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Posted 2/10/17 , edited 2/11/17
Recently my gaming laptop of 7 years has died. May it rest in peace. I am currently looking for a new gaming laptop (as I do not have the luxury to build and move a gaming desktop through the field currently).

I have been enjoying the looks of MSI and Gigabyte. My issue with both is a large amount of bloatware. What brand of desktop/laptop do you own (if you bought premade). If not, what brand do you prefer for your graphics cards, motherboards and such. Do you have any experience with any? Pros, cons?

All experience is welcome (like I wouldn't suggest a new alienware, tried it, and slightly overpriced for what you get)(also slightly biased as the one I bought died in 1 week and I returned it).

Thanks, and I will see what you all have to say on Monday (Got fieldwork to do!).
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Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/11/17
I primarily use a desktop:

Motherboards I prefer MSI or Gigabyte typically
Graphics Cards I like eVGA personally, XFX is okay-ish from the AMD side
Memory: Most name brands are decent, avoid PNY IME. Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill, Patriot. Get something that plays nicely at a lower voltage while maintaining good speed is the best answer IMO.
PSU: Antec, Corsair, EVGA, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, MasterCooler, Thermaltake (Toughpower Only!) - any OEMs that use Seasonic as well.
Cases: Fractal, NZXT, Lian-Li, Antec, Corsair, Silverstone
HDD: Western Digital for 99% of them
SSD: Crucial for cost/stability, Samsung for performance
SoundCard: Asus Xonar series

I think that covers most of it?

For laptops I evaluate more hands on. I don't trust a "brand" I trust a "model". For example, most Acer's are garbage - the Timeline X I got on sale though has lasted years with a dedicated GPU, even offered a two year international warranty if I traveled. I've seen Asus laptops that were riddled with issues within a month even though they are typically seen as good quality. All manufacturers will eventually make a bad product in laptop land IME, the important thing is whether the model that's being considered itself is good or not.
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Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/11/17
So glad I can just build towers again and no longer have a use for laptops..

I concur though, don't ever go with Dell / Alienware. I've owned three of their laptops over the years. Every single one was shipped with significant hardware problems (One shipped without a working display. One shipped without a working soundcard. One shipped with an electrical short that caused the laptop to shock you periodically while using the keyboard or touching the case, etc.) Getting their tech support people to cooperate was like pulling teeth (and people complain that CR's customer service is bad...) Every single laptop kicked the bucket entirely after roughly two years.

I would have given up on them after the first dud laptop, but I had access to a significant discount through work, so I kept thinking, "Perhaps, it was a fluke," No. No, it wasn't. Their manufacturing quality control is that bad.

I don't do business with them anymore (because three strikes was two more than they deserved) and happily recommend that others don't as well, because screw you, Dell.

Yes. I hold a grudge.
Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/11/17
Don't really care about brand when purchasing a laptop since I just use them for taking notes at university but they've all either been Acer or Toshiba.

For my Desktop I guess I have favourite vendors for particular parts but they're not absolute. Corsair as an example of a solid brand.
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Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/11/17
im a fan of macbooks

not great for pc gaming though fortunately im a very lowkey gamer so it doesn't really affect me
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30 / M / Clinton, NY
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Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/12/17
Laptop Asus or MSI. Desktop build your own.
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Posted 2/11/17 , edited 2/12/17

Dark_Alma wrote:

Recently my gaming laptop of 7 years has died. May it rest in peace. I am currently looking for a new gaming laptop (as I do not have the luxury to build and move a gaming desktop through the field currently).

I have been enjoying the looks of MSI and Gigabyte. My issue with both is a large amount of bloatware. What brand of desktop/laptop do you own (if you bought premade). If not, what brand do you prefer for your graphics cards, motherboards and such. Do you have any experience with any? Pros, cons?

All experience is welcome (like I wouldn't suggest a new alienware, tried it, and slightly overpriced for what you get)(also slightly biased as the one I bought died in 1 week and I returned it).

Thanks, and I will see what you all have to say on Monday (Got fieldwork to do!).


Alright let's start with the bloatware. https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
EZ

Next up... hardware

You need to take advantage of the huge leap in mobile graphics power offered by Pascal based GPUs. This means you should look for a laptop with GTX 10x0 series. I'm pretty AMD biased, but I can't ignore what NVidia has done here.

If I had to choose one right now I'd probably buy this one.
https://smile.amazon.com/P57Xv7-KL3-Notebook-Kabylake-i7-7700HQ-GeForce/dp/B01N9MD8GZ

If I wanted QHD
https://smile.amazon.com/X7-v6-PC3K4D-Notebook-i7-6820HK-GeForce/dp/B01KB8QU1I

If I was on a more limited budget
https://smile.amazon.com/GL502VS-DB71-Full-HD-Gaming-i7-6700HQ-Windows/dp/B01K1INYD0


As for brand loyalty, my favorite is usually MSI
I tend to avoid Dell/Alienware due to quality concerns with their laptops. My last one lasted not even a year before failure.
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33 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
I've been using Lenovo towers for the last 7 or 8 years for my everyday use. Been pretty dependable machines for me.

Obviously not top of the line hardware in them since they're just fairly cheap Chinese PC's. But aside from being a little disappointed in the low watt PSU's I've had to contend with which has limited me to pretty low profile Graphics, I have yet to have any hardware issues with anything I've owned.
Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
I have a eee pc I used for study which quickly because my retro game console.

My desktop is my workhorse.
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
This is probably one of the best gaming laptops I've ever seen for it's price.

Future proof for at least 2 or 3 years, runs nearly everything on ultra at 60+ FPS (going to try and hook it up to a monitor to see how high it's frame rate can go, native motion rate is 60).
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
Apple laptop
(fan of drag and drop)
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28 / M / Houma
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17

Balzack wrote:

I've been using Lenovo towers for the last 7 or 8 years for my everyday use. Been pretty dependable machines for me.

Obviously not top of the line hardware in them since they're just fairly cheap Chinese PC's. But aside from being a little disappointed in the low watt PSU's I've had to contend with which has limited me to pretty low profile Graphics, I have yet to have any hardware issues with anything I've owned.


If I recall correctly they bought off the consumer arm of IBM. So while a Chinese company they actually do see value a quality product. I'm unsure if they managed to hold on to this standard over the years as I've been building my own desktops for a while now.
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
I have been very happy with my ASUS Zenbook. When it eventually kicks the bucket I will get another one. Apple is overpriced and nothing special. It's a PC running a proprietary unix-like.
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Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17

GreatLordBalzak wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:

Recently my gaming laptop of 7 years has died. May it rest in peace. I am currently looking for a new gaming laptop (as I do not have the luxury to build and move a gaming desktop through the field currently).

I have been enjoying the looks of MSI and Gigabyte. My issue with both is a large amount of bloatware. What brand of desktop/laptop do you own (if you bought premade). If not, what brand do you prefer for your graphics cards, motherboards and such. Do you have any experience with any? Pros, cons?

All experience is welcome (like I wouldn't suggest a new alienware, tried it, and slightly overpriced for what you get)(also slightly biased as the one I bought died in 1 week and I returned it).

Thanks, and I will see what you all have to say on Monday (Got fieldwork to do!).


Alright let's start with the bloatware. https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
EZ

Next up... hardware

You need to take advantage of the huge leap in mobile graphics power offered by Pascal based GPUs. This means you should look for a laptop with GTX 10x0 series. I'm pretty AMD biased, but I can't ignore what NVidia has done here.

If I had to choose one right now I'd probably buy this one.
https://smile.amazon.com/P57Xv7-KL3-Notebook-Kabylake-i7-7700HQ-GeForce/dp/B01N9MD8GZ

If I wanted QHD
https://smile.amazon.com/X7-v6-PC3K4D-Notebook-i7-6820HK-GeForce/dp/B01KB8QU1I

If I was on a more limited budget
https://smile.amazon.com/GL502VS-DB71-Full-HD-Gaming-i7-6700HQ-Windows/dp/B01K1INYD0


As for brand loyalty, my favorite is usually MSI
I tend to avoid Dell/Alienware due to quality concerns with their laptops. My last one lasted not even a year before failure.


I am fairly computer literate (enough so to build my own desktop if I needed to). The Gigabyte itself is pretty good! The only issue with it is I would want 12-16 GB ram. Here is one I am looking at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IO9Y35G/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3JBCVV8Z1BY66&coliid=I1T2J8V90FWX76&psc=1

For the most part what I don't know about MSI is what is safe to remove and not (other than Norton and WinZip, fuck these two)!
Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17
I have nothing fancy no gaming or anything but my 2012 HP laptop has held up greatly over the years lol. (until the HDD failed last year lol bought a 120GB SSD for it as a replacement lol.)

Anyway I would use a HP laptop again though I always wanted to use a mac lol.
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