Need a good budget laptop with a 1050 ti or higher

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I am trying to find a good gaming laptop that has a 1050 ti or higher ( Around 850$ ). I have found some good ones but need help on which one, or if you have something that I don't know about.


Lenovo Y520 899$

Processor
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Processor (2.50GHz 6MB)

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64

Display Type
15.6" FHD IPS AntiGlare LED Backlight (1920x1080) with integrated camera

Memory
8.0GB DDR4 2400 MHz

Hard Drive
1TB 5400RPM

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

Battery
3 Cell 45 Watt Hour Li-Polymer


Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

Processor
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64

Display Type
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display

Memory
8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB

Hard Drive
256GB Solid State Drive

Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5

Thank you for helping me :)
 
Assuming this is for gaming?

At $850, the best you'll likely be able to do is an i5 +1050TI + 8GB pairing.

The options you list both have the same CPU, RAM and GPU, with the Lenovo stating it's an IPS panel..... the Dell doesn't, so probably safe to assume it doesn't.

A lot is going to come down to preference. On a spec standpoint, you've (essentially) comparing a 256GB SSD vs an IPS disply. That's the only (noteworthy) difference between the two - and they're about as good as you can do, new, at the pricepoint.

I'd give some consideration to a refurbished unit at the pricepoint.
For example:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834154649

i7-6700HQ (4c/8t) + a 3GB 1060.
 
Assuming this is for gaming?

At $850, the best you'll likely be able to do is an i5 +1050TI + 8GB pairing.

The options you list both have the same CPU, RAM and GPU, with the Lenovo stating it's an IPS panel..... the Dell doesn't, so probably safe to assume it doesn't.

A lot is going to come down to preference. On a spec standpoint, you've (essentially) comparing a 256GB SSD vs an IPS disply. That's the only (noteworthy) difference between the two - and they're about as good as you can do, new, at the pricepoint.

I'd give some consideration to a refurbished unit at the pricepoint.
For example:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834154649

i7-6700HQ (4c/8t) + a 3GB 1060.
 

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Are refurbished products reliable? and will their life span be the same as a new version?
 
The issue with refurbished, is there was a likely a reason they were refurbished to begin with.
Could've been damaged in transit, could've been RMA returns due to defects etc.

Warranty is usually limited to 90 days, so there is that aspect.
I, personally, have no issues with refurbished products (within reason). Push them hard from the outset, and you should identify any problems within the 30 day return period (to Newegg) or the 90 day warranty period (MSI).

There's a risk, absolutely..... but consider the markdown there.
A comparable i7 + 1060 laptop is at minimum $200 more, for new:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA65C5VR4012

And more like $350 more
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAAPK62G6109.
 

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Thank you
 
Remember, if you do opt for a refurb, push it hard from day #1.
Don't just sit on it doing minimal browsing etc for the first month. Time is of the essence.

Stress test, "burn ins" etc. Make sure if there's a defect, you find it within the return period (30 days) or at worst, the warranty period (90 days).
 
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