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Old 05-19-2020, 11:08 AM   #1
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Computer purchase; assistance needed.

First post here!

Was hoping for some advice on a computer purchase if at all possible. I have read other threads and people’s needs seem to be very different, so I thought that it was better for me to post and hope somebody tells me the optimal setup for what I need. I will be using the computer for the following only:

Running Pio large tree sims
Running GTO+
Running PT4
8/10 tabling across 4/5 sites

I won’t be doing any gaming and live in the UK. Can either be laptop or desktop but would prefer it to be a laptop if there is no loss of performance. I have around £1500 to spend but can spend a little more if there is a big increase in performance. All advice is welcome!
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:22 PM   #2
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First post here!

Was hoping for some advice on a computer purchase if at all possible. I have read other threads and people’s needs seem to be very different, so I thought that it was better for me to post and hope somebody tells me the optimal setup for what I need. I will be using the computer for the following only:

Running Pio large tree sims
Running GTO+
Running PT4
8/10 tabling across 4/5 sites
While you say "people's needs seem to be very different", all anyone seems to be asking about nowadays is how to solve poker before everyone else does, yourself included, so I'd look at the other threads
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:57 PM   #3
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Re: Computer purchase; assistance needed.

Chassis & DisplayNova Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 144Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 9 3900 12 Core CPU (3.1GHz-4.3GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4)
Memory (RAM) 32GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti - 6.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st Storage Drive 500GB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (up to 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)

1450 GBP on pcspecialist if you're keen on spending the whole 1500

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/nova-15/
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:32 PM   #4
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Chassis & DisplayNova Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 144Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 9 3900 12 Core CPU (3.1GHz-4.3GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4)
Memory (RAM) 32GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti - 6.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st Storage Drive 500GB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (up to 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)

1450 GBP on pcspecialist if you're keen on spending the whole 1500

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/nova-15/
Beautiful, thank you so much ionutd. Going to purchase now!
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:54 PM   #5
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Beautiful, thank you so much ionutd. Going to purchase now!
Christ almighty don't do that, he's suggesting you spend 300 quid on a graphics card when your requirements would only require the cheapest thing that has a video out or, if that CPU has onboard graphics, not even that
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Old 05-20-2020, 12:32 AM   #6
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gpu is the least expensive option that comes with the laptop platform, there's no way around it. I'm sure op will find use for it one day. that cpu does not come with integrated graphics.

give it a rest with the snide comments, you're not impressing anyone
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:54 AM   #7
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Re: Computer purchase; assistance needed.

Look, if OP is happy with spending £300 on a graphics card that can play a hell of a lot of modern games very well but won't be used for anything more taxing than Minesweeper, that's their choice. OP is wanting a build that is fairly specialised and unbalanced, which does not easily come by looking at an off the shelf prebuild - especially for a laptop, this is the sort of thing that I'd only really consider a desktop for. If they can't configure it so that OP isn't setting money on fire on the GPU, either by putting a cheaper one in or by allowing OP to put the money saved into a better CPU that also has integrated graphics, then I'd look somewhere else.

The clue's in the category of the prebuild you selected - gaming/editing laptops. OP is doing neither
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:18 AM   #8
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the guy wanted a nice laptop to do heavy sims
the ones with low powered mobile cpus and integrated graphics are slow af when it comes to heavy multi threaded work
it's hard to find laptops with 32gb ram, which he needs to build complex trees, also he doesn't need to add more ram himself, or, as is usually the case, replace the 16 gigs on board with 2 different sticks because most laptops only have 2 dimm slots

ofc a desktop would be a more cost effective way to do it, but he'd have to build it himself to shave off the cost of expensive dedicated graphics, because all the pre-builts with a powerful cpu and enough ram also come with a good gpu, since they're being marketed as gaming pcs

in conclusion, the guy has the money to get something nice, preferably a laptop, doesn't want to build a desktop himself, I gave him a good option for his needs and pretty good value too for what this is, a powerful desktop cpu in a laptop form factor.

if you were to build the exact same desktop and slap in a 20 quid gpu instead, you're only looking at a 2-300 quid cheaper system, I'm sure the fact that he's getting the laptop he wants instead makes up for that.
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