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15 hours ago, tidge said:

On the subject of "office employees" requesting "gaming laptops" from their corporate IT departments... years ago I would have always rolled my eyes at such a request, but no longer. There are a wide variety of business applications that otherwise "casual" PC users will find become much easier for them if they have laptops with healthy amounts of video resources typically associated with "gaming laptops".

My old company (I am retired now) was a large aerospace company, and our IT provided gaming laptops to engineers and developers as a standard higher tiers, although they were called engineering and developer workstations.

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On 11/25/2020 at 11:43 PM, Jawbreaker said:

I know I know, you can run it on a toaster.

The laptop I have now is on it's way out. It runs the game fine, but If I run with graphics settings maxed, it gets super hot. Also, even my max graphics setting don't look as nice as some other folk's screenshots. I'd like a new laptop that I can; 
1. Run at maxed out graphics settings without it cooking the finish off my table ( again.)
2. Run multiple instances without heating up at moderate graphics settings for farming, RP and screenshot/video projects

3. cost under $1000 on Amazon as I will be using a gift card to pay for a good chunk of it.

I'm computer illiterate with hardware so any suggestions would be best made with a link to an actual suggestion instead of a list of specs/graphics cards etc.

Thank you so much in advance!


$1000 is a good chunk of change to run CoX.


Key, as others have said, Ram + SSD.

(16gb ram and a 512 SSD drive paired with a higher speed i5, is plenty)


When looking for a good dea I don't shy away from the refurbs or scratch-n-dents from the actual companies. Dell outlet or HP outlet can make this path easy.


When you want:

$1,199.00 (25%off) OMEN by HP Gaming Laptop NB Refurbished 15-en0012AX


  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 15.6" diagonal FHD display
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650
  • 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 SSD
  • 16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
  • 2.37 kg


But can afford:

$899 (25%off) HP Pavilion Gaming NB Refurbished 15-ec0102AX


  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 15.6" diagonal FHD display
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650
  • 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • 8 GB DDR4-2400 MHz RAM (1 x 8 GB)
  • 1.98 kg

nearly the same specs.. but a step down.



When you want:

$1,750.00 $1,260.00 Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5



  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor (8 Core, Up to 4.40GHz, 20MB Cache, 45W)
  • Windows 11 Home
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
  • 16GB (2X8GB) Up to 3200MHz DDR4 SoDIMM Non-ECC
  • 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 165Hz 3ms with ComfortView Plus Non-Touch Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6
  • Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky Smooth Finish


But can afford:

$1,103.00 $728.49 Dell G15 Ryzen Edition 15” Gaming (this might be my pick if I needed a laptop)



  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor (8 Core, Up to 4.40GHz, 20MB Cache, 45W)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
  • 8GB (1X8GB) Up to 3200MHz DDR4 SoDIMM Non-ECC
  • 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Wide View Angle Anti-Glare 120Hz 250-nits LED-Backlit Non-Touch Narrow Border Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6
  • Phantom Grey with Speckles - LCD Back Cover


Ports & Slots

1. USB 2.0 | 2. USB 2.0 with PowerShare | 3. USB Type-C® | 4. SuperSpeed USB 3.2 | 5. HDMI | 6. Power In | 7. RJ45 Ethernet | 8. Headphones/Microphone


Guaranteed power: Experience powerful performance whether you're gaming or streaming thanks to AMD Ryzen™ 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors.


Keep cool: Our thermal systems utilize copper piping to dissipate heat as it’s pulled through the top of the keyboard and bottom of the system via four large exhaust vents.

Improved power: The latest improvements to our thermal design gives your system the thermal headroom to deliver ample power while adapting to a changing system load. This allows clock speeds to remain higher for longer, while keeping component temperatures cooler as well.

Storage makes all the difference: More storage means a faster start-up time which means you can get straight into gaming.

Full speed ahead: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 supports 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 technology, delivering data rates of up to 2.4Gbps and increased network capacity as well as Bluetooth® 5.1 support, for fast uploads and downloads, low latency and lasting battery life.



all should be pretty good, all better than my box:


Device name    DESKTOP
Processor    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400F CPU @ 2.90GHz   2.90 GHz
Installed RAM    32.0 GB (31.9 GB usable)
HD    256 SSD

Graphics    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
System type    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor


Edited by Troo

"Homecoming is not perfect but it is still better than the alternative.. at least so far" - Unknown  (Wise words Unknown!)

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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