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Gaming Laptop that suits my circumstances

Hi! I'm in the market for a Gaming Laptop.

I recently purchased (and returned) the ASUS ROG GU502GV. My games, such as Overwatch and Minecraft with Shaders, were stunning. I can't believe I've lived my whole life playing games on my Macbook at lowest settings and being ok with that! But only 9 days after purchase, I encountered the "Blue Screen of Death" stating that the computer needed to restart while having a sad face displayed. NINE DAYS and it died.
Aside from the internal failure, the computer ran very hot. Running Overwatch had the CPU temperature reach at least 96 Celsius.

So with all of that said, I’m looking for a laptop that can offer reliability, a cooler/more stable CPU temperature, great graphics, at least 144 hertz, isn’t too heavy to pick up, and can last me for many future games to come (as gaming will always be apart of my life!).

Thank you SO much in advance for any help provided!

Edit: And in addition, I'd say a price point doesn't matter at the moment. I can take recommendations, and if they're beyond what I can afford, I can still use the info to do more research into what I'm looking for.
And in FURTHER addition, I game quite a bit. I'm talking 3-4 hours straight, at the least. So that must be kept in mind for performance as well.
Sorry for so much info! I just don't want to make another mistake like the ASUS.

Post was last edited on September 14, 2019 9:43 PM PDT

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Re: gaming laptop

A BSOD can be caused by bad hardware, but also by bad software. Returning a device for one unresearched BSOD is rather fast.
And, even if hardware, It could be as simple as a bad fan that could be replaced under warranty, or maybe just you running it without adequate cooling.

I would consider to switch to a gaming desktop in stead of a laptop.

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All ears

If you have any cooling pad recommendations, I'm all ears! And still an open ear to laptop recommendations.

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Also..

For the record, I did in fact do BSOD research and contacted 2 different establishments for assistance - Best Buy and ASUS themselves. Neither could diagnose the issue I was experiencing, or solve it.

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A desktop may be best

It's also possible you didn't know to use a laptop cooling pad to help keep temperatures in check. If you don't want to research the BSOD and we know that you will get them even on desktops then maybe the PC Windows world isn't for you. But for heat, even on a gaming laptop we have to help them along.

Our ASUS and ACER gaming laptops have not been mistakes but then at home and office we know to use the cooling laptop setup even if passive and to see if the BSOD is a known issue with game or drivers.

For those that can't put up with that I suggest they move to console gaming like PS4 or Xbone.

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Let's hear some more! :D

Ok! I'm solely looking for a laptop, so I'd love to know more about the cooling laptop setup that you have. And any recommendations for cooling pads that come along with that!
But incredibly open to any laptop recommendations based on what I'd like most to have, please.

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I'm using a simple passive model.

And we have same on all the gaming laptops at home. It's the one by amazon basics.

The issue you lead with could occur with any Windows laptop so changing models is unlikely to solve the gaming and all BSODs.

Microsoft didn't make this any better with their automatic driver update system. If you happen to trip across one of my many prior posts about this we run it down by disabling the Microsoft Driver Update and installing our choice of BIOS, drivers and machine specific apps.

As Apple owners usually find this to be "NUTS" I have to agree it is. Decades of work on Windows and we are still working hard in this area. And getting good support is neigh impossible.

Since I've seen this issue across all Windows gamer laptops, I can't tell you to buy any model to solve this issue. I have solved it with the usual hard work (for those new to Windows.) But once in a while a game won't stop BSOD'ing. I can't help those since the game maker is going to have to share what to do.

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A BSOD is not death of the machine.

If the machine is indeed dead you are also seeing the bathtub curve in full force. NO MAKER CAN ESCAPE THIS FACT. More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_curve

If the trouble is just a BSOD there are numerous causes such as:
1. Microsoft updated a driver and should have not.
2. We installed a driver and should have not.
These areas wipe out new PC Windows users. How would they know and worse, many stores can't deal with this area.
3. Game bugs. The one I played today (Fallout 76) just up and rage quit on me. Since I have done research I find this is not unusual and makes you wonder how folk get on today.
4. Settings. There are dozens of settings and some, on some games will cause an outright crash or performance issues. This is where a CONSOLE wins. No settings, more of an Apple idea "it just works."

Windows PC gaming is fun but as it stands today is not crash proof.

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Understandable!

Oh believe me, I love my PS4 and Nintendo Switch! They're fantastic consoles! But they're limited in games they can provide, and I much prefer a mouse and keyboard for games such as an FPS.
And I definitely understand that this world of PC gaming won't be perfect, but I very much would like to participate. It's just new territory for me, as I've only ever used a MacBook Pro prior to this. After trying to get the system diagnosed twice with the issue I was having, and walking away with no answers.. that's what lead me to returning the ASUS system. I'm sure ASUS is a great brand, but I believe the one I chose specifically wasn't for me. Even aside from the failure, the computer always ran with such a high fan intensity - just simply browsing the internet. So I'm very ready to further pursue this uncharted world of PC gaming, and incredibly open to brand/system recommendations.

Thank you for the info/help you've provided thus far!! I appreciate it beyond words can express.

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If I was to build a desktop (which I have many times)

I would use a build from PCMR or https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds

Right now I have a stock nothing changed (yet) by me Acer Predator with the usual i7, 16GB RAM, 1060 GPU, SSD + HDD combo.

Out of the box it crashed and took me a bit to get the drivers sorted but now it's been over a year and no problems I can track back to the laptop. My son is on his (Jan 2016 model) Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB (the HDD was swapped to SSD shortly) and my wife has her newer ASUS VivoBook Pro Thin & Light Laptop, 17.3" Full HD, Intel i7-8550U, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, Backlit KB, Windows 10 - N705UD-EH76, which is great at Casual Gaming. She runs the sims 4 a lot.

All had a driver glitch at least once. Apple folk think these PCs are crazy and I agree. But it can be fun once you get it all sorted.

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