05-07-2018 10:14 PM
05-09-2018 08:03 AM
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!
05-09-2018 10:02 AM
05-10-2018 08:36 AM
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)
Metro Exodus Recommended Requirements
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.
05-10-2018 08:59 AM - edited 05-10-2018 09:06 AM
@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