Casual gaming and uni

Apr 23, 2018
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Hello everyone, I know this topic is asked a lot but the answers didn't satisfy me.
I want to use a laptop for my courses, and I want something I could use for casual gaming.

So I have two choices for a 800$ budget : I buy a laptop for uni AND gaming at 900$ OR I buy a laptop for uni at 200-300$ and I build my own PC for 600-700$ :

- For the first option the problem is that "light" laptops around 900$ are not so good for gaming, it's okay but "meh" + if I get robbed or lose or my laptop I lose basically everything. Also, battery on gaming laptop are not so great and I need at least 6h autonomy.
- For the other option, the problem is, I don't know anything about hardware, I don't play that much and I don't know if I will keep playing. I am very interested in computer stuff and that could be a great experience though. But I don't know if it worth it.

I really want to take a good decision and take my time to think because I really don't wanna waste 800$.
If you think the first option is the best, please suggest me some laptops, max 1000$.

Thank you
 

ArchitSahu

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Take the Second option, but pick a very thin laptop only for schoolwork and not gaming. Use the money left for a gaming pc. It will be well worth it.

Build (Sub $800):
PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9TJMvn
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9TJMvn/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card ($294.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($55.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $770.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-25 09:11 EDT-0400

Will be pretty good for 1080p.
 

ArchitSahu

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Apr 11, 2014
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Take the Second option, but pick a very thin laptop only for schoolwork and not gaming. Use the money left for a gaming pc. It will be well worth it.

Build (Sub $800):
PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9TJMvn
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9TJMvn/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.85 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card ($294.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($55.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $770.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-25 09:11 EDT-0400

Will be pretty good for 1080p.
 
Apr 23, 2018
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Thanks a lot !
I see many videos on youtube to learn how to build a PC but since I wouldn't know whether it's right or wrong I was wondering if you could advise me any website or videos so I could learn ? Because I really don't know anything about it.
Also, is not knowing how to code a problem ? How do I handle the software part (if I can handle the hardware part haha) ? I guess when you build you own computer, it is not very user friendly :/
Sorry, I'm a little bit overwhelmed by all this, I have no idea where to look or what should I do.
 

ArchitSahu

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You do not need to know coding to build a PC. Just follow the instructions.

How to Build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q

What to do after: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbpqkiaO7q4 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xURz-SSQUVY
 
Apr 23, 2018
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Okay, thanks a lot !
 
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