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So id like a new laptop only WITHOUT windows 10. I was looking at MSI since they have windows 7 drivers for all of theirs except the one that just came out with the gtx 1060. Are there any other companies that have drivers for windows 7 on a setup with an i7 and atleast a 970m (would like to get that one with a 1060 if possible)? Is there a way install the drivers from the people who make the hardware (such as nvidia?) and not the laptop company? Example: My last laptop was an HP and i had to download HP's "optimized" version of the nvidia driver... Trying to install the version off nvidia's site would result in a message saying check the laptop manufacturers site
Edited by JNielson - 8/25/16 at 12:48pm
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Ok, so ive been looking into this and i just remembered.... Hardware ID's and a simple google search should allow me to find the drivers. Its gonna be fun doing this one by one. Now off to learn how to get win 7 on the nvme drive for when i do get this today.
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Any reason why you dislike 10? I mean... wanting a windows 7 laptop with a 1060 is NOT happening. All of them have Win 10. Also, the 1060 is not a good choice if you value battery life... big time power hog. <~>
     
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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 
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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 
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17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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Reason i dislike windows 10 is they have garbage running in the background eating up cycles that i dont need... i dont run apps from their store so that process (forgot what its called) eating up 25% of my cpu can go... also there are some programs that do not run correctly under windows 10 but they run fine in 7. These are programs for data logging and such and windows 10 messes with the reliability of some. Gaming kinda comes second to my job. So i ended up pulling the trigger on a MSI GT72VR. i7 and a gtx 1060 and after nuking the windows 10 install, i put windows 7 on it and im happy with it except for harddrive... thats gotta be upgraded to an SSD at some point

So i guess TL:DR, My job requires win 7 but i want to be able to game on it when im on the road but not working.

EDIT: laptop gets about 3.5 hours on a full charge doing trivial tasks (web surfing and excel spreadsheets), i ran payday 2 (doesnt even stress the gpu it that much) and it ate up about 1/3 of my battery after a short heist and that was with the fans going all out (theres a button on the laptop that sets the fans to max). So gaming needs the adapter but what i really need (and i dont need 6GB of it but 6 is better than 3 right?) is VRAM for my inventor models.

For what i am doing, its overkill. Ill admit it. But 60fps DOOM in a hotel room after working a 16 hour day? YES PLEASE
Edited by JNielson - 10/6/16 at 7:50pm
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