In the past couple of years I had less and less time for gaming, so I barely spent any money on hardware. Now I have some vacation coming up and hope to do some gaming, sports and reading (all the stuff I sort of sacrificed for the job). So I finally decided to buy a gaming laptop, what with gaming clearly being the priority.
So I got myself a MSI GS65 8RF. Last year's model, with a Nvidia 1070 max-q, which happened to be on discount. Initially I wanted to buy a laptop with a 2070, but the very big price difference for a relatively small performance gain didn't make that seem like a great idea.
I also really like the ultra-book concept: light-weight laptops with a mininamilistic design but good performance. For a couple of yeras I was working with a Dell XPS 15, which I greatly enjoyed as a better price/performance choice relative to the ubiquitous Macbooks and nowadays I have a decent HP Elitebook in the 13 inch version. But most ultrabooks don't come with gaming grade GPUs. Luckily, thanks to advances in technology, you can now have light-weight gaming laptops as a compromise.
So now I'm waiting for the new toy to arrive and then I'll probably have to set up a dual boot for Win10 and Linux (as I also plan to train some ML models with the fast GPU). I'm slightly worried that the laptop will turn out to be extremely loud and hot (main reason I stuck to desktop PCs for gaming up to now).
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
New hardware is always fun.
I never really messed around with laptops all that much as I've always had the room for a desktop.
Plus I hate the keyboards on them.
True, I greatly prefer the desktop experience as well and try to customize the components to produce as little extra noise as possible (which I find very distracting). But a gaming laptop beats having no PC at all. Also, my wife's PC has been getting on in age and she prefers laptops for office work due to habit.
The laptop arrived yesterday. Since it only came with free DOS I spent some time buying old Win 8 keys and upgrading to Win 10. Now everything is set up. I quite like the design and it really has light-weight. Gets pretty loud even without any particular load.
Now I just need to find a game that I'll be able to play in the evening hours of the upcoming vacation. Perhaps some RPG, looks like I missed a couple of interesting titles in the last few years...