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Old 01-15-2019, 12:46 PM   #901
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Need some advice on gaming laptops.

My son's 18th birthday is coming up, and we're looking to help him (subsidize) buy a laptop that he can use for games as well as school work. Primarily plays steam FPS games. Anythings specific I should look for, brands that are good, etc?
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:20 PM   #902
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Need some advice on gaming laptops.

My son's 18th birthday is coming up, and we're looking to help him (subsidize) buy a laptop that he can use for games as well as school work. Primarily plays steam FPS games. Anythings specific I should look for, brands that are good, etc?
Since laptops are notoriously difficult to upgrade (or impossible), I would recommend buying a pretty good one so it actually lasts. You can buy some cheaper ones to save money now, but you'll end up being unhappy with it much quicker.

I bought my wife an MSI laptop a couple years ago and made sure it had a GTX1070 and a newer generation i7 processor. I got it on sale for about $2000 but if it does good at running the games she plays as long as her last laptop (8 years), then it's a great buy even if it felt super expensive when we bought it. I read lots about iffy build quality but we've had no problems with it that way.
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Seconding MSI's gaming laptops.

Often have other good features too such as Steelseries keyboards, high-refresh G-Sync monitor panels, and M.2 SSDs. They go on sale a lot too.

That said, if you want to shell out some bucks for something really nice, the new Razer Blade with an RTX 2080 Max-Q in it looks pretty stellar.

https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade - $1600 USD and up
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I had an asus rog laptop and had 0 problems with it until I switched to a desktop and sold it
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Actually, it will be "certified" on certain displays, but based on their media release, it will technically usable on others as well, only it may not work great because the FreeSync standard is a bit all over the place.

Bought an LG 27MP59G from Kijiji for $150 27" only 1080p and 75hz but the Freesync is working flawless.


Cheap gamers rejoice.
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Yeah I enabled it on my wife's FreeSync monitor yesterday and it looks to be working well, but it occasionally cuts to a blackscreen once in awhile for about a half second.
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Yeah I enabled it on my wife's FreeSync monitor yesterday and it looks to be working well, but it occasionally cuts to a blackscreen once in awhile for about a half second.
That's a no from me.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #908
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Long time since I shopped...my mobo supports PCI-E 2, but it looks like most video cards say PCI-E 3. Will a 3 work in a 2 motherboard?
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Hrmm, this might work:


https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX70620


Silent, too. I just got a 4k projector, but my video card doesn't do 4k, so I just need something to play videos with, no video games.
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Long time since I shopped...my mobo supports PCI-E 2, but it looks like most video cards say PCI-E 3. Will a 3 work in a 2 motherboard?
It's backwards compatible. they normally work even on PCI-e 1.0 MBs.
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Ah, perfect, thanks! Will maybe I'll go with this one then:


https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX75435


Forgot to mention I'd like to try some 3D movies as well, so might need more power.
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That's a pretty solid choice; with the inflation in gaming card prices in recent years the RX 570 may be the only cost-effective option left. And you get 2 quality games as well.
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Picked one up, will plug it in this afternoon.
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Best laptop for casual use? Strictly used for internet use and watching netflix . Light use dor Word, Excell.

Ideally something lightweight/thin but I feel I may have to pay for this. something thick isn’t the end of the world.

Some stuff is a tablet/laptop.

Budget is 500

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Refurbished Surface Pro 4

Alternatively, a refurb Galaxy Tab S4 has a neat windows lite interface when you jam a kryboard on it and has a fantastic screen. Likely a few bucks more tho
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Best laptop for casual use? Strictly used for internet use and watching netflix . Light use dor Word, Excell.

Ideally something lightweight/thin but I feel I may have to pay for this. something thick isnít the end of the world.

Some stuff is a tablet/laptop.

Budget is 500
I haven't looked but you might find a used Surface laptop in that price range.
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Best laptop for casual use? Strictly used for internet use and watching netflix . Light use dor Word, Excell.

Ideally something lightweight/thin but I feel I may have to pay for this. something thick isnít the end of the world.

Some stuff is a tablet/laptop.

Budget is 500
Have you looked at a Chromebook? It hits all your requirements. And you would be under budget.
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Thoughts on the GPU market? It was so hard to upgrade on a budget for so long, now no cant move my 1060 6gb. All crypto related?
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Thoughts on the GPU market? It was so hard to upgrade on a budget for so long, now no cant move my 1060 6gb. All crypto related?
Pretty much. 12-15 months ago the crypto boom threw the entire market out of whack for a good half year and none of the manufacturers have really recovered. Both Nvidia and AMD have a crapton of backlogged previous series stock that they are only marginally discounting, likely because they already took massive stock hits due to inflated projection based on the Q1 2018 cryptorush.

Basically, the prices now are what they are, not great but not "earthquake in Taiwan" bad either.
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