15.6" Optimus VII Core i5 & GTX960 Gaming Laptop £607.00 @ PC Specialist
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15.6" Optimus VII Core i5 & GTX960 Gaming Laptop £607.00 @ PC Specialist

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Found 20th Nov 2015
Cheap gaming laptop if you configure it right!

My config choice to get you away would be:

i5-6300HQ
8GB RAM
GTX960m
No HDD, instead a 256GB M.2 2280 SSD (this laptop has upgrade space for two 2.5 inch disks!)
No OS

£656 delivered

This will allow you to very easily upgrade down the line.

If you want super, super cheap spec it with:

i5-6300HQ
8GB RAM
GTX960m
500GB 5,400 RPM disk
No OS

£607 delivered - then add your own SSD down the line.

Other specs are:

6th Gen Intel® Core™ CPUs
2GB GeForce™ GTX 960M
Backlit Keyboard
Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080
ANSP™ 3D Sound Technology
Premium Onkyo Speakers (a HUKD favourite!)
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never ceases to amaze me how highly specd these machines are for the cash
Wow, heat!
antonywhite37

never ceases to amaze me how highly specd these machines are for the cash



Absolutely, will play GTA V better than a PS4 and you can carry it with you.
is Shame the latiffe is single channel memory, would have bought one by now if dual channel as would be a true macbook air killer
Haha so you posted it, good stuff
antonywhite37

is Shame the latiffe is single channel memory, would have bought one by … is Shame the latiffe is single channel memory, would have bought one by now if dual channel as would be a true macbook air killer



Makes less difference than you think. Unless you're doing Memory Benchmarks you'll never notice. It's only about a 10-15% increase in performance.
Edited by: "ollie87" 20th Nov 2015
ollie87

Makes less difference than you think. Unless you're doing Memory … Makes less difference than you think. Unless you're doing Memory Benchmarks you'll never notice. It's only about a 10-15% increase in performance.



​cpu, yes but I want for occasional gaming make a gigantic difference to graphics performance
antonywhite37

is Shame the latiffe is single channel memory, would have bought one by … is Shame the latiffe is single channel memory, would have bought one by now if dual channel as would be a true macbook air killer



​Get another 4gb stick.
antonywhite37

​cpu, yes but I want for occasional gaming make a gigantic difference to … ​cpu, yes but I want for occasional gaming make a gigantic difference to graphics performance



Only when you're using Integrated Graphics, which aren't much cop for gaming any way.
ollie87

Absolutely, will play GTA V better than a PS4 and you can carry it with … Absolutely, will play GTA V better than a PS4 and you can carry it with you.



​Absolutely costs twice as much as a PS4! Absolutely loads more that can go wrong with it!
You will absolutely need to upgrade at some point to keep up with the latest games.

I'm not a PC hater I'm just evening up the argument.
hardstylemw

You will absolutely need to upgrade at some point to keep up with the … You will absolutely need to upgrade at some point to keep up with the latest games.I'm not a PC hater I'm just evening up the argument.



Do you? I'm serious, PC games have options for running games at lower quality to maintain 60fps, something consoles lack with their 900p 30fps scaled up to 1080p. Sure you'll need to upgrade it at some point, as you will with the PS4 and Xbone but it's already way ahead of the power of the Xbone and PS4.
Edited by: "ollie87" 20th Nov 2015
shkurti

​Get another 4gb stick.



The model he's talking about the Lafité II (http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafiteII/) only supports a single stick of RAM.
ollie87

Do you? I'm serious, PC games have options for running games at lower … Do you? I'm serious, PC games have options for running games at lower quality to maintain 60fps, something consoles lack with their 900p 30fps scaled up to 1080p. Sure you'll need to upgrade it at some point, as you will with the PS4 and Xbone but it's already way ahead of the power of the Xbone and PS4.



​True it is way ahead of the Consoles, but do you really need to play games on ultra settings? BTW PS4 is full HD not upscaled like the XBone.
hardstylemw

but do you really need to play games on ultra settings?



Yes.

http://i.imgur.com/p2AY0uF.jpg
I want a 17in with 970m for this price. Seems unlikely
ollie87

It is if you want a desktop:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6KChf7Otherwise … It is if you want a desktop:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6KChf7Otherwise you'll be looking at this:http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/defianceII-17/



Has to be a laptop. Has to be cheaper!
Dacra

Has to be a laptop. Has to be cheaper!



17 inch isn't really portable any way, might aswell build an mITX rig. That's what I did.

Even got a 240mm radiator in my mITX build.
It is not way ahead of the consoles at all , ps4 is around amd 7850-7870 gpu , the 960m is probably worse than those.
Problem is the dell deal was a lot better at 700 but I resisted that.
ollie87

17 inch isn't really portable any way, might aswell build an mITX rig. … 17 inch isn't really portable any way, might aswell build an mITX rig. That's what I did.Even got a 240mm radiator in my mITX build.



Nowhere to have monitor set up
arnold.rimmer

It is not way ahead of the consoles at all , ps4 is around amd 7850-7870 … It is not way ahead of the consoles at all , ps4 is around amd 7850-7870 gpu , the 960m is probably worse than those.Problem is the dell deal was a lot better at 700 but I resisted that.



Perhaps, but the PS4 has a potato instead of a CPU and doesn't have any where near as many exclusive titles.
Edited by: "ollie87" 20th Nov 2015
Dacra

Nowhere to have monitor set up



TV + Gamepad.
Has anyone any experience with machines from PC Specialist? I've looked at them a few times and the fact that they list a dead pixel insurance as part of their options makes me wary about their quality control.
shkurti

​Get another 4gb stick.



​you can't it's single slot
ollie87

Only when you're using Integrated Graphics, which aren't much cop for … Only when you're using Integrated Graphics, which aren't much cop for gaming any way.



​new Intel stuff really isn't bad. 5500 is equivalent to a gt 550m which perfectly serviceable for most things in average detail levels and resolution
evildrneil

dead pixel insurance as part of their options makes me wary about their … dead pixel insurance as part of their options makes me wary about their quality control.



Does the opposite for me, I'd like that sort of option!
evildrneil

Has anyone any experience with machines from PC Specialist? I've looked … Has anyone any experience with machines from PC Specialist? I've looked at them a few times and the fact that they list a dead pixel insurance as part of their options makes me wary about their quality control.



​A couple of years back I bought my current laptop from PC Specialist. It is an Optimus V and I have found it to be great. The only problem was that it had a noisy fan, but I gather they have fixed that in later versions. (I installed a custom bios and it made my fan quieter)
hardstylemw

​Absolutely costs twice as much as a PS4! Absolutely loads more that can g … ​Absolutely costs twice as much as a PS4! Absolutely loads more that can go wrong with it!You will absolutely need to upgrade at some point to keep up with the latest games.I'm not a PC hater I'm just evening up the argument.



After adding PSN+ and a TV the playing field levels off a little however.
Astec123

After adding PSN+ and a TV the playing field levels off a little however.



​Most people already have a TV though
ollie87

Absolutely, will play GTA V better than a PS4 and you can carry it with … Absolutely, will play GTA V better than a PS4 and you can carry it with you.



But it costs over double..
Mathaeus

But it costs over double..



But isn't just a games console.

And can play way more games. Has more exclusive titles than any games console ever. You don't have to pay to play online. You don't have to have a HDTV.

It's not a fair comparison any way, check out the PotatoMasher - youtube.com/wat…B_s
Edited by: "ollie87" 21st Nov 2015
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Looks like your avatar lol
Mathaeus

But it costs over double..




- Consoles are cheaper!

* goes to buy £59.99 game that costs £12 on allkeys
antonywhite37

​cpu, yes but I want for occasional gaming make a gigantic difference to … ​cpu, yes but I want for occasional gaming make a gigantic difference to graphics performance



​for gaming, which is what i gather this laptop is designed for, it wont make the slightest difference. it has a dedicated GPU so it doesnt draw on system memory.
Would this be able to handle photo and video editing with ease?
I've got the 17in Octane II from these guy's. Its a fantastic laptop very well built and the customer service is brilliant.
5Rivers79

Would this be able to handle photo and video editing with ease?



If you're editing videos spec the i7 and full both memory slots (two sticks of RAM).
evildrneil

Has anyone any experience with machines from PC Specialist? I've looked … Has anyone any experience with machines from PC Specialist? I've looked at them a few times and the fact that they list a dead pixel insurance as part of their options makes me wary about their quality control.



I ordered a laptop with a i7 4820hq with a 970m and 256gb ssd from them a month ago for 813 delivered with a "free" usb pen, so far is been an excellent workhorse machine which has replaced my desktop, i also had no issue's with the screen however if i did i would replace under "DSR".

Have a look at there support forums if you are worried about buying from them, i did before making decision on buying.
Just thought I'd let people know that the code 'mpi55' works to give £50 off and if you're a student you're probably eligible to get Windows 8.1 through Microsoft's Dreamspark program to save even more. I used this to get my current laptop using the last of my student loan.

This might help make up people's mind between one model and another or get a better component and makes this an even better deal for anyone interested.
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