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Hello!

I'm looking for my first ever laptop as I'm moving from my parents house and I'll be needing something to move around.

What I'm looking for is something possibly light that can take a game here and there at mid settings when I'm at my parents home. Nothing beefy like Battlefield or Crysis. At my future house, I'll be using my PC or Steam In-Home Streaming to play on this laptop if I ever want to do that.

I'm going to answer the questions of the sticky to help you help me decide what's best for me.

  • What is your maximum budget?
    900 euros to 1000 euros at most.

  • What country are you in?
    Spain.

  • What will be the use of this laptop?
    Some gaming at mid settings.

  • Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
    **** fanboy-ism.

  • What screen size do you require?
    Around ~15 inches should be plenty.

  • What screen resolution do you require?
    Full HD if possible. I can't stand that weird laptop resolution... 1366x768 What the hell? That's not even a standard.
    I wish 16:10 was still a thing. frown.gif

  • Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
    New, please.

  • How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
    I don't really need much battery, I plan to use it connected most of the time with the battery unplugged to conserve it.

  • What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
    GTA V, Saints Row 4, Metro series, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed is what I'm playing right now. Mid settings would be fine.

  • What operating system do you need? (if any)
    Whatever Windows is eligible to a free upgrade to Windows 10.

  • Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
    Slim and sleek would be ideal, but I don't think I'll get anything near that with my budget and specifications.

  • How much hard drive space do you need?
    A 128 Gb SSD is sufficient. I don't want a slow ass 5400rpm HDD nor I need 2 Tb of storage. All I need is speed! I'm too used to the speed and snappiness of an SSD to go back to a HDD.

  • Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
    I don't need an optical disc reader. I've never used one in the last 6 years.

  • Is there anything else we need to know?
    I love you and you have my eternal gratitude. Looking for a laptop is a daunting process.
post #2 of 7
I would say either:

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_VN7-591G_Core_i5_8GB_1TB_15.6_inch_Full_HD_IPS_Laptop_NX.MUVEK.001/version.asp which has the 960m graphics so a decent little chip.

or this:

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/MSI_GE60-663XUK_15.6_INCH_FHD__Anti-Glare_19201080_eDP__nVidia_Geforce_GTX_9S7-16GH11-663/version.asp

For another 200 you could be looking at an i7 47** with a nice nvidia card.
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The 960m is plenty for any mid-range gamer. It's got enough 'oomph' to make a fair dent in most games and plenty powerful for any game at 1080p.
     
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Thread Starter 
Thanks! I'll look into something with either a 860m or a 960m. I've read that they are more or less equal.

I've looked into those MSI laptops and they look great, but most of them don't have an SSD. Which is weird given they are "gaming" laptops... it should be a basic component in 2015.
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SSD will only improve loading times not the actual game performance, your get the same frame rates as a mechanical drive. You could use Asus GPU tweak to overclock the graphics card if you wish, just ensure you have sufficient cooling, and stress test as well.
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Originally Posted by Rebellion88 View Post

SSD will only improve loading times not the actual game performance, your get the same frame rates as a mechanical drive.

I know. I'm just a long time SSD user that it's not willing to go back to waiting a couple of minutes to get Windows booted. biggrin.gif
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