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    New PC Required

    So my PC finally gave up the ghost and I'm confident that I can't repair it anymore!

    I'm in the market (UK) for a new laptop, preferably something running 2nd gen Intel and a standalone GPU. Anyone have any ideas or what or where to look?

    I'm checking the usual place, Alienware, etc, but they are pretty underwhelming at the £1,000 range and only become acceptable at the £1800 range which is too much!

    I can see a nice MSI rig on overclockers.co.uk for £1,619 (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...d=1828&subcat=) that looks like the kind of spec i'd be interested in, but ideally at a lower price!

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    Check pcspecialists.co.uk - I know they rock for desktops but you'd have to tell me if they're good for laptops too.

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    No reason to buy alienware. Remember, there are only 2 component manufacturers; intel and AMD. You're paying a MASSIVE premium for brand names like alienware, for no real performance benefit.

    The laptop you linked has a 120GB SSD. SSDs are the single largest performance increase per investment in this business. Ahead of even graphics cards.
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    PC Specialists looks very interesting as it goes.

    I've actually priced up a new 2nd Gen Dell XPS 17 for £1,050 that is the same but for a slightly lower specced GPU (Nvidia 555M) and no SSD but for over £500 i'm pretty sure I can live with a slightly slower loading time.

    Definitely have to think things over though because the customization on PC Specialist is impressive.

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    I've now bought three desktops from PC Specialists and each one has been brilliant in every regard, it's comforting to hear that laptop specs are cheap too. Keep us updated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herf View Post
    I've now bought three desktops from PC Specialists and each one has been brilliant in every regard, it's comforting to hear that laptop specs are cheap too. Keep us updated!
    I'm looking at the following with Dell:

    Included in your system:
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
    OS Media MUI Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) Resource DVD
    4Yr In-Home Hardware Support
    DataSafe Online Backup 2GB - 1 year licence
    McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription
    17.3 FHD 3D WLED TL (1920x1080) 1080p with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
    3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M Graphics Card - 3D Capable
    6144MB (1x2GB, 1x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel SDRAM
    DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)
    640GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    9-cell 90Whr Lithium Ion battery
    Backlit UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 (EUR)
    N02X7M06
    XPS L702x Order - UK
    English Documentation
    Datasafe Local 2.3 Basic
    1 year Collect & Return Hardware Support included with your PC

    All in after discounts, this system costs £1,170 (with another 10% potential cashback via Quidco) which with 4 years of parts cover seems pretty amazing to me.

    The system I've specced on PC Specialists is considerably better with a SSD and 460M GPU, however, it's coming in at nearer £1,400 with a 1 year parts cover.

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    Never buy dell. Take that money and build yourself a computer, much better, and very easy

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    My main piece of advice if your specing towards a high end gaming machine is go for a desktop rather than a laptop. Laptops just don't compare to a desktop, price wise and performance wise as well as laptops being more fragile due to the need to shrink components and squeeze them together, heat being the biggest issue and killer in this case.

    I would only ever buy a laptop if you are actually going to be mobile with it, as in you travel about with it.

    As for where to look, i recently bought my latest desktop from here
    http://www.ebuyer.com/#
    I have also bought numerous parts from there as well over the years and always found good prices and good service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thefluffyrocker View Post
    My main piece of advice if your specing towards a high end gaming machine is go for a desktop rather than a laptop. Laptops just don't compare to a desktop, price wise and performance wise as well as laptops being more fragile due to the need to shrink components and squeeze them together, heat being the biggest issue and killer in this case.

    I would only ever buy a laptop if you are actually going to be mobile with it, as in you travel about with it.

    As for where to look, i recently bought my latest desktop from here
    http://www.ebuyer.com/#
    I have also bought numerous parts from there as well over the years and always found good prices and good service.
    I appreciate the advice matey and you are of course not wrong, sadly i'm at a stage where to spare room in my house is inevitably going to be converted from my study, into a spare bedroom and eventually a nursery. My compromise for not getting a new desktop (which I would have built myself at half the cost!) is that I get to abuse the 40" Full-HD TV in the front room for my Auctioneering!

    I too would always always favor a desktop for gaming, but alas, I have to move away from the desk and as I don't really Raid more than once a fortnight these days it shouldn't be too painful.

    Never buy dell. Take that money and build yourself a computer, much better, and very easy
    Nothing at all wrong with Dell in my opinion, they are not at the peak of bang for buck, but who can argue with a 4 years hardware warranty that includes all parts?

    As for building my own laptop, I know enough to know that it's a terrible idea. Desktops are easy, but if you think laptop builds are easy then you're either far far more experienced than I am, or you're very misguided! Thanks for the input though.

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