Gaming/work laptop under 12k ish

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I’m going to study engineering next year (probably electronic or mechatronic) and i need to know a few things regarding laptops:

- do i need (or is it recommended) a laptop to study engineering
- Can i get a laptop for work use and personal/gaming use for 12k ish that will last 5 years without being obsoleted
- Can anyone pls recommend a laptop or two
- lastly can anyone give me a recommendation at any price (within reason) (maybe 20k ish) as a second option


Thanks
 

bigboy529

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Yes, yes and yes. Look at Dell nothing less, talk to Flashgear on the forum, for R12K he will be able to sort you out with a very decent demo machine.
 

PaCiFieR

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Second the Dell option.

There is one on Takealot, Dell Inspirion 3467 i7 going for R9499.00. Has has a 2GB dedicated GPU.
 
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Thanks for the replies, but i am looking for something new. That will still be able to run demanding apps and games (solidworks, autocad, fusion 360, gta v, witcher 3, etc.

- Should i look at 8th gen proccessors or is 7th gen ok, should i take u or hq model cpu’s, what graphics card should i look at (1050ti or more/less), is an ssd neccicary and how much ram do i need.

- Could you guys pls post links to laptops that you think would work.

Thanks so much for the responses, much obliged. ;)
 

mr_norris

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Thanks for the replies, but i am looking for something new. That will still be able to run demanding apps and games (solidworks, autocad, fusion 360, gta v, witcher 3, etc.

- Should i look at 8th gen proccessors or is 7th gen ok, should i take u or hq model cpu’s, what graphics card should i look at (1050ti or more/less), is an ssd neccicary and how much ram do i need.

- Could you guys pls post links to laptops that you think would work.

Thanks so much for the responses, much obliged. ;)
The problem with buying new is you really limit yourself. Laptop CPU's are a bit behind their desktop counterparts. Like the i7 6700HQ is comparable to an i5 6500, but it has a higher multithreading score because of hyperthreading. Then of course, there is the GPU limitation. The 10xx series don't have much of a difference between their desktop counterparts, but there is still a difference. I am guessing here because it's been a while since I looked, but you're looking at around 10% to 20% behind a desktop variant, even worse if you get Max-q.

You want an HQ model, not the U. U's are more geared towards power saving and efficiency. HQ's are a bit beefier and have more cores. I haven't checked if they are the same with the 7 and 8 series, but with the 6 series, the U's were dual core, and HQ's quad - some with and some without hyperthreading.

Evetech have a nice range of laptops, but it would be best if you looked around before committing. And here is an example of a laptop from them at 12k. It's not great. I didn't spend too much time looking, so there might be something better out there.
 
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