Asus ROG STRIX Core i5-7300HQ 8GB 1TB + 128GB SSD GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop £849.97  Laptops Direct
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Asus ROG STRIX Core i5-7300HQ 8GB 1TB + 128GB SSD GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop £849.97 Laptops Direct

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Found 2nd Aug
I was checking reviews for this laptop after seeing another deal posted for it at Debenhams, and it's £10 cheaper here, plus 2.1% TopCashback.

Still not sure if I'll go for it myself but hopefully will help someone.
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If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with identical specs, (except with a crap TN screen,) and save a few hundred.
Now this looks like a gaming laptop!
Only by reading the reviews can you tell how well it performs in real life. But unless it is an utter dog, then at Full HD, it should play older AAA games with max settings, and new ones with high enough settings to not matter. This is at least 300 pounds cheaper than you could get an equivalent spec'd laptop just over a year ago.

You "may" want to upgrade to 16GB ram at some point in the future.


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Edited by: "Enet" 2nd Aug
Masteryates44 m ago

If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with …If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with identical specs, (except with a crap TN screen,) and save a few hundred.



Really? £650 for a 6gb 1060? Can you show where?
Masteryates59 m ago

If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with …If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with identical specs, (except with a crap TN screen,) and save a few hundred.



If you're going to hook it to an external display build a mITX rig and get more power for less money.
Masteryates1 h, 0 m ago

If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with …If your going to hook up to an external display, you can get a FX503 with identical specs, (except with a crap TN screen,) and save a few hundred.


Id be interested in that, have you got a link please?
ollie873 m ago

If you're going to hook it to an external display build a mITX rig and get …If you're going to hook it to an external display build a mITX rig and get more power for less money.



when I've looked at building my own GTX1060 based machine the parts alone cost nearly this, I must be looking at the wrong suppliers.
paulj486 m ago

when I've looked at building my own GTX1060 based machine the parts alone …when I've looked at building my own GTX1060 based machine the parts alone cost nearly this, I must be looking at the wrong suppliers.



You must be.

mITX (yes, it's an i3 but it's 18% faster than the i5 in this laptop):

PCPartPicker part list: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…7pG
Price breakdown by merchant: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…nt/

CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£88.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master - Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case (£38.94 @ Box Limited)
Power Supply: Cooler Master - MasterWatt 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£52.23 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £618.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:50 BST+0100


mATX:

PCPartPicker part list: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…9tg
Price breakdown by merchant: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…nt/

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£159.48 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - H310M S2H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£49.54 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC)
Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman - ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: EVGA - 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £629.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:54 BST+0100
ollie874 m ago

You must be.mITX (yes, it's an i3 but it's 18% faster than the i5 in this …You must be.mITX (yes, it's an i3 but it's 18% faster than the i5 in this laptop):PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/rsk7pGPrice breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/rsk7pG/by_merchant/CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£88.79 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£79.99 @ Amazon UK) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC) Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers) Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC) Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Cooler Master - Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case (£38.94 @ Box Limited) Power Supply: Cooler Master - MasterWatt 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£52.23 @ Amazon UK) Total: £618.25Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:50 BST+0100mATX:PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/cQq9tgPrice breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/cQq9tg/by_merchant/CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£159.48 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: Gigabyte - H310M S2H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£49.54 @ Aria PC) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC) Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers) Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC) Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Zalman - ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk) Power Supply: EVGA - 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.99 @ AWD-IT) Total: £629.30Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:54 BST+0100



Yes that's the sort of prices I was getting but when you add a display (don't forget a this laptop has a decent display) keyboard, mouse, speakers and a genuine (with COA) copy of Windows 10 then a laptop isn't that much more expensive.
paulj482 m ago

Yes that's the sort of prices I was getting but when you add a display …Yes that's the sort of prices I was getting but when you add a display (don't forget a this laptop has a decent display) keyboard, mouse, speakers and a genuine (with COA) copy of Windows 10 then a laptop isn't that much more expensive.



Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it to an external display, which is the most pointless thing ever, just build a desktop.

As for Window license you can either use Windows 10 inactivated indefinitely or buy it off here when it comes up for under £10.

Monitor? A cheap 1080p display can be had well under £100, and will have speakers, or you can use headphones you probably already have. Keyboard and mouse? Depends on preference, you'll need a mouse for this laptop any way since you'll not be gaming on the trackpad.
Edited by: "ollie87" 2nd Aug
ollie8710 m ago

Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it …Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it to an external display, which is the most pointless thing ever, just build a desktop.As for Window license you can either use Windows 10 inactivated indefinitely or buy it off here when it comes up for under £10.Monitor? A cheap 1080p display can be had well under £100, and will have speakers, or you can use headphones you probably already have. Keyboard and mouse? Depends on preference, you'll need a mouse for this laptop any way since you'll not be gaming on the trackpad.



I'm in a quandary as I need a PC/laptop for my son who starts secondary school next month and its his birthday in 2 weeks and we want a 'gaming' machine. Laptop would take up less space, could be used in any room and then attached to his TV for a 'bigger' gaming experience.

Everyone says build your own, its cheaper. But taking everything into account it isn't that much cheaper.
paulj488 m ago

I'm in a quandary as I need a PC/laptop for my son who starts secondary …I'm in a quandary as I need a PC/laptop for my son who starts secondary school next month and its his birthday in 2 weeks and we want a 'gaming' machine. Laptop would take up less space, could be used in any room and then attached to his TV for a 'bigger' gaming experience.Everyone says build your own, its cheaper. But taking everything into account it isn't that much cheaper.



It is cheaper. Yes not by much. But you can pick and choose what you need, thus you get the machine that's right for you, rather than what some manufacturer says is a "gaming rig". Look at all these "gaming" laptops with i7 CPUs and crap 1050s (not even the Ti!)

If you look at the machines I linked you're getting a hell of a lot more performance for your money, and you don't have to worry about throwing the whole thing away when you're ready to upgrade. Nor do you have to worry about repairing it since spares are much easier to find and you can fix it yourself if needs be. I have a mITX gaming machine in my lounge that basically gives the console experience with Steam Big Picture mode, plus then if you wanted you could take it to a desk with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Edited by: "ollie87" 2nd Aug
Axeboy2 h, 2 m ago

Really? £650 for a 6gb 1060? Can you show where?


A whole bunch of us bought the FX503 from AO earlier this year for £709. They said it had IPS display and when it arrived with a TN panel, we all got a refund of £100. Our FX503's only have the 3GB 1060 though.
ollie871 h, 39 m ago

Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it …Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it to an external display, which is the most pointless thing ever, just build a desktop.As for Window license you can either use Windows 10 inactivated indefinitely or buy it off here when it comes up for under £10.Monitor? A cheap 1080p display can be had well under £100, and will have speakers, or you can use headphones you probably already have. Keyboard and mouse? Depends on preference, you'll need a mouse for this laptop any way since you'll not be gaming on the trackpad.


It's not pointless if you want to pick up your machine and take it around to a mates house.
Masteryates28 s ago

It's not pointless if you want to pick up your machine and take it around …It's not pointless if you want to pick up your machine and take it around to a mates house.



Me and my mates do that with our mITX rigs all the time.
ollie874 m ago

Me and my mates do that with our mITX rigs all the time.


That's cool.

You can hardly do some gaming on the train while on the way though can you?
Masteryates3 m ago

That's cool.You can hardly do some gaming on the train while on the way …That's cool.You can hardly do some gaming on the train while on the way though can you?



Can't really with a gaming laptop either, they're too big plus battery life is poor unless you get a seat with a plug.

Besides, I live in rural Lincolnshire, no one is taking the train.

For gaming on the move I use a Nintendo DS.
Edited by: "ollie87" 2nd Aug
ollie875 m ago

Can't really with a gaming laptop either, they're too big plus battery …Can't really with a gaming laptop either, they're too big plus battery life is poor unless you get a seat with a plug.Besides, I live in rural Lincolnshire, no one is taking the train.For gaming on the move I use a Nintendo DS.


You'd be surprised by how light and thin these Asus machines are now. My train ride is half an hour and the battery lasts fine.

Each to there own I guess.
Masteryates5 m ago

You'd be surprised by how light and thin these Asus machines are now. My …You'd be surprised by how light and thin these Asus machines are now. My train ride is half an hour and the battery lasts fine. Each to there own I guess.



Any "laptop" over 13 inches is too big to be truely portable. It's not just about weight.
ollie876 m ago

Any "laptop" over 13 inches is too big to be truely portable. It's not …Any "laptop" over 13 inches is too big to be truely portable. It's not just about weight.


That's just your opinion Ollie. I see plenty of 15.6" laptops on the train every day.

Just for my info, how much does a mITX weigh?
Edited by: "Masteryates" 2nd Aug
ollie873 h, 41 m ago

Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it …Of course. I only brought it up because Masteryates said about hooking it to an external display, which is the most pointless thing ever, just build a desktop.As for Window license you can either use Windows 10 inactivated indefinitely or buy it off here when it comes up for under £10.Monitor? A cheap 1080p display can be had well under £100, and will have speakers, or you can use headphones you probably already have. Keyboard and mouse? Depends on preference, you'll need a mouse for this laptop any way since you'll not be gaming on the trackpad.



You can also buy licence keys off ebay for about £3.
ollie8710 h, 13 m ago

You must be.mITX (yes, it's an i3 but it's 18% faster than the i5 in this …You must be.mITX (yes, it's an i3 but it's 18% faster than the i5 in this laptop):PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/rsk7pGPrice breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/rsk7pG/by_merchant/CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£88.79 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£79.99 @ Amazon UK) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC) Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers) Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC) Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Cooler Master - Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case (£38.94 @ Box Limited) Power Supply: Cooler Master - MasterWatt 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£52.23 @ Amazon UK) Total: £618.25Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:50 BST+0100mATX:PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/cQq9tgPrice breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/cQq9tg/by_merchant/CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor (£159.48 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: Gigabyte - H310M S2H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£49.54 @ Aria PC) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£70.79 @ Aria PC) Storage: ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£37.33 @ CCL Computers) Storage: Seagate - Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£25.19 @ Aria PC) Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (£224.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Zalman - ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk) Power Supply: EVGA - 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.99 @ AWD-IT) Total: £629.30Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-02 12:54 BST+0100


Thanks for the build Ollie. I think I'm going to go with something like this. Could you recommend a build using a Ryzen 5?
Luke112312 h, 1 m ago

Thanks for the build Ollie. I think I'm going to go with something like …Thanks for the build Ollie. I think I'm going to go with something like this. Could you recommend a build using a Ryzen 5?


Do you need a small system? What’s the budget? Probably best to PM me.
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