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So, I have some business trips coming up which will have me away from home for around a month or so, and I'm looking for a laptop to allow some gaming while I'm gone.

Games I play:

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
Hearthstone
Factorio
Big Pharma
RimWorld
WoW (maybe I'll start it back up, don't know)

Ideal Specs (not really deal killers though)

1080p
8gb+ ram
i7
display adapter (not intel on-chip graphics)
SSD

Looking up to $1000, but obviously less is better. I'm also open to used laptops. Anyone know what would be the best for me? Thanks in advance biggrin.gif
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Checkit.

https://laptopninja.io/finding-the-best-gaming-laptops-under-1000-dollars/
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Does anyone have any hands on experience with any of the units in question here? I trust the advice of OCN much more heavily than most sites/reviews I find. lol
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Are you opposed to buying used?

In any case of those units I would choose the MSi Apache.

However I would look for a 860m laptop as the 960m is the same thing, just a bump in clocks.

Look around for a old inventory 860m if you can find one. Should be discounted by now as a result of the newer hardware

Avoid alienware, not worth it as a long term investment.

If your willing to go used. Y510p is good choice. There are limitations of the platform, and it does need a little work out of the box. Check out my review in the sig for details. In short, i7 3770 and slightly above stock 770m.
    
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Are you opposed to buying used?

In any case of those units I would choose the MSi Apache.

However I would look for a 860m laptop as the 960m is the same thing, just a bump in clocks.

Look around for a old inventory 860m if you can find one. Should be discounted by now as a result of the newer hardware

Avoid alienware, not worth it as a long term investment.

If your willing to go used. Y510p is good choice. There are limitations of the platform, and it does need a little work out of the box. Check out my review in the sig for details. In short, i7 3770 and slightly above stock 770m.

I'm not opposed to picking up a refurb or used for the right money... most of the refurbs aren't much of a discount though from what I see...

That MSI is a nice PC... just not sure I want to shell out the full $1000. Because you know how it works, after taxes and picking up a bag, and a few accessories I'm well over that $1k mark.

There is this one... seems nice?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA8TK39H8261

Full new egg listing for essentially what I'm looking for:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100025325%204115%204814%204809%204016%20600487992%20600555764%20600555758%20600551625%20600487990%20600554955%204022&IsNodeId=1&name=Top-Rated-Gaming-Laptops
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The GL551 is not a bad machine, however there have been some reports of heating issues.

The reason being is typically the stock thermal application is, for lack of better words, crap. If your opposed to opening up the laptop to reapply paste then maybe its not for you. I've torn down every laptop I've owned, each one has its own process but like anything else patience is key. 16GB of RAM though, and 1TB HDD with the Haswell i7 / 860m which can overclock like mad. Its a Desktop GTX 750 in a laptop

The 950M would also be a decent offering, however the issue is 98% that offer it is DDR3. If you find a 950m equipped machine you like, make sure its GDDR5. last gen (which is the same thing in this case as well) it was basically only the MSi Apache (that I know of) that had GDDR5.

The y50 there I think may have the updated panel, I stopped following the Y series since I didnt like the direction they went with it. No SLI, which is good for some since people are afraid of it, but slightly less or same performance for the same price and calling it new. slimmer than the older model though. Do your research on the specific model to make sure it has the updated panel, the older one by many reports was pretty poor.




With all that being said, put some notifications up for a 965m equipped machine, with the holidays on the horizon, sales are bound to happen and it can dip below 1K. 965m is a healthy justifiable bump up from the 860m/960m

Buddy of mine has a laptop 860m on TS, so far he has had no complaints with games he plays....BF4, ARK, ROK, GRP not sure what else he may play.

I think I may be rambling at this point lol
    
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I bought the Lenovo Y50 4K (2014) last year and is still a beast to this day.

I upgraded the SSD (mine came with the 250GB SSD) to a 1TB Samsung Evo 850 and I'm barely breaking 50% of storage.

The track-pad is terrible. Who uses track-pads for gaming anyways. Get a proper gaming mouse.

The laptop is surprisingly thin considering that Lenovo ditched the CD/DVD drive and made it external.

The 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution is a gimmick. What I mean is it is a true 4K resolution but the GPU (nVidia GTX860M) is too weak to play any game at that resolution with decent frame rates. I played Crysis 3 at 4K and I was getting 8-12 FPS with settings set at medium.

Playing at 1080p is a joy. This laptop can play even the most graphically intense games with decent frame rates (40-50fps).

I have played Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, Dragon's Age Inquisition, The Witcher 3 and this laptop breezes right through.

There is a bug where the Lenovo Y50 will not go above 45FPS.

I forgot how I fixed it on my laptop. Maybe it was a driver update or disabling the Intel GPU while playing games. Whatever the fix was, my laptop has no problem going above 45FPS.

Battery wise, I can get around close to the 4hr threshold just doing light office work and Youtubing and other light activities.

When gaming is involved on the road without a socket within sight, 2 hrs is being generous. More like 1:30 minutes.
And if the laptop is on battery, you will not experience the full power of the GPU. It somehow down clocks to a ridiculously low clock speed.

I mostly use it for DJing. I use Serato DJ and have not encounter any problems with it. Even with my huge music library, the 1TB SSD is super fast and searching for songs is instantaneous and I won't be running out of space anytime soon.

The laptop is also a decent music production laptop. I use Ableton Live Suite 9 and have had no issues with all my VST plugins.

And If I get bored in the hotel while travelling, I can always play a few rounds of multi-player games.

Overall, the Lenovo Y50 is an awesome laptop that fit my needs
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I bought the Lenovo Y50 4K (2014) last year and is still a beast to this day.

I upgraded the SSD (mine came with the 250GB SSD) to a 1TB Samsung Evo 850 and I'm barely breaking 50% of storage.

The track-pad is terrible. Who uses track-pads for gaming anyways. Get a proper gaming mouse.

The laptop is surprisingly thin considering that Lenovo ditched the CD/DVD drive and made it external.

The 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution is a gimmick. What I mean is it is a true 4K resolution but the GPU (nVidia GTX860M) is too weak to play any game at that resolution with decent frame rates. I played Crysis 3 at 4K and I was getting 8-12 FPS with settings set at medium.

Playing at 1080p is a joy. This laptop can play even the most graphically intense games with decent frame rates (40-50fps).

I have played Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, Dragon's Age Inquisition, The Witcher 3 and this laptop breezes right through.

There is a bug where the Lenovo Y50 will not go above 45FPS.

I forgot how I fixed it on my laptop. Maybe it was a driver update or disabling the Intel GPU while playing games. Whatever the fix was, my laptop has no problem going above 45FPS.

Battery wise, I can get around close to the 4hr threshold just doing light office work and Youtubing and other light activities.

When gaming is involved on the road without a socket within sight, 2 hrs is being generous. More like 1:30 minutes.
And if the laptop is on battery, you will not experience the full power of the GPU. It somehow down clocks to a ridiculously low clock speed.

I mostly use it for DJing. I use Serato DJ and have not encounter any problems with it. Even with my huge music library, the 1TB SSD is super fast and searching for songs is instantaneous and I won't be running out of space anytime soon.

The laptop is also a decent music production laptop. I use Ableton Live Suite 9 and have had no issues with all my VST plugins.

And If I get bored in the hotel while travelling, I can always play a few rounds of multi-player games.

Overall, the Lenovo Y50 is an awesome laptop that fit my needs

That sounds... pretty awesome actually. BF4 is another title I play as well, I'm not looking for a replacement for my desktop... mainly something that will let me play some games after work on my upcoming trip and then also be productive and nice enough to do some programming/web browsing/etc. afterwards.

Do you find the 4k worth it? or if I can land a 1080p version for cheaper money would it be better to go that route? I game at 1440p on my desktop, so not having 4k wouldn't bother me.
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1080p at 15.6 is pretty nice, just keep the AA to 2x or none and it will allow the laptop to really stress the core without hitting the memory bus.

When I ran the AVP2 benchmark, running with AA killed the GPU's I had hitting the memory bus, disabling AA lets it shine like it should
    
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I play Diablo 3 on an older ASUS ROG with a 3gb 560m and it seems to handle the game just fine.battery life however is completely different.
It's the only game I play on the go though, so I can't tell you about any others.
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