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Looking for a gaming laptop for the £1000-1200MAX mark

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by beasty6, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    Hey guys!

    Not been around much due to moving the gaming rig on a few years ago.
    I'm looking for a laptop for games and work purposes, just website monitoring and emails etc nothing intensive.

    My max budget is £1200 but I have a few must haves

    120/144hz IPS panel
    RTX 2060
    Upgradeable storage
    Dual channel memory
    CPU side of things I'm really not sure.

    Games I will be playing are
    Company of heroes 2
    Age of empires
    Heroes & generals
    Few FPS etc

    I would like a 17.3 for the bigger screen but not a deal breaker.

    If I could have some recommendations please that would be fantastic! Cheers
     
  2. MiSJAH

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 30, 2013

    Posts: 1,391

    Location: UK

    Here's a start with your budget and required options:


    Chassis & Display
    17.3" Matte Full HD 144Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)

    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor 9750H (2.6GHz, 4.5GHz Turbo)

    Memory (RAM)
    16GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)

    Graphics Card
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 - 6.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1

    1st Storage Drive
    1TB SEAGATE 7mm SERIAL ATA III 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 128MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

    1st M.2 SSD Drive
    512GB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (2000 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)

    Memory Card Reader
    Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)

    AC Adaptor
    1 x 180W AC Adaptor

    Power Cable
    1 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable

    Battery
    46WH Lithium Ion Battery

    Sound Card
    2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema

    Bluetooth & Wireless
    GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0

    USB/Thunderbolt Options
    2 x USB 3.1 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD

    Keyboard Language
    RGB BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD

    Warranty
    3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

    £1,203.00
    inc VAT and Delivery

    144Hz display, 6 core Intel I7, 16GB 2666 (2 x 8GB), RTX 2060, 512GB NVMe system/games drive, 1TB media storage drive.

    Has a spare M.2 drive slot, so total of up to 3 drives.

    Anything you don't like?
     
  3. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    Nope that looks fantastic, what model is this?
     
  4. MiSJAH

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 30, 2013

    Posts: 1,391

    Location: UK

    It's a Clevo NH70RDQ.

    More likely find it under a different name.

    It's against the forum rules to name competitors.

    Try googling "Specialist bespoke laptop builders in the UK" or similar.
     
  5. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    Ok so my search has to change a little

    Budget has changed to a maximum of £1000

    However a 144hz display and some decent storage is preferred.

    Now in the laptop department, are the and Ryzen CPUs the better choice? Also, rtx2060 over a gtx1660ti for 1080p, really worth the extra? As I've noticed for the £1000 mark gets you a i5 and gtx1660ti or a and Ryzen 7 and a gtx1660ti
     
  6. willhub

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 3, 2006

    Posts: 22,224

    Location: MediaCityUK

    I was going to go with a Clevo, but there was so much talk about thermal issues I went with a HP Omen, really nice and good value, however the one I had as 1400 for RTX2070MQ and i7 9750.

    For 1200 you can get the 1660Ti and i7 9750 though I'm sure.
     
  7. ilc72

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 19, 2014

    Posts: 462

    If you could wait 1-2 months you will have a much better choice of laptops as the Ryzen 4000 laptops and the new 14nm Comet Lake models will be coming to market.

    These will force sales of older laptops and the new offerings such as the Dell G5 Gaming SE will be priced from £799.

    Either way you’ll get more laptop for your money!
     
  8. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    I've seen Asus has got the TUF A15 which looks perfect for what I want

    144hz IPS
    RTX2060
    Ryzen 4800H
    Decent storage

    Just no idea on release date or price at the moment unfortunately
     
  9. snips86x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 14, 2012

    Posts: 16,648

    Location: Close to Swindon, but not Swindon

    My input would be the ASUS TUF FX505DV

    It has been under £1000 before now and it's worth shopping around.
     
  10. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    Not worth waiting for the Ryzen 4000 series?

    I've seen the 3750H holding back the RTX2060 in the YouTube videos, thats my only concern with that model.
     
  11. Steven Rimmington

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 6, 2019

    Posts: 139

    I've not had tried a game yet where the CPU is the bottleneck in gaming on a RTX 2060 don't forget its a mobile variant so around 30% slower than the desktop counterpart and half the TDP.

    Where the Ryzen loses out is raw CPU performance to the Core i7 chips in heavy CPU tasks, most are 6 cores the Ryzen is 4. Still a brilliant mobile CPU with excellent thermals, don't rule it out.
     
  12. beasty6

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,767

    Location: Kettering

    I've seen a Acer Helios 300 for £999 however it has a i5-9300h and a gtx1660ti

    If you had £1000 to spend on a laptop now, which would you choose and why? I want the smoothest hassle free gaming, nothing competitive but be able to enjoy PC games without paying loads more for small gains.

    What I do like about the Helios 300 is the 2.5" drive bay to add a 1tb SSD in the future

    However this laptop has got to last me around 2 years, so it's quite a careful purchase too
     
  13. Steven Rimmington

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 6, 2019

    Posts: 139

    The Acer is a good buy, whichever one you pick will do a good job at playing most titles @ 1080p High. I would say where the Acer wins is the CPU. The Ryzen is a bit slower. The ASUS has a NVME 512GB drive and an extra 8GB of memory.

    I am happy with my ASUS, the only issue I have with a gaming laptop is fan noise. Both will be loud when gaming.

    Should also say the ASUS has a spare 2.5' bay