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Posted 1/12/17 , edited 1/12/17


If you know you are going to buy pre-built, for not much more you can get an Alienware Aurora with a 6GB 1080 and the same i7 7700. Which is going to do a lot more for your performance than a no name SSD and 32GB of RAM half of which is likely unnecessary RAM. Not recommending it, just saying shop around.
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Posted 1/12/17
the i7 7700 is a waste. gamers can settle for a 5th-6th gen i5 for a lot less. 32gb ram seems overkill though
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Posted 1/13/17

namealreadytaken wrote:

the i7 7700 is a waste. gamers can settle for a 5th-6th gen i5 for a lot less. 32gb ram seems overkill though


It isn't really a waste, exactly. The chip is within a $20 variance with the 6700k and 4790k, but most people are going to opt for the 14nm architecture with DDR4 support. There aren't any meaningful gains over the 6700k, as they are literally competing by clock rate--and that is only 0.4 GHz out of the box, but you aren't losing anything with it, either.

You COULD build around an older architecture and save a couple hundred, at the loss of the 14nm and DDR4 support on the Mobo, but that is counterintuitive--you leave no path of upgrade on the same board; you'd be stuck on DDR3 and LGA 1150. If you needed something with a little more kick (for whatever reason--if even not related to gaming,) you'd need to shell out several hundred more for a board, RAM, CPU, and possibly a cooler mount (or cooler.) Hanging on older tech is only cheaper in short-sight; in the long run, it's more expensive.
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Posted 1/13/17
with the switch also going pay to play online..


PC is looking pretty appealing to those gamers who hate paing $50-$60 a year just to play online..
Posted 1/13/17
I buy I7s mostly for the extra PCIe lanes. I usually end up doing SLI and my next build will almost certainly have an m.2 SSD in it.
Possibly a NIC as well depending if there is an on board and if it's any good.
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Posted 1/15/17

a fast quad core processor with a gtx 1050 for only $800
great for multitasking (such as running a VM) as well as gaming at 1080p. maybe not strong enough for ultra, but should be good enough for most people. considering not too long ago you could only get a gtx 960m at that price, it's a great deal.
i wonder how long is the battery life. the 1050 is supposed to be very power-efficient, so it should last longer than a gtx 9xx laptop.
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Posted 1/15/17

namealreadytaken wrote:


a fast quad core processor with a gtx 1050 for only $800
great for multitasking (such as running a VM) as well as gaming at 1080p. maybe not strong enough for ultra, but should be good enough for most people. considering not too long ago you could only get a gtx 960m at that price, it's a great deal.
i wonder how long is the battery life. the 1050 is supposed to be very power-efficient, so it should last longer than a gtx 9xx laptop.


Interesting.

Do you think they can run games like GTA 5, Battlefield 1, and The Witcher 3 on high?
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Posted 1/15/17

stark700 wrote:
Interesting.

Do you think they can run games like GTA 5, Battlefield 1, and The Witcher 3 on high?


battlefield 1 at ~46.5 fps high, ~41.1fps ultra
witcher 3 at 29.1 fps high, < 20 fps ultra

source, showing the performance for various games
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Notebook.178614.0.html

i was wrong with the power efficiency though..it's said to be about the same as the 960m
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Posted 1/17/17 , edited 2/7/17
How about Dell XPS 13? My wife got one and it works fine. one problem with the laptop is that it is very hard to reset login password because Dell adds a special mechanism on its product. A good tutorial for dell password recovery: http://www.uukeys.com/reset-windows-password-dell-laptop.html
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Posted 1/17/17
Personally, I can't recommend any Dell or Alienware product. Every laptop I've acquired from either has had serious hardware issues (or outright failures) directly out of the box. None lasted more than two to three years before failing entirely. It's been several years now but, last I did business with them, their manufacturing quality control was a joke.
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Posted 1/17/17
My laptop can play Fallout 4, Witcher 3 & GTA V on playable speeds, low~high graphics, runs MGSV on 40~60 fps, the whole has to be a certain such and such is a lie, if it's playable then it's playable, my laptop has an 840m 2GB graphics card, i5-4210U 1.7 Ghz up to 2.7 GHz, 8 GB DDR 3 RAM & 1000GB HDD, I paid under $700 for it,

it was about $699, with $100 off, there's nothing wrong with it, it can play all the latest games, and they run fine, I've played FFXIV A Realm Reborn, over 30 fps stable with over 2.8 MBS a second DL, speeds go up to 8MBS sometimes, people that say you have to spend over a $1000 for a "decent gaming laptop/computer" don't actually know what they are talking about, most of these people don't even have a need for it ( the specs they are getting ) I can play CSGO maxed out over 40~60 fps stable with good internet, most people play online games want a decent ping and good bandwidth, being able to play the game at a good speed

I can run GTA V and have it on low~medium high, some settings on high, and still get good frames, for a laptop that is really good and for under a 1000 dollars.

Played Witcher 3 on low~medium still playable can still play it

If you have ever played Crysis on 3 fps THEN you will know what lag is, oh and dial up internet that takes over 5 minutes to load a webpage
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Posted 2/11/17

iriomote wrote:

Personally, I can't recommend any Dell or Alienware product. Every laptop I've acquired from either has had serious hardware issues (or outright failures) directly out of the box. None lasted more than two to three years before failing entirely. It's been several years now but, last I did business with them, their manufacturing quality control was a joke.



I had the opposite experience, but then again that was back in '97 when they were separate companies (not to mention Alienware custom built my rig). Lately I've had to go with off-the-shelf MSI models (money is a little tight lately) and for the most part I'm happy with the frame rates I get from the GPU but the cooling system is pants compared to what I used to get.
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Posted 2/13/17

Baha_Java wrote:


iriomote wrote:

Personally, I can't recommend any Dell or Alienware product. Every laptop I've acquired from either has had serious hardware issues (or outright failures) directly out of the box. None lasted more than two to three years before failing entirely. It's been several years now but, last I did business with them, their manufacturing quality control was a joke.



I had the opposite experience, but then again that was back in '97 when they were separate companies (not to mention Alienware custom built my rig). Lately I've had to go with off-the-shelf MSI models (money is a little tight lately) and for the most part I'm happy with the frame rates I get from the GPU but the cooling system is pants compared to what I used to get.


I gotta agree, MSI is probably the most reliable for it's price compared to other brands. And lol the heat from the left side of my laptop XD
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