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Help me choose my laptop

Need a laptop/notebook for university, budget around 650$. Doesn't have to run AAA titles but it would be neat if it could run CS:GO at stable 60fps. Could be a used one, I have been looking at xps 13 models from 2016 but would like to hear what you guys recommend.

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And that's a problem.

FPS rates are so far not stable in today's games. To get stable you have to go beyond what you need to play the game then CAP the rate to 60.

At 650 you can't do that but are going to be stuck with the usual i5 1050 Ti GPU gamer laptops.

That budget means you can't get to the point where you have ample power to get to stable but must go with the what can run the game and then drop game settings to get the FPS up.

Why not an XBox one in this case. It's cheaper and I see CDGO on it.

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XPS 13 is not ok for gaming

Hello,

You can play CS:GO on an XPS 13 from 2016 but your gaming experience won't be that great - check this out:

From my point of view you have two options: a gaming laptop with a GTX 1050/1050TI like R. Proffitt said or a day to day laptop with an MX150.

It very much depends on what you want from your laptop - power or portability, you can't have both at this price range, an both options have their downsides.

Hope I'm not breaking any rules posting this - if I am please edit my post - here are your gaming laptops options in the 650$ price range: laptop gaming search and from these I don't recommend you the G3, the FX550 and Vivobook - the rest are relatively ok - not great - let's keep in mind that these are budget gaming laptops.

And here are your day to day laptops with a dedicated graphics card in your budget: day to day laptops with dedicated graphics - from these the best in my opinion is the Swift 3 - a decent budget laptop that has ok build quality and a good price/performance ratio.

Hope I helped!

Post was last edited on October 25, 2018 2:29 AM PDT

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From my experience.

Gamers are a picky lot but from my encounters and more I have to set the bottom, that is where I see the complaints start to not be so many at the 1050 Ti laptop GPU driving the usual 1080p 60Hz LCD.

Anything less and they always yelp. If I can talk them into the 1060, then they rarely complain.

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You're not wrong

Indeed, gamers are a picky breed, but in this case I think he just wants something powerful enough for CS:GO and portable enough to take to classes. Considering that his first pick was an XPS 13 - he wants something very light, but here's the problem - for all laptops, there is a trade-off between performance and portability. That's why I offered a middle ground - not the best choice but sometimes you got to settle with what you get.

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Laptops with AMD APU might be the best choice for you

If you want to get the best bang for buck within that budget range then I would suggest going for a laptop with AMD APU and try to match that with atleast 8Gigz of RAM, which should do the trick.

There are a couple of good options out there like the Dell Inspiron i5555 and then there is another AMD APU notebook from Lenovo which I forgot the exact model number for.
But you can check this comparison for the best gaming laptop under $500 if it helps you.

Going for anything Intel with a separate graphics processor won't be a very good idea under this budget range. AMD APU fills in by providing you both the processor and Graphics processing unit on the same chip. Just make sure the RAM in the machine is high speed and there is enough ventilation.

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