Question Help Buying A New Laptop

Jul 9, 2023
Hi! I've been an avid gamer for many years but know next to nothing about computers. My college dorm is much to small for a desktop (not even room for a desk to be honest) and I'm needing to get a laptop to do both school work and gaming on.

1. What is your budget?
Our budget is a max of $2500 USD but I'd prefer to keep it closer to $2200 USD if possible

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
My laptop will be replacing my pc as I don't have space for one

5. How much battery life do you need?
4+ hours

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
I play a lot of games and was hoping to play Starfield and Phantom Liberty if possible (ideally on medium-ish graphics) but I regularly play Red Dead 2 and Overwatch

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
I will need to be able to run Adobe products like photoshop or after effecrs and modelling programs like blender and maya (however I can do these on the on campus desktops as well)

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
512 minimum but I would prefer more

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
A store like Bestbuy or Microcenter would work or an whatever online store could get it to me by early to mid August

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Ideally for all 4 years of college

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I don't care what brand but my school prefers dell/hp/lenovo, but as long as it runs windows I should be fine

13. What country do you live in?
It needs to be able to ship to or buy in person in either the USA or Canada

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
- The minimum laptop requirements for my major:
Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i7 processor
15” Display
32GB memory
512GB SSD storage
Graphics 4GB Video RAM
- I'm an artist and would like a screen with good resolution and color accuracy

Thanks for all the help!


When you say 4hrs I hope you're not meaning heavy use/gaming because nothing with a decent GPU/CPU is going to get you that.

A friend of mine got one of the new Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 AMD 7745HX/RTX 4070 laptops earlier this year after returning a problematic Asus one and has loved it.