'm downloading all my most played games sc2/lol/csgo/wow to make sure its everything i wanted, so ill get back to you on that.
The laptop im upgrading from runs csgo perfectly fine at 60 fps
I can't find my exact model in stores but heres one thats very similar but has a better graphic card and more memory.
But like all things, DO YOUR RESEARCH.
[link] Is my favorite site for detailed information on laptops
I'm in the same price range as him and have similar requirements, I was looking at this but it seems like what you posted is a much better deal, right?
Save up $100, get this.
Adjust your budget. This is going to be the lowest price for a decent gaming laptop I can think of. This'll run modern AAA games at medium to low settings.
The Asus is nice. Personally I'd spend an extra £25 and get this DELL. It's normally a grand but has £200 off at the moment.
You've got an SSD instead and the 4gb version of the 960m, rather than the 2gb.
The inpirosn 7559 seem to be a solid option right now. I'm not sure about what apps you'll use and if an i7 with extra threads would help. The i5 is $800 i'd think would probably be completely fine for you since its a quad core version. Comes with a 250gb m.2 ssd with an open drive bay for you to add your own hdd, so figure an additional $60 for that.
If you want more power one of the asus rog laptops would probably serve you well like this:
you'll have to tack on $80ish to add an m.2 250gb ssd though. Theres also a 17'' model if that floats your boat.
I just got this one, Dell Inspiron i7559 It's pretty damn amazing and runs everything I've thrown at it beautifully.
I haven't had any issues and it's pretty light, and it's only $800!
If you just play games and browse the web, then go for the i5 model of the Dell Inspiron 15 7559. You can even get a model with a 256 GB SSD out of the box on Amazon for $799. It has a free 2.5 inch SATA bay, where you can put in an HDD if the 256 GB SSD isn't big enough for your stuff.
Try to get something with a GTX 960M if you want to player newer games on high settings and decent settings. For under 800 bucks you can get these:
Almost the same specs as that but cheaper and has a 4gb VRAM:
This is the furthest 800 bucks goes.
You get a 256gb SSD, 8gb of ram, 1080p display, 960m gpu, new gen i5.
For reference in terms of gaming - the 960m can run Black ops 3 on high at 1080p at 35fps.
If it's too expensive feel free to give an example of your GTX 660's performance and i'll try to find a cheaper laptop match.
I've been recommending this laptop. It's right at the top of your budget, let me know if you need something more affordable.
Alright, what about this?
I would spend extra for this at $800.
Hi there, thank you for replying, I found this computer and It seems a bargain for its money, is it any good? [link]
It's either that one or the one I mentioned above.
also check the dell inspiron blk is better performance for the money but the charger and the lapotp is much heavier than the KUX501
It has a 950M for $1K. Too much money for a 950M machine.
It's hard to go wrong with this machine.
In that case, I guess going a cheaper route and rushing for the expensive option ASAP is the best option, buying multiple cheap laptops is a terrible blackhole to be throwing money.
Based on the description for casual games and desire for build quality. Then I guess this would fit you pretty well.
Highly recommend this. With this you can easily wait longer before going the expensive route.
I just got the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK . It's lower than your budget but it runs games well enough for me. I have good FPS on games I've tested so far
I picked up THIS DELL a week ago for about $800, that may be exactly what you're looking for. It also has an open drive bay so you could add a larger hard drive if you would like. And honestly, you're better off with Win 10; you can turn off all the telemetry stuff, and I've had no issues with it.
I really doubt you'll find much more performance for under $1000.
Or perhaps what about this?
OKAY SO. After I fell asleep and realized I hadn't responded, I did some searching for you.
I'm not sure exactly what your system requirements are since they're a little bit vague, but this is an excellent gaming laptop that will serve you well: [link]
Is this the general feel of what you're looking for? I can find something more affordable, this is going to be the best/better in your price range (even if its a about 60 over, tax is going to make it expensive.)
This ACER is of a similar build quality but under the 1k mark, it does not have an SSD though:
ED: Let me know what you're valuing more, since both of this give you premium parts, the only difference is that the ACER does not have an SSD or an IPS screen.
Lol, you can easily play Dota 2 smoothly on integrated graphics at low settings. GTX 960M will not only crush the latest AC and COD titles on low settings, but it will be able to play those on high settings at the least.
This laptop has been popular around the sub lately and it should be good for your needs (has a skylake btw): [link]
Wouldn't this one be slightly better for almost the same price?
Also how would the Thinkpad T450S (i5-5200U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) do? It would come down to about 800 USD and from what I can read it's probably one of the best programming laptops for the price? (How well would it do with the games I mentioned?)
If possible I would spend extra for this.
For $600... ehh, the best you can get there is a 940M.
I would deff lean towards this for $800.
The best in your budget!
What about a Inspiron 15 7559?
$799.99(~850 with tax, as I don't know where you live.)
~$110 in upgrades
So all in all, you get best performance at that price point and a few bucks extra to spend on a mouse/bag or whatever else you might need.
EDIT: Ironically everything you'd need is in the "Frequently bought together" section just below.
That is in case you want another 250gb ssd instead of a hybrid drive or a standard hard drive. If you'd be fine with 500gb vs ~1.25tb of storage then I'd just get the SSD instead. If you need more, get a 1tb hybrid drive as they're around the same price.
Above is just a screenshot in case your frequently bought together items are different.
Here you go.
I wouldn't get the Y50, it has build issues and is getting old now.
Here's my opinion:
It honestly depends on what you use it for. To play Dota you wouldn't need a 970M, although it would definitely be nice to have. But if Dota and video editing are the most you're gonna use it for I'd suggest getting something on the lower end of your price range. This would be my first suggestion, especially since you're looking for bang for your buck. It's got an extra slot for RAM and an HDD, so don't be put off by the RAM. It also has an SSD, which is amazing. The GPU has twice the VRAM of the Asus ROG, and it's got a newer i5, which should be close to the performance of the i7 in the Asus. The difference wouldn't be noticable in gaming anyway. It's also a Dell, and in my experience, they have one of the best build qualities.
The Dell Inspiron i7559 has the same specs but is much cheaper.
No personal experience with this laptop, but it looks like an extremely nice set of specs for the price (6th Gen Intel i5, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 960m, 8GB RAM, 1080p screen). I recently saw it recommended in another thread on the sub, and recently recommended it to a personal friend.
The 960m should do well for graphics and is very good for this price range. Reviews seem to like the build quality and performance, plus it has two fans so your cooling should be decent. It also comes with two storage slots. One of them, an M.2. port, houses the 256GB SSD with the OS and your files on it, while the other is a standard SATA III slot that is open for any 7mm HDD or SSD you want to add later. It also comes with only one RAM slot used, so it would be easy to add another 8GB of RAM in the other slot for 16GB down the road.
I bought this one:
Have you checked out this dell? Your list all has 4th gen processors and this has the latest 6th generation, albeit an i5. Has the same 960m but with 4gb (though I doubt it matters compared to 2gb)
I'm not sure about build quality though. Maybe someone has some hands on experience with it and could weigh in.
Oh wow, my bad.
Here this would be great
It's slick, durable and the wonderful new Skylake from intel will handle any 4X game and streaming pretty well.
It's got a 256 SSD and an open slot for a HDD whenever you want to upgrade.
It's hard to go wrong with this machine, though I would probably lean towards this for it's better GPU, better display and much better build quality.
Sure, what about this?
I own this and it is excellent for the price. Since you mentioned you do video editing, you might want to go for a slightly more powerful CPU though. Since you don't play games, you probably don't need a 960m, but it should still help with video rendering.
For $899 you can get a better laptop: This one for example has a much better graphics card and is $100 cheaper. You want something with a GeForce 960M, that Star Wars PC only has a 940M: Here is a Fallout 4 benchmark for the 960M, to give you an idea how it runs. I suggest you do some research and take your time to decide.
Looks great, that's the kind of recommendation I was looking for. Thanks! But can you give me your opinion on this Dell laptop? It has a better GPU, and otherwise, it's not that far off from the Sager one. It's also $100 cheaper, so right now I don't see anything that's worth the extra $100 for the Sager, even though it does look cool. What do you think?
EDIT: $735 here! Seems to be a dealbreaker for me.
EDIT2: Checkout page is broken, never mind..
EDIT3: Last one, promise. What do you think of this? Good GPU and CPU and all that, but cheaper and lighter. Which of the 3 laptops is most cost-efficient?
Dell Inspiron i7559, I've seen reviews of it running around 40-50FPS on max settings of Fallout 4 and etc.
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10
Cheaper. Also cheaper to add a 1 TB hard drive to it as well. Do you need 16 GB of RAM?
Check.this one ,I think this is the best value for money ,one
All other models mentioned will give you ,only a marginal fps rise ,if any
Dell Inspiron i7559 w/ 256GB SSD
Is the same as the one you linked on NewEgg but with a 256GB SSD instead of a 1TB HDD. I am actually using this laptop right now, got it for Christmas. So far from playing on it I can run most new games at high settings, second to highest, at around 60 FPS.
Considering your price...... You can buy this, which has a nvidia 960m gpu for cheaper than what you are asking for....
After an extremely quick look something like this is what I'd suggest if you want some high performance for a good price
As I didnt have 30mins to search for something we will use this as a guideline to give you inspiration!
The newer 'thinner' gaming laptops are great for what you're after - if portability is your number 1 concern, I'd go with ChadEEE's suggestion, an ultrabook would be better suited, however if you're looking for high performance in a good size package..
Keep in mind though, if you really want the good performance you will generally suffer in battery life, so if you need it to last you'll generally have to settle for a lower powered machine and again, I'd be looking at ChadEEE's suggestion as that has great battery life (especially in standby time)
Buy one from the US and use a ship forwarding service like LBC to get it here. My suggestion is the Dell Inspiron 7557. Has a 960M and a 6th gen i5 processor.
I think the best value for money right now is this: Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10
Edit: Quad core i5
I plan on buying this when i have enough money [link]
damn this is too good to be true. thanks man!
>Didn't know Dell let you build a laptop!
Not exactly build it, but they have a lot of configurations over a ton of different models to basically cover every price-point and useage need possible, from tablets to two-in-ones to ultrabooks to everyday laptops to gaming laptops to work laptops. In general their build quality is much better than it used to be too.
For your needs I would say consider either a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 or an Asus ROG GL551JW - both have 15.6" 1080p displays:
i5 6300HQ 2.3-3.2GHz, GTX 960M 4GB, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $800
i7 6700HQ 2.6-3.5GHz, GTX 960M 4GB, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD - $850
i7 4720HQ 2.6-3.6GHz, GTX960M 2GB, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD - $800
The Dell should blend in within a university environment slightly better than the Asus and it's a little thinner too, but the Asus has slightly better cooling capabilities and a DVD drive.
Here's one that will do everything you asked here. It will be able to play Skyrim on lower settings or if you want to run it on highest settings I would go with this one.
Or this would be a good option too.
Yeah that's one of the ones I have my eye on, I just don't like the 5400 RPM HDD and 2 GB VRAM (although the latter is probably not really a big deal since I've read most games don't use more than 2GB at 1080p).
I'm also looking into the Dell Inspiron 7559. it's pretty similar to the ASUS you linked. I've read that the Asus has a better build quality but I like that the Dell comes with a SSD. I wouldn't mind a 7200 RPM HDD but I feel like 5400 RPM is noticeably slower.
Then there's the ASUS ROG G751. Definitely my favorite of these 4. The problem is the reviews are absolutely dreadful. At my chosen specs (4720 - win10 - 970M - none - 16GB) there are only 2 reviews, both 1-egg, and both complaining about screen bleed. I would absolutely hate to get a new defectuous laptop. Even at different specs with enough reviews to bump it to 4-eggs average, there are still people complaining about screen bleed. But to be honest I'm not entirely sure how much credibility to give to these newegg reviews.
And lastly the Gigabyte P37W. This one has great specs, just like the G751 above. It's so expensive though. At $1300, I'm just $200 away from a laptop with a 980M, which seems like it would be a significant boost. What's the point? I've seen the same laptop for $1100 in a deal but unfortunately it's sold out.
I guess these are all good laptops, it's just a question of how much to spend. Whether I would find it worthwhile to spend $400 more for a 970M over a 960M - or even $350 more after that for a 980M over a 970M. It's hard to decide. Then there's the third option, and the reason I made this post, which is to wait 3-4 months and hope that they come out with new better hardware at these prices.
what's funny is that ATM dell actually sells a pretty decent gaming laptop at $800 ($750 on amazon)
i5, 8gb of ram, ssd, gtx 960m:
so dell makes a gaming laptop under their main inspiron line that has better price to performance then their entire gaming system sub-company
Not really sure what the sound quality is like but probably about average.
would you agree with /u/kwnull that this Dell woul be a good option?
Here you go fam.
This a a good ML laptop and probably about the best price/performance at the moment. [link]
I just pulled the trigger on this one along with the extra 8 gigs of ram:
You can get 10% cashback by using the chase freedom card on amazon right now as well.
Thanks to /u/SaneBRZ for putting in all the hard work.
One of these two wouldn't be a bad choice. A little bit over budget, but with a GTX 960M you can play Fallout 4 on highish settings with around 30 fps.
If you're okay with a meh screen, you could check this out.
iv looked at these
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248
but have no idea whats best or if theres one thats best that i havent seen
How about this laptop? Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
The storage is a little low tbh
I had a similar post to yours recently. I wanted to find a low weight laptop with good specs at an affordable price.
This is what I picked up: Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK
It's a Dell Inspiron with the new 6th gen processor and a GTX 960M video card. Runs most games flawlessly.
I ended up buying 8GB more RAM and adding a 500GB SSD.
The laptop is extremely accessible. 1 screw, and you get access to a 2nd storage bay and RAM.
It is 15.6 inches though. However the screen is spectacular.
I can give you more details on my experience with it if you want, but also feel free to take a look at the reviews on the site.
Perhaps this would be good?
You could probably get away with something such as this.
What about this dell?
Reported as 800 after taxes.
I wouldn't expect it to run brand new games unless we are talking about low-med settings. For $600 it isn't bad but this would be much better.
Try to get a laptop with a GPU that has GDDR*5* VRAM. A model with a Nvidia GTX 860M or 960M would be a decent choice.
If this isn't too heavy, it would be the best for your options.
Otherwise, you could check out this. Please keep in mind the 6300HQ is more powerful than the i7 in /u/silents429's suggestion.
You can get a 960m for $50 less on amazon: [link]
This has almost everything you're looking for, except the SSD. But, according to reviews, it does have a slot for a m.2 SSD, which you could add yourself. I couldn't find a way to customize it in Dell's configurator to remove the HDD for an SSD :|
If you can live with a quad core i5, though, this same laptop can be had with an SSD for $150 less.
Check out these two:
You can't really realistically upgrade a laptop in most components besides ram and hard drive without making it too costly. In the end, you have a choice between these two laptops. Your GPU is going to be more important in terms of gaming than your cpu.
This seems to be what everyone's raving about right now. Considering it myself.
Dell Inspiron i7559 [link]
Definitely out of your price range, but you wont be able to find anything cheaper for what you want. As is, this will run Fallout 4 on medium settings.
At 1k, that puts you in the 960m range, which will get you 30~ fps 1080p medium on Witcher 3.
This Dell is a very well priced option. It has a quad core i5(which is new for the mobile scene), IPS display, and a 250GB SSD.
Not for $800. Maybe $700. Laptops do not hold value well.
You can buy a Dell i7559 with similar specs (albeit a smaller screen and slightly less RAM) for $759.
It does have the same specs but it is worse in quality.
And if you're willing to spend in the upper range such as that, I would check out this machine.
I would look at the base model of the XPS 15, or if you want something that has more graphics horsepower, you can check out this.
Oh sorry my bad
[link] supposedly this is really good
Great value here. A little low on the storage side but it is 256gb of SSD. The 960m with sky lake and SSD at that price point makes it a great deal.
This concept is meaningless in computing as you basically can't proof for future. Unless you mean in terms of compatability of programs. In this case any computer that can run x86 applications can apply.
Anyway you shouold buy this: [link]
or the Asus. I'd get whichever is cheapest in your moon money.
Thank you so much! I was sure this would be a good option but was trying to take advantage of a black friday deal.
Looks like there is a great deal on Amazon right now for this laptop. This one comes with an SSD hard drive as opposed to the HDD offered through Dell. Plus it's $50 cheaper. It is the i5 version though. How much difference would I notice between i5 and i7?
I unfortunately don't know.
For an alternative you can check this.
Only thing I would recommend is buying another HD to add to it if you need more space.
I'm wondering the same thing. This one has a 256 GB SSD and 4gb ram vs 2:
No, I have a ps4 for most of my gaming needs. I just wanted to play LoL and the newer MMOrpgs. Also what do you think of this laptop?
How does this asus compare to this dell?
What is your budget/the amount you prefer to spend? Lowest I'd comfortably go is this probably.
The Dell i7559 is a popular suggestion these days. $760 on Amazon, comes with a quad-core i5, 960M, and fairly spacious SSD. See this page for benchmarks, but the brief summary is that it will run most games well on at least medium.
Alternatively, for just about $1k there's the Alienware 15 or Asus G751JL)[[link]]. They're slightly more powerful, but ... well, Alienware has a rather obvious appearance (maybe your son would like that?), and the G751JL is heavy even for a 17.3" laptop. Because of that I usually don't suggest them.
And Fallout 4 will run like crap on the HP Star Wars .... . A Nvidia GT 940M is barely powerful enough to let it run in low settings.
Try to get a laptop with a Nvidia GTX 960M. A budget friendly laptop with such a GPU would be the Dell Inspiron 15 i7559:
i5 quad core, enough RAM and storage and a GTX 960M.
Trying to edit my post, but for some reason it's not working... [link]
I have the same question as well. I'm debating between this or the DELL that was recently released.
My main concerns are the differences in power for the CPU and battery life for typing notes and whatnot. I haven't really seen what the ASUS can do, but I have read up on the DELL quite a bit, and it seems like it has a better battery life. My other concern is the power brick size and weight. Other than that, I'm really leaning towards the Dell. I'm also hoping to get over 200 fps in CS in one of these lol.
This has been everyones choice for that price range. I currently have the laptop, and playing skyrim is pretty damn awesome w/ mods of course.
This ones plastic but it's a great deal for the specs. Id consider it. Also not many laptops are made of metal. Although your budget is large enough to get a metal gaming one.
Alright listen, you will not be able to find an i7 AND an 960m in your price range while still having 4 hours of battery life, the technology is barely there.
Now here is what I do have for you, a 6th Generation i5 (perfectly fine for gaming and office needs) a 960m, 256 SSD, 8gb Ram, and 4+ battery life. All for 900
I am sorry if you REALLY need an i7 but using the laptop finder on Amazon it just wasn't giving me any results, and this laptop will be just as if not more capable then what you wanted. i7 is for people who generally do a lot of rendering or something anyways.
Actually looking at a similar model to your option 1 and comparing it to the ROG but I'm stuck on which on is actually the best.
I'm mostly looking to use it for gaming while overseas
Not very tech savvy, how would these laptops compare in performance to this laptop for gaming and every day tasks. Trying to run say battlefont or fallout 4 as high as possible at under 1000. [link]
Can't really go wrong with the Asus or this: [link]
I'm personally getting the dell; very up-to-date and my friend already owns one, which I have used. Great laptop.
If possible, spend extra for this.
Games like Civ are not hugely demanding, which means you'll be fine with integrated graphics that comes with a standard laptop's processor. However, for games like Fallout 4, you'll need a laptop with a dedicated GPU, which are typically more expensive than £500.
Within your budget, I think you'd struggle to do better than this, but if you want to be maxing out AAA titles like Fallout, you should consider something like this.
How well will this work? On a bit of a budget
My first response will be: Why are they so expensive? If you're open to suggestions take a look at this: [link]
This dell: [link]
Which one of these seems like it'd be a better deal?
Hard Drives are almost always easy, unless it's an ultrabook, and ram is typically very simple as well, most laptops have screwed on covers for each or both that you can use to change them practically easier than in a desktop.
current price kings of the laptop area are ($700-$800)
and a bit out of budget but amazing none the less
If you're willing to go up to $750 you can get a very good dell: [link]
i would like to know too, im thinking on getting this one: [link]
which is currently on sale, but dont know if its gonna be even cheaper on blackfriday or if its not even gonna be on sale
If you can live with 15" buy this thing: [link]
Even if you don't like Dell it's very hard to argue with this price. You could if you want a bigger screen hook it up to an external monitor, but then you might as well buy a desktop.
I think this one is better, plus you get the Costco return/2 year warranty:
I'm thinking of straying from Costco for this one though:
Looks a little bit over budget...
It isn't a 970m but its pretty good and fits his budget... I think.
Don't have it myself but have heard some good things. Considering getting one myself.
These two are quite decent, though I little bit over your budget. If you can't spend that much, I would suggest to take a look at the Asus N551JQ-EH71.
I am sorry.
Here is the link
This one is amazing (great build quality, skylake i5, 8gb ddr3 ram, 960m graphics ) , its just that when my friend offered a better - specs alienware for the same price . I couldnt resist the temptation. So i had to ask for your opinions.
Dell with 4gb Gtx 960m and I5-6300 (quad core)
Sameish laptop but from newegg for cheaper with a 1tb hdd with a 8gb of ssd cache
The king of laptops right now RoG Laptop with i7 (haswell) and a 960m for around 720$
Your CAD will suffer slightly compared to a workstation card but at this price...
How do you feel about these two models posted by /u/reticulating_spline?
Has a ssd, you can add a 2.5mm 1tb later, fits all your requirements
This excellent price-spec Dell laptop just came out. IPS screen, not sure what the color gamut is like though.
This laptop looks like a great deal.
1080p IPS screen
SSD with an expansion slot for another SSD or a HDD(2.5 inch)
GTX 960M 4 GB VRAM
8 GB RAM with one open slot for later expansion
It also has an HDMI port
I would lean towards this.
Alternatively this: [link]
Hey man ,what budget are you aiming for ? What games are you looking to play ?That would immensely help.
Now assuming you are looking for something in the range of that lap you posted ,there is no other lap better than this AFAIk.
Better processor ,better gpu
For higher budgets I suggest looking at clevo resellers like sager/xotic pc.
Also try r/suggestalaptop
This is the current favourite in /r/suggestalaptop: [link]
4 core skylake i5, 4gb 960m, 1080p ips monitor, 256gb ssd, backlit keys, 802.11 ac wifi, nice 74WHr battery, 8gb ram. Upgradable to 16gb and you can add any 2.5 inch hdd or ssd.
I'm not sure what will or wont "break the bank" but this laptop seems to be more powerful than she'd like and is relatively inexpensive (for the specs that is) [link]
So i'm getting a PC ([link]) for the first time in a long time. I've been using Macs for awhile but I started to feel that I wasn't getting the power for the money spent.
Anyway, i'm just wondering what I should do to set it up when i get it. For example, should I reformat the ssd or would it be possible seeing as I probably wont get a windows install disc?
Sorry to drag this thread back up, but what about this new Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK?
It has the 960M but this has 4GB instead of 2GB. Same RAM. SSD is only 256gb, but that doesn't bother me so much because I have a fast external, so the extra speed is worth the size dropoff to me.
But here's where my knowledge is lacking: this has a 2.3 GHz Core i5 6300HQ. Compared to the Asus, which has a 2.6 GHz Core i7 4720HQ. Also, this is a Dell, which in general I don't trust as much as Asus.
Any thoughts on whether the downgrade in processor is worth the extra 2 GB in graphics? Edit: I just noticed that this is a Quad Core 6th generation i5 vs the Asus which has a Quad Core 4th generation i7. I don't know what this means.
Depending on processor, this is a competitive deal at $760: Dell, also 960M, i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz, 256GB SSD.
Any laptop with a 970M will definitely run you over $1000 (I'm guessing the best deals during black friday/cyber monday will run you $1100)
This dell laptop looks pretty dang nice for $800. The only thing I can see being a problem is the processor speed. Not sure what you're planning to do though.
Damn. Bought this a few weeks ago for $899.99.
Wish I waited for this.
Here is a great deal, i bought one :)
This laptop is a killer deal.
960m, IPS screen, 256gb ssd.
This guy right here: [link]
Check out this dell laptop at Amazon.
Is a bit cheaper than the one you posted, but it has a better 6th gen quad-core i5 processor. It also has the same video card as the one you posted, but with 2 GB more graphics card memory. The only drawback is that it has a SSD, which will fit a decent amount of games, but not an extensive library.
Dam, i rarely browse laptop but i just realised there is a Dell www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015PYYDMQ with skylake i5, 960M, 8gb ram AND 256gb SSD for only $759.99
Even sager can't beat this spec. If only i need a laptop.
Yeah seriously. Here are the links to the laptops I mentioned. I'm really interested in the 970m Gigabyte laptop. I'll skip over that "all mighty" Alienware name and save myself 300 bucks.
Well for starters, do you have a monitor? Cause that's a big part of getting a good experience on games like cs. But anyways, with a $2000 budget, here is a good pc build for about $1200 with Skylake:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Perhaps you could get the operating system for free through your school? But with a $1200 pc, you could also opt for a laptop like this: [link] with a decent graphics card, skylake processor and ssd storage.
On a side note, I have that exact laptop if you have any questions about it. I have only had it for roughly a week but perhaps can answer any questions you have.
But if I had to suggest. Save up a little more for this beast: [link]
That's a great deal, no doubt. I just bought a 17" Asus
If you don't mind Dell, you may consider this
If possible, spend extra for this. Otherwise yeah the K501 works.
960m plays fallout 4 @ 1080p with a mix of high and medium settings.
That Aspire model you listed is a 17.3". I wouldn't recommend taking that to school because it would be heavy and cumbersome to carry around. I think they have a 15.6" model with a 960m though.
The Inspiron 7559 is okay. It gets good battery life (6-8 hours), but from the amazon reviews it sounds like the trackpad isn't the greatest. By the way, it's only $759 on Amazon with an SSD: [link]
The Sager is pretty good. You might want to check what kind of battery life it gets because that's pretty important if you plan on using it at school.
The 970m is a pretty big jump in performance, and it will increase the longevity of what games your laptop is capable of playing. The tradeoff (and it's a big one) is that most laptops with the 970 only get just a few hours of battery life, and some of the thinner laptops run pretty hot/noisy some of the time.
You may as well stick with 1080p. You can check this.
I recently posted in /r/SuggestALaptop as well, and got these 3 suggestions:
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (was $799, recently price went up $100)
Another Dell Inspiron 15 7000
do you think these are good suggestions? do you recommend any alternatives?
I got the dell inspiron i7559 that's currently on sale on amazon for 760 bucks. It's a great deal at the price. You might want to grab an extra hard drive and a stick or ram with it, which should bump the price up to 850ish. It's also still quite portable (1 inch thick), even though you say that's not an issue.
No dedicated gfx card, you want at least an 840/940m card with at least a quadcore i5 or dual core i7(with hyperthreading).
Stay away from laptops with 5400RPM hard drives. look at this dell. 960m and an SSD. Yes its a small SSD, but, the peformance for dollar is really good. THe cheapest 960 laptops ive seen are like a 150 more with out an SSD.
Price just dropped on this one too:
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10 $769
At that price point, the SSHD is the best option if you have a lot of data. Otherwise at maximum maybe they will give you a 128 or 256 GB SSD. But probably it's a product on discount as well.
If you're interested:
Seems like this one is loved by everyone here
Not sure if this is what you're looking for $800
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10
It has the newest 6th gen i5 quad core processor, 8GB ram (in one slot, so you can expand to 16GB easily), a 256GB SSD (with room for an additional drive, either another SSD or a slower 1 or 2 TB drive for storage).
Something such as this or this would be good.
I'd encourage spending a bit more for this.
There is this.
Or you can find it cheaper here with an SSD.
Depending on how much you want to spend, you can check out this or this.
Damn I wish your budget is an extra $100 cuz this Inspiron 15 7000 at Amazon is pretty sweet. One of the few $800 laptop with a GTX 860M and brand new 6th Gen Skylake Core i5 QUAD Core processor (its a i5-6300HQ vs. typical i5-6200U found in many laptops in this price range). Anyhow will search around and get back to you in a bit... just food for thought for now.
I would also suggest that Inspiron, very good specs for the price.
No, if you're going to go a bit higher then it would make more sense to buy this.
I have a question. I would like to buy this laptop, but sadly I don't have enough money to afford it before the preorder discount goes away. How soon should I expect the laptop to drop in price or go on a sale? I probably won't have enough money for a few months.
That is true.
This is currently a really good deal right now.
On the lower end of your budget you can find this.
6th gen i5 quad core processor, GTX 960M. Buy it from the Dell site itself so you can just add in a SSD later. You can't do that if you get the one in Amazon.
The GE62 would be good, or this.
The laptop everyone has been bringing up lately
Just get it on Amazon instead here.
Though I would wait to see info on the thermal info.
Spend above your budget for this. Well worth the extra money.
What about this? 17" would lower your options by a lot unless you are okay spending more money.
What about this? 1080p is all you need.
If you want the best for your money, I'd suggest getting this.
But if you drop your laptops a lot I'd suggest grabbing a case for it.
Spend more for this.
Can you spend a little bit more for this?
You could get this with a better GPU and CPU.
You could get this, it's the cheapest and should be able to play it on low-med.
It would be a good idea if you dropped the 2 in 1 form factor for your requirements and get something such as this.
I would check this or this out, depending on how much you want to spend.
The Dell Inspiron is coming out, it seems to be a pretty good.
The Dell Inspiron i7559-763 is one of the best options for 800$, as it has specs comparable with laptops hundreds of dollars more expensive, including a quad-core Skylake i7, and a GTX 960m, AND a 1080p screen. I'd wait for reviews before buying though.
Try this for something that's reasonably priced! I can't find anything with chops like that for less than $950ish.
The most powerful laptop for $800 would be the Dell Inspiron 15 7559:
It's also available directly at Dell. Was released this week and the specs are quite decent for this price point. It would run even newer games without too many issues. Sadly there are no reviews out there yet.
If you don't want to spend that much, then take a look at the Asus X555UB-NH51:
I'd encourage you to spend extra for this.
It just came in stock and already reviews are good.
So, the OS is purely for preference, yes?
Check this guy out, and install Classic Shell. Your problem is gone. No need to overpay or experience driver difficulties for an older OS when there is a simple fix.
This is the one a friend recently recommended to me:
Would that be the same as this one on Amazon?
And what would be the difference between that and this ASUS one?
This. The one sold my Amazon themselves, not the third party seller.
There's also this if you're willing to pay more to get a bump in performance. A 965m for under 1k is a good deal.
HDMI inputs for laptops don't really exist. I saw an Alienware a couple years ago that had one, but nothing since. Even on high-end machines.
> 5-10 years reliability and technology proof? Is this possible?
For gaming? Not really.
What about this? Though for $100 more you can get something which is a much better value such as this.