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What is the best gaming/video editing laptop for my budget

So I am trying to switch from apple to windows ( and android but thats already done ) and I just got a surface pro to basically replace my iPad as a drawing tablet and note taking tablet. I was going to just get a surface book 2 but I wanted something a little cheaper so that I won't have as much anxiety about taking it to class.

Well I have this surface right now and realize that it is very functional. I can literally do anything on it except some of the heavier things that I am going to be doing in some classes like Video Editing or maybe even 3d rendering.

My buddy is offering me a desktop but I like to be able to have a laptop that is hooked up to a monitor. That way if I need to get up and lay down or go to work and really want to finish a project, I can bring my laptop along with me.

I want something that isnt big, heavy and block. But I also want something that has up-gradable parts and accessories. So far I think that the best has been a used Asus ROG GU501GM 15.6" FHD i7-8750H GTX 1060 16GB DDR4 1TB HDD + 128GB on craigslist for 900. Then again, after my previous experience of my macbook pro crapping out about 5 times after buying it on craigslist, I think that the best bet would be to buy one new. My macbook pro was 512 SSD, i7 processor, and 16GB ram. So I would like to have some specs similar to that and I would REALLY like to get a similar Trackpad experience. My preferred budget is around 1500 out the door so I know that its going to be tough. I know the dell XPS is around 1700 I think for those specs, but is the graphics card up-gradable? Will it be obsolete and unable to play new games in a few years?

Right now the Razor Blade looks like one of my fav, but I am going to be paying more for the design than the specs. Asus looks like they have some good stuff but how good is the trackpad? Battery? SSD?

What is the best gaming laptop with the sleekest design for 2000 at the most? Thank you guys for reading and hopefully sending some amazing recommendations!

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Not something I'd go for at 2000.

The run of the mill machine with similar specs is closer to 1K than 2K. Look into the NEW Acer Predators with the i7, 1060 and they land about the 1K mark. I don't know why you are on Craigslist unless you think the risk is worth it.

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thank you. ive had good luck on CL except for that one part. cool ill check that out .

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How Does It Handle The Heat?

I have seen several reviews of various laptops that boast high specs, but they don't have really effective cooling when it comes to intense work such as video editing and triple-A games. It's great to have a Core i7, plenty of RAM, and a fancy graphics chip. BUT, if the heat-pipe cooling system isn't adequate, then the cpu (and maybe the graphics, too) will start to overheat. At that point the system will throttle back the processor speed to avoid damage. Suggest you research models that have been thoroughly tested to see how they hold up when working hard. By the way, one of the models I saw tested was indeed a MacBook Pro which was very fast at the beginning of a demanding task, but slowed down dramatically after a few seconds. Another was an ASUS (maybe a GF504? not sure). Anyway, I'm sure there are a few good ones out there .... somewhere!
Here's a couple of interesting videos. These guys may be a little annoying, but the content is pretty good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIVpgsCAHZk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-qiJE3fWBw

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Have a look at the HP OMEN range

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