Buying advice - 15.4" Gaming & Working Laptop - £1.6k budget

AntLem

Member
Hi all

New to the forum. I am thinking about buying a new laptop, which I haven't done since 2009 from Kobalt Computers (if anyone remembers them!).

I want something that will let me play games like Age of Empires 4, Wasteland 3 and Baldur's Gate 3 - potentially some FPS's but I am not fussed about 100+ FPS rates.

Ideally something that will also be good to watch films on, and future proofed enough to last 7-10 years before it is totally obsolete (my 2009 laptop is still going!). May get some use with AutoCAD LT, video editing and excel as well.

It should be a 15.4" screen and budget-wise I'm probably aiming at the £1,500-1,600 mark but don't necessarily need to spend that much if there is a consensus on spec!

Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
 

Tron1982

Bright Spark
Hello,
Two things, will you play and use your laptop on sector or will you use it on battery ?
And what do you thin about this one :
-15.6 screen
-desktop cpu, so you may be able to upgrade it (at least, for the ryzen 5 gen)
-good cpu (the 3060)
-plenty of ram
BUT
-poor battery life (2h max)
-kinda heavy
-only HD resolution (1920x1080)
-a little bit over budget, but the warranties are worth it ^^

If you have some question about the build, don't hesitate to ask about it ^^

Chassis & Display
Destian Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 240Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Six Core CPU (3.7GHz-4.6GHz/35MB CACHE/AM4)
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair 3200MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3060 - 6.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 6900MB/R, 5000MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
AC Adaptor
1 x 230W AC Adaptor
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Battery
Destian Series Detachable 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema
Wireless Network Card
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
1 x USB 3.2 PORT (Type C) + 2 x USB 3.2 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Keyboard Language
15" DESTIAN SERIES UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge
Keyboard & Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Gold Warranty (2 Year Collect & Return, 2 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Dead Pixel Guarantee
1 Year Dead Pixel Guarantee Inc. Labour & Carriage Costs
Chassis
Clevo NH55VPY (6GB RTX-3060, 240Hz N7, Blank KB)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days
Price: £1,678.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/destian-15/Zrr!7WGxSJ/
 

AntLem

Member
Thanks for the lightning fast reply! I think for gaming I will certainly be using it plugged in, may use it unplugged for web browsing, films and other light applications.

A couple of questions:

  • Do you know if it has an integrated GPU to save battery when not in heavy use?
  • Do I need an adaptor to plug in an HDMI cable to a display?
  • When you say 'heavy' - I can't see a weight on the spec page?
  • Do you think spending an extra £160 over budget is worth it to go for the GTX 3070 or is it overkill?
  • Is the advantage of the desktop CPU the main reason you have recommended this chassis? I am guessing the GPU is not upgradeable, just the CPU, in future? Just thinking about chunkiness vs a slightly slimmer chassis.

Thanks again for your input!
 

AntLem

Member
Incidentally, doing a bit of research online I found out my old Nexus chassis is a Clevo M860TU which is a beast of a laptop - as I said it has lasted 13 years and still running perfectly fine. That has nearly sold me on the Destian chassis already as it seems to be an evolution of the same design.
 

Tron1982

Bright Spark
Hello,
You're welcome ^^

So, to answer your questions
-There is, if i'm not wrong, an integrated gpu on the 5600x, but it's not working, as the gpu is directly connected on the screen, so you will always be using the dedicated gpu
-I don't think so, there is hdmi port on the laptop
-The laptop weight is 2.7kg, and you have to add the charger weight too (something like 500/600g) - (you can see these informartion, as for the number and kind of ports, on the top of the page when you click on "detailed specifications")
-It's worth to spend more on the gpu, as it's not upgradable on the futur (and so, it's the first bottleneck)
-There is 2 reasons why i suggest this chassis :
- i'm a DTR fan (i'm trying to convice @SpyderTracks to build a new fanclub XD) and you wanted upgradability and futurproofing, so, the cpu evolution opportunity is what answer your needs
- It's a clevo chassis, and even if tongfang improved from the previous gen, i'm not really fond of this brand (but it's a personnal choice)
- it's bigger, so, it's mean better air flow, so better cooling, so better life expectancy for the laptop

And for the battery life, even for light use, i don't think it will be more than 2 hours (maybe a little bit more if you tweak your energy parameters)
 

AntLem

Member
Hi all - just reading the news about the new mobile RTX 3070 Ti cards coming out in Feb. Is this something PC Specialist will offer as an option and is it worth waiting for?
 

SpyderTracks

Bingo Bango Orchestrator
Moderator
Yes I think I would probably have to increase my budget - but thinking a 3070Ti might have more longevity so could be worth the investment.
Oh absolutely, if you're able to stretch the budget then get the most powerful gpu you can afford as it will be the first bottleneck that isn't upgradeable on a laptop so you always spec the gpu as high as you can.
 
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