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Need a new laptop (Gaming & general use) £700/750 budget

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
October 22, 2011 11:18:28 AM

Hi all,

I've been hoping to purchase a new laptop within the next couple of weeks, my main requirements are:

- £750 or under
- Fairly portable (would be carried in a backpack with a 15" Thinkpad)
- Can handle 'most' modern games in medium to high settings (and hopefully manage BF3)
- Strong build quality

A few things to note are I get 10% off Dell (and alienware) products thanks to an Aunt that can give me her discount. I've been looking at the Alienware M11x R3 (i5 version - will upgrade ram afterwards) or an XPS 15 with the i5 option.

October 22, 2011 1:05:53 PM

Apologies, didn't follow the set out template (see below):

1. What is your budget?

£700 to 750

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

up to 15" (smaller preferred)

3. What screen resolution do you want?

1366x768 will suffice

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Portable - I'm at home Mon-Thurs but away most weekends. Would be for weekend gaming/general use.

5. How much battery life do you need?

Will be plugged in. 2+ hours is preferrable however.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?


7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Web browsing, general use, spreadsheets/word.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

250GB (I'll upgrade myself if need be)

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Dell ideally - 10% discount (see above)

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

1 to 2 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?


12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.


Alienware, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung - Good experiences


HP - Poor batteries

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Not bothered by support as I can do the majority of tasks (work in IT) one year would be nice in case of hardware faults.