Question Desktop Replacement

Apr 28, 2019
Hello All,

Due to some changes in my home I have to give up my desktop space and move to using a laptop and I am hoping you can provide me with some assistance.

Essentially my budget is around $3000 and I am hoping that this will be a decent upgrade on my somewhat older desktop.

Here are the specs for me desktop computer.

CPU: i5-3570 @ 3.40GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
Storage: 450GB SSD, 2T regular harddrive
Motherboard: Not sure of the model but its a Gigabyte model. I assume from the same time period as the CPU. If needed I can crack open the case and see what it says.

See, old but has been my steady workhorse for work and gaming and has served me well.

Now for gaming I mean that all I ever play is World of Warcraft so I know that’s not exactly cutting edge.

The part that is tricky is that we have a wall mounted Samsung 43inch 4K tv near where I will be using the laptop and I would like the option to plus the laptop into the tv for occasionally using a bigger screen for either work or play.

I know tv’s are not idea but it’s brand new so I’m hoping it’s not too bad and I am not exactly a hardcore gamer. I mean I have been using the above set up for wow on a 1080p desktop monitor for years without complaint and the settings are usually sitting around mid range (so nothing special).

So what sort of minimum hardware will I need to make this work?

I could be flexible if need be but ideally I would like to stick around the budget.

Here are a few of the options I have seen

Sitting right on 3k
MSI GS75 8SE Stealth Gaming Notebook, i7-8750H, 16GB (1x 16GB) RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIE SSD (2x 256GB SSD), 17.3inch FHD IPS 144Hz Thin Bezel, GeForce RTX 2060-6GB, Killer Wireless AC1550i, BT, HD Webcam, 4-Cell Battery, Win10 Home

Sitting around $2.8k
Alienware 17
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz; up to 32GB
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 OC with 8GB GDDR5
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD Class 40 + 1TB 7200RPM HDD

Another around $2.8k
Alienware m17
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 6GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD

Currently $3.2k
New Dell G7 17
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
16GB, 16GBx1, DDR4 2666MHz
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive (Storage)

Infinity S2070 at $2.7k
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor 9M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz / 2.20 GHz
· 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
· 802.11ac Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 + Bluetooth 5.0 Network
· Full RGB Colour Per Key Mechanical Keyboard
· 8GB GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 Graphics

Really I’m not overly fussed on the brand I just don’t want anything crap.

Look is important as I want it to look awesome but at this point I think performance needs to be the main focus.

Anyway I am open to all suggestions and help as I am really lost with this.


Considering your gaming preference, you can pretty much throw a dart over your shoulder. As for connectivity with your 4K TV, you have to check both the TV and the laptops for display ports or HDMI 2.0 ports. This is the only HDMI version that will output 4K @ 60Hz. The HDMI 2.0 port also needs an HDMI 2.0 cable.