I need a laptop to be able to play some games and mainly do school work.
I have $1000 AUD but can pay ~$1200 AUD
I would like to play these games:
Minecraft, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Garrys Mod, League of Legends, and Diablo 3
I was thinking about getting the MSi GE60 which is around about $1300
If you have any other suggestions could you please inform me below
Gaming laptops are pretty much a waste of money. Also, those games aren't graphically intensive. You can run them on much cheaper laptops.
http://www.msy.com.au/vic/clayton/notebooks/13429--gigabyte-p15fv2-850-4702s-i7-4710mq-8gb-1tb5400-156fhd-dvdrw-win81-64bit-2gb-gtx850.html may be slightly over but this will be the best for your money imo
Storage needs? Screen size preference?
Integrated graphics capabilities of the newer gen i5/i7 cpu's will handle those gaming titles.
Id personally go with >> http://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/buy/lenovo-thinkpad-l430-laptops-24682e8-14-inch-intel-i5-3320m-4gb-500gb-dvdrw-win7-pro-64/24682E8
a proper resolution screen, nice keyboard all I'd do is add a msata ssd to decrease boot times etc using either Lenovo's cache software or migrate the os to it entirely.
Any dedicated mobile gpu less than a 860m is a waste of battery and money imho.
If you're comfortable enough with buying second hand try your hand at ebay or gumtree. Here in Perth theres a fair few gaming laptops for sale from FIFO workers. I've seen good ones with 7970m's etc for <$500.
To buy a new proper gaming laptop here in oz with our shit prices its going to be hard.
2x on thinkpads. the keyboards on them alone make them better than 90% of laptops.
If modern ThinkPads are anything like the older one's, they are built like absolute tanks. I know people at school who have 5, 6, 7+ year old ThinkPads that still operate flawlessly. Of course, they won't play games, but they are great for programming.
Ever considered a System76 laptop? This machine is reasonably priced and come's preinstalled with Linux (you can always install Windows if you like). My laptop has Intel Iris (Intel HD 5100) and I play games that are more intensive than the ones you listed. This laptop has Intel Iris Pro (Intel HD 5200) and an Intel i7-470hq so you should be good. https://system76.com/laptops/galago
Thanks guys ill think about the choices now