Help needed choosing a gaming laptop for £1000-£1500

domdomrys

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I'm going to be moving to uni soon, so I'm planning to sell my desktop and put it towards a high-spec laptop (partly due to occasional gaming and partly due to studying computer science, so a future-proof option seems like a good idea). I'm having trouble choosing one however as there are just so many available. My budget is around £1000-£1500.

As to specs, I'm looking at:

  • Screen: 15.6"
    RAM: at least 8GB
    GPU: GTX 1060 or higher
    CPU: i5 or i7
    Don't care about the battery, bulkiness or design (however a more low-key one is appreciated)
I don't mind if the laptop is used (so you can recommend me popular models that can be easily found used on eBay) as long as I'm getting my value for money. Also, if the laptop is sold in Tesco that would be great as I can get a 10% discount on it as I work there.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Honestly you might be well off just having a Gaming/Home Desktop to keep wherever you live (dorm, apt, other) and a inexpensive laptop to use for classwork. (unless your studies need good specs)

Reasons:
1. Laptops can be damaged or lost easily. Losing a really expensive laptop as opposed to a ~200-300 dollar one is devastating.
2. A really expensive laptop is much more likely to be stolen
3. You don't get nearly as good gaming performance from a laptop

 

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starscream27

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hello

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-17-w200na-i7-7700HQ-Dedicated-Graphics/dp/B01N0ST9AP/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1500970846&sr=8-2
Omen by HP 17-w200na Laptop (17.3 inch, Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics, Windows 10)
£1,499.99

if you can stretch your budget a little you can get GL702VS which has 120Hz screen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-ROG-GL702VS-RS71-HID1-i7-7700HQ-2-8-3-8GHz/dp/B06VTWY8X5/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1500970846&sr=8-15
CPU: 7th Generation "Kaby Lake" Intel® CoreTM i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor, 2.8-3.8 GHz
GPU: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 256bit w/ 8GB GDDR5 - Desktop Class Graphics
RAM: 16GB 2400MHz DDR4, Hard Drive: 1TB 7200 HDD
DISPLAY: 17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz IPS Antiglare w/ G-SYNC, OS: Windows 10 Home 64 bit
WARRANTY: 1 Year Warranty, KEYBOARD: US English, SPECIAL FEATURES: Thunderbolt 3 Port
£1,621.82

cheers
 

domdomrys

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The thing is, I'd then be wanting to upgrade my home PC anyway (I've held off upgrades for a few years because of this) and taking the PC to uni and back would be an absolute pain as LANs have taught me. I'm not worried about it getting stolen and would also want it to be highish spec as I'm going to be doing computer science - a laptop that would just cut it for the basics would be like £500 so I might as well get a proper one to replace my PC.



Thanks for the recommendation. And yeah, now that I think of it 15.6" is a better idea.



Thanks for this. I think I'm on the right track now guys!
 
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