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  • Bokkman
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 01:03 PM

Hi folks,


Being married with a child, I am unable to indulge in a triple-Ryzen, space-shuttle launching, liquid-cooled monstrosity. Instead, I make do with a plasticky Asus X550LN laptop. I got this machine off Mightyape for around $1000 a few years ago. What an absolute bargain. It has a core i5 4200u at around 1.6ghz, Geforce 840M and I doubled the RAM to 8GB. This thing goes hard, can play Fallout 4 and The Division with no issues. It has done me proud, but I am starting to look at an upgrade.


The problem is, I can't find anything is this country with comparable laptop specifications for around $1000. The cheaper end of laptops with dedicated graphics chips come with newer (?) but lesser specced Geforce 930M and Radeon R5.


Has anyone seen any models around with a Core i3/i5, 8GB RAM and a decent dedicated graphics chip?


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 02:59 PM

I can see a few Acer models with a GeForce 940MX for around $1000, but I won't recommend Acer. There's a few Dell models (listed on their site) which may or may not be any good, depending on how their mobile graphics models line up and possibly other things like CPU.


A few questions:

How firm is the $1000 budget? I'd really suggest something more like $1500 for gaming – the $1000 price bracket is really a bit low except for when something is on special, and even then is not great.

Does it actually need to be a laptop? You can get something far better than a $1000 laptop if you look at a desktop (specifically, some of the ex-lease / refurbished business machines on Trade Me or from PB Tech, and then add a GPU and monitor).

If it does need to be a laptop, what sort of battery life does it need?

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