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Gaming laptops

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:23 am
by Kyodai
Does anyone have a gaming laptop? I was thinking of buying a neat gaming laptop. The ones with Geforce 1080 or 1070 are way too expensive, but maybe i could afford a used one with a geforce 960 or 1060 i thought. Any experience?

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:51 am
by dissociativity
I personally just go for used 17" Dell Precision machines, just make sure it's got a 1080p screen and a quad core i7 model and you're fine.
M6700 and M6800 are my recommended models, you can upgrade the GPU with any Dell MXM cards found online.
The M6800 and M6700 should both take an Nvidia 980m or M5000m, possible a quadro P5000 or 1070 max-q, but I'm not sure about the last two.

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:05 am
by Kyodai
Just checked these out and at least the models offered here in Germany are not exactly what I was looking for.

Found a "refurbished" M6800 with a Quadro K3100M for like 1500 bucks - which i personally think is a blatant ripoff.

I am currently using an old Toshiba Satellite P855-107. Kinda antique Core i7-3610QM - but at least a quad core. Maxed out with 16GB of tuning RAM and the fastest SSD for this bus. Geforce 640 GT. Autostereoscopic 1080P display with eye tracking. Paid like 300 bucks for it (used) like a year ago.

So from my point of view the M6800 would not really be a big upgrade.

I think I'd rather go for something like a HP Omen 15-ce 036ng or Lenovo Legion Y720. At least here in Germany these are slightly under 1000 USD or at least around a 1000 USD...

Something like this:

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:40 pm
by dissociativity
I got my M6700 with 16gb of RAM, the highest end non-extreme edition CPU for that generation (3.8ghz), a Quadro K4100m 4gb MXM GPU that I bought and upgraded separately for $750AUD roughly all up.

Never buy a laptop with a soldered gpu, never, 'gaming' laptops with soldered gpus just die on you, an MXM card is replaceable and upgradeable.

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:36 pm
by Kyodai
I do like the idea of the MXM cards - however they are rather rare and besides some old ones from stone age also not very cheap, so not sure if I'd spend a fortune if one with a soldered GPU is cheaper.

So far i only had soldered GPUs and never problems - maybe luck or maybe the fact that i can usually count the hours spent gaming per week with one hand.

Anyways - right now I just lack the money - x-mas and car insurances coming next. Also I'd be really curious how Nvidia RTX (Real time ray tracing cards) develop, especially since I am also a hobby game programer.

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:06 pm
by striegel
My son is the gamer, not me, so this is second-hand advice but he customized a Sager gaming notebook and he takes it with him everywhere when he travels. That is their specialty, so maybe you can find a used one of those for sale.

Re: Gaming laptops

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:14 pm
by Kyodai
Actually interesting piece of hardware, definitely gonna keep that brand in mind. I don't think they're very popular in Germany though (Where i reside, doh!).

Well currently there are so many things I'm saving for (New family car would be nice. my BMW is still working but god knows how long...), so right now I kinda shelved this project. Well being a wannabe programmer I am also waiting for the new mobile RTX series from Nvidia, they'll prolly be expensive, but I'd love to be a bandwagoner and release one of the first UE4 based RTX compatible games. Well we'll see, RTX support ain't coming before the first UE4 4.22 preview, so my wallet is safe - for now.