Looking for a Great College and Gaming laptop

jeffery30162

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I have a price range of about $1,500 and have a few questions.

I am in search of a laptop that can be used for gaming and school

I have came between these:

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Lenovo y50 UHD ($1,369 with student discount)
        >4k Multi-Touch Screen
        >GTX 960m 4GB
        >512gb SSD
        >Great Sound System
        >16gb DDR3
        >Red Backlit keyboard
        >Great Battery Life
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EUROCOM M5 Pro ($1414.8 with student discount)
        >1080 IPS NON-Touch
        >GTX 970m
        >500GB 7200RPM HHD
        >8gb DDR3
        >White Backlit keyboard
        >Decent Battery Life
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EUROCOM M5 Pro ($1,332.9 with student discount)
        >4k NON-Touch
        >GTX 965m 2GB
        >500GB 7200RPM HHD
        >8GB DDR3
        >White Backlit keyboard
        >Decent Battery Life
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EUROCOM M5 Pro ($1,467 with student discount)
        >1080 IPS NON-Touch
        >GTX 980m 4GB
        >500GB 7200RPM HHD
        >8GB DDR3
        >White Backlit keyboard
        >Decent Battery Life
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EUROCOM M5 Pro ($1,631 with student discount)
        >4k NON-TOUCH
        >GTX 980m 4GB
        >500GB 7200RPM HHD
        >8GB DDR3
        >White Backlit keyboard
        >Decent Battery Life
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ASUS ROG G501JW-DS71($1,259 with student discount)
        >4k Non-Touch Screen
        >GTX 960m 4GB
        >512GB SSD
        >16GB DDR3
        >Red Backlit keyboard
        >Comes with gaming headset and mouse
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MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost Pro 4K-605($1520 with student discount)
        >4k NON-Touch screen
        >GTX 970m 6GB
        >1TB HHD
        >128GB SSD
        >Full color Backlit keyboard
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GIGABYTE P35XV3-CF2($1530 with student discount)
        >1080 Non-Touch
        >GTX 980m 8GB
        >1TB HHD
        >128GB SSD
        >8GB DDR3



I am not to concerned with the cpus in these laptops because they either have an i7 4720HQ or an i7 5700HQ



I have never heard of the EUROCOM brand but it seems to be great on prices and ok on quality but i still don't know.

If the lenovo offered anything higher than the 960 then this post your reading would not exist.

I really like the lenovo but Im alittle iffy on the 960 for gaming, obviously I would be gaming at 1080 but Is there a way of overclocking?

Does playing at 1080 on a 4k display look worse than on a 1080 display?

These are the questions I need answered to make the final decision

I would really want a touch screen laptop, but id rather have more gaming capabilities because I need a laptop that can play planetside 2 / Star citizen / ARK survival evolved and other demanding games like that.
 

hdmark

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so I believe the y50 has an issue where it has a refresh rate of 48hz.

also, for a laptop... id just go with 1080. the 4k screen probably looks better, but if youre gonna be gaming at 1080 anyway (and you will...) id rather go with 1080.
definitely one with a SSD. it will make a nice difference . especially for turning it on when you get to class and stuff.

id aim for a 970m or 980m model.

im liking the gigabyte
 

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It depends on how far you have to walk/bike on campus - if you have to walk a distance long enough that you wouldn't want to sprint it, I would go with the ASUS G501. Light weight, thin, good build quality and a looker. Lenovo is another good option but it is definitely heavier and thicker than the G501. I have a Y50 w/ a 1080p screen w/ an 860 and it gets the job done for gaming on the go but it isn't a gaming desktop with a high-refresh screen and that shouldn't be your performance expectation. I play Hardline and BF3 on medium without the laptop feeling like lava and decent frames for a mobile and it handles steam games without any hiccups.

If you go with the Y50, it's possible to open the case to swap the drive so price shop skus. Might be able to find a sku with a standard HDD that includes the 960 and a 8GB instead of 16GB. I upgraded the drive (from 1TB hybrid to 500GB Samsung 850 Evo), but not the RAM on mine and it is running great.
 
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