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Gaming Laptop

Hi, I'm looking at buying a gaming laptop. I was going to buy the Dell 7000 with the i5 7300, GTX 1060 and 8gb of ram. However I see best buy is having a sale on a Dell 7000 with an i7 7700, GTX 1050 and 16gb of ram. Making it 200 dollars cheaper then the first Laptop with the 1060. So I was look for some thoughts. It will be mainly using it for gaming.
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Re: Gaming Laptop

Hey JarretCappelle –

 

Welcome to the forums and thanks for posting. Both the laptops you mentioned would be great choices for a gaming laptop, and you ask an excellent question. If you’ll primarily be using this laptop for gaming, the GPU should be your main priority, so I recommend going with the 1060 model. RAM is something easily upgradeable in most cases, and the vast majority of games are far more dependent on the GPU for their performance than the CPU. The 1060 is a considerable jump in performance from the 1050, so you would see much better long-term gaming performance from that model. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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It really depends on the games you're playing. Games like WoW, CSGO, PUBG, and most MOBAs are very CPU dependent. For these types of games, the i7-7700 will be a big improvement over the i5-7300. Games like Witcher 3, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, The Division, BF1, Destiny 2, and other "3D large world" games are GPU dependant and the 1060 will give you a more FPS in these games.

I'd say that if the i7-7700 had a 1050TI, I would get that instead of the 1060 with a core i5.
However, as it stands, the 1060 is probably going to be a better deal for you right now as it'll help future-proof the computer a little bit more as you really can't upgrade the video card down the road.
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Exactly what deusexmachina writes.

 

The GPU or CPU is really driving the game depending on the type of game.  

 

You should look at any games that are coming out that  your interested in and see what they recommended and minimum requirements are.  

 

Metro Exodus is a game coming out in October that I am interested in. 

 

Here are the Metro Exodus system requirements (minimum)

  • CPU: Core i5-2550K or AMD FX-8320
  • CPU SPEED: Info
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7950 or better

Metro Exodus Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350
  • CPU SPEED: Info
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 480 or better

There is quite a bit of difference between minimum and recommended.  

 

I often suggest to people they get a MyBest Buy Credit card.  which often offers 6 to 18 months intereste free financing and allows you to buy a bigger system.  I just got done paying off my new gaming laptop this way. I budgeted how much I could pay a month and went just a little smaller. 

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@bobberuchi’s example is exactly why I haven’t felt the need to upgrade my CPU in 6 years, yet I’ve upgraded my GPU multiple times. I have a desktop with an i7-3770K, and started out with 2x GTX 560’s. I upgraded to a GTX 970 a few years ago, and now have a GTX 1070. It’s usually strategy and simulation games that weigh heavier on the CPU, but most greatly favor the GPU just like the upcoming Metro Exodus does

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