Solved! Gaming Laptop for college

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I'm a kid in high school looking for a laptop for college(gaming-able), and i need help finding one with the right specs and price. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
...Or maybe to a company that does custom laptops?

Here is a list of specs i'm looking for:

Intel Core i7-8559U
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (**Max-Q**) / 6GB
15.6 Inch display
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
8GB RAM
BATTERY: ≥7 hours
1920x1080
Ports(?): Ethernet, HDMI, Headphone/Mic, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, 4 USB ports, SD memory reader
≥250 nit brightness(?)
Hopefully under $1100
No flashy design(many gaming laptops i've seen have over-the-top designs)
Backlight can be turned off/on
Minimal/no thermal issues
Minimal/no loud fan issues
Good display


The more information, the better! I'm not really an expert at this stuff, and would love to learn about it...
 

volkgren

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There are many different configurations for an $850 build; I included a monitor and Windows Home for you just to show it's possible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($159.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Red Devil Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($55.71 @ Walmart)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Sceptre - E225W-1920 22.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($74.70 @ Walmart)
Other: ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree Hinge (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue) ($218.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1118.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 16:24 EST-0500
 

volkgren

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You will not find a gaming laptop with 7 hours battery life.
You will not find a gaming laptop without thermal issues or loud fans.

Gaming laptops, in general, are not a good idea. They all tend to have heat issues and lower performance because of it; unless you get slower components to begin.

Are you sure you can't build a $850 (semi-portable) gaming PC and use a $250 chrome book?
 

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I say that, but processors have come a long way in power efficiency in the past 10-11 years since I bought a gaming laptop.

But still, plenty of users come here looking for help on how to cool down their gaming laptops that are new. If gaming is a priority, then a gamin laptop is a bad investment IMO.
 
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....well, if gaming laptops are a bad, then what do you recommend? also, im looking for one computer to have for classes and gaming, the cpu i have listed has a tdp of 28, and im a bit flexible when considering price, noise(i'd be wearing headphones), and thermals.

and yes, im well aware that a desktop can be made under $850. thx for the info here, though
 
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