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I'm a student in the United States looking to purchase a gaming laptop for school use and as a desktop replacement during my summer internship far far away.

Currently, looking at the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 and various Acer, ASUS, and MSI laptops

What is your maximum budget?
$1,000 USD before TAX. If there is a REALLY good deal just slightly over. I'm willing to look at it though.

Really trying to stay sub $1000 though

What country are you in?

The United States of America. East Coast

What will be the uses of this laptop?

School Work, gaming during traveling, everyday media and entertainment.

I go to school very far from home and travel for extended stays a few times a year. Be it during holiday season at a relatives or for an internship. I need a desktop replacement to do some gaming during those instances.

Otherwise, I will be mainly using it for school. I want it to be fairly 'light' and manageable. Battery-life isn't a big deal

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

Not especially. The Dell 7559 looks good but has a spongy keyboard and touchpad from what I've heard. So I'm reserving it for the moment.

I'm a bit more hesitant with brands like SAGER or CLEVO though.

What screen size do you require?

I do like for the 15" range. But if there are some good deals at 17" or 13", then I'm fine. But 15.#" is the target

What screen resolution do you require?

At least 1080p or another resolution that is equivalent in a different aspect ratio.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

Either is fine. Leaning towards new though.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

4-5hours is fine. I'm not far from an outlet usually.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

AA to AAA games on medium or high. The GTX 960M and GTX 950M that is prevelant in this price range is good enough.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 10, but I can manage this myself as I have access to all Microsoft software as a student.

I'm planing on doing a clean fresh install anyway once I get it. UNLESS of course they included some really really nice backup or restore program that I can't download from the software/driver page on their website later. (rare that this would ever be the case)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

No preference.

How much hard drive space do you need?

1TB

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

The standard is fine.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Needs to be able to boot USB drives and to install OSs without too much of a headache from BIOS or U/EFI. Some laptops require too many steps or have support issues for X or Y. I install OS's a lot and dual boot Linux.

Quad Core preference with Intel HQ processors. the i5 ####HQ is just quad core with no HT which is fine. But I do like the idea of the i7 ####HQ with HT.

I want some ability to add a second hard drive if need be. Ability to access internal components and ease of it is fairly important.

My vision is for the laptop to have a SSD (SATA3 or m.2 SATA/PCI) and a HDD. If the laptop you find/recommend has both already in my price range. COOLIO!

Otherwise, I can buy aftermarket parts and add them in.

the Dell 7559 for example has one SATA3 for a 7mm HDD or SSD and then a SATA based m.2 slot for an SSD. Something like this is fine.

Or if it comes with a CD/DVD Drive. I can maybe take that drive out and put a HDD cady in to mount an extra storage option.

All in all. I want the laptop to not be too bulky so I can use it at school. Less than 6 Lbs would be a target.

ALL of these criteria aren't super strict. Feel free to throw oddballs out there if you just think they are a good performing laptop that hits even most of these. !

Thanks again.
post #2 of 12
Have you considered the Dell XPS 15? The 9550 2016 model has the 960m, GDDR5 so it overclocks well, a quad core skylake, great form factor, and dell has $100 off right now so you could get it down to $1100 and if you work someplace that has corporate discounts or benefits, another drop from that. I know with my discounts I can get it down to $1050...

I'm actually considering getting the XPS 15 but not till probably the fall/winter 2016/2017. Dell is kind of hit or miss, I've read alot of people that are unhappy with Dell but I've had nothing but good products from them. My 6 year old Dell XPS 14 (L401x) is still plugging along quite well.

From what I've read on the XPS 15 2016 model, its extremely well build and can handle pretty much everything you throw at it. It also has Thunderbolt 3 which, hopefully Thunderbolt boxes will become more available and you could even 1 day just have a dedicated GPU separate for it.

Edit: Sounds to me by your location..."Panda Sanctuary", you're around the DC area? lol
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestion!

It is a good choice. I'm looking more into it now

Virginia so kinda close1
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Thread Starter 
Great suggestion!

It looks good but I think I'm going for a more portable and thin sorta idea.


The current top contendor is the new XPS 15! What you think
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Just an update that I bought my laptop.for anyone else looking for a similar choice. I went for a Dell XPS 15


Dell XPS 15 9550 (newest model)

$1009 total Dell Certified Refurbished (someone bought it and returned it as in)

CPU: Intel i7 6700 HQ (Quad Core w/ 8 Threads up to 3.5GHz)
iGPU: Intel HD 530
GPU: Nvidia GTX 960M 2GB
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
SSD: M.2 PCIe Samsung 512GB SSD (~2GB/s R / 1.5GB/s W speeds)
Display: 15.6" Dell Infinity Edge 1920x1080
Battery: 84Whr 6 Cell
Weight: ~ 4Lbs to 4.2Lbs or 3.9 if I get the standard 54Whr battery
Warranty: 90 Day return and 1 year standard Dell Warranty (same as buying new)
OS: Windows 10 x64

Comes with extra TV Antenna, Palm Rest, Upgraded Thermal heatsink solution

This model and specification new is $1800 so I saved....$800 buying the return model as they had a special extra $500 off coupon today.
post #7 of 12
Man... Theres no such thing as a 1000 dollar gaming laptop that will be 2016 ready.

You are going to be wasting money if this is something you need, but if its a want I would say save an extra 1000 dollars and buy something better if you can.

Most good gaming laptops are 1500-2000 dollars.

If you can't wait then Dell Outlet will be alright, but you got SLIM choices man... Really slim!
    
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Originally Posted by bowness437 View Post

Just an update that I bought my laptop.for anyone else looking for a similar choice. I went for a Dell XPS 15


Dell XPS 15 9550 (newest model)

$1009 total Dell Certified Refurbished (someone bought it and returned it as in)

CPU: Intel i7 6700 HQ (Quad Core w/ 8 Threads up to 3.5GHz)
iGPU: Intel HD 530
GPU: Nvidia GTX 960M 2GB
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
SSD: M.2 PCIe Samsung 512GB SSD (~2GB/s R / 1.5GB/s W speeds)
Display: 15.6" Dell Infinity Edge 1920x1080
Battery: 84Whr 6 Cell
Weight: ~ 4Lbs to 4.2Lbs or 3.9 if I get the standard 54Whr battery
Warranty: 90 Day return and 1 year standard Dell Warranty (same as buying new)
OS: Windows 10 x64

Comes with extra TV Antenna, Palm Rest, Upgraded Thermal heatsink solution

This model and specification new is $1800 so I saved....$800 buying the return model as they had a special extra $500 off coupon today.

Shoot read that a little late lol! doh.gif

Looks like I was right that laptop you got cost in reality 2000 dollars with taxes, you got lucky! haha
    
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Doing researched, thay deal was a once in a blue moon kind of deal and there is no way in hell no one will catch that again lol! All the 9550s listed on the site don't have anything close to those specs at all, so I'm not sure how you found that one, but the one you have IS NOT normal... No one puts Samsung SSDs in stock laptops and on top of that it has a skylake processor in it.

Plus it has 16GBs of ram, the only thing that sucks is the GFX card, but it will still play games.


That deal don'y seem right lol
    
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$1009 total Dell Certified Refurbished (someone bought it and returned it as in)

Are you saying it was an open box refurbished unit?
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