Question Gaming Laptop Help Needed

Sep 11, 2021
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Hello all. I need some help with choosing a laptop for developing / gaming. It seems so much harder choosing a laptop than choosing specs for a desktop PC.

I will outline what I want the laptop to do and would be grateful for any suggestions:

- Ability to develop in VR. I won't be developing at the very top end graphics wise in VR but would like the ability to play high end VR games.

- Screen is not the most important factor as I have monitors available at the locations I will be using the laptop so if I have to slightly sacrifice screen performance for overall performance that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

- 4k ability when plugged into a monitor would be nice but not a deal breaker.

- Future proofish. I'd like the laptop not to be obsolete or completely outdated for at least 2 years as this is when I finish university and would like to keep it until at least then and after if possible.

- 32gb ram would be nice.

- Webcam not needed.

- Size not an issue. If its bigger with better performance that's perfectly fine.

- Battery life not an issue as it will most likely be plugged in wherever I use it.

- Reliable and good quality so it's not overheating or breaking after a short amount of time.

I think that's everything I need the laptop to do.

The laptops I've been debating between from my research are these:

ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 15
Razer Blade 15
MSI GS66 Stealth
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

If anyone has any first hand experience using any of these or can tell me if I should avoid any of them it would be appreciated. Also any suggestions for a laptop I haven't listed that would also be appreciated.

My budget is at most £3000 but if I can get a laptop to do the majority of what I need for cheaper that would be good.

Sorry for the wall of text. Any suggestions or help would be really appreciated.
 
Sep 11, 2021
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Your asking for a large textbook worth of research. You need to do more of the work yourself, and ask a specific question.
I had completed a lot of research before posting. I didn't want to be too vague and thought as much detail of what I need along with suggestions of what machines I have looked into would be a good way to narrow down my options. I'm not sure how I could have been more specific with my post as buying a laptop for specific needs is a bit of a minefield.
I have however, decided on which laptop to go for now and I am satisfied with the result.
Thank you for your help.
 

COLGeek

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I had completed a lot of research before posting. I didn't want to be too vague and thought as much detail of what I need along with suggestions of what machines I have looked into would be a good way to narrow down my options. I'm not sure how I could have been more specific with my post as buying a laptop for specific needs is a bit of a minefield.
I have however, decided on which laptop to go for now and I am satisfied with the result.
Thank you for your help.
What did you decide to go with?
 
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I think razer will be convenient to carry around, its powerful in terms of performance, but if u want over bigger screen and slightly better performance and more refresh rate then u can opt for scar 17 or 15
 

BEAUFORD_SAVAGE

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The "over bigger" screen size does NOT determine what the "more refresh rate" will be .
Neither does a larger screen with a faster refresh rate. Any size screen can be 120Hz refresh
rate, and it's the chipset and processor that determines the performance. My 120Hz Vizio LCD TV
with a 55" screen proves that. But most computers have a 50 or 60Hz refresh rate. The chipset and MicroProccesor speed, as well as ammount of $$ you spend will determine the performance of the Mommy-Board.
Just don't cheap out on the amount of RAM. That will cause a performance bottle neck on the most powerful machines. Especially when multitasking. Time to seek out places like Consumer Reports and Computer nerd magazines for specification comparisons.
 
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What did you decide to go with?
I ended up going for an ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16, Intel Core i9-11900H, RTX 3070 8GB, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD for £2000. I could not find one with a 3080 that was in stock anywhere without paying an extortionate price. I wanted the i9 with Thunderbolt 4 so In future I can use it along with an eGPU if good desktop GPU's ever come back into stock.
 
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