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post #21 of 25
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Aside from the GL552 (which I've already scrapped), I'm looking at this one

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-15-6-Inch-Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor/dp/B015PYYDMQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
post #22 of 25
Ah, so the budget is no longer $1000?

Assuming it is, I put together two potential ~1k (as of 21/06/2016) builds:

i5 6600k: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2T9hM8
Xeon (seeing as a quad core might be better for some of the games you mentioned): http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BR8WZ8

(Edit) For a sub-$800 build: i5 6500 + cheaper motherboard + cheaper PSU + RX480 (~$200) = between $600-700 after including some of the other components I suggested in the previous builds. Such a build would still massively outperform the laptop you linked to.

Comments:
  • I'd wait for the RX480 to be released.
  • I preferentially selected well-known outlets (such as Amazon and Newegg. I didn't know if you had a Microcenter nearby).
  • The PSU in the first two builds is overkill, but well regarded and selling for a decent price.
  • I'm sure you can find a cheaper case, motherboard, RAM etc. I just chose brands I've had good experiences with and items that seem well reviewed.
  • You could easily create a sub $800 build by downgrading the GPU and CPU.

Edited by Vigil - 6/25/16 at 5:29am
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Haruna View Post

Mobile cpus are really slow compared to desktop ones. Even an i7 is slow to save power.

You'll need to find one with a desktop cpu, which can be very expensive too.

Why not build an itx system? Some cases even attach to the back of a monitor.

You are among one of the biggest and most ignorant type of people that plague this subforum. They did NOT ask you for your opinion on a SFF computer. They asked for a laptop. Also, mobile CPUs are not "slow" compared to desktop models. The only difference between the two parts are simply raw clock speed. Furthermore, if you can honestly point out the difference between a 6700K at 4GHz and a 6820HK at 4GHz, then please tell me I'm crazy for believing that mobile CPUs are anywhere near desktop parts.
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Originally Posted by Vigil View Post

Ah, so the budget is no longer $1000?

Assuming it is, I put together two potential 1k builds:

i5 6600k: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2T9hM8
Xeon (seeing as a quad core might be better for some of the games you mentioned): http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BR8WZ8

Comments:

  • I'd wait for the RX480 to be released (which, if rumours are true, should be selling for ~$220).
  • I preferentially selected well-known outlets (such as Amazon and Newegg. I didn't know if you had a Microcenter nearby).
  • The PSU is overkill, but well regarded and selling for a decent price.
  • I'm sure you can find a cheaper case, motherboard, RAM etc. I just chose brands I've had good experiences with and items that seem well reviewed.
  • You could easily create a sub $800 build by downgrading the GPU and CPU.

What's wrong with you!? Seriously? He's asking the laptop users about laptops, stop trying to convert him to desktops, he isn't asking you. It's rude.


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That being said, my personal recommendation is to wait for Polaris and Pascal mobile to hit and then make your purchase. That way you get the most for your dollar. I'm not sure when such things will officially release, but so far, you'll be getting at least GTX 960 performance with the entry-level ranges like the 1060M if you can believe that.
Edited by Imglidinhere - 6/21/16 at 7:40pm
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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post #24 of 25
Imglid, perhaps you missed the following post:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Borisw20 View Post

Hmmm....Admittedly there are a few items that are already installed into a laptop that I'd have to go out and piece together that aren't just the mobo+cpu+gpu. Like the OS, PSU, ram, hard drive etc. But if I can do a little more research and configure something for 600 then I'm not totally opposed to that idea. Plus, hooking it up to the tv would be pretty sweet.

I've always been a die hard fan of AMD, but that was way back in the day and I've heard nothing but good things about intel since then. So I might end up taking the time out to do my homework on this one.

Edit: So yes, they did effectively ask. Admittedly only after the idea was suggested to them, but I don't see the harm in making such a suggestion; it wasn't done in a rude way afterall. I'm simply suggesting an alternative, one that to me seems quite reasonable (given that they already own a laptop and could get a lot more performance for the same amount of money (or less)). If the OP had not expressed interest in a desktop, then I wouldn't have wrote the post you quoted. OK, that's enough internet for today.
Edited by Vigil - 6/21/16 at 8:34pm
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to update everyone. I ended up getting

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-15-6-Inch-Quad-Core-i5-6300HQ-Processor/dp/B015PYYDMQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

I ran through Anno 2070, Total War Rome 2, Total War Empire, and a few other lower end games.

I have to say this meets my expectations and some. It performs excellent on High graphics on every game and I got froggy and upped the graphics to Ultra and they all still play very smoothly (to me). I can see a line (cut, forgot the correct term for those) or two every now and then but no lag, no choppiness whatsoever. The line itself is very unnoticeable to me once I start getting into the game. If I keep everything on high, it's very crisp. On high and ultra, anno operates at 60 frames extremely well.

I love the keyboard and only took me a couple minutes to get used to. To top it all off, it never even gets warm. It seems like it remains at its normal operating temperature throughout.

Next test is gonna be battlefield 1 or overwatch.

Overall I'm extremely pleased with it. Idk what it would do with every aspect of the graphics bumped up all the way, but for my preference it's just unnecessary to push it.

Thanks again everyone!!
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