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Hey all, ok so im looking for a laptop to do work on and play games, maybe play some hd content.

My budget is £600 and im really not sure what the best deal is in this, whether i should be looking at nvidia dedicated graphics, or AMD's apus

Can i upgrade laptops?

Is every part replaceable like a desktop?

I prefer long warranties

Cheers for the help all
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The people on this forum can help you better if you provide more details about what you want to do with your laptop (gaming, basic productivity, content creation, etc).

Upgrading?
It depends. Ultrabooks are at best limited in terms of upgrades, and at worst, completely non-upgradeable. Most laptops will at least allow you to upgrade RAM or your hard drive to solid state drive (SSD). However, upgrading might mean partially disassembling some laptops in order to access the mainboard. Sometimes you can upgrade laptop processors or graphics cards, but ensuring compatibility and feasibility is complicated.

Replaceable?
Short answer is no. Sometimes some components are glued in (like batteries), soldered on (like processors, RAM, SSD), or only replaceable as one entire unit (laptop LCD panels or mainboards). In short, laptops will never fully match the flexibility and user serviceability of desktops.

Long warranties?
Most consumer laptops only come with 1-2 years warranty (without purchasing a warranty extention). Only business class laptops come with 3 years warranty (and seldom longer). This is one area where major laptop manufacturers have been cutting back in recent years.
    
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Originally Posted by elreyhorus View Post

The people on this forum can help you better if you provide more details about what you want to do with your laptop (gaming, basic productivity, content creation, etc).

Upgrading?
It depends. Ultrabooks are at best limited in terms of upgrades, and at worst, completely non-upgradeable. Most laptops will at least allow you to upgrade RAM or your hard drive to solid state drive (SSD). However, upgrading might mean partially disassembling some laptops in order to access the mainboard. Sometimes you can upgrade laptop processors or graphics cards, but ensuring compatibility and feasibility is complicated.

Replaceable?
Short answer is no. Sometimes some components are glued in (like batteries), soldered on (like processors, RAM, SSD), or only replaceable as one entire unit (laptop LCD panels or mainboards). In short, laptops will never fully match the flexibility and user serviceability of desktops.

Long warranties?
Most consumer laptops only come with 1-2 years warranty (without purchasing a warranty extention). Only business class laptops come with 3 years warranty (and seldom longer). This is one area where major laptop manufacturers have been cutting back in recent years.

Gaming will be the most intensive thing i use this laptop for. Other times it will be for browsing / work
Cheers for all the advice.

Found this
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusV-13/

Configuring it i could end up with

13.3" ips @ 1080p
core i3 @ 2.5ghz
1tb HDD
64gb ssd
GTX 765m
4GB DDR3

£660

Is that a good deal for the above? Anything faster around the price?

Thanks
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It is always difficult selecting a gaming laptop, even "upgradeable" solutions are limited, because of the cooling the chassis offers.

That 765m is a nice GPU, you might want to stretch to an i5 on the cpu though.

have a quick look at http://www.medion.com/gb/welcome
I have used these in the past, many of their gaming machines are MSI laptops.
    
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Originally Posted by Sunnyside View Post

Gaming will be the most intensive thing i use this laptop for. Other times it will be for browsing / work
Cheers for all the advice.

Found this
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusV-13/

Configuring it i could end up with

13.3" ips @ 1080p
core i3 @ 2.5ghz
1tb HDD
64gb ssd
GTX 765m
4GB DDR3

£660

Is that a good deal for the above? Anything faster around the price?

Thanks

That is a good configuration for the price. What is the final price after adding VAT? +20% for VAT, right?

The 765M is a very capable GPU. I agree that it is a good idea to upgrade to the Core i5-4200M. For around 20 GBP, the price is worth it for the extra speed as the i5 can turbo up to 3.1 Ghz for 1 core or 3.0 Ghz for 2 cores.

I'm not sure what the battery life is for this laptop. That is probably my other main concern as the GPU and CPU are both rather powerful (and thus more power hungry).
    
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Originally Posted by elreyhorus View Post

That is a good configuration for the price. What is the final price after adding VAT? +20% for VAT, right?

The 765M is a very capable GPU. I agree that it is a good idea to upgrade to the Core i5-4200M. For around 20 GBP, the price is worth it for the extra speed as the i5 can turbo up to 3.1 Ghz for 1 core or 3.0 Ghz for 2 cores.

I'm not sure what the battery life is for this laptop. That is probably my other main concern as the GPU and CPU are both rather powerful (and thus more power hungry).

That's including VAT mate

Not to fussed about battery, aslong as i can pull 4 hours straight out of it or so

And cheers, will check out the i5, is abit odd though as the mobile i5's are dual cores?
Edited by Sunnyside - 11/11/13 at 3:49pm
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That's an even better deal then.
You might want to ask for a battery life estimate under light usage (web browsing, email, word processing).

All mobile i5 are limited to dual cores (not including hyperthreading virtual cores). Less people would buy a mobile i7 if there were mobile i5 quad core processors available.
    
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