Gaming Laptop for College Student

Dustboonies

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Hi everyone,

For those who don't want to read the long description below:

- Laptop good for playing games from time to time (med to high graphics)
- Good build quality
- Runs cool
- Price ~1000-2000 usd (preferably between 1000-1500)
- 4+ hour battery life
- <6 pounds (pref less than 5)
- 4k display (if its not too much more expensive)
- LONGEVITY!!!!!
- 14-15.6 inch screen size

Thanks!

And for those who are willing to read my circumlocution below:

I'm looking for a laptop which is good for a college student who wants portability, good battery life, and plays games smoothly (preferably at med/high settings). (I know, its like an oxymoron, light, long battery life and a gaming laptop).

While the above factors do have a lot of weight upon my decision for a laptop, the most important factor is the laptop's longevity. I want a laptop that I can play games on from time to time which will last for 4 years without any parts failing or becoming less effective. (I bought an hp dv6 4 years ago and the 6770m videocard has already died).

I have a laptop cooling pad (for a 15' laptop) already which will hopefully help extend the battery life.

Laptops I have looked at are:
Asus ROG G501JW (probably the best one I have seen so far, price is a bit high though)
MSI G60 Ghost (Looks good, long battery and light weight but reviews say temperatures range from 50-90 celcius which is wayyyyy too hot)
Razer Blade (Looks like a great option but I can't bring myself to buy it for such a premium price)
Lenovo y50 4k (Best deal I have found so far, don't know about the battery life and cooling though)

Thanks for all of your help!
 

velo3100

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The problem is that you want a laptop that will last you long but also want a laptop that is thin. That will never be true. You either have to pick a laptop that has a lot of power and sacrifice on portability or sacrifice on the power and longevity and go with a thin laptop.

Which do you prefer?


 

matt1-0-1

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Just something to point out: there is no point in getting a laptop with a 4K display. None of this generations mobile GPUs can come close to getting decent framerates at 4k. If you are spending this kind of money on a desktop system, however, then it is possible to achieve this level of performance. (I realise this hasn't really answered your question, but I just wanted to point it out).
 

Dustboonies

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Mostly CS:GO, League of Legends, and Starcraft 2;
I will occasionally play games such as crysis 3 however I have a desktop I would probably use for those more demanding games.
 

Dustboonies

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I'm not looking to play games with a 4k resolution, I just like the crispness of the display, this laptop won't be 100% for gaming as I will be writing code and doing homework; I believe in these scenarios the 4k display will be a nice boon for me as the added crispness will look nice.
 

velo3100

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I would go with with a dell insperon range with a gt 840m. This will be sifficient to play both those games at med to high settings. However it is not good at playing cryisis 3 or and demanding game. It also has a good battery life and is light and portable. Also students get a discount on dell laptops.



 

Dustboonies

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Looking for something that packs a bit more to its punch
 

velo3100

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The problem is that you want a laptop that will last you long but also want a laptop that is thin. That will never be true. You either have to pick a laptop that has a lot of power and sacrifice on portability or sacrifice on the power and longevity and go with a thin laptop.

Which do you prefer?


 

Dustboonies

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Was looking at the gigabyte p34w v3 cf2, what do you think, I guess I would prefer one which lasts longer but weights a bit more.
 
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