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Welp my fucking computer broke, what relatively cheap but pretty good gaming laptops do you guys recommend?

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    There is no gaming laptop I can recommend
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    @davenall heck off I need a laptop for coding and fallout 76
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    @davenall can't agree more.
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    Acer nitro 5. Using it right now with linux of course and runs very well. Its a beast of an laptop for coding and gaming. My main requirement was CPU with 8 threads since i compile android and this will make it much faster and the ryzen 5 2500U version with 256GB SSD+1TB HDD and RX560X is just awesome as i do play some games from time to time.
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    But thats all on linux. Didnt try windows on it. First thing i did when i got it was to go into bios and boot from USB. Laptop never booted up windows.
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    Ohh also its 800$ for this version i got.
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    And can play almost all games at ultra or high. Damn you Deus Ex mankind divided. But well thats due to RAM. You get 8GB but integrated GPU gets 1.3 GB of that so you are left with 6.77 GB of RAM. Yeah you will need to upgrade the RAM. And well lucky it has an RAM and HDD slots on back that you just pop open and can upgrade.
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    @davenall

    and the total cost is just a gaming laptop, that's the point aye
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    Unless you're talking about that $4000 watercooled Asus, "gaming laptop" is an oxymoron.
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    When you need a mobile workstation while performance in double precision isn't a concern then a high-end gaming laptop always comes handy
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    Hp omen!
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    What's wrong with your puter?
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    Mine breaks at least every week !

    What are its symptoms, perhaps we can help you fix it.

    I just had to fix my TV.. (It got stuck at Netfix login screen, had to unplug network cable, wait for error connecting to show, then reset TV, now its fine!)

    Also, I recommend if you have the room/space, a backup PC for times like this.

    Though I remember having 5 backup PC's once, and 4 of them needing fixing, so thank goodness I had a 5th !
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    If you're in India, you can get a Acer predator at less price, right now due to festival.

    Specs are nice, not too good but it's more portable than Alienware.

    It's 1080p, 8gb, i5-8300h(2.4ghz-4ghz), gtx 1050ti, 128gB SSD + 1TB. Not sure about mother board.
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    Not a gaming laptop.
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    @kamen if you're talking about 4000$ laptop, you're doing something wrong. 😐
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    @irene

    Mobile workstations cost $4000+ often, the main reason of getting a workstation than a gaming laptop is because of parallel performance in double precision, it happens often in computational science.
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    @Gaveuxifort mobile workstation is pretty much the same oxymoron as gaming laptop.
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    @irene
    How so? There are ones come with intel Xeon and Nvidia Quadro?
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    @Gaveuxifort you either choose size or power. You can't do both effectively. When power rises, size rises. When size lessens, so is the power.

    Guess where "mobile workstations" are on that spectrum. Hint: not on the power side.
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    @irene

    The trade-off between size and power is reasonable enough to do works hence it's called mobile workstation? Not just the computing power, Xeon supports up to 128Gb memory which some professional need it for work in the field when stable internet connection isn't an option. But to be fair, I agree with you that it is stupid to get a mobile workstation if one works indoor only.
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    @Gaveuxifort how RAM and connection to the internet are related at all? 🤔🤔🤔
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    @irene
    Right...when you need to run certain programs that takes...for example 50Gb memory, if I work in office I could ssh to my cluster which has 6Tb ram per node, since internet connection in the field isn't stable which makes ssh to interactive computing node less accessible, a mobile workstation could be handy in this case:)
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    @irene are you talking about predator?
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    But my case is rare, mobile workstations aren't for normal consumers
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    @Gaveuxifort oh, I see. So it's the case of no connection to mainframe. That makes sense. 🤔
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    @sauronjs yup. It does not worth that money.
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    @irene
    Yes! And the reason why Intel Xeon preferred in my case was because optimisation flags for Intel compiler behave differently across Intel architectures, it makes sense to keep CPU architecture consistent since that's what clusters using right? ;) And Nvidia Quadro vs. GTX? If I had an option to install a K80 on my laptop I would have stick the bad boy in already ;P
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    > Xeon supports up to 128Gb memory

    If you want more than that, what are one's options ?
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    @Nanos

    Beyond 128Gb isn't what a laptop would offer, search server motherboard for HPC, I've seen up to 24Tb mem per computing node, although I'm sure bigger ones exist. Same for the CPUs, HPC is the keyword for searching
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    Thanks, most helpful.

    A quick google and I start finding things like:

    https://asus.com/uk/...
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    @irene if you're India it's worth every rupee of 60k for this spec in a laptop.

    For desktop, I assembled better specs with lower price.
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    @sauronjs it's not worth anything in any country
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    @irene do you play games? Graphic intensive games?
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    @sauronjs I do. Still won't ever buy "gaming" laptop. It's robbery.
  • 0
    @irene you should have earlier that you're against gaming laptop.
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    @Gaveuxifort what kind of programs do you need to run that take 50gB ram?
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    @sauronjs I did. Several times.
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    > that take 50gB ram?

    I guess for poormans ram you could use an SSD ?
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    @irene I just checked all your replies on this thread and I believe you didn't. Can you point the one in which you did.
    May be I am avoid conversions to much and can't read meanings properly.
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    @irene the first one, I thought you are telling me that the specs I mentioned are not fit for a gaming laptop. You're probably replying to OP, the reason why I asked for clarity. Perhaps, I should have been more clear myself.

    The second one, I thought you believe 4000$ is too much, even got a gaming laptop.
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    @sauronjs 4000 for any laptop is insane price unless it's very special purpose laptop like the workstation mentioned above.
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    @sauronjs

    I don't want to drag you into the dark hole...basically a quantum chemistry package called Gaussian is perhaps the most HPC consuming application ever existed...depending on the level of theory and basis set it calculates various of properties for the chemical systems one models. A back-of-the envelope calculation I always like to put into my lecture slides - imagine we represent a wave function with 10 parameters for each spatial coordinate, an one-electron system requires 10^3 numbers to fully represent it (easy-peasy right?), this corresponds to 1 kilobyte of data in single precision. For a 10-electron system it takes 1024^10 byte ≈ 100,000,000,000,000,000 Tb of storage... and in QM nothing works in single precision. That's why people rely on approximations since brute-force for conventional computers is stupid and suicidal...hence the reason why we need Quantum computers
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    @Gaveuxifort This is interesting. You make feel like changing domain.
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    @Gaveuxifort WTF! 😱
    Too much data! 😁
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    @irene

    Ikr, the computational resource demand in QM is in an exponential scale, it's terrifying to hear people running calculations that eat 10Tb ram and the model itself isn't even big to consider
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