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laptop help for newbie

i'm at my first semester in college (engineering) currently i am using my bro's macbook pro

i've been looking to lists but cant really choose from them since i dont know much about laptops
my top priorities are
performance
build quality
display

things i (will) do with my laptops are
AutoCad (a lot of it)
C++
photo and video editing (just a bit)
dota 2 and csgo (moderate at least something that can run this 2 in high or mid quality @ 60fps)

my school also has minimum requirement
core i7
8gb ram
500+ gb storage
since there are laptops with the same configuration as the ones said above i cant really choose

i prefer asus dell or hp since they have the best reviews

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Re: laptop

Add a video card that's meant for gaming to the schools requirements and you're done.

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whats a good laptop brand tho?
in terms of build quality

and whats a good card?

Thanks for replying

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Re: card

You can't just put a graphic card in the laptop. You have to choose a laptop with the graphics that you need to play your games comfortably built-in. And that depends on the game and the preferred settings.

So off now to tomshardware.com or gpuboss.com where they do benchmarks to see what laptop graphics you need (at least) for your chosen games. And then to a laptop shop to select one, keeping in mind the i7, 8 GB and 500 GB.
For example: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-960M-vs-GeForce-GTX-950M

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thanks

thanks Grin
im going for a msi pe60
btw does msi make good laptops??
i know they're popular with gamers but how about the build quality of their laptops?
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I'm going with yes.

But all makers have a few blunders so you learn to keep it in warranty as long as you can if you can't afford to replace OOW (out of warranty.)

Be sure to try them out at the shops to see if you like the machine.

Post was last edited on February 25, 2017 8:09 AM PST

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Thank you

Thanks all Happy appreciate all of your advices

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Laptop Reviews and recommendations

The best Internet source of comprehensive LAPTOP reviews is...WWW.NOTEBOOKCHECK.COM.
I have bought 2 HP gaming laptops with such specs about 5 years ago. DV7-7000t and DV6-7014nr. They are still viable today to play all but the latest demanding games. I bought an MSI Dominator gaming laptop almost three years ago. I bought a DELL i7559 gaming laptop two months ago that would be perfect for you. It came with only a 256 GB SSD but DELL in its wisdom included the kit to install an internal 2nd SATA drive of your choice and the laptop engineering makes the task almost trivial. Unfortunately, the laptop developed a hardware failure where no sound devices would work. I was able to return the laptop within the 30 day no questions asked period to AMAZON. I replaced it with an ASUS ROG GL502 at $500 discount from Best Buy. It came with a 1 GB 7200 rpm SATA HD. The system has a slot for an M2 SSD of whatever size needed. I acquired a 275 GB device from Amazon and used EASUS freeware to clone the OS from the SATA HD to the SSD and then use the SATA drive as secondary storage. Be aware, the DELL and the ASUS do not have internal optical drives. I have a compact portable external optical drive for that purpose. In my experience, professionally and as a consumer DELL and HP have the best backend and after the sale support. Their support sites always have user and maintenance information that is usually not available from most other vendors.

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