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hello all.
i would appreciate some information. I am leaning towards a laptop as i might need to use it for some business work as well (analytics, SQL, Tableau) etc. I currently do not have a windows laptop, only mac, which is sometimes incompatible with my games as well as running some office programs.

I understand that desktops might be better for gaming, but i think the fact that i might need some versatility, the laptop might be a better option.

From a cost perspective, i know you can't be too cheap, but wondering what types of specs, processors, brands, etc should i be looking for in my laptop build and if you have seen any really great deals lately. Trying to spend under $1000 if i can.

i have been typically looking for i5 or better processor, but unsure of speeds and such, as well as looking for 8gb of ram minimums. Any and all advice is appreciated! thanks!

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Under 1k??? Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) What kind of games are you planning on playing?
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Potentially diablo 3. Maybe quake, cod.
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Potentially diablo 3. Maybe quake, cod.
We need more information. Do you already have a desktop PC? If so, provide the specs (i.e. CPU type, graphics card, etc. not just "it's an old Dell" or whatever). Folks will be better able to help you determine your best course of action.

It's out of your price range, but hands down the greatest laptop I've ever used is this one [newegg.com]. It's the gaming laptop I really used to think would never be possible, and I honestly can't tell if it or a Surface Pro 4 is heavier...crazy.

If you're looking for a mental exercise to justify the cost, just pretend you're buying a MacBook that's actually awesome and isn't a rip off...
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We need more information. Do you already have a desktop PC? If so, provide the specs (i.e. CPU type, graphics card, etc. not just "it's an old Dell" or whatever). Folks will be better able to help you determine your best course of action.

It's out of your price range, but hands down the greatest laptop I've ever used is this one [newegg.com]. It's the gaming laptop I really used to think would never be possible, and I honestly can't tell if it or a Surface Pro 4 is heavier...crazy.

If you're looking for a mental exercise to justify the cost, just pretend you're buying a MacBook that's actually awesome and isn't a rip off...
I currently don't have any Windows Pc other than my work computer. I currently have an iMac and MacBook Air that belongs to my wife. And I wasn't sure if SQL would run well on a Mac so I started looking for laptops and figured I'd look for one for business stuff and to handle gaming.
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I currently don't have any Windows Pc other than my work computer. I currently have an iMac and MacBook Air that belongs to my wife. And I wasn't sure if SQL would run well on a Mac so I started looking for laptops and figured I'd look for one for business stuff and to handle gaming.
Well, I'm glad I asked the question then.

I was kind of providing some food for thought, but in your case I'm actually really leaning towards a legit, no $#!T recommendation for the Aero 14. It's basically a desktop computer in an ultraportable form factor. Usually people have an old Windows machine laying around they can upgrade/re-purpose/ratfcuk for parts, but since you don't it actually wouldn't be the worst thing ever to get something like the Aero. And yes, I use it for work (sadly more than I do for gaming) - the battery life is, frankly, pretty epic, and it's just a well-rounded piece of kit. The screen isn't the greatest - that's the only real negative I can say about it, and HDMI out pretty much renders that complaint moot anyway.

I don't work for Gigabyte, I've just truly enjoyed this laptop and it really doesn't have any competition at it's price point (last I looked, that may have changed). Also, for your specific case, I think you'll get a lot of mileage out of it (you'll be able to play pretty much any game up to the present time on a 1080p TV with ease, not just old Source games and Diablo). You should certainly consider it.

That's my recommendation, anyway...
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Well, I'm glad I asked the question then.

I was kind of providing some food for thought, but in your case I'm actually really leaning towards a legit, no $#!T recommendation for the Aero 14. It's basically a desktop computer in an ultraportable form factor. Usually people have an old Windows machine laying around they can upgrade/re-purpose/ratfcuk for parts, but since you don't it actually wouldn't be the worst thing ever to get something like the Aero. And yes, I use it for work (sadly more than I do for gaming) - the battery life is, frankly, pretty epic, and it's just a well-rounded piece of kit. The screen isn't the greatest - that's the only real negative I can say about it, and HDMI out pretty much renders that complaint moot anyway.

I don't work for Gigabyte, I've just truly enjoyed this laptop and it really doesn't have any competition at it's price point (last I looked, that may have changed). Also, for your specific case, I think you'll get a lot of mileage out of it (you'll be able to play pretty much any game up to the present time on a 1080p TV with ease, not just old Source games and Diablo). You should certainly consider it.

That's my recommendation, anyway...
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Usually people have an old Windows machine laying around they can upgrade/re-purpose/ratfcuk for parts, but since you don't it actually wouldn't be the worst thing ever to get something like the Aero.
is that actually a thing people say?
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truly truly fascinating stuff.
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My brother built his about 3 months or so ago when ryzen came out. He had monitor already. He bought the ryzen CPU mid range one 1800x? the mobo(gaming one)liquid cooling,250gb ssd,2tb hdd,16gb RAM and a nice nvidea 8gb GFX card (400$). And a good case. His bill was about 1100$. we built it ourselves so that saved alot of $ if you know how to build. it's a damn beast of a pc. runs all games on ultra and always 60fps. even on the new Shadow of War. Desktop though..obviously.
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hello all.
i would appreciate some information. I am leaning towards a laptop as i might need to use it for some business work as well (analytics, SQL, Tableau) etc. I currently do not have a windows laptop, only mac, which is sometimes incompatible with my games as well as running some office programs.

I understand that desktops might be better for gaming, but i think the fact that i might need some versatility, the laptop might be a better option.

From a cost perspective, i know you can't be too cheap, but wondering what types of specs, processors, brands, etc should i be looking for in my laptop build and if you have seen any really great deals lately. Trying to spend under $1000 if i can.

i have been typically looking for i5 or better processor, but unsure of speeds and such, as well as looking for 8gb of ram minimums. Any and all advice is appreciated! thanks!
Depends on what "versatility" you mean -) Because maybe you need something in between laptop-pc, like small desktop PC?
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My brother built his about 3 months or so ago when ryzen came out. He had monitor already. He bought the ryzen CPU mid range one 1800x? the mobo(gaming one)liquid cooling,250gb ssd,2tb hdd,16gb RAM and a nice nvidea 8gb GFX card (400$). And a good case. His bill was about 1100$. we built it ourselves so that saved alot of $ if you know how to build. it's a damn beast of a pc. runs all games on ultra and always 60fps. even on the new Shadow of War. Desktop though..obviously.
1800x is the top of the desktop CPU's for ryzen.. the next step up is threadripper which is basically 2 1800x's on the same chip..
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From what I understand laptops have come a long way for gaming right?

I'm planning to replace my computer but probably not for another year at minimum (possibly even 2) and the smaller factor of a laptop appeals to me but i'd want one that can do gaming. I don't care about 4k graphics or maxing everything out though nor do i care about the size/weight of it.
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From what I understand laptops have come a long way for gaming right?

I'm planning to replace my computer but probably not for another year at minimum (possibly even 2) and the smaller factor of a laptop appeals to me but i'd want one that can do gaming. I don't care about 4k graphics or maxing everything out though nor do i care about the size/weight of it.
They still use a weak GPU. A desktop GPU is thicker than a laptop.
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