Purchasing new laptop advice

xLandpro

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I'm an active duty soldier looking for a notebook (slim) gaming machine. Looking for best for my buck. Budget is between 1300-2000 mostly because that seems like the sweet spot for the gtx 1070 with a 17" screen. I don't play the most graphic intensive titles but like having that option. I play a lot of diablo III and overwatch. As a frame of reference I've been looking at these models but can't make up my mind:

Gigabyte p37x and p57x
EVGA SC17
Asus DB71 and DS74

Open to other laptop suggestions. 3 most important things would be slim body, 17" screen and gtx1070 Gpu.

Thanks for the help!
 

Robert Cook

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That is a good deal for the p37, however, open box means that you at the least get a product that turns on, and not to much else. For instance that laptop could ideally come without a charger, and that would be a valid sale. It could also be just like a brand new one, it could have a scratch on it, it might not even be used. my view is, it is a returned product, why was it returned? Buyers remorse? Person did not like it? Laptop is not working well? person damaged it? it is a crap shoot, if it is the first two then it would be fantastic, but we cannot know. for me at least on something like a laptop where reliability is a huge deal I would not risk it.

As for the SC17 there it does not have G-Sync, with a 4K screen G-Sync might be a good idea. One thing that I did notice though is that the SC17 apparently has some display ghosting issues, it sounds as though they are not that bad, but it could pop up with faster paced games.
 

Robert Cook

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First off thank you for your service, second of all, of those, the absolute best would be the EVGA SC17 with a 4K and G-Sync display, however, that is $200 over. It would be the best though, as a 1070 could run the games you mentioned well at 4K and for games where it would struggle slightly, the G-Sync will hide that and keep things smooth. It also has an overclockable processor which means you could turn it up for when you are gaming with a wall outlet around, and ideally gain some FPS. It is really tough, but also heavy.

If you will not always have an outlet, then it might not be a good idea, as it gets 55 minutes full load with full brightness, which would likely mean an hour and a half or so full load with reasonable brightness.

The Gigabyte P57X that I am seeing has a 1080P screen, this helps the battery life a lot. 1:43 full load with high brightness. But it is a 1080p screen... Totally your call.

The P37X has a 4K display, so its battery is likely around that of the SC17 again (sadly I could not find a solid spec for this one)

I feel the 1070 is worth the leap.

One other thing I'll argue though is to consider a 15 inch laptop. they are a lot more portable. I was looking at some for college and these were some that I am interested in:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16834233181
This one is the best deal I can find for a 1070 laptop. it has a 1080p screen, but that will mean good battery life, ideally the same as the P57X
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834725033
This one has an overclockable processor and a G-Sync display, but it is 3K resolution. Scaling could be strange in some cases, but this means that the 1070 is almost perfectly matched, and this laptop also has a massive 95Wh battery, which should give it pretty good battery life if you do not overclock 1:40 full brightness max load.

I hope this was of some use.

 

xLandpro

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Happy to serve, Robert! Thank you for your generous response. Here's a link to the 37X I was looking at:

https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16834233178R

Also, newegg has the sc17 for $2k right now: https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16834099003

Does anyone have any experience with "open box" purchases from newegg?

Also, I would consider a 15", but I'm really afraid it wouldn't be as big as I want it to be as this will be my primary machine (no desktop for a while). Not to say I'm opposing the idea but I would need more convincing.

Thank you again for your response.
 

Robert Cook

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That is a good deal for the p37, however, open box means that you at the least get a product that turns on, and not to much else. For instance that laptop could ideally come without a charger, and that would be a valid sale. It could also be just like a brand new one, it could have a scratch on it, it might not even be used. my view is, it is a returned product, why was it returned? Buyers remorse? Person did not like it? Laptop is not working well? person damaged it? it is a crap shoot, if it is the first two then it would be fantastic, but we cannot know. for me at least on something like a laptop where reliability is a huge deal I would not risk it.

As for the SC17 there it does not have G-Sync, with a 4K screen G-Sync might be a good idea. One thing that I did notice though is that the SC17 apparently has some display ghosting issues, it sounds as though they are not that bad, but it could pop up with faster paced games.
 
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