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Budget
£500

Subject being studied
Accounting

Software that will be used
normal docs and email

Screen size
15.6 inches

Operating system preference
Windows

Minimum amount of RAM
8GB

Minimum storage requirement
idk 100gb?

Weight limit
idk

Used for playing games?
Yes

If yes, what games?
gta V or sims or ck2

Touchscreen needed?
Don't mind

Are there any specific ports you need?


What devices do you have currently?
s10

Laptops researched:
Laptop 1 -

Laptop 2 -

Laptop 3 -

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I would like something that's good for gaming and portable, maybe HP Pavilion 15-cw1511 15.6"?
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zapz's Laptop recommendation thread


Budget
£500

Subject being studied
Accounting

Software that will be used
normal docs and email

Screen size
15.6 inches

Operating system preference
Windows

Minimum amount of RAM
8GB

Minimum storage requirement
idk 100gb?

Weight limit
idk

Used for playing games?
Yes

If yes, what games?
gta V or sims or ck2

Touchscreen needed?
Don't mind

Are there any specific ports you need?


What devices do you have currently?
s10

Laptops researched:
Laptop 1 -

Laptop 2 -

Laptop 3 -

Additional Comments:
I would like something that's good for gaming and portable, maybe HP Pavilion 15-cw1511 15.6"?
You really want dedicated graphics for a laptop that can be described as "good for gaming", the integrated graphics in Ryzen processors has come on a long way but they're still no substitute for an actual graphics card. To use this laptop as an example, its Vega 6 graphics can just about get over 30fps in GTA V on low settings and below 1080p resolution, and that game's five years old at this point. The majority of triple-A titles released in the last few years simply will not reach that bare minimum 30fps threshold on this HP.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Ra....278646.0.html

Do yourself a favour and stretch to another £100 and get yourself into the territory of laptops with actual graphics cards, the performance leap is enormous. For example this Acer laptop, with a GTX 1650, can play GTA V on high settings at over 60fps very comfortably, and is still decently portable for a 15" laptop at 2.1kg, which is lighter than most non-gaming 15" laptops were five years ago. In exchange for that bit of extra weight you're getting substantially more power and a better overall package.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA....416044.0.html

If you really don't want to spend more of compromise on portability, then look for laptops with third gen Ryzen 5 processors for their extra cores and beefier graphics packages, the most common processor being the 3500U. Using GTA as the same benchmark, their Vega 8 graphics will let you get a mix of low and med settings at full 1080p resolution, while Vega 10 (if you can find a Ryzen 7 for within budget) will get you med-high. My go-to laptop site, Box, have a few to look at for under 500, and Currys have a few too.

https://www.box.co.uk/laptops/sort/1...191220$max~500

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...-criteria.html
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You really want dedicated graphics for a laptop that can be described as "good for gaming", the integrated graphics in Ryzen processors has come on a long way but they're still no substitute for an actual graphics card. To use this laptop as an example, its Vega 6 graphics can just about get over 30fps in GTA V on low settings and below 1080p resolution, and that game's five years old at this point. The majority of triple-A titles released in the last few years simply will not reach that bare minimum 30fps threshold on this HP.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Ra....278646.0.html

Do yourself a favour and stretch to another £100 and get yourself into the territory of laptops with actual graphics cards, the performance leap is enormous. For example this Acer laptop, with a GTX 1650, can play GTA V on high settings at over 60fps very comfortably, and is still decently portable for a 15" laptop at 2.1kg, which is lighter than most non-gaming 15" laptops were five years ago. In exchange for that bit of extra weight you're getting substantially more power and a better overall package.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA....416044.0.html

If you really don't want to spend more of compromise on portability, then look for laptops with third gen Ryzen 5 processors for their extra cores and beefier graphics packages, the most common processor being the 3500U. Using GTA as the same benchmark, their Vega 8 graphics will let you get a mix of low and med settings at full 1080p resolution, while Vega 10 will get you med-high. My go-to laptop site, Box, have a few to look at for under 500, and Currys have a few too.

https://www.box.co.uk/laptops/sort/1...191220$max~500

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...-criteria.html
Well ig I can spend an extra 100
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You really want dedicated graphics for a laptop that can be described as "good for gaming", the integrated graphics in Ryzen processors has come on a long way but they're still no substitute for an actual graphics card. To use this laptop as an example, its Vega 6 graphics can just about get over 30fps in GTA V on low settings and below 1080p resolution, and that game's five years old at this point. The majority of triple-A titles released in the last few years simply will not reach that bare minimum 30fps threshold on this HP.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Ra....278646.0.html

Do yourself a favour and stretch to another £100 and get yourself into the territory of laptops with actual graphics cards, the performance leap is enormous. For example this Acer laptop, with a GTX 1650, can play GTA V on high settings at over 60fps very comfortably, and is still decently portable for a 15" laptop at 2.1kg, which is lighter than most non-gaming 15" laptops were five years ago. In exchange for that bit of extra weight you're getting substantially more power and a better overall package.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA....416044.0.html

If you really don't want to spend more of compromise on portability, then look for laptops with third gen Ryzen 5 processors for their extra cores and beefier graphics packages, the most common processor being the 3500U. Using GTA as the same benchmark, their Vega 8 graphics will let you get a mix of low and med settings at full 1080p resolution, while Vega 10 will get you med-high. My go-to laptop site, Box, have a few to look at for under 500, and Currys have a few too.

https://www.box.co.uk/laptops/sort/1...191220$max~500

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...-criteria.html
Is this one good for uni and gaming? https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...05931-pdt.html
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Is this one good for uni and gaming? https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...05931-pdt.html
Yeah it's very similar to the one I initially recommended (which has annoyingly gone out of stock since I posted) :yy:
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