Gaming Laptop - 1TB, GeForce 1050 2GB, 8GB Ram, i5 7200u Processor - £684.97 @ Laptops Direct
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Gaming Laptop - 1TB, GeForce 1050 2GB, 8GB Ram, i5 7200u Processor - £684.97 @ Laptops Direct

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Found 4th Sep 2017Edited by:"3ak"
Cheapest laptop I could find with the 1050, I've checked AO and they have also brought the price down but not as much as these days.

Only drawback I can see is that it doesn't have an SDD and although AO site does confirm the screen is IPS display I cannot see anything written on this sales page via laptop direct.

AO Laptop Spec: ao.com/pro…spx

Price 699 however subscribe to which magazine and you'll get the price down to 684 don't forget to cancel after the 1 pound trial.
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Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops within the past couple of weeks that had 4GB 1050s, better processors (i5-7300HQ - twice as many cores) and also a 128 GB SSD plus a 1 TB HDD for only £15 more.
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Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops within the past couple of weeks that had 4GB 1050s, better processors (i5-7300HQ - twice as many cores) and also a 128 GB SSD plus a 1 TB HDD for only £15 more.
While not necessarily bad for the price, I wouldn't really recommend this for 'gaming' that's particularly demanding, as the "U" on the processor denotes a low-power variant.
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paul_merton3 m ago

Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops …Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops within the past couple of weeks that had 4GB 1050s, better processors (i5-7300HQ - twice as many cores) and also a 128 GB SSD plus a 1 TB HDD for only £15 more.


I have £1000 to spend - which one would you recommend for long term? Thanks.
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Illusionary2 m ago

While not necessarily bad for the price, I wouldn't really recommend this …While not necessarily bad for the price, I wouldn't really recommend this for 'gaming' that's particularly demanding, as the "U" on the processor denotes a low-power variant.


damn ok I need to get my processor game up, which processors are best for gaming? thanks.
3ak5 m ago

damn ok I need to get my processor game up, which processors are best for …damn ok I need to get my processor game up, which processors are best for gaming? thanks.



Look for an "HQ" suffix. Considering the latest generation of processors, anything from an i5-7300HQ upwards is decent (most commonly, i5-7300, i5-7500 or i7-7700).
The 'U' on Intel processors denotes it as a low-power variant, which basically means it's duel core. So this i5 has just two cores, as opposed to its i5 'Q' brother that is true quad core.

I guess it depends on what games you're playing, but if you're playing anything graphically intensive then this will struggle.

Personally I don't think any laptop with a 'U' processor should be branded a gaming machine. The point of these is lower power use, for longer battery life etc. Gaming with one kinda defeats the purpose.

Also I've seen some other MSI laptops with 'Q' quad core variants for around the same price.
3ak9 m ago

I have £1000 to spend - which one would you recommend for long term? …I have £1000 to spend - which one would you recommend for long term? Thanks.


I'm after a 1050 4GB but with an i7-7700HQ processor, where a "good" price seems to be around £800-£900. This processor won't make a huge difference for gaming, but it will for other things like video editing/encoding, as the i7-HQs have 4 cores and hyperthreading (kind of like having 8 cores). Something like this is good, but the price went up before I actually got round to buying it hotukdeals.com/dea…601

Conversely, the i5-7200U on this laptop only has 2 cores with hyperthreading. Many gaming laptops have the i5-7300HQ, which has 4 true cores, but no hyperthreading.
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paul_merton6 m ago

I'm after a 1050 4GB but with an i7-7700HQ processor, where a "good" price …I'm after a 1050 4GB but with an i7-7700HQ processor, where a "good" price seems to be around £800-£900. This processor won't make a huge difference for gaming, but it will for other things like video editing/encoding, as the i7-HQs have 4 cores and hyperthreading (kind of like having 8 cores). Something like this is good, but the price went up before I actually got round to buying it https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-i7-7700hq-8gb-1tb-disk-128gb-ssd-gtx-1050-4gb-156-gaming-laptop-79997-saveonlaptops-2777601Conversely, the i5-7200U on this laptop only has 2 cores with hyperthreading. Many gaming laptops have the i5-7300HQ, which has 4 true cores, but no hyperthreading.


that deal looked decent, guess i'll hold back for now.
3ak34 m ago

I have £1000 to spend - which one would you recommend for long term? …I have £1000 to spend - which one would you recommend for long term? Thanks.


Do you really need a laptop? Desktops get you far better bang for your buck. When I started university I got lucky and ended up with £3k to spend on computers, I immediately blew it on two laptops thinking I'd move the big one at least once every 3 months to go home. Nope. Moved once a year to move house. The little one was far more useful since it got used for notes but it wasn't gaming capable, it was purely portable and had long battery life.
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CampGareth12 m ago

Do you really need a laptop? Desktops get you far better bang for your …Do you really need a laptop? Desktops get you far better bang for your buck. When I started university I got lucky and ended up with £3k to spend on computers, I immediately blew it on two laptops thinking I'd move the big one at least once every 3 months to go home. Nope. Moved once a year to move house. The little one was far more useful since it got used for notes but it wasn't gaming capable, it was purely portable and had long battery life.



I don't have much space in my room lol however I do have space for an all-in-one seen I like my macbooks I was thinking about a 5k imac - as it has decent graphics I'm not much of a gamer... Just want to play the casual counter strike here and there... relive some memories.
4700 passmark. Similar to my 8 thread 4 core xeon that runs every game 1080p graphics on ultra with my rx r470 gpu but my rx 470 runs 100pc but the cpu does not.

So I think the processor is fine and the gpu will bottleneck it for sure!

There has been little progress in cpu needs for gaming. It is gpu that matters.

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz
Edited by: "jameshothothot" 4th Sep 2017
3ak3 h, 11 m ago

I don't have much space in my room lol however I do have space for an …I don't have much space in my room lol however I do have space for an all-in-one seen I like my macbooks I was thinking about a 5k imac - as it has decent graphics I'm not much of a gamer... Just want to play the casual counter strike here and there... relive some memories.


Guessing you've got a desk? Got room for a chair? Then there's probably room for a desktop down there. My PC sits down there warming my legs.
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CampGareth18 m ago

Guessing you've got a desk? Got room for a chair? Then there's probably …Guessing you've got a desk? Got room for a chair? Then there's probably room for a desktop down there. My PC sits down there warming my legs.

Is building one fairly simple or do you recommend me just buying one? Thanks
3ak1 h, 0 m ago

Is building one fairly simple or do you recommend me just buying one? …Is building one fairly simple or do you recommend me just buying one? Thanks


It is fairly simple, as in if you sit down and watch youtube videos you'd learn to do it but I'd recommend buying your first time. Somewhere like Scan will do PCs to order. Just remember to get a nice monitor since you'll be staring at it any time you use the computer.
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paul_merton4th Sep

Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops …Doesn't seem a great price to me - there have been a few gaming laptops within the past couple of weeks that had 4GB 1050s, better processors (i5-7300HQ - twice as many cores) and also a 128 GB SSD plus a 1 TB HDD for only £15 more.

Is this one any good Paul? Link
3ak2 m ago

Is this one any good Paul? Link


I'd buy it if it was £200 less
3ak11 h, 26 m ago

Is this one any good Paul? Link


For that price, I'd go for this one with a far superior gtx 1060 graphics card scan.co.uk/pro…-10
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Lewis.Hammerton35 m ago

For that price, I'd go for this one with a far superior gtx 1060 graphics …For that price, I'd go for this one with a far superior gtx 1060 graphics card https://www.scan.co.uk/products/156-asus-rog-gl502vm-fy173t-core-i5-7300hq-3gb-gtx-1060-12gb-ddr4-ram-256gb-ssd-dvdrw-windows-10

Damn this looks better for sure! Do you know if it's an ips screen? Doesn't mention it although on review sites it does say matt ips display thank you lewis
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