Gaming laptop help please

I am looking to buy a gaming laptop which will with work with VR, Oculus Quest, Halflife Alyx, Ark, Sims 4 etc

I haven’t much knowledge and don't want to build. I think I want i7, min rtx 2060, min 16gb, min 512gb ssd. Does this sound ok? Am I missing anything? 


I had set my budget at £1000 but can go to £1200. I have said we will get one to replace our ancient PC in lieu of the fact that we can’t go on holiday this year - the teen is very happy!

Any thoughts/suggestions welcome.


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  • bblackbearddbblackbeardd Forumite
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    I would strongly advise against buying directly from one of the big manufacturers like Dell, HP, etc. They're not specialists in gaming and generally don't use particularly high-spec components aside from the CPU and graphics card. They'll try to skimp on RAM and SSD, so although it will have 16GB RAM it might have low speed or just be poorly made.

    I can highly recommend pcspecialist.co.uk (sorry, I would hyperlink but I'm a new user and not allowed). I have a laptop being made right now. They have a bunch of preset configurations that you can customise to fit what you want. The build I have coming has a Ryzen 3600 (not far off an i7), an RTX 2060, 16GB and 1TB SSD, with a 15.6" screen. That cost me £1250 including a collect and repair service for a year. Great value if you ask me, knowing it's being put together by hand and tested before it will get to me. Oh and you can choose to have it shipped WITHOUT annoying anti-virus trials which I guarantee the Dell machine will have!
  • dan958dan958 Forumite
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    I'd always advise against a 'gaming' laptop, and just get a tower. They are cheaper to build, you will get more bang for your buck. Easy to upgrade in the future. Any reason why a laptop is needed?
  • Phil3822Phil3822 Forumite
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    If you can go for a tower you should but if not I have had gaming laptops from pc specialist as mentioned above and also Palicomp who both are very good.
  • edited 19 June 2020 at 1:17PM
    JamoLewJamoLew Forumite
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    edited 19 June 2020 at 1:17PM
    have had 5 desktops and 1 laptop from https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ and been delighted every time.
    Make FULL use of their forum to get advice on build specification for your use and budget
    (and no, I don't work for them or know anyone who does)
  • sallyTtsallyTt Forumite
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    Never heard of https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ . But seems to have mainly good trustpilot reviews https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/pcspecialist.co.uk?languages=en&stars=1 . Personally I would get a desktop or stick with one of the big manufacturers. 
  • ValerieMeshkoValerieMeshko Forumite
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    Do you fundamentally need a laptop? You can take a desktop computer. For the same price you can build yourself a much more powerful computer in terms of parts than a laptop for the same price. My advice is to spend a lot of time on your video card. Choose a good one, maybe consider the option of mining, because the computer these days modet earn you money just by being out of contact with humans.
  • ValerieMeshkoValerieMeshko Forumite
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    Do you fundamentally need a laptop? You can take a desktop computer. For the same price you can build yourself a much more powerful computer in terms of parts than a laptop for the same price. My advice is to spend a lot of time on your video card. Choose a good one, maybe consider the option of mining, because the computer these days modet earn you money just by being out of contact with humans.
    I made some small mistakes in this post, I apologize. I wanted to make it clear that your computer can work for you when even you are not sitting at it.
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