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    Quote Originally Posted by Incendio View Post
    Hi,

    I've just seen a website here in Spain where you can customize a gaming laptop choosing hardware, didn't know this may exist in Spain but do exist. I've seen that the price is lower than what would be in brands such as MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, etc... Are those laptops reliable? (they have the brand of the website). Why MSI, Gigabyte, Asus are more expensive then? Sorry if the question is too basic.
    Could you share the link of the company you mentioned ? I'll run a background test for them if you like. Just to be sure.
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    my laptop buying guide? Do not buy laptops for gaming. They have physically limits like airflow and cooling and thus they ALWAYS operate at a horrible price / performance ratio. A fast sounding Geforce GTX 980M is on the same level as a PC GTX 670 or so...
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    alqmar, most people are aware of that, but sometimes you move around so much you'd like a laptop with a better gpu so you can play some of your favourite games. And the price/performance has become better, as the "m" chips from the GTX line isn't being used in newer laptops, but they are much closer full-fledged desktop cards in performance.
    Here's a link to the laptop gtx 1060 vs desktop gtx 1060 performance
    http://digiworthy.com/2016/09/26/nvi...op-benchmarks/
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    So I haven't played TW since Rome II, as my laptop died at the time. Had to get a cheaper laptop at the time but have just had a small windfall and looking now to upgrade. Want to be able to play the latest TWs easily and smoothly on high if possible ( was gutted I missed out on Warhammer till now), only other game I feel I have missed out on is EU4. Only other thing I really play is Football Manager too.

    Has to be a laptop becuase I ll use for studying and on the move with my writing too.

    Budget is £1.5k-£2k, or if something is irresistible I could maybe stretch a couple of £100s
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    You'll buy it from UK, right ?
    I could take a look later. I'm currently on the road.

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    Yes from the Uk.

    Two that have caught my eye, rightly or wrongly so far as the below;

    https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/lapt...op/n00aw15r406

    I would upgrade to 16gb of ram - and would get 10% through student discount, so would pay £1,620.

    https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/P...gaming-laptops

    Again with a student discount I can lower the price to £1,486.

    Those are the two I have seen, but don't if they are best for value and longevity or whether its overkill and not really needed
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    Not bad choices, indeed. It depends on your needs ofc. TW games are CPU hungry (not GPU) so you'll need a better processor mostly, but a quite strong GPU is always needed for gaming. Don't forget you'll play only on 1080p though, so you don't need to get the best (priciest) card.
    From the 2 you have mentioned, I would go for the New Alienware 15 since it's more future-proof and has more raw power. HP has excellent service though ( keep that in mind).
    You could also check this guide for more info. I could upload you a few more choices later if you like. I'm between short trips atm and constantly moving, so Ι'm doing everything from my phone.

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    Hello all, long-time lurker here, mainly lurking because I don't have a computer capable of playing the newer TW games. However, I'm now looking at buying a machine with the following specs:

    Intel Core i7 4710MQ quad core, 2.5GHz / 3.5GHz
    8GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

    I'm mainly hoping to play Warhammer Total War. Not too concerned about high performance, but would like it to run smoothly. I'm more or less completely ignorant when it comes to how computers work, but it looks like the CPU speed might be a bit slow (the specs for Warhammer TW state 3.2GHz as recommended). Any thoughts on whether this machine would run the game ok?

    Many thanks.

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    You should avoid GTX 950M, try to get at least a GTX 1050ti/1060 or an RX 4/570/80. As for the cpu, it's good enough. What's your budget and where do you live?
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Athelstan View Post
    You should avoid GTX 950M, try to get at least a GTX 1050ti/1060 or an RX 4/570/80. As for the cpu, it's good enough. What's your budget and where do you live?
    Thanks for getting back to me. I'm in the UK and at the moment, can go to £400-450 - if I can't getting something suitable for that, I'll wait until I saved more, but saw the laptop with the specs above in that price range so thought I'd check.

    Will the GTX 950M just not be able to run it?

    Cheers.

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    It will run the game, but not well. I highly recommend you save up a couple of hundred pounds more for a thoroughly enjoyable experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Athelstan View Post
    It will run the game, but not well. I highly recommend you save up a couple of hundred pounds more for a thoroughly enjoyable experience
    Understood - thanks for the advice.

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    Default Re: Laptop buying Guide

    Ι agree with King Athelstan. It'll be better to wait a bit and save for a more future-proof choice. If you need any suggestions just let us know.

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