Buying My First Gaming Laptop

MeganElisabeth

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I have basically narrowed it down to choosing between ASUS or MSI for a decent gaming laptop for no more than $1,500 based on reviews I've gone over for awhile.

I was leaning towards these specifically:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/5515003.p?skuId=5515003#spoke/reviews


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-strix-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx1070-1tb-hdd-256gb-solid-state-drive-black/5581110.p?skuId=5581110

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-256gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/5579189.p?skuId=5579189

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-256gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/5580309.p?skuId=5580309


Basically screen size is the only thing I don't care too much about because I'm planning on almost always using my 55" 1080p tv screen.

I would much rather have 16-32 gb memory with more hard drive capacity than paying the same if not more to have weaker internal specs for a 4K laptop. However, in the not so distant future I will want to purchase a 4K tv and would hate to have a new laptop that didn't support it showing up on the big screen. I've read into it a little bit about needing HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 or DP ALT Mode over USB-C in order for the laptop to support output of 4K @60HZ. Therefore, I want to make sure that the laptop I get will for sure be capable of that. Also, do you feel more memory or hard drive is most important? Do any of the above laptops look like good options to you or can you suggest any that are similar but better in your opinion? I greatly appreciate any and all help as well as all opinions as I am extremely new to this and know I won't be able to get a different laptop for years after this one so I want to make the best choice possible.

Thanks so much in advance for any and all advice!
 

gussrtk

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basically, best advice I can give to you is... With laptops... THINK BETTER. Desktop i5 is like laptop i7. and there are many many variations. same goes for the GPU. it takes some research to find the "better" of the bunch. I would choose the most expensive one there.. the Asus ROG.

All of your selections have the same CPU, the ROG has one of the bigger SSD (honestly, minimum is 240gb on SSD) and the 1070 is a nice touch haha

But I dont really know that much about laptops.. maybe im wrong :p
 

gussrtk

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basically, best advice I can give to you is... With laptops... THINK BETTER. Desktop i5 is like laptop i7. and there are many many variations. same goes for the GPU. it takes some research to find the "better" of the bunch. I would choose the most expensive one there.. the Asus ROG.

All of your selections have the same CPU, the ROG has one of the bigger SSD (honestly, minimum is 240gb on SSD) and the 1070 is a nice touch haha

But I dont really know that much about laptops.. maybe im wrong :p
 

MeganElisabeth

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@gussrtk,

Thank you so so much for such a quick response and for the advice! I'm trying my best to learn as much as I can. Do you have even one example of one that might be better and why in that price range? What can I look for in order for it to be the best possible in that price range? Yeah, I thought the 1070 would be pretty nice! Lol

I'm sure you know more than I do! Lol
 

GreyCatz

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Greetings, Megan:

I agree with the other poster about the ASUS ROG. The ASUS will give you a 256GB SSD and 8GBs of GPU power for an extra $100. They all max out at 16GBs of RAM, they all have display ports for 3K/4K resolutions, but the MSIs also offer 4K transmission through the HDMI port @ 30Hz, while the ASUS makes no mention of this. The ASUS is the only one that covers all WiFi transfer bands, 802.11 a/c/b/g/n, where the MSIs only offer 802.11 a/c. Check your router's WiFi specs.

In short: Get the ASUS.

Cheers,
GreyCatz.

 

Poozle

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While I love gaming laptops, here are some quirks I have with them. I have used all sorts over the years (thick to thin to cheap to spendy) and the ones I loved the most are overall thin and spendy. HOWEVER, I do use my device for classes and appreciate battery life/portability. The fans on thin and light do get quite loud under load, and heat is usually an issue. Thick laptops are a pain to move around, not for public use, and in general, less sexy. I would urge you to get a thinner laptop such as a Razerblade 14 2016 with a GTX 1060. Overall, I think the thin and lightness would help out more than the performance boost from the 1070 which is still a significant boost. If price and weight mean nothing, get a Razerblade pro with a GTX 1080 in a very thin form factor at .88 inches thick. Really thin and has a mechanical keyboard built in. I do think they sold out right now, but still I would urge you to look at it anyway. It is a beautiful laptop, but I would wait until a review of the heat/performance comes out soon. They have shipped to all pre order buyers already so it should only be a week or so till people start reviewing it.
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade-pro
 
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