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Ganoncrotch said:
SvennoJ said:

Yes, cooling is always a problem. Space is the primary reason to go with a (15.6") laptop. Where I normally use it, I simply don't have any space for a desktop and monitor. Plus it's still easier to move a laptop to the tv than a desktop. Games are not the primary concern though. PS4 pro handles that. It's just a couple of pc and xbox games I would like to try out that my current laptop has no chance of running. It's a rather high premium on a laptop, still better than buying a separate small form factor gaming pc for under the tv. I need the laptop anyway.

Yeah of course in your scenario you need to have a laptop so you're spending a pretty nice amount to get a decent machine, I respect that but just keep your expectations in check when it comes to any version of a graphics card which is in a laptop, they might share the same number as their desktop brother, but that's normally the only number which is the same, the cost number will be far greater and the performance number will be far lower, laptop tax as it was called earlier in the thread :D

My own laptop has a fairly old i7 , 3630qm I think was the brand but it's coupled with a tragic gpu but then my main use of it is just for work an emulation but that's mostly handled by the cpu not gpu so it does a fair job at what I want it for, again in terms of gaming at my "TV" I have my Switch/PS4 and PC all happily tucked into where my projector is so there is no console near the actual screen area, just my amp and speakers on either side of a white wall.

Those days are over for me. Retreating in the basement to play pc games I mean. I mostly game on out old 1080p tv nowadays that sits alongside the 4k tv that's used by my wife and kids most of the day. The advantage of a laptop is, can use it anytime, anywhere. My projector in the basement hardly ever gets used anymore. However with a gaming laptop I can easily plug it in for a quick game. Somehow that seems more justifiable in my mind than getting a gaming pc that gets used maybe once a month.

The cost markup is remarkable though. This could cover my actual needs for a while
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/acer-aspire-5-15-6-laptop-silver-intel-core-i5-8265u-256gb-ssd-8gb-ram-windows-10/13049601.aspx?
CAD 1000 less, yet also no 1tb storage, much slower cpu, half the ram, and according to the review bad display and flimsy keyboard.

I'm also looking on newegg.ca for comperative laptops with the gpu. However I really have to look in store to see if the keyboard and display are acceptable.

It seems that if I want 16gb ram again, that Acer Predator is actually a very good deal. On best buy it comes up with a 3k MS surface and on newegg 16gb laptops with 4 usb ports start at CAD 1477 (still wuthout a 1tb storage drive)
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7RD8KU6893&ignorebbr=1
No clue if that's any good.

Review of the predator
https://www.techradar.com/reviews/acer-predator-helios-300
cons: gets too hot, yeah no surprise. Perhaps not that big of a concern for some light gaming. Besides, they stat 97F for gaming while putting the fan on max. My current one can burn your fingers with the air that comes out :/ At least they like the keyboard and display. Sound is shit, yet that's what headphones are for and when connected to the tv sound will go over the 5.1 surround system. Battery life is a shame though, 1 movie and a half they state. (My current one only makes it 20 to 30 minutes off power after 5 years) I wonder if raising up the back a bit to get better air flow is better than letting it sit flat on the (metal) table.

You get what you pay for and the Canadian dollar just isn't very strong anymore. Hence the xbox one x is still 600 here. Yet shit laptop, plus xbox one x is about the same price, but then no pc games. decisions decisions :)

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I prefer gaming on a desktop (on my notebook I have a lot of entertaining lightweight games), but €1200 for a laptop with RTX2060 (taxes and shipping within Germany included) doesn't sound too bad:

Models with the more energy efficient GTX 1660 Ti will probably even be cheaper... perhaps wait for them.



I got the blessing from the wife (couldn't stand me cursing at my current one for over a year now lol), reserved it in store. So if it looks good, I'll have it in the afternoon :)



SvennoJ said:
I got the blessing from the wife (couldn't stand me cursing at my current one for over a year now lol), reserved it in store. So if it looks good, I'll have it in the afternoon :)

Awesome man, there's nothing like new PC hardware, especially when you have one now that has some damaged keys and stuff on it, you won't know yourself using the new little beast!



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I nabbed my gal an Omen X gaming laptop, that sports 1080p 144hz with a M1070 in it and it's been working dandy for her gaming needs. Was around £1500 for me though, but I managed to get nearly £100 via an online coupon at the time.

As far as I can see Omen/Acer are pretty good for laptops. Origin can be as well, but I'd still stay the fuck away from Alienware.



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Ganoncrotch said:
SvennoJ said:
I got the blessing from the wife (couldn't stand me cursing at my current one for over a year now lol), reserved it in store. So if it looks good, I'll have it in the afternoon :)

Awesome man, there's nothing like new PC hardware, especially when you have one now that has some damaged keys and stuff on it, you won't know yourself using the new little beast!

Got it before the storm gets too bad. Lunch then the fun stuff, trying to get around windows 10. I'm still on 8.1

I also picked up a laserjet for CAD 120, just black and white as the color versions are over CAD 450, and color ink is another CAD 400 on top, crazy. Black ink alone  is already CAD 100, but it lasts twice as long as the color cartridges. Ink is as much as the printer, crazy. I have a color inkjet now, however since it's not used for long periods in between the black clogged up and now it's useless. Can't be fixed and it's a common risk with inkjet printers. It can still print color, just have to make sure to replace all black with dark blue first before printing :/ Hopefully a lasertjet can survive long periods of inactivity.

Fun afternoon ahead, just got to watch my data cap and be selective with which Steam games I install, got to spread it out.



Chazore said:
I nabbed my gal an Omen X gaming laptop, that sports 1080p 144hz with a M1070 in it and it's been working dandy for her gaming needs. Was around £1500 for me though, but I managed to get nearly £100 via an online coupon at the time.

As far as I can see Omen/Acer are pretty good for laptops. Origin can be as well, but I'd still stay the fuck away from Alienware.

Stay away from Dell and Toshiba as well. I'm using Toshiba atm, my wife has a Dell (although does pretty much everything on her iPhone plus nowadays) Dell used to be good 15 years ago, Nowadays i'm not impressed with them anymore.



SvennoJ said:
Chazore said:
I nabbed my gal an Omen X gaming laptop, that sports 1080p 144hz with a M1070 in it and it's been working dandy for her gaming needs. Was around £1500 for me though, but I managed to get nearly £100 via an online coupon at the time.

As far as I can see Omen/Acer are pretty good for laptops. Origin can be as well, but I'd still stay the fuck away from Alienware.

Stay away from Dell and Toshiba as well. I'm using Toshiba atm, my wife has a Dell (although does pretty much everything on her iPhone plus nowadays) Dell used to be good 15 years ago, Nowadays i'm not impressed with them anymore.

I stopped with Dell a long, long time ago. Toshiba I've never tried in my life, not even for parts they make. They just don't come off to me as "good quality and a head of the competition" kind of company. 



SvennoJ said:
Ganoncrotch said:

Awesome man, there's nothing like new PC hardware, especially when you have one now that has some damaged keys and stuff on it, you won't know yourself using the new little beast!

Got it before the storm gets too bad. Lunch then the fun stuff, trying to get around windows 10. I'm still on 8.1

I also picked up a laserjet for CAD 120, just black and white as the color versions are over CAD 450, and color ink is another CAD 400 on top, crazy. Black ink alone  is already CAD 100, but it lasts twice as long as the color cartridges. Ink is as much as the printer, crazy. I have a color inkjet now, however since it's not used for long periods in between the black clogged up and now it's useless. Can't be fixed and it's a common risk with inkjet printers. It can still print color, just have to make sure to replace all black with dark blue first before printing :/ Hopefully a lasertjet can survive long periods of inactivity.

Fun afternoon ahead, just got to watch my data cap and be selective with which Steam games I install, got to spread it out.

Congrats!

Can't forget the laser. It's a must!



EricHiggin said:

Congrats!

Can't forget the laser. It's a must!

Damn, I'm still cleaning up my old laptop to make the migration of the important stuff easier. Sorting through 5 years of crap! The HDD has been at 100% overload for the past hour removing shit. The uninstallers leave so much crap behind. It takes forever to delete a dozen versions of minecraft and tons of old mods, thousands and thousands of tiny files. The mess PC gaming leaves behind. Uplay, Origin, Gog, Steam, EA, Epic, the disadvantage of having a lot of disk space.