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Gaming Laptop for Travel (3000$)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, I'm looking to buy a gaming laptop, I travel a fair amount for work and need something I can take with me. I live and work in the US for prices/availability


I'm looking to spend up to 3000$ but less is always better, screen size can be 15-17in and would prefer it not to be a 10lb brick, but if that's the best laptop I'll deal with it


I'm not particularly worried about battery life as it's mostly going to be plugged in at hotel rooms, I'm more so looking for performance, with a good display.


I play a mix of fps/moba/strategy/action games so 144hz would be nice as well, I can upgrade it with more RAM and SSD myself if it saves me anything

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CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K [Delidded | Frequency: 5.1GHz | vCore: 1.45v - Fuck Intel | Cache: 4800MHz | VCCIO: 1.175 | SA: 1.20]

GPU: MSI GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR 11G OC [Core: 2113MHz | Memory: + 1000MHz | Voltage: 1.181v | XOC BIOS]

RAM: TEAM GROUP DARK PRO EDITION [Capacity: 16GB - 8GB x 2 | Frequency: 3866MHz | Timings: 16-16-16-36]

Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z370-A

PSU: SeaSonic PRIME Ultra 1000W

Case: Fractal S2 Meshify


CPU Block: EK Velocity | GPU Block: EK-FC1080 GTX Ti TF6 Radiators: x2 HWLabs SR2 360MM  Pump / Res: EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM Fans: x6 Noctua NF-F12


Primary Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HUbmiprz [Refresh Rate: 165Hz | Resolution: 2560 x 1440]

Secondary Monitor: ASUS VG248QE [Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Resolution: 1920 x 1080]


UPS: APC Smart-UPS RT 2000VA [Online | Double-Conversion]


Benchmarks: 3DMark TimeSpy - First [1 out of 8571]

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

Is g-sync that important? something like this looks great and I think it's not max-q (isn't that lower performance?)




but im kind of a laptop noob so please tell me if im wrong


EDIT: other sites have the MSI listed as max-q, still don't know how big of a performance hit that is though

Edited by Iskirra
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If no preference on weight and battery life, might want to consider Clevo P750/P775/P870 from HIDevolution (or other resellers that offer delided CPUs)

Feel free to ask for recommendations if you're looking for a new lappy!


My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]


Laptop Reviews:

Specs of my Y530:


Intel Core i5-8300H Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB LP156WFG-SPB2 144Hz IPS 16GB 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM (2x8GB) Samsung PM981 256GB NVMe SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare)

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

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