Please help me choose between these gaming laptops! (Budget: $1500 USD, Country: Chile)

May 5, 2018
$1500 USD budget. Country: Chile.

I'm going to answer some questions to myself to clear out some things and to be precise:

-Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.-
In this particular order, I prefer: FPS in videogames (performance), best specs. for the money, quality of the screen (includes the Hz), portability and battery life.

-How important is weight and thinness to you?-
Thinness would be nice, but weight matters more than that. Total FPS in games is over all of that anyway.

-Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.-
I don't really care as long as performance is good, but I usually prefer Windows.

-Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.-

-Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.-
Just gaming and document editing. As an example: Squad (videogame), Post Scriptum (videogame), FarCry 5 (videogame), PUBG (videogame), Microsoft Office.

-If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?-
Squad, Post-Scriptum, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, World of Warcraft, Riding Storm 2, Rust, Overwatch, Dark Souls 3. I tend to prefer between very high and ultra (max) graphics, between 50-60+ FPS.

-Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?-
A nice keyboard that doesn't feel extremely plastic. Build quality would be nice as well.

-Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.-
I fear thermal throttling. I want to know how reliable g-sync is, and if an Nvidia 1060 6gb (max-q) with a 120hz display and g-sync laptop is better in terms of FPS than a laptop with a regular 1060 6gb and no g-sync with a 60hz screen.


Which laptop would be better in terms of performance? I'm having a hard time choosing between an HP OMEN 15 with 1060 6gb Max-Q, Intel Core i5 7300 HQ, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 120hz screen and g-sync AND a Dell Inspiron 15 5577 Gaming with an Intel Core i7 7700 HQ, 16GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB Max-Q, 60hz screen and no g-sync. I have a third option: the Acer Predator Helios 300, with a full Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB (not Max-Q), Intel Core i5 7300HQ, 8GB of RAM (or 12, depends on the model) and a 60hz screen. I don't know if it features g-sync, but I'm assuming it does not (I'm 99% sure it doesn't). I'd really appreciate some help. I always privilege FPS over everything, but the 120hz screen on the OMEN and g-sync are troubling me. What would be better? A 120hz, g-sync screen (HP OMEN 15), an i7 CPU and 16GB RAM (Dell) or a full (not max-q) 1060 6gb card?

One question aside. Is the 1060 3gb really worth it? There are some machines with this card, but I'm afraid performance might take a big hit. Plus it seems it's not even a regular 3gb 1060, but a max-q 3gb 1060. Please help!


Oct 9, 2015

You already know what you want. Read your own post. You ask yourself the proper questions in a articulate manor and those questions can be answered by yourself. You seem very intelligent and with very little effort you will soon be able to help others with their questions. Have confidence in yourself, research more if needed and make these choices with gratification. I might just be asking you a question soon.