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Opinions on spec choices

Looking to a new gaming laptop.

 

Between 2 models at the same price.

 

Same GPU

 

1 is 4k but only has 16 gb of ram significanly moderatly faster gpu

 

the other has 32 gb and a 512 gb ssd

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Re: Opinions on spec choices

Hey bobberuchi –

 

Unless you plan on editing native 4K video, 32GB of Ram is pretty overkill for gaming. However the SSD of the second computer will have a huge impact on loading times if the first has a standard mechanical drive. Since RAM and SSD/HDD’s are user upgradeable in most cases, and the CPU is not, I’d go with the faster CPU computer personally.

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thanks for the input Michael.  I was kind of thinking the same thing about the 32 GB of RAM.  I pretty much use my computer for gaming and GIS at home.

 

The video card is key in this case. I have 12 gb of RAM and that is working great.

 

 

I do have a 128 GB SSD on this computer.  From hitting the power button to being up and running is around 10 seconds or less and I love that.

 

However, I did do some experimenting with loading games onto the unused portion of my SSD and then comparing them to loading up from teh 7200 RPM 1TB HDD.

I did not really see a significant time difference between starting up from SSD or HDD. What I found is it is the clients that are slowing you down on start up.  I have some other software that is large and does not require a client to start the game.  For that software there is a significant start up speed difference.

 

These are the Three that I am considering 

 

I guess apples to apples ( OH wait I should not compare them to apples) I compared the processors again on CPU Benchmark and I guess the difference is not seriously significant. 

 

But in game performance wise I don't see a significant improvement for the $600 more expensive models. 

The idea of a 4k laptop is intriguing  but with the same GPU and a similar processor i think i would get better performance out of a non 4k machine. 

 

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