PC Specialist Laptop, Any good?

andr5w5

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Hey,

So I've been looking into getting a half decent laptop as my current is a piece of crap and I need the mobility of a laptop rather than a desktop. I had came across pcspecialist.co.uk and they seem to do very decent laptops for less than the typical main brands.

I'd be using the laptop for uni work mostly, I do engineering so would need to run 3D CAD, some coding etc, but I'll also use it for some gaming and browsing.

I want to spend as little as possible, around £700 but if it was worth it I'd happily spend up to £900. I'd be looking to put an SSD in it and most likely a quad core i7 with 8GB of RAM. I'm wondering if these are the kind of specs I should be looking for?

Also, are pc specialist laptops good? Or is there somewhere else I should be looking?

Thanks!
 

dasulman

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for CAD and other design work, you'll definitely want an I7 and 16GB of RAM - those are the general rules when it comes to production.
I think 3d CAD supports cuda? if it does then if you can try and save up more and get the skyfire with a 970M.
as for gaming - there's a HUGE and the capitals is for emphasis difference between the 860M and the 970M. even now the 860M is starting to become outdated for 1080p games - the 970M handles them all perfectly.
its up to you, if the wait is worth the huge performance increase. though the price increase is quite large - its around £300 ish extra to get a 970M skyfire with the same specs.
pcspecialist is honestly as cheap as it gets for the UK laptop market.
 

Eximo

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I recognize a few of their models as Clevo chassis, others look like rebranded OEM. I think I spot one of MSI's chassis in there.

I guess it depends on which one you are looking at specifically.

For 3D CAD I would recommend as large a screen as you can afford. Gaming GPU wouldn't be ideal for that work. It would help doing the design work, just be a little slower at rendering.

i7 and 8GB of memory is about right. More memory might not be a bad idea for larger projects, but you can always upgrade that later if you need to.
 

dasulman

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for CAD and other design work, you'll definitely want an I7 and 16GB of RAM - those are the general rules when it comes to production.
I think 3d CAD supports cuda? if it does then if you can try and save up more and get the skyfire with a 970M.
as for gaming - there's a HUGE and the capitals is for emphasis difference between the 860M and the 970M. even now the 860M is starting to become outdated for 1080p games - the 970M handles them all perfectly.
its up to you, if the wait is worth the huge performance increase. though the price increase is quite large - its around £300 ish extra to get a 970M skyfire with the same specs.
pcspecialist is honestly as cheap as it gets for the UK laptop market.
 
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