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General Questions

1) What is your budget?


2) What size notebook would you prefer?

e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

Home/Work "as a software engineer"

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

a. Like: MSI/ASUS/Gigabyte

5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?


6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

Software Development / Playing Games "FFXIV"

7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

Doesn't matter, will always be plugged in.

8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

Yes, FFXIV, Bless Online

9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

N/A, will always be plugged in

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

N/A, doesn't matter

11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

Windows 10 Pro

Screen Specifics

12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)


Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?


15) When are you buying this laptop?

Now would be ideal.

16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

5+ Years

Notebook Components

17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

512GB Minimum, yes to SSD

18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

Sure, why not.



Hello all,

I have sort of a dilemma in that I cannot quite make up my mind.

I am currently running a first gen core i7 930 @ 4ghz and it has been for the last 8 years. The overclock is rock solid and obviously water cooled. Keep in mind I have upgraded the GPU to an EVGA 1060 where at the time GTX 400 series GPU's were top of the line.

I have been looking at the CPU reviews and the biggest hit my system is taking right now is my CPU and RAM. Now that DDR4 is out, a simply MOBO/CPU/RAM upgrade would allow me to run another solid 5 years with my current setup. The ballpark cost of these upgrades are not as simple as they appear. Not only would I have to buy the new components, but any waterblocks I would need as well. Plus any additional tubing, fittings, aspirin for the headaches and hand cramps of getting the new routing working with my system. I'm obviously exaggerating but nothing with water cooling is simply plug and play. The older I am getting, the less appealing the maintenance and trouble it is to keep these rigs up to date.

So I am instead thinking of just getting a nice gaming laptop. I still am uncertain of the new 8th gen core i7's such as the 8750H vs the previous 7700HQ series.

I believe I have my mind made up and ready to get a nice laptop but some of the things I do not know about with them is their overclocking abilities. I'm not talking about pushing a CPU in a laptop to the limits. I would however like to simply tweak it to my usage and get a little more processing power out of it. So I am not sure which manufacture has a BIOS that supports these features I would like to adjust.

One thing to note I am concerned about is what I have discovered of the new labling of the new mobile GPU's. Manufactures are using the shorthand legal name say, NVIDIA GTX 1060 and not the fully qualified of NVIDIA GTX 1060Q in their advertisement of their product. I was reading of the difference here:

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