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I need to get a laptop for school, and I've decided on getting a gaming laptop so that I can use it for schoolwork, gaming, and working on my MIDI keyboard (it's hard to carry that thing to my computer every time I need to add/edit sounds, etc.). Here's the form:

What is your maximum budget?
~$1500 (a bit higher is alright, but keep it around there)

What country are you in?
Canada

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming, schoolwork

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No preference

What screen size do you require?
15-17 in.

What screen resolution do you require?
1080p

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Refurbished and new are okay, not used.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
4-6 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
World of Tanks, Skyrim, Borderlands 2

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 10

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Nothing too flashy, like LEDs on the display

How much hard drive space do you need?
>800MB

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
At least 3 USB ports

Is there anything else we need to know?
I don't want it to overheat, that's my only concern. Any advice on heat will help.

Also, I found a laptop that might work for my needs - https://www.amazon.ca/MSI-GP72-6QF-284CA-17-3-Inch-Laptop/dp/B01BCZRKTK

If this laptop looks good, I don't need any help regarding the info on the form. Thanks!
post #2 of 5
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m7-17-3-gaming-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710mq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-10-eng-m7-p670se-99/10412475.aspx?path=e70e2b372fdafb83fb900c8d3c21a04fen02

$1400
Screen Size 17.3 in
Native Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
LED Backlit Display Yes
Processor Type Intel Core i7-4710MQ
Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 7200 rpm
RAM Size 8 GB
RAM Type DDR3
RAM Speed 1866 MHz
RAM Slots 4 (3 available)

Optical Drive Not Applicable
Built-in Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Reader-Compatible Memory Types MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC
Graphics Chipset NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Video Memory Configuration Dedicated
Dedicated Video Memory Size 3 GB
Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable Yes
Speaker Wattage 2 W
Digital Audio Output Yes - Optical
Hardware Volume Control Yes
USB 2.0 Ports 0
USB 3.0 Ports 3
HDMI Output Yes
HDCP Compliant Yes
IEEE 1394 Input/Output No
eSATA Port Yes - shared with USB 3
Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Integrated Bluetooth Yes - Bluetooth 4.0
Approximate Battery Life 3.3 Hours
Battery - Number of Cells 4
Battery - Capacity 60 Wh
Pre-loaded Operating System Windows 10 Home
Laptop Weight (including battery) 2.9 kg
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)

Similar:

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m5-pro-15-6-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710hq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-7-english-m5-p650se-83/10363316.aspx?path=18eda146924238595a64892656399af9en02

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m5-pro-15-6-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710hq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-8-1-english-m5-p650se-82/10363315.aspx?path=178a318b6d717ab9607eb7a955e7f359en02

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-monster-4-14-gaming-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-6700hq-500gb-hdd-4gb-ram-windows-10-eng-m4-p640re-93/10412485.aspx?path=18d1e49464abc8ec1a7ba7b114682c13en02
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thegreatsquare View Post

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m7-17-3-gaming-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710mq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-10-eng-m7-p670se-99/10412475.aspx?path=e70e2b372fdafb83fb900c8d3c21a04fen02

$1400
Screen Size 17.3 in
Native Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
LED Backlit Display Yes
Processor Type Intel Core i7-4710MQ
Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 7200 rpm
RAM Size 8 GB
RAM Type DDR3
RAM Speed 1866 MHz
RAM Slots 4 (3 available)

Optical Drive Not Applicable
Built-in Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Reader-Compatible Memory Types MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC
Graphics Chipset NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Video Memory Configuration Dedicated
Dedicated Video Memory Size 3 GB
Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable Yes
Speaker Wattage 2 W
Digital Audio Output Yes - Optical
Hardware Volume Control Yes
USB 2.0 Ports 0
USB 3.0 Ports 3
HDMI Output Yes
HDCP Compliant Yes
IEEE 1394 Input/Output No
eSATA Port Yes - shared with USB 3
Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Integrated Bluetooth Yes - Bluetooth 4.0
Approximate Battery Life 3.3 Hours
Battery - Number of Cells 4
Battery - Capacity 60 Wh
Pre-loaded Operating System Windows 10 Home
Laptop Weight (including battery) 2.9 kg
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)

Similar:

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m5-pro-15-6-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710hq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-7-english-m5-p650se-83/10363316.aspx?path=18eda146924238595a64892656399af9en02

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-m5-pro-15-6-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-4710hq-500gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-8-1-english-m5-p650se-82/10363315.aspx?path=178a318b6d717ab9607eb7a955e7f359en02

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/eurocom-eurocom-monster-4-14-gaming-laptop-black-intel-core-i7-6700hq-500gb-hdd-4gb-ram-windows-10-eng-m4-p640re-93/10412485.aspx?path=18d1e49464abc8ec1a7ba7b114682c13en02
I think I'll go with the first one, but how will it handle graphics settings? I intended to play in mid-range settings and forgot to mention it in my original post.
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Originally Posted by Froggerka View Post

I think I'll go with the first one, but how will it handle graphics settings? I intended to play in mid-range settings and forgot to mention it in my original post.

You could try to play Skyrim on "mid-range settings" if you wish, but you should really try it on Ultra with few graphics mods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNA4WZK6V-w

You can take a look at the the 970m's benchmarks here:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-970M.126694.0.html
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i7 4710HQ Nvidia GTX 980m 8GB 16GB [2x8GB] 1600MHz Blu-ray Burner 
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i7 4710HQ Nvidia GTX 980m 8GB 16GB [2x8GB] 1600MHz Blu-ray Burner 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
That's all I needed to know, thanks for the help.
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