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    Help with New Laptop Research

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Link the Writer, Dec 22, 2018.

    Hey, so long story short — my Windows 8 laptop is on its last legs and I’m searching for a new laptop. Specifically a gaming laptop that I can play games like Fallout 4 on. Here are the specs for my current laptop in case you’re interested.

    WINDOWS 8
    PROCESSOR: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHZ 2.40 GHZ

    Installed Memory: 8.00 GB (7.88 GB Usable)

    System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor (acre)

    What do you recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    MSI GT83 Titan. Super fast rig with great I/O and one of the best laptop keyboards I've ever. Mind you, it's also super heavy, battery life is rough, and it might set you back a couple of dollars more than you were expecting.
     
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    What's your budget? That's going to have a lot to do with it, especially when you look at gaming laptops. You can go anywhere from under $1000 to over $3000 for something with an i-9, 64 GB RAM, a 1080 GTX, an a couple TB to install your games on.
     
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    You also need to search up the game reviews to be sure the game is happy enough with whatever version of your video chipset on the laptop. My son had to load a patch for his 1080.
     
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    Get something with 10, cause 8 is the modern equiv of Win 98 in terms of being
    crappy as an OS. Other than that you will more than likely find something with
    8 GB of RAM and a TB hard-drive. And keep an eye out for a CD-drive if that is
    something you would use, cause a lot of laptops don't have this as a standard
    feature anymore.
    Also don't rule out a refurbed machine as they are a tad cheaper and are just as
    good as brand new.

    Good luck. :superidea:
     
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    CT brings a good point about Windows OS that I totally forgot. If you get 10, be aware that it is rather 'subscription' based and has a tendency to update itself at a whim, where as Win7-64 can be throttled or even turned off of updates that affected my son's game setup. Something to consider.
    You might get lucky to find a refurb 1080 with 16G memory, and replace whatever harddrive is there later on. Hope you get an awesome deal! :)
     
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    Well I recommended 10, cause 7 is supposed to be 'obsolete' or unsupported in 2019,
    so it would be kinda a detriment for doing things like the internets. Also the new world
    of gaming is a bit too powerful for 7 to handle.
     
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    My gaming rig run Windows 10. No problems with it in terms of games not running, crashing, etc. I prefer MacOS as my daily working OS but Win 10 has worked fine for my gaming computer.
     
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    Very good. :) That's a box checked. How goes the hunt?
     
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    I use Linux, which isn't a great option for modern gaming. If, however, I wanted to go for a modern gaming system, it would have to run Windows 10, be at least a quad-core with hyperthreading or a true eight core, 8 gigs DDR3 memory and Nvidia graphics.
     
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    Oh yes, got one in my head. :)
     
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    I like full mil-spec boards, but have a nice little black cube I'd love to resurrect! :D What display card du jour would you pick?
     
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    Not related to gaming, but what distro do you use?
     
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    If budget wasn’t an issue, I’d probably go with the 2080 Ti: https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16814932074
     
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    I've been hearing there's been problems with RTX right now, so I'd personally probably still stick with a 1080 until some of the bugs are worked out with the new technology. And given that not too many games out there support ray tracing yet, for the most part they'd be too functionally similar for me to justify the price difference, even if I could afford it.
     
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    I have the 1080 now. Works great. I agree that it is good to stick with it.
     
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    I use Mint Cinnamon as my primary Linux distribution. My other hard drive has Kali Linux on it, and as soon as I get another SSD I plan to put Ubuntu on it. My old Vista system was dual-booted and has a customized CrunchBang Linux OS on it; I even installed Ubuntu on an SD card once for portability; SD cards are, essentially, tiny solid state drives that can run your computer if you install an OS on them.
     
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    Nice. I used both Crunchbang and Archbang in the past. Also, Manjaro. Right now I have Mint Cinnamon on one computer and elementary OS on an older laptop.
     
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    Excellent! I've used Manjaro in the past; I really like that distro for its minimalist style and I adore the Arch repository, AUR. :)
     
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    I did an Arch install once. I’m not an expert in this so it was a nightmare but I felt accomplished after the fact (and I learned a few things). :D
     
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    I never have used Arch before, but I would love to give it a shot. When I looked at it before, installation seemed to be the biggest hurdle with it, so I went for Manjaro instead. Anyone who manages to use Arch Linux has my respect, lol; it's intimidating to me. :)
     
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    Me too. I found an online tutorial and basically followed it :D
     
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    I've never been a command line guy, but I did install Ubuntu. I'd hope by now they have something like apk for adding to the OS and applications. I've always been intimidated with jars and tars. I still have a couple dozen machines in my lab, such as they are, so I'd love to play around with flavors of Linux! Gotta dust everything off, though. :D
     
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