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Tachikoma

New laptop ~£800 budget

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So with a baby on the way, and the fact that my MacBook Pro is proving to be a waste of time as it spends most of its life booted into Windows, I figured I might as well cash in and sell the thing so I can get a Windows laptop and spend the rest on shit like prams and car seats.

 

I can get between £800 and £900 for my macBook Pro, so ideally I want to spend around/under £800 in case I can only sell it at the minimum price. I have been searching around, and other than a missed deal on an Alienware *spit* this seems to be the best spec I can find for my budget:

 

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_V3-571G_Core_i7_16GB_1TB_Windows_8_Full_HD_Blu-Ray_Laptop__NX.M7EEK.002/version.asp#top

 

Really I want it for gaming as my MacBook Pros GPU only has 256MB RAM, so I'm not looking at a monster gaming rig, just something that will run games at medium settings rather than low at native/half resolutions. I'm not an FPS snob, I don't have a problem playing Guild Wars 2/Tera at 18fps as it's a largely static game, I'm not into FPS/Driving games so 60+ fps is a waste on me. Would rather just bump the graphics detail up instead and play at 30fps.

 

Any recommendations, or is this the best I can expect?

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Haswell is already out, and all the laptops I am looking at are ~£200 cheaper than before Haswell. There won't be any cheap Haswell laptops as good as the 3rd gen i7 laptops for a long time (but would like to be surprised)

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Hmmm... 11" is a bit small, I was hoping for 15" (ooh err and all that)

 

I have to say, it's a frigging minefield trying to choose a laptop, there's a bazillion identikit laptops out there, all with wildly differing prices, and fsck all in the way of real benchmarks/reviews other than for the blinged up top end variants.

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*update*

 

After almost entirely deciding on a Lenovo Y500 with dual GPU's:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-Ideapad-Laptop-Black-Graphics-Windows/dp/B00B2HVYRI (plus £200 for the second GT650M GPU once I have some ready cash)

 

Which is brilliant other than the shitty trackpad (something that will be an issue after the awesome trackpad on the MacBook Pro's) I stumbled upon a UK barebones laptop reseller called PC Specialist, and found a Haswell laptop with pretty sweet GPU for less than a grand:

 

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusV-15/

 

My custom spec: 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM main drive (fuck SSD's, still not worth the cash for the storage I need, but it's getting there) 500GB 5400RPM secondary drive (although could save ~£50 and use the original drive from my MacBook Pro that's sat in a caddy unused), upgraded thermal compound (£9? really? it's like £2 a tube wholesale!) the total cost is:

 

£864

 

Although might toss on an extra £19 for dead pixel protection, as I have 1 dead pixel in the middle of my MacBook Pro's screen that has been driving me mad for the last 2 years.

 

I don't care about brand names, and the few reviews I have seen (it's a new machine) have been good, certainly more than enough for me to run Tera/GW2 and GIMP for photo editing.

 

Not worried about resale value, I totally expect this to be worth shit all in 18 months time and I just give it to George to play Minecraft on while I buy a 6th Gen i9 Intel Laptop with 8GB GPU and 2TB SSD for £399.

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