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I'm looking pick up some old hobbies of mine which include gaming. I had a Dell XPS 1730 back in the day which lasted 2 years before it died. Then I used a Toshiba satellite mostly for work (limited gaming due to it being very low spec). So now I want to get back into playing games more so looking for a new gaming laptop thats not overly expensive but does a good job.

Budget:
£500-700

Country:
I'm from UK so I'd preferably want to buy from a uk online store, but if not show me what you have in mind

Usage:
Will be mostly for gaming

Brands:
I've heard lenovos are good bang for buck, but this was 5-6 years ago when I used to be more up to date with tech. What are brands I should stay away from?

Also I prefer the CPU to be Intel. The graphics card I don't mind either way.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Battery longevity isn't an issue. I will always be near power mains on my travels.

Screen size:
15"

Screen resolution:
1080 x 1920

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 or 8

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
100% require a webcam and more than 2 usb ports (if possible)

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Preferably would like it new.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I used to play Dota 2 and Witcher 2. Also Fallout 3 and would like to try out Fallout 4 too. It doesn't necessary have to play all these games well though. I'm really just looking for best bang for buck laptop to play games on.

Thanks
Edited by WastedWaffles - 2/23/16 at 6:53am
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Go back to sub forum and use the template thats in place and people can give you a more accurate recommendation smile.gif
    
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I came across this laptop:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/7559-8045-Dell-Inspiron-15-7000_1856981.html

Was wondering what people thought about the cpu and if anyone has used this online store before and know if its credible.

Also considering the games I want to play, should I get an i5 or i7?
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Yep that is a solid system right there, there is a user review of it here in the forum as well. Overall very good for the price point
    
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Get the i7 and get the dell..best bang for your buck..
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Originally Posted by WastedWaffles View Post

I came across this laptop:

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/7559-8045-Dell-Inspiron-15-7000_1856981.html

Was wondering what people thought about the cpu and if anyone has used this online store before and know if its credible.

Also considering the games I want to play, should I get an i5 or i7?

This is the laptop I have in my sig, save this has an i7 and mine has an i5... and I have a SSD and this has the SSHD.
     
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I know you're on a budget and looking for new, but you might also consider shopping around for a used/refurb Asus ROG G751 or MSI G60/G70 series. They are all pretty popular and most get good reviews. The only one I have personal experience is the G751JT. It's a desktop replacement in my situation, and it does the job well (aside from a few quirks).

The good: plenty powerful - great specs for a lappy, looks nice, good peripheral options (4x USB, lightning, HDMI, M.2 port), great screen for a laptop,capable of running just about any game yu choose with decent settings and FPS, runs cool under heavy load now

The bad: worst thermal paste application I have seen in almost 20 years of computer work, built in battery, notorilously wonky trackpad/buttons, factory HDD is ok for storing files but terrible for gaming, only 2 HDD bays and 1 of them is a shared M.2/SATA, not exactly "portable"

I actually tore this notebook down to see why it was running so hot, and discovered that the robot/assemby line worker who applied the thermal paste put more on the motherboard than the chips. A cleanup and re-application dropped my load temp over 20c and eliminated the thermal throttling I was seeing before the tear down.

The built-in battery is only a problem if you want to carry a spare. It's not too terribly hard to replace if needed, but it does involve opening it up, which may void your warranty.

The trackpad is known to have defective buttons, which means you will probably be foced to use a mouse or keyboard shortcuts.

The factory HDD is a good storage drive (HGST 1TB in my case), but you'd be better off moving it to the second bay and throwing a SSD into the primary.

This beast weighs in at a little over 8lbs, and the size and shape of the housing makes it difficult to find a backpack to carry it around in.


With all that said, I feel I'm getting my money's worth out of it, but it's definitely not for everyone.
 
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post

I know you're on a budget and looking for new, but you might also consider shopping around for a used/refurb Asus ROG G751 or MSI G60/G70 series. They are all pretty popular and most get good reviews. The only one I have personal experience is the G751JT. It's a desktop replacement in my situation, and it does the job well (aside from a few quirks).

The good: plenty powerful - great specs for a lappy, looks nice, good peripheral options (4x USB, lightning, HDMI, M.2 port), great screen for a laptop,capable of running just about any game yu choose with decent settings and FPS, runs cool under heavy load now

The bad: worst thermal paste application I have seen in almost 20 years of computer work, built in battery, notorilously wonky trackpad/buttons, factory HDD is ok for storing files but terrible for gaming, only 2 HDD bays and 1 of them is a shared M.2/SATA, not exactly "portable"

I actually tore this notebook down to see why it was running so hot, and discovered that the robot/assemby line worker who applied the thermal paste put more on the motherboard than the chips. A cleanup and re-application dropped my load temp over 20c and eliminated the thermal throttling I was seeing before the tear down.

The built-in battery is only a problem if you want to carry a spare. It's not too terribly hard to replace if needed, but it does involve opening it up, which may void your warranty.

The trackpad is known to have defective buttons, which means you will probably be foced to use a mouse or keyboard shortcuts.

The factory HDD is a good storage drive (HGST 1TB in my case), but you'd be better off moving it to the second bay and throwing a SSD into the primary.

This beast weighs in at a little over 8lbs, and the size and shape of the housing makes it difficult to find a backpack to carry it around in.


With all that said, I feel I'm getting my money's worth out of it, but it's definitely not for everyone.

Oh I'm more than willing to help the OP with a good used machine, and you can easily get plenty of good machines in perfect working order for really cheap, often times being considerably more powerful than the newer machines at the same price range. However, there IS the consistent issue that I've faced of finding a machine that doesn't have any issues and the other high potential problem of a laptop that is actually everything that the seller claims it is. On top of everything else, it IS a used laptop, so there are a few dangers to face with that. I'm not sure of the battery life on that machine, being haswell it's probably not that great. I can say, I can comfortably last 4-5 hours on this Dell and only THEN do I start worrying about conserving my time left.

I support a refurb machine less though, I have to be 100% honest here. The OP hasn't had a good laptop in a while and I think buying new would be easiest for him to deal with right now because in the case of anything happening, there are options for that. The laptop in question is a great choice for someone on a budget, and being someone who is always on an extremely strict budget, I can tell you that it's not as easy as just... saving up another couple hundred for a better laptop. That might set the user back another 3+ months instead of another pay period. Apologies if this seems condescending, trying to be as neutral here as I can be, but the point to take away is I would have to fully support the Dell in question here. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for anything. smile.gif
     
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Here is one in your price range with i5 6000 series and nvidia 960m

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Aspire-VN7-592G-15-6-Inch-Notebook/dp/B016B90WFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1456732416&sr=1-1&keywords=Acer+Nitro+960M

UK cost 729

It should have an M2 pci slot to upgrade to fastest ssd when your ready
Edited by drufause - 2/28/16 at 11:58pm
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This is the exact model I got actually: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-Inspiron-i7559-763BLK-Full-HD-Keyboard/dp/B015PYYDMQ/ref=pd_sim_sbs_147_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41BrD2bCAeL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=081F1NP64P5TF84WWSH0



If it's at ALL possible, swing for the SSD model. It's worth it. Trust me.
     
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