Is there a particularly good time to invest in a laptop?

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I'm going to get a laptop before University next year and wanted to treat myself with a portable gaming laptop. Some of the laptops I've been looking at include the XMG P505 or Gigabyte P35X. However, these are my questions:

1) Obviously I want the best value for money so is there any time in particular when I'd expect laptops like these to be on sale?

2) Apart from price, when's a good time to buy one, i.e. is there a particular time when new models tend to be introduced? On the one hand, I don't want to buy dated hardware and there are advantages in leaving the purchase as late as possible, on the other hand my current PC's graphics card has failed so I'm not 100% over the moon about not being able to play anything until next summer.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
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I'm going to get a laptop before University next year and wanted to treat myself with a portable gaming laptop. Some of the laptops I've been looking at include the XMG P505 or Gigabyte P35X. However, these are my questions:

1) Obviously I want the best value for money so is there any time in particular when I'd expect laptops like these to be on sale?

2) Apart from price, when's a good time to buy one, i.e. is there a particular time when new models tend to be introduced? On the one hand, I don't want to buy dated hardware and there are advantages in leaving the purchase as late as possible, on the other hand my current PC's graphics card has failed so I'm not 100% over the moon about not being able to play anything until next summer.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
No idea to be honest, prices change here and there...........check out pcspecialist, novatech, scan, etc

You usually gotta wait till you hear a release date for the latest tech, the next range of processors and gpu's won't be out till next year. I think broadwell is early 2015, which is expected to bring major improvements due to a change in die size, which could also be a problem as its new tech.
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1. Sales for current high end gaming laptops are incredibly rare. For the laptops you've listed, don't expect a sale anytime soon, if ever.

2. New models are introduced when there's either a new gen of GPU's (GTX 970/980m, like the laptops you've listed are groundbreaking new GPU's) or CPU's are released. After that you get revisions, configurations etc. The Laptops you're looking at won't be outdated any time soon and even when the new Broadwell's release the CPU's on your chosen Laptops will still be up there.
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1. Sales for current high end gaming laptops are incredibly rare. For the laptops you've listed, don't expect a sale anytime soon, if ever.

2. New models are introduced when there's either a new gen of GPU's (GTX 970/980m, like the laptops you've listed are groundbreaking new GPU's) or CPU's are released. After that you get revisions, configurations etc. The Laptops you're looking at won't be outdated any time soon and even when the new Broadwell's release the CPU's on your chosen Laptops will still be up there.
Do you think there's any advantage of waiting for next summer then over buying one now, given that I don't need it now (but would kinda like it)?
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I would say get a new laptop as soon as a brand new model comes out. That way you can have it for a long time and not be too outdated technology wise by the time you renew.

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I'm going to get a laptop before University next year and wanted to treat myself with a portable gaming laptop. Some of the laptops I've been looking at include the XMG P505 or Gigabyte P35X. However, these are my questions:

1) Obviously I want the best value for money so is there any time in particular when I'd expect laptops like these to be on sale?

2) Apart from price, when's a good time to buy one, i.e. is there a particular time when new models tend to be introduced? On the one hand, I don't want to buy dated hardware and there are advantages in leaving the purchase as late as possible, on the other hand my current PC's graphics card has failed so I'm not 100% over the moon about not being able to play anything until next summer.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
The only advantage would be new technology, in which case older tech will be cheaper. Careful with RAM though; there's only finite production and prices keep going up and manufacturers switch to producing tablet/phone stuff.

The best advice is probably to keep an eye on exchange rates; that's where you'd make the biggest savings [if the euro gets cheaper] - Given we're talking 3k or so for that sort of laptop savings could be decent. They're also a bit cheaper in places like Portugal than here afaik.
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Do you think there's any advantage of waiting for next summer then over buying one now, given that I don't need it now (but would kinda like it)?
Not particularly no. Sure, the new Broadwell chips will be faster, but your Laptop will NOT be outdated. It'll still be able to do everything you want it to, will still be able to play games at high detail maintaining a consistent framerate etc. Your CPU will be 1 gen old which is a non-issue.
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It's an okay time to buy. Major improvements won't be until late next year when Intel's Skylake processors come out.
If you get something make sure it's Nvidia's latest generation graphics card though like the GTX 970M.

You could just spend £300 on a good new graphics card for your PC rather than dropping £1500 on a laptop.
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