Need laptop for gaming/school under 1500


Feb 28, 2016
1. What is your budget?
1500 and under

2. What size laptop do you want?
14" - 15"

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1080p minimum and 1440p maximum

4. Portable or Desktop replacement?
I need it to be portable enough for me to take to school but also run games very smoothly

5. What battery life do you need?
4-5 hours of working/non gaming and at least 2 hours of gaming.

6. Do you want to play games on your laptop? If so what games and what settings? (Low, Medium, High)
I want to play games like: Gmod, CSGO, assassins creed syndicate and other new games at medium to high settings.

7. What other tasks do you want to do on your laptop? (Photo/Video Editing ect...)
I will be doing some video and photo editing as well as browsing the web and watching lots of videos as well as general school work.

8. How much storage do you need?
At least a 500gb ssd or maybe a bigger hybrid. (Preferably SSD running OS)

9. Are you considering any specific sites?
Any that post to Australia.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Minimum 3 years preferably 4.

11. What kind of optical drive do you need?
Don't need one but having one would be nice.

12. Any brands you prefer?
Just not Apple.

13. What country do you live in?

Extra notes:
I need it to be at least a gtx 960m but 970m is preferable. 4gb of space in GPU
Quad coreIntel procceser MUST.
At least 8gb of ram but would LOVE 16gb 12 good too

Thanks in advance!


I think your better off getting a cheap laptop for school and building a desktop for editing and gaming. I think you are expecting too much from a laptop or a least one that is light enough to carry around for school


Jan 21, 2016
Your expectations are a bit high for your budget of $1500.

You'll have to either increase your budget to get those high specs, decrease those specs, or like sizzling said, get a cheap one for school and build a nice desktop for gaming (the best choice).


Feb 28, 2016
Well Badactor I've been looking at the Dell base model and i think it suits my needs very well, i think i will get the base model and then buy some more ram to make it 16gb and a 250gb ssd to move the operating system to



If your just web browsing your going to get about 8 - 9 hours and for gaming about 4 hours on battery, like BadActor said, it pretty much depends on how demanding the application you are using is. I'm just going to add in that it has a 2.5" and a M.2 for storage.