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Light Gaming Laptop

1,229 309 November 1, 2017 at 03:14 PM
I've got a buddy gaming on an old HP Elitebook with a HD 3540 discrete card. It's been good enough for a CS:GO and EverQuest, but it's starting to die.

So I've floated the following:
Dell Inspirion 15.6" with an i3 and HD 520, which is mostly an improvement and routinely goes on sale for $330.

Acer Nitro 5 with a quad i5 and a GTX 1050, at Costco for $650. It's fast but chintzy. He might one day have to use the laptop for profession stuff.

There was the HP Pavillion Power 15 deal too for $620, but it looks like we missed out on that now.

Anything else interesting in the $400-$500 range say from now until Cyber Monday?

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If you've comfortable with the $600/700 range, the Dell Inspiron Gaming model went on sale for $750 last year and comes with a gtx 1050. I bought the model a year earlier which came with the 960m and it still holds up to most games in moderate to high settings. Some people in this forum would suggest you can't really play anything without a 1080, but dollar for dollar I'm all about the budget gaming and maximum performance and the inspiron works perfectly for me (think Overwatch, Battlefield, Doom, Skyrim enhanced, etc). For any games before say, borderlands 2, you can get away with mobile graphics (Warcraft, emulators up to PlayStation, last gen games, etc). I do that on a the Dell 2-in-1inspiron 3000 that regularly goes on sale for $100.
What are you trying to play?
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Also, hit me up maybe a week before black Friday when the majority of ads have posted and I'll give you my final recommendation Wink
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If you've comfortable with the $600/700 range, the Dell Inspiron Gaming model went on sale for $750 last year and comes with a gtx 1050. I bought the model a year earlier which came with the 960m and it still holds up to most games in moderate to high settings. Some people in this forum would suggest you can't really play anything without a 1080, but dollar for dollar I'm all about the budget gaming and maximum performance and the inspiron works perfectly for me (think Overwatch, Battlefield, Doom, Skyrim enhanced, etc). For any games before say, borderlands 2, you can get away with mobile graphics (Warcraft, emulators up to PlayStation, last gen games, etc). I do that on a the Dell 2-in-1inspiron 3000 that regularly goes on sale for $100.
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The only other games he's talked about are the South Park RPGs. SP:FBW is surprisingly steep and would at least need a MX150. I guess an m960 is a bit faster than that.
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Yeah, I would play the original on my GTX 550ti and it was buttery smooth haha. 960m (the mobile processor version) is well equipped for that and basically every game on Steam. That said, the GTX 1050 and 1070 are just super tiny versions of the original GPUs, so there's no loss in GPU power by going the laptop route. For the money, it's definitely the best on the market if you can get it sub $700. I'm expecting to see a pretty wild variety of inspirons going for maybe $500 as a doorbuster since Nvidia announced their new chipset to drop in July and Dell is pretty fast with the output of newest chips. Also, no matter what you're getting, it's likely going to be a bit heavy. Any 15" laptop is likely to be about 4 lbs or more (comes with dat screen size). A daily traveler would likely not want to lug that around like back and forth to class without a solid backpack. That said, if it's just a desktop replacement or a laptop replacement for a different non-mobile laptop, then it's fine. Even the 15" MBP is still like 3.5 lbs so it's not an issue if he's used to it. Also, the design is very sleep and no screaming "I'M T3H H4XO7 GAMER GODMODE, YO" so he won't have issues passing it off as a "production laptop".

http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/de...567-laptop
you pick your poison, but at $750 for the normal retail price, the 1050ti is well worth the money. Look for an average of %15 off on regular weekly basis, and like I said, about $500-$599 for the doorbuster deal.
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This was also just posted: https://slickdeals.net/f/10719564-dell-inspiron-7000-gaming-laptop-i5-7300hq-8gb-ddr4-256gb-ssd-gtx-1060-750-after-150-slickdeals-rebate-free-s-h?p=106523804&utm_source=dealalerts&utm_medium=em-i&utm_term=22&utm_content=u8567247&utm_campaign=tu-9999

Though you'd have to wait around for a Slickdeals rebate (which I've never done before but I've heard it can be stressful). Just a thought
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Yeah, I would play the original on my GTX 550ti and it was buttery smooth haha. 960m (the mobile processor version) is well equipped for that and basically every game on Steam.
Have my eye on:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10772687-newegg-black-friday-acer-aspire-15-6-gaming-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-ram-1tb-hdd-win-10-for-539-00

Really just last year's high spec'ed 15" Acer ultrabook in a regular chassis.

There was also a Ryzen powered Envy deal I missed.
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