£500 to spend at cex for gaming laptop any suggestions?

16
Found 6th Aug 2017
I have £500 worth of vouchers to spend at cex. Been looking on their website but for the life of me, cannot find gaming capable laptops. All that shows is laptops but I specifically want a gaming laptop but the site is not useful. Can anyone please recommend me a gaming laptop at cex for at least £500 please thanks.
Community Updates
Ask
16 Comments
You wont for £500, they bump their prices so that often they can be the same as to buy something new (if they think it is in short demand)
Buying from somewhere other than CeX would be my recommendation, to be honest. While they do offer a warranty on purchases, you'll have no idea about the laptop's history and how heavily it's been used. Prices from CeX are also typically significantly inflated, at times above what you could buy for new. I'd suggest that you try selling your vouchers (you could probably get somewhere around £400 for them) and buying from a mainstream dedicated retailer.

If you're still intent on buying from CeX, go to a local store and see what they have available. This will also allow you the opportunity to inspect the laptop before buying.
Thanks for all opinions. I will give cex a miss on this considering the amount am willing to spend. Where would you guys recommend for me to and buy please?
vixmony1 h, 14 m ago

Thanks for all opinions. I will give cex a miss on this considering the …Thanks for all opinions. I will give cex a miss on this considering the amount am willing to spend. Where would you guys recommend for me to and buy please?

Roughly what budget do you have? I've only followed the laptop hardware market at a fairly high level since I last upgraded about 15 months ago, but you're looking at about £800 as a starting point for a well-specced new laptop - for which I'd recommend PC Specialist.
Illusionary5 h, 2 m ago

Roughly what budget do you have? I've only followed the laptop hardware …Roughly what budget do you have? I've only followed the laptop hardware market at a fairly high level since I last upgraded about 15 months ago, but you're looking at about £800 as a starting point for a well-specced new laptop - for which I'd recommend PC Specialist.

Hmm thanks that website looks interesting. I have managed to add this up
pcspecialist.co.uk/not…15/
It comes to about 700 I think it's a reasonable place. Any other places to suggest please?
vixmony43 m ago

Hmm thanks that website looks interesting. I have managed to add this up …Hmm thanks that website looks interesting. I have managed to add this up https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosVI-15/It comes to about 700 I think it's a reasonable place. Any other places to suggest please?



Novatech is another good one too, or they were when I bought mine a few years ag
vixmony1 h, 38 m ago

Hmm thanks that website looks interesting. I have managed to add this up …Hmm thanks that website looks interesting. I have managed to add this up https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosVI-15/It comes to about 700 I think it's a reasonable place. Any other places to suggest please?


If you're looking for a 'gaming' laptop, I'd advise you to look for a better graphics chips than is available in the Cosmos VI. The 940MX and the 950M are the very lowest-end of the previous generation of nVidia mobile graphics. You really ought to be looking for at least a 960M, or preferably a 1050 Ti or 1060 - which should be just about doable within £1,000. Try looking at PC Specialist's Optimus VIII (I have an Optimus VII Pro, which I've generally been very pleased with).

Importantly, though, what types of games are you planning on using this for?
Illusionary23 h, 23 m ago

If you're looking for a 'gaming' laptop, I'd advise you to look for a …If you're looking for a 'gaming' laptop, I'd advise you to look for a better graphics chips than is available in the Cosmos VI. The 940MX and the 950M are the very lowest-end of the previous generation of nVidia mobile graphics. You really ought to be looking for at least a 960M, or preferably a 1050 Ti or 1060 - which should be just about doable within £1,000. Try looking at PC Specialist's Optimus VIII (I have an Optimus VII Pro, which I've generally been very pleased with).Importantly, though, what types of games are you planning on using this for?

Many thanks for your detailed advice. I am looking at playing steam games using my nvidia shield tablet? What kind of power will I need for that?
vixmony1 h, 7 m ago

Many thanks for your detailed advice. I am looking at playing steam games …Many thanks for your detailed advice. I am looking at playing steam games using my nvidia shield tablet? What kind of power will I need for that?


"Steam games" is a very broad category Can you give some examples?
Illusionary46 m ago

"Steam games" is a very broad category Can you give some examples?

Oh let me see what I have in my steam library first.
vixmony3 h, 30 m ago

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/dell-inspiron-15-7000-15-6-gaming-laptop-10146140-pdt.htmlHi guys how's this one for gaming?


Reasonable, but you could do better - and I couldn't recommend buying from PC World.

Notable upgrades from that spec would be an SSD (even a small one), 16GB RAM and a 10-series graphics chip (a 1050 Ti would be the closest in terms of power to the 960M).

Did you look into some illustrative examples of the types of games that you'd be using this for?
Illusionary7 m ago

Reasonable, but you could do better - and I couldn't recommend buying from …Reasonable, but you could do better - and I couldn't recommend buying from PC World.Notable upgrades from that spec would be an SSD (even a small one), 16GB RAM and a 10-series graphics chip (a 1050 Ti would be the closest in terms of power to the 960M).Did you look into some illustrative examples of the types of games that you'd be using this for?

Am looking at playing racing games dirt, F1, fifa, project cars, pes2017.
vixmony14 m ago

Am looking at playing racing games dirt, F1, fifa, project cars, pes2017.


Okay - so, these games are each a little while post-release, so a 960M ought to be sufficiently powerful to play with decent graphics quality. You could still probably do a bit better at that price - If you're not keen ont he suggestions already posted, try searching in the computers and/or gaming sections here on HUKD and you should find some examples.
Well as it so happened a workmate was in the process of trying to shift a Asus gl551j laptop with gtx 960m. He gave it to me to try it out and see if I will buy it,for 300£. Set it all up it has the following specs i7-4720hq /16gb-ram /1tb HDD /gtx 960m/2gb rw 15. Have tried a few games fallout 4 etc and it's been working fine. Should I keep this considering the cheap price?. Also if I want to increase the memory as it's only 1tb is it an easy task?
vixmony4 h, 59 m ago

Well as it so happened a workmate was in the process of trying to shift a …Well as it so happened a workmate was in the process of trying to shift a Asus gl551j laptop with gtx 960m. He gave it to me to try it out and see if I will buy it,for 300£. Set it all up it has the following specs i7-4720hq /16gb-ram /1tb HDD /gtx 960m/2gb rw 15. Have tried a few games fallout 4 etc and it's been working fine. Should I keep this considering the cheap price?. Also if I want to increase the memory as it's only 1tb is it an easy task?

That's a good price - assuming that there's nothing wrong with it, it would probably be one to go for, given your requirements.

As for the "memory", you may be making a not-uncommon mistake of confusing hard drive capacity and RAM. A 1TB hard drive is a fairly common size and not something that I'd particularly look to upgrade. What you might want, though, is to add a small SSD for the operating system. Laptops vary widely in how easy it is to upgrade them, so I'd suggest doing a few online searches for this specific model. You'll need to ensure that it has a spare M.2 slot to be able to take the drive.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text

    Top Discussions

    Top Discussions

    Top Merchants