Greetings, new to PC Specilialist and computer talk in general so bare with me...
Basically I'm looking for a laptop in time to start uni in september. Obviously my excuse for getting one is for "work", but I'll be using it for multimedia (Blu-Rays/HD) and some moderate gaming, mainly RTS, and anywhere from recent ones to a few years back. Heavy duty FPS etc arent really my style on PC gaming, though I might try a couple to see what all the fuss is about.
With how I'd use the setup, I'm probably gonna hook up my LG 22" TV to use as a monitor for it on the desk (you can do that right...?) and get USB mouse/keyboards, so it's practically a desktop, though I could see myself carrying around a lot for lectures/crazy drunk LAN parties.
Proabably most importantly is I'd like the laptop to be fairly "futureproof" for ideally the next 4 years until I finish studying.
Built this Optimus III 15.6" with the following specs;
Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 15.6" Glossy Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3610QM (2.30GHz) 6MB
8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M - 1.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
750GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD7500BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
SONY BC-5550H 4x BLURAY COMBO DRIVE & CYBERLINK SOFTWARE (£49)
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6235 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Optimus/Voyager Series 6 Cell Lithium-ION Battery (48.84WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
Keyboard & Mouse
INTEGRATED UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days
Price: £862.00 including VAT and delivery.
My budget could stretch that far, but ideally under £850.
1. Burning question - considering what I've said about my gaming habits, is it worth the extra £40-£50 for the GeForce GT 650M as opposed to the 640M on a Genesis chassis (otherwise same specs)
2. is 1600 MHz vs 1333 MHz worth extra £9? (both 8GB RAM)
3. is 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm) vs 8MB/5400 worth extra £9? (both 750GB)
4. is 300 Mbps vs 150 Mbps worth extra £9?
5 finally, is the dead pixel 1 year guarantee worth an extra £19 on top of these specs? How likely is that going to happen?
Excuse the long post, any help and advice is eternally appreciated!!!