Which Laptop should I buy

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I run plex for myself and 4 family members who live in different parts of the UK. I have read so many articles on the best server laptop to use it gets quite confusing. My understanding that to allow 4 users to stream at the same time I need a laptop with a top end CPU. I am currently using a Lenovo laptop T560. The specs I have seen on other forums all provide different advice. HQ/HK series Quad core high performance CPU 8000 and above pass mark and a minimum of 8GB of ram. I would require a minimum 2 x 3.0 USB ports and maybe a high storage capacity. New or second hand is fine. Also if anyone knows where I can buy such a product.

Thank you for your help it is much appreciated
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Why do you need a laptop for this?
You're not going to get the level of processing power you'd want for such a setup.
You'd want a Ryzen 1600 PC optimally, server laptops aren't a good option.
I can get you a PC that's about the size of a 14" laptop with much better performance.
 

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No system staying at my home. 5 users different locations UK based price depends on what it is. My computer Lenovo does a reasonable job but I have other tasks for it
 

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Do you want 4k capable streaming?
Because if so I need to include a good GPU.
Kick out a bit more for this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (£199.61 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£68.52 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£49.25 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£58.74 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 550 2GB AERO ITX OC Video Card (£79.39 @ More Computers)
Case: BitFenix - Nova ATX Mid Tower Case (£26.40 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£32.88 @ Aria PC)
Total: £514.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-10 02:27 BST+0100
 

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Yes would want 4K capable streaming. The problem is I would not have a clue what to do with all of those parts. I am trying to buy something that is already completed and ready to go.

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Bring them to a local store and they should assemble it for you for a small fee, and grab a copy of Windows 10 64 bit off G2A or Kinguin with buyer protection.
If you want to save a bit of cash get the Ryzen 1400 instead.
Given your application your budget is quite small, you're not going to get a 4k streaming capable setup for that price.
 

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