Looking for a laptop that can multi-task, run Overwatch, run heavy simulations and models


Jun 4, 2016
I am looking for a laptop to use for a year of studying. I would like it to be able to run simulations in things like MATLAB as well as some CAD software. I am also looking it for it to be able to run Overwatch (not on necessairly on high or even medium, just at 1920x1080 with a decent framerate (lets say ~60 to be safe)

Finally, I'd like it to be able to handle some multi-tasking. For example if I'm running a game or a heavy software (not asking to be able to run both at the same time), I want my computer to be able to handle me opening a ton of chrome tabs (I usually have 20+ open, some are videos) without a problem while I'm playing a game or doing some simulations.

Any suggestions? Both in terms of hardware components required for this as well as actual links to laptops.

I've done a fair amount of research and looked at custom built laptops here (I'm in the UK) and they seem to have better prices in the mid-range than your standard name brand laptops but I haven't really found any good offers from the big brands yet.


Jun 4, 2016
Update, filing out the form so it's easier

1. What is your budget?
Preferably under 700 pounds

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Any size, I'm using an external monitor

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1920x1080 preferably

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
More so desktop replacement, not going to be moving this thing often

5. How much battery life do you need?
Don't really care, will usually be plugged in

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

Low or Medium Overwatch

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
MATLAB simulations, CAD models

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Prefer a 128 GB SSD for the OS, dont really care too much about the data, maybe a 500 GB HD or a bigger SSD?

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Looked at https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk for custom built laptops and some searching on Amazon.co.uk

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
1 year for sure, but highly likely I might travel with it continuously after that

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD-R/W preferably

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Don't have a preference

13. What country do you live in?
UK, but will be leaving after 1 year (but will remain in the EU)

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.