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    I am looking for a laptop for uni, for which my budget is around £700 (can be slightly over).
    Basically going to be a desktop replacement for me, so will be used for all browsing activities, work and some gaming. Will need to have a graphics card around a GTX 850m/950m and would like it to be no larger than 15.6".

    Thanks in advance.
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    http://www.novatech.co.uk/modifier.html?s=NNB-B15
    how about this?
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    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/SkyFireIV-14/
    configure it with an i5 4210M, 8GB of RAM, and it comes with a gtx 950M all for £644
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVI-13/
    or a 13.3'' variant with a gtx 960M (much better) comes with a 1080p IPS screen, i5 4210M, 8GB of RAM and windows for £644, or upgrade to an i7 4710MQ for £725
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    (Original post by tearteto)
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/SkyFireIV-14/
    configure it with an i5 4210M, 8GB of RAM, and it comes with a gtx 950M all for £644
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVI-13/
    or a 13.3'' variant with a gtx 960M (much better) comes with a 1080p IPS screen, i5 4210M, 8GB of RAM and windows for £644, or upgrade to an i7 4710MQ for £725
    Thanks mate those look great, are pc specialist a good manufacturer?
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    arguably the best in the UK - all custom laptops use the same chassis and pcspecialist have been around for a while. there should be no issues, and they are the best when it comes to price per performance.
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    (Original post by AM1497)
    Thanks mate those look great, are pc specialist a good manufacturer?
    The other alternatives are novatech and scan3xs.............

    (Original post by AM1497)
    I am looking for a laptop for uni, for which my budget is around £700 (can be slightly over).
    Basically going to be a desktop replacement for me, so will be used for all browsing activities, work and some gaming. Will need to have a graphics card around a GTX 850m/950m and would like it to be no larger than 15.6".

    Thanks in advance.
    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1811166.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1811164.html

    Do remember gaming laptops are heavier, battery life not as great.

    Also prices are much higher now, if you looked around late June, there would have been more laptops in your budget
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    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/P15F-...T-WRoCe3zw_wcB

    This is the baby version of my laptop (I have the P35X). They are fantastic laptops for the money. Pretty thin too easy to carry around and doesn't have one of those god awful "Gamer" looks to it (bright red accents with massive vents etc etc)

    It blows MSI's equivelent out of the water (the PX60) and ASUS doesnt run a viable equivelent at that price range but have a similer specced unit at just over 800.
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    (Original post by CAElite)
    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/P15F-...T-WRoCe3zw_wcB

    This is the baby version of my laptop (I have the P35X). They are fantastic laptops for the money. Pretty thin too easy to carry around and doesn't have one of those god awful "Gamer" looks to it (bright red accents with massive vents etc etc)

    It blows MSI's equivelent out of the water (the PX60) and ASUS doesnt run a viable equivelent at that price range but have a similer specced unit at just over 800.
    Yeah I looked at the Gigabyte's they look great, was actually close to purchasing the P15F-v2 which is the exact same but with an 850m, but someone nabbed the last one in stock. Unfortunately the v3 is just slightly over budget for me, look like fantastic laptops though and the v2 will be what I get if it gets re-stocked anytime soon.

    EDIT: totally agree with the 'gamer look' comment, I hate that too and is something I am trying to avoid!
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    (Original post by AM1497)
    Yeah I looked at the Gigabyte's they look great, was actually close to purchasing the P15F-v2 which is the exact same but with an 850m, but someone nabbed the last one in stock. Unfortunately the v3 is just slightly over budget for me, look like fantastic laptops though and the v2 will be what I get if it gets re-stocked anytime soon
    Hm I would strongly recommend the 900 series if you can. They are probably the biggest jump to mobile GPU technology made in the last decade. Run much cooler and faster than the 700/800 series. Just eat pot noodles for a week/skip a night of freshers it'll be fine! xD.
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    (Original post by AM1497)
    Thanks mate those look great, are pc specialist a good manufacturer?
    I've just bought a sky fire 4 14inch custom laptop from them, came to about 760 quid.

    I'm on my phone atm so can't give the full spec. But when it arrives in a week or so I can give you a review if you want.
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    I'm here to help. I'm going to smash right up into that £700 price. Let's give it a go then. You've created a challenge by demanding a dedicated GPU at that price range but I've found a decent match. For £749, you get this
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/comput...32608-pdt.html
    Has a 15.6 inch 1080p display, GT 950M dedicated GPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB+128GB SSD storage config(I guess the OS is installed to the SSD), Intel Core i5 4200H. You may be disappointed by the build quality and the battery life and overall thickness but thats the price you pay for decent guts
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    (Original post by CAElite;[url="tel:58860105")
    58860105[/url]]Hm I would strongly recommend the 900 series if you can. They are probably the biggest jump to mobile GPU technology made in the last decade. Run much cooler and faster than the 700/800 series. Just eat pot noodles for a week/skip a night of freshers it'll be fine! xD.
    Sounds like a good plan, been looking to get an i7 if possible, which is why j was going to get a slightly slower GPU, but might skimp and get an i5 which I can combine with a 960m for around the same price! Not sure if that is a good option or not!
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    (Original post by marco14196)
    I'm here to help. I'm going to smash right up into that £700 price. Let's give it a go then. You've created a challenge by demanding a dedicated GPU at that price range but I've found a decent match. For £749, you get this
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/comput...32608-pdt.html
    Has a 15.6 inch 1080p display, GT 950M dedicated GPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB+128GB SSD storage config(I guess the OS is installed to the SSD), Intel Core i5 4200H. You may be disappointed by the build quality and the battery life and overall thickness but thats the price you pay for decent guts
    I actually had a look at that laptop instore the other day coincidently and it looks pretty nice! It's sort of my fallback option at the moment as you get 10% cash back which is pretty nice, although I can get higher specs for the same price roughly on the gigabyte model mentioned above or on a custom pc specialist build.
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    (Original post by AM1497)
    I actually had a look at that laptop instore the other day coincidently and it looks pretty nice! It's sort of my fallback option at the moment as you get 10% cash back which is pretty nice, although I can get higher specs for the same price roughly on the gigabyte model mentioned above or on a custom pc specialist build.
    If you can get even a small SSD in one of those custom built models, do it
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    (Original post by AM1497)
    Thanks mate those look great, are pc specialist a good manufacturer?
    I didn't have the best experience with them, multiple issues made me use the collect and return service 4-5 times in first few months, battery died at 1 year and computer finally completely bricked itself at couple weeks again, a couple months before hitting 3 years.

    Spent like £900 on my laptop too
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    (Original post by ForgottenApple)
    I didn't have the best experience with them, multiple issues made me use the collect and return service 4-5 times in first few months, battery died at 1 year and computer finally completely bricked itself at couple weeks again, a couple months before hitting 3 years.

    Spent like £900 on my laptop too
    What was the laptop if you don't mind me asking?
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    (Original post by tim_123)
    What was the laptop if you don't mind me asking?
    optimus 15.6"
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    The other alternatives are novatech and scan3xs.............



    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1811166.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1811164.html

    Do remember gaming laptops are heavier, battery life not as great.

    Also prices are much higher now, if you looked around late June, there would have been more laptops in your budget
    why is this?
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    (Original post by ForgottenApple)
    why is this?
    900 series GPUs were released + broadwell processors released - so there was a lot of hype meaning they could bump the price a bit.

    just as a reference for OP - here are the benchmarks for the 960M :
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Nvidia-....137893.0.html
    and here are the 950M benchmarks:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....138026.0.html

    the difference is about 15% - neither is enough for absolutely fluent 1080p gaming at max settings for the most intensive games, but for everything else the 960M runs solid; whereas the 950M doesn't really cut the mustard for a lot more games for fluent fps.
    though 15% might not sound like much normally, it makes a lot of difference in max settings 1080p fps.
    if you can afford it, i'd go for the 960M set up.
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    (Original post by tearteto)
    900 series GPUs were released + broadwell processors released - so there was a lot of hype meaning they could bump the price a bit.

    just as a reference for OP - here are the benchmarks for the 960M :
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Nvidia-....137893.0.html
    and here are the 950M benchmarks:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....138026.0.html

    the difference is about 15% - neither is enough for absolutely fluent 1080p gaming at max settings for the most intensive games, but for everything else the 960M runs solid; whereas the 950M doesn't really cut the mustard for a lot more games for fluent fps.
    though 15% might not sound like much normally, it makes a lot of difference in max settings 1080p fps.
    if you can afford it, i'd go for the 960M set up.
    Surely that's only if they're running the newer processors and cards?
 
 
 
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