Need real help finding a suitable midrange laptop for gaming


Jan 13, 2016
1. What is your budget?
£600 ($850)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Full HD would be preferable but not deal breaking

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
More along the lines of a desktop replacement

5. How much battery life do you need?
Will be mostly stationary, more is nice but again not deal breaking

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)?
Needed mainly for World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2, ideally on ultra or high settings

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
General office applications and video playback etc

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
At least 1tb

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
But any reputable site is welcome

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
A good few years

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

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.
No real brand preference apart from not Macs

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I currently am looking at two MSI laptops here but I'm not sure if I can get anything better for the price.


Feb 17, 2015
To not bear around the bush, at that budget you won't get what you require (or even close to it).

Laptop price premiums are very high and "desktop replacements" are maybe the biggest con with no real advantages over desktops other "than easier to put in a bag".

The drawbacks are vast in number though and such machines only really start much further up in price. I would recommend you look into a desktop which at that price could comfortably meet requirements or lower your expectations much more.

The example you posted are what you can expect within the 600 pound budget and come with a 940m. If you look at beqnchmakrs for that GPU it can barely play games with lower requirements than WOW/GW2 on low to medium settings at acceptable FPS. Dota 2 is doable (just about) on medium settings for 60FPS when not all players are teamfighting, after which FPS drop DRAMATICALLY.

Your requirements call for 1400+ budget laptop or 600 for a desktop box and another 200 or so for screen and peripherals.


Feb 17, 2015

Probably the best builds for the budget...just to manage expectations, even the 960m one won't run anything serious form the last 2 years on Ultra...