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Do I even need a gaming laptop?

1,052 310 November 17, 2017 at 06:05 AM
So I wont claim to be an avid gamer but I am annoyed about the lack of capability the integrated cards seem to have (at least my current Intel 4th gen). I always had a desktop system for when I wanted to try a new game but I no longer have it. The games honestly on my list right now are older (SC2, Fallout4, etc/similar aged) as I haven't had a chance to catch up on them but I do have a 34" screen so I want a system which can put out a 2k resolution and run these games without a problem. I also want to keep my mobility with the laptop at a 13" or 14" screen (1080+ resolution), under 4lbs, and preferred under $700. I am seeing a lot of gaming laptops coming up with the 1050ti or 1060 but all in 15.6" sizes. I guess I am wondering, do I actually need to worry about the dedicated card considering the games I am interested in and, if I do, am I going to find something in the size/price range I want?

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Honestly, you won't be able to run FO4 at playable settings with anything under a 1050ti... Even on a notebook with a 1050ti, @ 1080p FO4 would need to be turned down and it would run at 30-60fps. It would be playable, but not very enjoyable. SC2 is better optimized and is a bit older so you should be fine running a 1050ti or higher.

The problem you are going to continue having is finding a form factor for your price range. They don't make many gaming notebooks in the 13/14" range for under $1000. Black Friday is coming up and you might see a few deals on some of the more popular 13/14" devices (Razer, MSI, XPS, etc. all have offerings for 13/14" gaming devices).
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Agreed, a laptop that small yet having 1080+ resolution, under 4 lbs, and yet under $700 will be hard to find. As previously stated, BF will help you sneak in a deal but on a regular shopping cycle, it may be hard to find. Gotta pay for convenience like mobility, gotta pay for power like a 1050Ti or 1060, and gotta pay for the smaller, lighter laptops. All that extra paying may tick you over $700 easy so hopefully you can find a good Slick Deal or BF sale. I'd keep my head on a swivel and be quick because everyone will race for those deals.

I'd also get a laptop cooler because something with that powerful a dedicated graphics, yet in such a small form factor, may run a bit hot when pushed.
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Thanks for the information, I suspect I'm going to have to get a 15"to keep in my price range which sucks but I guess I have to sacrifice somewhere
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