Which laptop would you buy for gaming?

jorge_medion

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This is a comprehensive list of laptops I've elaborated in an Excel spreadsheet. All the laptops have Windows 10 installed and display 17.3''. My budget is up to 2000 €. I am planning to purchase a new gaming laptop to play mainly strategy games, Total War games and less demanding games than Total War.

LAPTOPCPURAMHARD DRIVEGPUPRICE (€)
Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRHIntel Core i7-9750H16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz512GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe 3.0x2 NVMe + 1TB HDD 7200rpm 2.5"NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61699
MSI Creator 17M A9SDIntel Core i7-9750H32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61799
Asus Rog Strix G731GU-EV038TIntel Core i7-9750H16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz1TB 5400rpm hybrid 8GB (FireCuda) + 256GB SSD M.2 PCIE NVMENVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61599
MSI GE73 Raider RGBIntel Core i7-8750H16GB DDR41TB (7200rpm SATA) + 512GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR51522
MSI GS75 StealthIntel Core i7-8750H16GB DDR4 2666MHz512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1699
Asus Rog Strix G731GV-EV004TIntel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR4 2666MHz512GB SSD M.2 PCIE NVMENVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1849
MSI GE75 RaiderIntel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR4 2666MHz1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1862
Gigabyte AERO 17Intel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR4 2666MHzIntel® 760P SSD 512GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61849
HP Omen 17-cb0001nsIntel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR4 2666MHz1TB HDD + 512GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1899
HP Omen 17-cb0013nsIntel Core i7-9750H32 GB DDR41TB HDDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1999
HP Omen 17-cb0006nsIntel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR41TB HDD + 256GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61699
Nexoc Gaming G1742Intel Core i7-870032 GB DDR41TB HDD + 250GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61799
Nexoc Gaming G1742 (2)Intel Core i7-970064 GB DDR41TB HDD + 500GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR61789
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SE-271ESIntel Core i7-9750H32 GB DDR41 TB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1950
Nexoc Gaming G1742 (3)Intel Core i7-870032 GB DDR42 x 250 GB SSD, 1 TB HDDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1949
Nexoc Gaming G1743Intel Core i7-9750H32 GB DDR4500 GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1720
Nexoc Gaming G1744Intel Core i7-8750H32 GB DDR4250 GB SSD, 1 TB HDDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB1889
MSI GE75 Raider 8SF*Intel Core i7-8750H16GB DDR41TB HDD + 512GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB1900
Asus Rog Strix G731GW-EV010T*Intel Core i7-9750H16GB DDR4512 GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB1800
Nexoc Gaming G1744 (2)*Intel Core i7-8750H16GB DDR4120 GB SSD, 1 TB HDDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB1825
*Low availability at this price

Which ones do you think are the right choice?
 
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If you're going to be plugged into the wall all the time, the MSI GE73 Raider RGB with a gtx 1070 has tremendous value as the 1070m has very similar performance(little better usually) to the 2060m and also has a nice size ssd and a 1tb hdd.

The 8750h and 9750h performance difference is so marginal it's not worth differentiating.

If you plan to use this as an actual laptop, the 1660ti has lowest heat output and power draw but is notably slower then the 1070m.
 

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a gaming laptop is a waste of money to be honest, you will never be happy with the battery life, weight, noise, heat or performance, then you need to buy another in 1 or 2 years

if your goal is play games a desktop pc is way better

if it has to be light enough to be carried, the smaller the better, something under or close to 2 kilograms, more or less 5 pounds

the lenovo legion is whati would consider first, followed by similar msi options

you will need a gaming mouse, and headphones, to avoid hearing the fans that sound like a jet engine taking off under load on most laptops
 
I agree that if you're going to be plugged into the wall all the time, it might be worth looking into a desktop, where you should be able to get more performance for less money. And if you plan to carry the system around every day, a 17" gaming laptop will be heavy and bulky, typically with mediocre battery life.
 
looks great, so consider it also if is avaialble where you live, just in case if you are outside north america
That looks fairly nice for a gaming laptop, but they were looking for systems with 17.3" screens.

It's also probably worth pointing out that the "Max-Q" variant of the notebook 2070 is designed for lower power draw and heat output, and is clocked significantly lower than the desktop, or even the regular laptop versions of that card. As a result, it offers notably lower performance than what one would get from even a desktop 2060. CPU performance in laptops also tends to be limited compared to their desktop counterparts. Because of that, one would likely get better gaming performance out of a $1000 desktop system.

Which comes back to the questionable usefulness of gaming laptops. If one needs both a portable system that they will carry around every day, and a gaming system, it might be better for them to split the money and get both a faster gaming desktop with a larger display, and a small, inexpensive thin-and-light notebook with good battery life for taking with them for non-gaming-related tasks.
 

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That looks fairly nice for a gaming laptop, but they were looking for systems with 17.3" screens.

It's also probably worth pointing out that the "Max-Q" variant of the notebook 2070 is designed for lower power draw and heat output, and is clocked significantly lower than the desktop, or even the regular laptop versions of that card. As a result, it offers notably lower performance than what one would get from even a desktop 2060. CPU performance in laptops also tends to be limited compared to their desktop counterparts. Because of that, one would likely get better gaming performance out of a $1000 desktop system.

Which comes back to the questionable usefulness of gaming laptops. If one needs both a portable system that they will carry around every day, and a gaming system, it might be better for them to split the money and get both a faster gaming desktop with a larger display, and a small, inexpensive thin-and-light notebook with good battery life for taking with them for non-gaming-related tasks.
the unit on the video is 15" iirc, but in the page there is a 17" model, that is why i said consider

if the laptop is 17" is not a gaming laptop, is a desktop replacement, and i prefer a desktop pc on a desk than a laptop trying to be the desktop pc but being 2 or 3 times more expensive

all is relative to the use and preferences, but is something i wouldn't buy personally
 

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