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This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:26 pm

First, a building pro will know the answer to this: where's the best place online to buy laptops these days? Whatever I decide on could be configurable because I already have the hard drive I want to use, Samsung 1 Tera SSD.
Second: I used to game with Jae!

I'm looking at about $1000 can go up a bit, gaming but not crazy, bigger than 13.5 because that's what I have. I won't travel with the laptop. Dont want a desktop.

Hope someone has advice for me!
 
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:41 pm

If you are looking for configurable my favorite place is xoticpc.com.
 
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:22 pm

Hi, Linda!

Do you have any other intensive uses for this laptop besides moderate gaming? Guild Wars 2 isn't very demanding.

Here's a search at Newegg for notebooks that include six-core Coffee Lake CPUs and GeForce GTX1060 or better graphics.
$1000+tax would get you an Acer Aspire 7 A717-72G-700J - 17" and 6.7 lbs
$1050+tax -120MIR would buy an MSI GL63 8RE-629 -15.6" and 4.8 lbs

The larger notebook has an empty 2½" drive bay for your existing SSD that is accessible without opening the rest of the case.
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:30 pm

The Dell on the front page is pretty juicy:
https://techreport.com/news/34483/barga ... 0-and-more
The Dell G7 gaming laptop (I7588-7385BLK-PU) is one of the finer specimens of the breed, and the version we have here comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor (six cores, 12 threads!), 8 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Max-Q graphics card. All you need to take home this beastie from Best Buy is $899.99.
 
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:14 pm

configurable/boutique laptops tend to have a price premium and their modular nature tends to make them uglier (configurable keyboards look pretty dated compared to the modern 'floating chiclet' look, for example). Likewise, they are generally bulkier because everything needs a slot or socket rather than being soldered in.

If all you want to do is reuse a 1TB SSD, you should probably just buy a mainstream laptop from Acer/Asus/Dell/Gigabyte/Lenovo/MSI and change the drive yourself.

Not all models have the ability to swap the disk or RAM, but I find that Notebookcheck.de usually has a review with teardown images that will let you know if a disk or RAM upgrade is possible.
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:22 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Hi, Linda!

Do you have any other intensive uses for this laptop besides moderate gaming? Guild Wars 2 isn't very demanding.

Here's a search at Newegg for notebooks that include six-core Coffee Lake CPUs and GeForce GTX1060 or better graphics.
$1000+tax would get you an Acer Aspire 7 A717-72G-700J - 17" and 6.7 lbs
$1050+tax -120MIR would buy an MSI GL63 8RE-629 -15.6" and 4.8 lbs

The larger notebook has an empty 2½" drive bay for your existing SSD that is accessible without opening the rest of the case.

I'm not keen on Acer, is Msi an ok brand? The Dell special looks very interesting.
Now I'll look over the NewEgg list... ty!
 
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Re: This should be in with laptops but you'll see why it isn't when read

Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:08 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Hi, Linda!

Do you have any other intensive uses for this laptop ? No

Here's a search at Newegg for notebooks that include six-core Coffee Lake CPUs and GeForce GTX1060 or better graphics.
$1000+tax would get you an Acer Aspire 7 A717-72G-700J - 17" and 6.7 lbs
$1050+tax -120MIR would buy an MSI GL63 8RE-629 -15.6" and 4.8 lbs

The larger notebook has an empty 2½" drive bay for your existing SSD that is accessible without opening the rest of the case.


I dont see which laptop has a drive bay for me. Without opening the case? I would like that! Do any other laptops have that?

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