So next year I am going to university and I have been doing different kind of jobs after school for the past couple months (supermarket, ...). I have also saved up alot of money from birthday the past 4-5 years. I plan on buying a laptop that has overpowered specs (since i do want to play games in my down time) and one that is also not too fat. I have been looking at the razer blades and while I love them I feel like theyre is a better option out there from a company like dell,hp, lenovo or something. So what would be the best laptop at the moment when you don't take money into consideration?
The best laptop you can buy when it comes to specs is the Acer Predator 21X which has an overclockable Core i7 7th Gen 7820HK and two (2) GTX 1080 in SLI. It originally debuted for $9,000, but it is now a little more affordable at $8,300.
I would suggest investing in a small, mini-ITX desktop for the gaming part and buy a light laptop to carry around. For a few reasons:
a) even a "light" gaming laptop can be annoying to constantly carry, and
b) there is a strong risk of having DAMAGE or THEFT to a laptop, and
c) you can have as good or even a BETTER gaming experience on the desktop whilst also having this laptop due to the price of expensive gaming laptops
d) having TWO computers is handy in case one fails at a critical time during studies (you could be FOUR WEEKS or more sometimes to wait on laptop repair, and also what about your files?), and
e) you can make a BACKUP of your laptop OS on regular basis (i.e. Acronis True Image) to the desktop. setup an automated backup and maybe use a gigabit switch (or twisted ethernet cable? Never done that so not sure if it still works)
So for example, setup in Acronis True Image (installed on laptop) to make a weekly backup of your Windows SSD to the HDD on the desktop PC, and use Syncback SE Free (google that. really handy) to backup a folder called "School Files" to make a DAILY backup to the PC.
You absolutely MUST give a budget and state whether a desktop is a possibility first.
I.e. if $2500 (USD funds?) budget maybe a $1800 desktop (with 1440p, 25" monitor for example) and $700, 13" to 15.6" 1080p laptop?
PCPARTPICKER is great for picking parts, and there are a few videos/articles on making pretty small desktops.
*Not saying this one is the best, just an example:
Update: added MONITOR (U2515H Dell, which is 25", 60Hz, IPS, 2560x1440...I bought my sister one and it has a great 3-year warranty)
If you go this way, then make sure the MONITOR supports the laptop as well (i.e. DP + HDMI inputs) so you can have two screens at the same time if desired.
If interested in the small DESKTOP + LAPTOP approach I decided to make an example build partially because the NODE 202 wasn't listed but also I like this case with the handle and it looks nice to me. Please note:
a) there are smaller cases
b) compatibility varies (may need SFX PSU not ATX, 2.5" not 3.5", size/cooling of graphics and CPU coolers)
c) I didn't bother getting a better CPU cooler for the above build as it's a quick example
As per the BUILD I made that was just over $1600 before tax/ship I guess here's some basics:
1) 6-core CPU
3) MOTHERBOARD has wi-fi, and good audio (there are cheaper mini-ITX boards for this socket but I think this may be the best one for quality and audio)
4) M.2 SSD
5) Monitor is 25", 2560x1440, IPS, 60Hz (thought 25" was a good size for school)
As for laptops, there are lots to choose from but I'd concentrate on QUALITY (customer reviews). Maybe something with a 1080p (1920x1080), 14", IPS screen, 2C/4T Intel CPU, 8GB system memory.. for $700USD or less