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  • Laptop - $1500 budget, gaming, recording and streaming

    Hey people,

    I'm not overly familiar with what makes a good laptop /desktop though if anyone here can help me out I'd be very grateful.

    I'm looking for a gaming laptop to also record and/or stream on which I will most likely be using an Elgato game recorder. I will be wanting to play games like dayz, battlefield and other various games to come to which I'd like to upload and stream in a high quality fitting for my viewers and am looking for something that can hold 30fps in 1080p for a long period of gameplay without dropping or overheating, fan noise isn't an issue.



    1) What is your budget?
    $1500 - 2000
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) What country (and state) are you buying this in?
    Melbourne, Australia

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    None

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Gaming, streaming, video editing and uploading.

    6) Will you be taking the laptop with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    Leaving it on my desk.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    Fallout 4 when released, battlefield, lol, h1z1, dayz

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not much as itll almost always be on my desk.

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    To a point.

    10) Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 7/8

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)Widescreen
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1080; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen?
    Whatever is better for gaming

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Nope
    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    3 weeks, I want it to last a long time. A couple years hopefully.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, or 1.5TB?
    1TB

    16) Would you prefer a SSD Hard Drive? How much space do you want?
    If SSD is only for boot-up, then I wouldn't mind. If it helps with gaming performance and such, then I'd like one. Unsure of space.

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    Dvd if possible.

    18) What speed CPU/Processor would you like? Dual core or Quad Core CPU?
    Unsure.

    19) Do you use wireless, or do you plan on using it? Do you use Bluetooth, or do you plan on using it?
    No wireless.
    Last edited by Javrax; 09-28-2015, 12:11 PM.

  • #2
    I would recommend anything with a Intel Skylake CPU, recently released and DDR4 ram. For the GPU 980m is going to handle any recent game on high settings, 970m is cheaper but still a solid performer. With SSD go with 250GB min, enough for the OS, software and games.


    Sager NP8678-S (Clevo P670RG) - $1899
    - 17.3” FHD 16:9 IPS LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finish w/ G-SYNC Technology (1920x1080) (SKU - SSC882) - [ETA: 10/15/2015]
    - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 980M (8.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell)
    - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS)
    - 250GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD - Default
    - 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDX97)
    - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC N1535 - 802.11 AC/A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth 4.0 [M.2 Chip] (SKU - WIFI635)
    - Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled (without Recovery Media)

    MSI GS70 Stealth Pro-006 -$1854
    - 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Anti-Glare Ultra Bright Screen (1920x1080)
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (3.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell) w/ Optimus™ Technology
    - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)

    - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS) - Default
    - 256GB 6Gb/s Solid State Drive [M.2] SSD
    - 1TB 7200RPM (SATA III - 6GB/s) - Default (SKU - HDD025)
    - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC N1525 - 802.11 AC/A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth 4.0 [M.2 Chip] - Default (SKU - WIFI74)
    - Microsoft Windows® 10 - Installed

    Sager NP8677-S (Clevo P670RE) - $1639
    - 17.3” FHD 16:9 IPS LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finish w/ G-SYNC Technology (1920x1080) (SKU - SSC882) - [ETA: 10/8/2015]
    - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (3.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell)
    - No Video Adapter
    - No External Mobile Display
    - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS)
    - 250GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD
    - 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDX97)
    - Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 8260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 [M.2 Chip] (SKU - S8X116) - Default
    - Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled (without Recovery Media)

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    • #3
      Thank you for the response Scovy. The laptop looks to be really good, better than my old desktop if I remember. Though I question if I may ask.. If I had more money, which I might, is it worth upgrading the SSD to 500gb or would something else fit better.

      Thanks again, you've been a great help to me.

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      • #4
        (accidental double post)
        Last edited by sYgmata; 09-29-2015, 07:34 PM.

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        • #5
          SSDs do not improve gaming performance, they only decrease loading times in games and the time it takes to start your computer.

          You will see no benefit in framerate unless you are using a high-bandwidth save-to-disk video recording software like Fraps. Shadowplay uses a very low bandwidth (around 10-50 mbit/s), and typical HDDs have write speeds of up to 800 mbit/s, and streaming does not save-to-disk. SSDs will thus not improve your streaming performance, either.

          I think two 2 TB HDDs would be much more useful than paying $200+ on a 500 GB SSD, especially considering the 4 TB would come in handy for storing all the raw footage along with the edited videos. Or even get an SSHD.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Scovy View Post
            I would recommend anything with a Intel Skylake CPU, recently released and DDR4 ram. For the GPU 980m is going to handle any recent game on high settings, 970m is cheaper but still a solid performer. With SSD go with 250GB min, enough for the OS, software and games.


            Sager NP8678-S (Clevo P670RG) - $1899
            - 17.3” FHD 16:9 IPS LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finish w/ G-SYNC Technology (1920x1080) (SKU - SSC882) - [ETA: 10/15/2015]
            - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
            - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 980M (8.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell)
            - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS)
            - 250GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD - Default
            - 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDX97)
            - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC N1535 - 802.11 AC/A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth 4.0 [M.2 Chip] (SKU - WIFI635)
            - Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled (without Recovery Media)

            MSI GS70 Stealth Pro-006 -$1854
            - 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Anti-Glare Ultra Bright Screen (1920x1080)
            - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (3.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell) w/ Optimus™ Technology
            - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)

            - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS) - Default
            - 256GB 6Gb/s Solid State Drive [M.2] SSD
            - 1TB 7200RPM (SATA III - 6GB/s) - Default (SKU - HDD025)
            - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC N1525 - 802.11 AC/A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth 4.0 [M.2 Chip] - Default (SKU - WIFI74)
            - Microsoft Windows® 10 - Installed

            Sager NP8677-S (Clevo P670RE) - $1639
            - 17.3” FHD 16:9 IPS LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finish w/ G-SYNC Technology (1920x1080) (SKU - SSC882) - [ETA: 10/8/2015]
            - 6th Generation Intel® Skylake™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
            - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (3.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell)
            - No Video Adapter
            - No External Mobile Display
            - 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x8GB SODIMMS)
            - 250GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD
            - 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDX97)
            - Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 8260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 [M.2 Chip] (SKU - S8X116) - Default
            - Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled (without Recovery Media)

            That's a perfect quotations with the reliable budge. Thanks for sharing Scovy..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sYgmata View Post
              SSDs do not improve gaming performance, they only decrease loading times in games and the time it takes to start your computer.

              You will see no benefit in framerate unless you are using a high-bandwidth save-to-disk video recording software like Fraps. Shadowplay uses a very low bandwidth (around 10-50 mbit/s), and typical HDDs have write speeds of up to 800 mbit/s, and streaming does not save-to-disk. SSDs will thus not improve your streaming performance, either.

              I think two 2 TB HDDs would be much more useful than paying $200+ on a 500 GB SSD, especially considering the 4 TB would come in handy for storing all the raw footage along with the edited videos. Or even get an SSHD.
              This is not true. No load games like Warcraft constantly stream data off of the disk while you are playing. Even in those types of games, there are load screens between instances, etc. which would benefit from SSD. Other games are constantly accessing the disk as well. Most games are not no load games and will have a number of load screens as you play. So you will see an overall performance increase with games. If an SSD was something like a 5% increase in performance this would be a different conversation but you will see at times 100s of times increase in hard disk access performance. This is one of the single best upgrades you can buy. I have a 500GB and a 1TB SSD along with a 1TB data drive in my laptop.

              With regard to framerate, you are correct but I can tell from personal experience that there are times when I am crossing boundaries in game will cause significant decrease in framerate because there is so a ton of CPU and disk access. This happens often when I am crossing into cities or out of cities in a game like ESO. So while it doesn't directly affect framerate, it can have an impact.
              Last edited by lancia12; 11-05-2015, 09:38 AM.

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