Hey everyone, looking to order a new laptop (ideally in the next day or two) in the 1200-1400$ range.
I will be using it for gaming mostly (dota2, WoW, skyrim, mass effect 3, other newer games ideally on highest or near highest settings).
I have been looking at Ibuypower and cyberpowerpc recently and recently started trying to customize one of their laptops but I had some questions about it and I wasn't sure if those were good places to buy from.
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Mobile Processor 2.40 GHz 6M Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.40 GHz
MoBo: Mobile Intel HM87 Express Chipset Mainboard
RAM: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3-1600 SODIMM Memory
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 770M 3GB PCIe Video (NB-FANGB-201)
HDD: 1 TB 7200RPM SATA300 Hard Drive
I was looking to put about another 100$ into this assuming I am not way off in terms of what I need so I was either going to upgrade the CPU or the GPU to one of these but wasn't sure what was better (I am guessing the GPU):
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ Mobile Processor 2.70 GHz 6M Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.70 GHz (110$ more)
GPU: Mobile AMD Radeon HD R9 M290X 2GB PCIe Video (NB-FANG-250) (120$ more)
I also had a question about the amount of RAM and upgrading that. From what I have read at this point having 16GB seems like overkill, but I wasn't sure if I should go with 8GBx1 or 4GBx2, from what I have read I know that 4GBx2 would be slightly better but I wasn't sure if I could go with the 8GBx1 and then eventually add another to make it 8GBx2 and I wasn't sure how easy that was to do with laptops.
Upgrading RAM in laptops is pretty easy. Just unscrew the back and pop the stick into the slot. I would go with 4x2 because there's not really much reason to upgrade to 16gb, so I would just leave it as 4x2 and forget about it.
EDIT: And in general upgrading the GPU is much more important for gaming so I would go with that upgrade but I'm not sure of the exact differences you will see because I'm not sure on the performance of laptop GPU's.