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Gaming laptops

Discussion in 'off topic' started by SteveG, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    My Alienware laptop is now 7 years old and while it still works fine it's getting a bit long in the tooth for recent stuff. I'll probably just go ahead and get another Alienware as this one has been great (as have the two my kids have) but before I do I was wondering what other options folks would recommend.

    I like Lenovo's for work but their gaming laptops are a bit more expensive that the equivalent Alienware for no obvious benefit.

  2. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  3. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    My, that's a big one!

    For reference I'm looking for a laptop that will be portable e.g. 14 or 15". Needs to be i7, 16GB RAM, at least Nividia 2060 graphics as well as ideally something like a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The Alienware equivalent is about £2K so either looking for something better for that sort of cash, or something equivalent spec that's cheaper.

    The PC Specialist Recoil II model that PC World does is about £1550 for a similar spec for example.
  4. Mongeddavid

    Mongeddavid pfm Member

    I have an alienware 13 inch with a 1060 I bought a couple of years back apart from being heavy and having crap battery life ( 2 to 3 hours unplugged gaming max ) it works great and has run all that I have thrown at it from Shadow of the Tomb Raider , Kingdom Come to Total War Warhammer 3. Great machines and well built to boot. Check out Toms hardware or Linus Tech Tips on you tube for alternatives though.
  5. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader From the Dark Side

    I use these guys https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/custom/gaming/form-factors#anc Select your own parts and its built for free also save £103 by deselected Windows and then install your own. You can run Windows without activating it but you'll get an occasional nag and it only costs a few quid to buy a key. Best to install the pro version.

    You only get a 2yr warranty with a laptop but this rises to 3 if you go for a desktop. I have a mini ITX about the size of a small microwave from TESCO that sits on my desk and a nice 28" QFDH monitor with inbuilt speakers. Oh no the GTX 1080 is not for games as I use it for running and training my deep learning models however its gaming cred is up there with the very best - I've run the tests.


  6. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    That scan.co.uk site looks interesting - I'll check that out, thanks.
  7. sq225917

    sq225917 situation engineer

    I have a a17 r3 nvidia970, never blue screened on me in its entire life and it's still loads faster than 1060, 16 gig Hp omen bought last year, when the alienware graphics card finally popcorned. I still use the alien ware at home on its integrated graphics chip. Think not was about 2.2k new, top spec box at the time.

    The alienware really are a breed apart in terms of main board design and data throughput.

    Ynwoan also has an alienware, he actually plays games on his.
  8. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I'll probably end up getting another Alienware as the one I currently have hasn't given the slightest issue in 7 years, and my kids ones have also been great. With 16GB of RAM it's still find for day to day use (I'm using it now) but the graphics aren't up to the latest games.
  9. Rcook

    Rcook pfm Member

    Alienware are Dell's gaming brand, as good as any others out there. MSI laptops are aimed at gamers and are generally good value too so worth considering.

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