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# 127165 1-Aug-2013 12:42
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Hi guys. I'm looking to get back into simming (namely Train Sim 2013/14 and FS2004 (again) but I need to update to my 5 year old computer before I can run these games. I know a desktop would be ideal and a little cheaper, but my needs require I get a laptop, and I have narrowed my search down to a few and I would like to know what your thoughts are on the best setup for these sims. Obviously I'd like to do a little MS office work, video editing, browsing etc, and I would ideally like to run the games on high graphics setting if possible...

I won't go into too much spec, but rather just the basics that mean the most...

1) ASUS N56-VM, i7-3610QM, 4GB RAM, GT 630M 2GB

2) HP ENVY, i7 (Has) 4702MQ, 8GB RAM, GT750M 2GB

3) MSI GE40, i7 (Has) 4702MX, 8GB RAM, GT760M 2GB (DDR5)

4) MSI GE60, i7 (Has) 4700MX, 16GB RAM, GT750M 2GB (DDR5)

5) MSI GX60, AMD A10-5750, 8GB RAM, RADEON 7970M 2GB (DDR5)

6) MSI GX70, AMD A10-5750, 8GB RAM, RADEON 8970M 2GB (DDR5)

Well folks, that's it. There's a few there but if anyone could offer any advice as to what laptop would run this game best, I would be grateful.

Many thanks.

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Uber Geek

  # 869905 1-Aug-2013 13:05
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Of those, I'd go for the MSI GE40. It has the best combination of CPU/GPU, imo. The Alienware M17x R4 is well worth a look if your budget allows, too.

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  # 869915 1-Aug-2013 13:17
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Thanks for the reply.  The Alienware is way out of my price range I'm afraid!  Trying to convince the Mrs to let me spend close to $2K was hard enough!!!!  Just looking to get the best bang for my buck!


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Uber Geek

  # 869973 1-Aug-2013 14:20
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custom build clevo from australia

i7 haswell + 16GB + SSD + GTX770 ~$2600

You are paying a large premium buying brand.

edit: P157SM is what you are after.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 870553 2-Aug-2013 11:10
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I would stay away from HP hopeless at updating drivers and they have a very heavily customised version of windows in my experience.

My gear 55" Samsung 4K SUHD LCD HDR , Denon AVR-4200W Reciever in 7.1.2 Surround , Denon 2 Channel Amp to power ceiling speakers , Combination of Polk Audio Fronts And Tannoy Surrounds plus 2 Cambridge Audio Ceiling Speakers Pioneer Downfiring Subwoofer , Oppo UDP-203 UHD Player , Roku Ultra , Apple TV 3

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Wannabe Geek

  # 872941 7-Aug-2013 00:50
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Go for MSI GE40, i7 (Has) 4702MX, 8GB RAM, GT760M 2GB (DDR5)

It's the best compared with other options.

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  # 873410 7-Aug-2013 19:12
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Thanks for the replies guys. I now have the new laptop, and I opted for the GE60 in the end. It has a dedicated number pad, which for some programs I use is a must have. All your advice has been appreciated. Thanks again.

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