Which Laptop between these two? (or recommend another one?)

Aqualoon

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I'm between these two laptops

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234578

and

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834326033&cm_re=razer_blade-_-34-326-033-_-Product

Have been looking at Levono/Dell/HP Deals as well

Basically this will be my in-office work PC and I've been doing a lot of work at home recently (which will only increase) so when it came time to upgrade my work PC I'm getting a laptop instead. This laptop can and will also be used for home use as well - basic web browsing, Discord/Skype stuff but it MUST play Civilization V on medium/high settings. This is a must have.

If you're looking to recommend something else - here is the questionnaire filled out.

1. What is your budget?

Would like to keep it under $1500 if possible

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

Under 15.6". 13-14"ish screen

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Don't care

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Portable

5. How much battery life do you need?

N/A as it will be plugged in for the majority of the time

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)?

Only game I want to play on it is Civilization V on medium/high. Which means I'll be running a dual Boot of W10 Pro and W7 Pro

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

This will be my work PC

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

For Dual Boot situation I'm thinking I'd need at least 512GB SSD to split in half for each OS - Thoughts?

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Looking all over

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

Several years, so looking for a 6th or 7th Gen i7

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

None

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.

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
 

GreyCatz

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If you want to play Civ V on high settings, I think you'll have to accept the recommended system requirements on Steam which include a quad-core CPU. Your linked candidates are a very capable productivity machine (the ASUS) and a refurbished gaming laptop (the Razer Blade).

They are both dual-core machines and that's my only real reservation. The Razer Blade has a QHD panel that might be useful for Civ V, but for productivity you could end up having to adjust the scaling of the applications you'll be using. In other words, if your usage is something like 75 percent work and 25 per cent gaming, I think you'll be better off with the FHD panel in the ASUS.

That said, here's a quad-core Dell Inspiron from Amazon US, available at $918:
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-i7559-3840x2160-TouchScreen/dp/B071G1LQ7G/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1504803311&sr=1-3&keywords=intel+quad-core+i7+laptop

The quad-core Skylake i7 will provide ample base power to run a turn-based game like Civ V. The GPU is a 4 GB 960M card. You get a 128GB SSD for the main OS and a 1TB HDD for a second OS and everything else. Neither the ASUS nor the Razer Blade offers more than 1 disk, although the 512GB SSD in the ASUS is very attractive.

The Dell comes with a 4K display, but the frame is 15.6". Is there a particular reason it has to be 14" or smaller? If not, I think the Dell is superior to the other 2 on all the important counts.
 

aquielisunari

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https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-GeForce-Backlit-G3-571-77QK/dp/B06Y4GZS9C or https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073G2L9PH(No need to purchase an additional drive. Screen's too big but the rest looks good. 7700Hq for (7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.). 1060 for Civilization 5 on high or better. Add https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E500B-AM/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1504801317. Install 7 to that one. All eggs in one basket and all that.

Why would I offer that? Anything that I could find within your specs. was more expensive. Pay for convenience? I don't want to.

Why don't I like https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234578? The 7500U. Half as many cores in the 7500U means half as efficient. Your productivity tasks much prefer the higher core count of the 7700HQ and your game will like it too.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834326033 same as above but it's also older. No thank you.
 

GreyCatz

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If you want to play Civ V on high settings, I think you'll have to accept the recommended system requirements on Steam which include a quad-core CPU. Your linked candidates are a very capable productivity machine (the ASUS) and a refurbished gaming laptop (the Razer Blade).

They are both dual-core machines and that's my only real reservation. The Razer Blade has a QHD panel that might be useful for Civ V, but for productivity you could end up having to adjust the scaling of the applications you'll be using. In other words, if your usage is something like 75 percent work and 25 per cent gaming, I think you'll be better off with the FHD panel in the ASUS.

That said, here's a quad-core Dell Inspiron from Amazon US, available at $918:
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-i7559-3840x2160-TouchScreen/dp/B071G1LQ7G/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1504803311&sr=1-3&keywords=intel+quad-core+i7+laptop

The quad-core Skylake i7 will provide ample base power to run a turn-based game like Civ V. The GPU is a 4 GB 960M card. You get a 128GB SSD for the main OS and a 1TB HDD for a second OS and everything else. Neither the ASUS nor the Razer Blade offers more than 1 disk, although the 512GB SSD in the ASUS is very attractive.

The Dell comes with a 4K display, but the frame is 15.6". Is there a particular reason it has to be 14" or smaller? If not, I think the Dell is superior to the other 2 on all the important counts.
 
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