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build is here, (i couldnt find any manufacturer that had what i wanted so ive gone full custom cos why not!

(caviat, i have 2 plextor m6m 128gb Msata SSds to run in raid 0 in this already and another 8gb stick of ram)




anything i can upgrade??

thinking about grabbing a seagate hybrid drive and throwing the WD in an enclosure?
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13" is a pretty small screen, but if you are going for more portability, i'm sure it would do fine. For somebody used to 2x 24+" 1080+ res monitors the laptop may be un-usably tiny. not quite a netbook, but pretty small. But if it is what you are used to or looking for, it's your computer smile.gif

15.6" is a standard laptop size screen

otherwise for a laptop it looks fine. upgrading to an SSD would be a HUGE improvement and make it feel almost twice as fast as with a WD blue drive.
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

13" is a pretty small screen, but if you are going for more portability, i'm sure it would do fine. For somebody used to 2x 24+" 1080+ res monitors the laptop may be un-usably tiny. not quite a netbook, but pretty small. But if it is what you are used to or looking for, it's your computer smile.gif

15.6" is a standard laptop size screen

otherwise for a laptop it looks fine. upgrading to an SSD would be a HUGE improvement and make it feel almost twice as fast as with a WD blue drive.


i have 2 plextor msata ssds thtat will run in raid 0.

and the display is also 3200X1800 smile.gif
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Only 1 exhaust, if that isn't the maxwell 860 you can bet that thing is going to be hot. devil.gif

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusV-13/

Looks like that is the one.

Oh and I am also not even sure if you could really tell the difference between that and 1080p to be honest, and considering you will likely have to turn graphics settings down a little, I am not sure if the higher resolution is really needed or even usable from a gaming perspective.
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If maxwell 860m, it will run most games maxxed with 2xAA or less at 1080p
    
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The 860m - which is the cousin of the GTX 750 Ti - in shrunken down form - is NOT a slow card or a bad card by any means @ 1080p. The issues that you may run into with that particular card at resoltuions higher than 1080p are:
  1. Not enough cores to provide the necessary information for over 30 fps / over 60 fps gaming
  2. Not enough memory bandwidth for greater-than-HD gaming. I've tried my laptop's 780m with 4K, and I max out the memory and the bandwidth, and I'm lucky if I get 30 fps on medium to high (and the performance of a 780m is about that of an overclocked GTX 760). You'll do OK at 1080p gaming, but only at medium to high with no more than 2XAA on the latest games
  3. If your budget allows, I would try to swing the extra inch of screen and get a Razer Blade (2014). Great screen, has a quad-core / octa-thread CPU, but more importantly it has a GTX 870m. The 870m is basically a GTX 660 Ti with a *very* mild downclock. It's not much larger, has the same 3200x1800 resolution screen, and has more VRAM, more memory bandwidth, and more cores to deal with the information.

I would also look at 15" models from companies such as Sager, yes they're bulky and only 1080p, but they have full GK104 cards in them (read: 1,536 CUDA cores / 256-bit memory bandwidth), and unless you plan on gaming at 3K or 4K maxed out (ie: MSAA, Downsampling, etc.,), they should have MORE than enough power for mobile gaming for at least the next 3 years.

How do I know? My sager has a 780m and an i7-4800mq, and just to get under 60 I have to turn everything to ultra and turn on downsampling in Project CARS. Otherwise, it tends to run 90-fps plus on most racing games, maxed out @ 1080p.

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The 860m - which is the cousin of the GTX 750 Ti - in shrunken down form - is NOT a slow card or a bad card by any means @ 1080p. The issues that you may run into with that particular card at resoltuions higher than 1080p are:
  1. Not enough cores to provide the necessary information for over 30 fps / over 60 fps gaming
  2. Not enough memory bandwidth for greater-than-HD gaming. I've tried my laptop's 780m with 4K, and I max out the memory and the bandwidth, and I'm lucky if I get 30 fps on medium to high (and the performance of a 780m is about that of an overclocked GTX 760). You'll do OK at 1080p gaming, but only at medium to high with no more than 2XAA on the latest games
  3. If your budget allows, I would try to swing the extra inch of screen and get a Razer Blade (2014). Great screen, has a quad-core / octa-thread CPU, but more importantly it has a GTX 870m. The 870m is basically a GTX 660 Ti with a *very* mild downclock. It's not much larger, has the same 3200x1800 resolution screen, and has more VRAM, more memory bandwidth, and more cores to deal with the information.

I would also look at 15" models from companies such as Sager, yes they're bulky and only 1080p, but they have full GK104 cards in them (read: 1,536 CUDA cores / 256-bit memory bandwidth), and unless you plan on gaming at 3K or 4K maxed out (ie: MSAA, Downsampling, etc.,), they should have MORE than enough power for mobile gaming for at least the next 3 years.

How do I know? My sager has a 780m and an i7-4800mq, and just to get under 60 I have to turn everything to ultra and turn on downsampling in Project CARS. Otherwise, it tends to run 90-fps plus on most racing games, maxed out @ 1080p.

Jason

enjoy some rep for a thoughtfull answer,

BUT, the reason i bought a 3200x1800 screen was so that the 860m could run it at 1600x900 - ample on a 13,3" screen and provides perfect scaling./
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If you run the 860m at 1600x900 - something that I admittedly hadn't taken into consideration - you should be fine. The pixel density of 13" @ 3200x1800 will be sufficient even at 1600x900.

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A 3K screen on a 13" laptop?

No thanks... that screen is gonna be TINY. 1080p on a 15.6" screen is already too small for most users. You shouldn't have to squint at your screen for any reason...
     
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