What things to consider while buying a Gaming Laptop?

Purchasing a gaming laptop is not as easy as it seems to be. Many customers fall for the words of the salesperson and just waste their money like anything. It is also possible that you get influenced by the fresh design and structure and eventually select a low-end laptop which fails to support your favourite games.

So it's essential to look into some crucial specifications before choosing a real aggressive, gaming laptop. Most importantly, it should be built of some powerful components, high GPU, CPU, ram, resolution, etc.

With an experience of more than 10 years in building up PCs and laptops, here I am going to present you with the most important things to consider while buying a gaming laptop. These summed up easy and stunning tips will help you to choose wisely one of the best gaming laptops available in the market. So without any further delay, let's check them out!

Best Laptop Buying Guide

GPU

 CPU

 RAM

 SCREEN RESOLUTION

 STORAGE

BATTERY

KEYBOARD

 UPGRADATION


GPU:

The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is one of the main components which needs to be considered while gaming. Mainly the GPU is something which separates the gaming laptops from the non-gaming ones. It controls the image, speed and video quality of the games that you run on your laptop. It processes the data and transmits the signal to your monitor, thus reducing the stress on your processor.

Now let's come to what type of Graphics Card or GPU should you use for what kind of gaming. Here I will recommend you to go for the Nvidia GPUs because they provide the most powerful components with a high heat sink surface. Other than that there are the AMD graphics cards too. Honestly speaking, they are cheap, non-reliable and suitable only for light and average gaming.

The Nvidia Graphics card has always been one of the most reputed and well-known products in the gaming industry. You also get to select from a wide variety of specifications and budget which is not available for AMD. Personally, it has never dissatisfied while playing the mainstream and massive games for years.


Some of the topmost Nvidia GPUs for playing different types of games are:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti (For Mainstream Gamers): 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti

This graphics card can easily support the mid-range games at higher settings and the massive games at mid settings. It is one of the best budget graphics cards available with the market. The most exciting thing about this GPU is that it is featured with both 4GB and 2GB GDDR5, 128bit memory which allows you to play all the modern games at 1080p @ 60fps. You should go for this if you have a tight budget for having the best experience with the newly launched games in the market.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition (For Hardcore Gamers): 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition

Coming to the section for the hardcore gamers, here I present the GTX 1070 Founders Edition. The unique feature of this product is that it has a thermal solution which eventually provides better cooling than standard blower-style graphics cards. The optimised swept fan blades with double ball bearings and an extremely low power motor deliver more airflow with less power consumption. It comes with 8GB GDDR5, 256-bit onboard memory and easily supports 4K screen resolution. I will recommend you to surely go for this one if you want to make a sound, long-term investment.


INNO3D Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (For Hardcore Gamers and Streamers): 

INNO3D Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The INNO3D Nvidia series is one of my favourite GPUs because not only it provides a wide variety to choose from but also acts vividly for all types of mid-range and heavy games. It mainly has 3 variations - SC Graphics Card, SC Card with DDR4 bundle and the Single fan graphics card featured with either 3GB or 6GB, 192-bit GDDR5 memory. This powerful GPU provides a maximum resolution of 7680x4320 at 60 Hz. It is the perfect choice for latest definition games providing a smooth, glitch-free experience at the most reasonable price.


With these Nvidia chipsets, you get the option to use these by attaching it externally to your laptop. So it's never a big deal if you do not have a slot for inserting the graphics card inside your laptop. Just check out a Tutorial Video for learning how to attach GPUs externally to your laptop.

 integrated graphics card


CPU:

If the GPU is the heart of a gaming set, then the CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brain of it. It is the Processor that figures out the background processes and deals with it. It also controls the speed and efficiency of your non-gaming applications like browser, OS, heavy software, etc.

 

There are 2 CPU chipset brands available in the market. First comes the Intel then the AMD. Always remember that for Gaming purposes an Intel processor is far better than the AMD ones. They have various products to choose from depending upon your use. They also have a base and turbo clock speed mode, which helps you to save power during regular, non-gaming use and use it to the fullest while gaming to have the best gaming experience. Some of the products are also featured with multi-threading, which means the dual-core or the quad-core will be operated as the quad-core or octa-core respectively by the OS.

The AMD processors are not at all reliable. Based on my personal experience, I can say that they are cheap so that you may fall for them quickly. But don't do that. Always go for the intel chipsets, especially for gaming.

gaming cpu

Now the minimum recommended gaming chipset for gaming is the i5 processor of the 7th generation, and most importantly, it should be a Quad-Core for fast processing of applications. But from my personal experience, it will be a better choice if you go for the i7 processor. It is one of the most recommended processors for the high-end aggressive gamers out there.

 

While selecting the processor, try to get those processors whose code ends with 'HQ' or 'HK'. They are the Fastest and can be easily overclocked without any error or crash. Also, look out for the clock speed while choosing a gaming processor. It should not be below 2GHz, but for hardcore gamers, it is recommended to have at least 2.5GHz clock speed with a turbo speed mode of 4.5GHz.

 

Some of the most trustworthy gaming processors that are available online are:

    ⦿ Intel Core i5-7th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i5-8th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i5-9th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i7-7th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i7-8th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i7-9th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i9-7th generation (X-Series)

    ⦿ Intel Core i9-9th generation

    ⦿ Intel Core i9-10th generation (X-Series)


RAM:

Gaming consumes a lot of RAM from your system. Thus you should always have at least 8gb of RAM installed in your laptop. Most of the gaming laptops available in the market are already pre-installed with 8gb of RAM. But I will recommend you to get 16gb of RAM in your laptop for the best output.

 RAM

Most of the triple-A games require at least 8gb of RAM. But having a bit more memory is nothing harmful instead it will make your notebook ready for the upcoming massive futuristic games. As the RAM is an upgradable component so I would recommend you first to buy the laptop of 8gb RAM and then upgrade it to 16gb RAM by installing another 8gb piece in the 2nd slot.

 

SCREEN RESOLUTION:

The most exciting part of gaming is the display or screen size. The bigger size of the screen, the more fabulous experience you will have while gaming. With an experience of more than 10 years, I think the gamers should at least get a device with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. 

But the most popular and recommended gaming resolution is the QHD resolution with a dimension of 2560 x 1440. I mostly prefer the latest 4K screen resolution with an aspect of 3840 x 2160.


Now for laptops, simply go for the 15 or 17-inch laptops because only they are capable of supporting the QHD and 4K resolution screens. There are also 18-inch laptops in the market, but they are rare and a bit costly. Also, the 17 and 18 inches will not make much difference in your viewpoint. However remember that along with the increase in screen size, your laptop's weight also gets increased.

gaming screen

Don't forget to check out the refresh rate or frame rate of your laptop. A laptop supporting 1080p should not have less than 60Hz refresh rate. Refresh rate determines the loading time of the images and videos of the application. There are laptops with a higher frame rate in the market, but they are comparatively costlier and require more specifications. The most popular frame rate is the 60Hz, so never go for those 30Hz or 120Hz rated laptops. 

Also, try to avoid touch screen notebooks because they are less durable, and I don't think that a gamer needs a touch screen for gaming purposes. Touch screen features are mainly provided for students and business purposes, so that's going to be an unnecessary feature for a gamer and thus a waste of money.

 

For a quick overview, minimum screen resolution should be 1920 x 1080 pixels but choosing a QHD or 4K will be best, minimum laptop size should be 15 inches with a frame rate of 60Hz and try to avoid the 2-in-1 touchscreen models.


STORAGE:

Being a gamer, you should prefer both speed and space. Space or storage can be easily multiplied by using external drives, pen drives and memory chips, but you cannot get the speed with every drive available in the market. So while buying a laptop, you should always select an SSD over HDD.

 

Most of the gaming laptops come with 1TB HDD, which makes it a low budget laptop. But the SSDs are insane. It brings a huge difference in your loading speed, fast operation and multi-tasking. Get a small space SSD rather than getting a large space HDD and the graph below proves why you should do that.

  SSD vs HDD

So just look at the massive difference in the speed of SSD and HDD, it's more than double. Also, SSDs are a lot more sustainable and durable than HDD because of its built quality.

They also drain less battery in your laptop than the HDDs. So I will suggest you invest a little bit and get a 256GB or 512GB SSD for speed and also get an external 1TB HDD drive for storage purpose which will be beneficial for you in the long run.


BATTERY:

If you want to play massive games believing that you'll be able to play continuously for 8 hours, then you are wrong. None of the gaming laptops lasts for 8 hours long. But yes, when one door shuts another opens. So for this, you should get those laptops which need to be plugged and used.

 

We have tested many ways and finally concluded that high-end gamers should always plug in their device and play games. With your laptop plugged in like a PC, you can do whatever you like and use your device as much as you want. In this way, you can get the best output from your GPU, RAM, CPU and the Hard Drive. 

Don't go for those laptops which have in-built batteries that don't last long and fail to provide a full gaming experience. These types of laptops may not be slim, but I think no gamers would like to have their device shut down suddenly in the middle of the battlefield. So choose wisely and accordingly based on your budget.


KEYBOARD:

You know that a laptop's keyboard cannot be changed so easily and also it's too costly to substitute one. So you should get a good one right off the bat. While getting a gaming laptop, you should always note the 'key travel' of its keyboard. The 'key travel' indicates the maximum distance that it can travel downwards when pressed with maximum pressure.

 

It is very often for gamers to get excited and aggressive and press the buttons too tightly. So minimum 'key travel' for the gamers is around 1.5mm, but I recommend you to get a 2mm one. With that, you are guaranteed to be free from any damage during long-press and pressures. 

You can also opt for the mechanical keys which I love to use, though it is a bit costly but is extremely powerful. The built style of these mechanical keys are entirely different and are made, especially for gamers.

 gaming keybaord

Also, remember that most of the gaming laptops are featured with a backlit keyboard. This is one of the most jaw-dropping features of the gaming laptops available in the market. Some of the latest models are also provided with RGB lighting, which is pretty cool and exciting to look at.

Don't forget to check whether your laptop keyboard has an anti-ghosting feature or not. Anti-ghosting mainly means you can press a lot of keys altogether without any error or interruption. This is a requirement for most of the gamers for performing different actions and stunts in various games.

So if you want to get a good return on your investment, then blindly go for those keyboards with 1.5-2mm mechanical keys or else go for the typical 2mm keys with RGB backlit and anti-ghosting features.

 

UPGRADATION:

Like the PCs, the laptops are also upgradable, but that doesn't go for all the components. The upgradable laptop components are RAM, external GPU, storage drive and sometimes the processor.

 

The processor can only be replaced if it suits the fixed motherboard present inside the laptop. A motherboard, internal USB ports and cd-drive are some of the non-replaceable components of a laptop. However, you can get an external USB port set and CD Drive in case of any damage to the internal ones.

 upgradation

If you choose not to invest so much in the first stage for the new gaming laptops, then you can buy the Refurbished Gaming Laptops and later on upgrade them to the next level. Try to get a Windows 10 laptop as it has a gaming mode which optimises the battery to its fullest for the best gaming output. 

Though most of the gaming laptops come with a cooling pad but still if your notebook doesn't have it, then you can buy a Laptop cooling pad online.

Only buy an external cooling pad if you want to play some of the most massive games like GTA V, Far Cry Primal, The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and a lot more.


CONCLUSION:

A gaming laptop should always be chosen based on what type of games you will play on it. More investment means the more durable your laptop will be and more stable it will be for the upcoming futuristic games. 

Also, remember that only having a very high ram or the best processor installed inside your laptop won't work. You need to match all the components with each other or else none of them will be able to work at its fullest. Each element is dependent on the other.

Keeping aside the replaceable parts, you should put extra attention to the non-replaceable parts like the display size, resolution, built material, motherboard, etc.

Thus keep in mind the points mentioned above and go and select the extremely powerful gaming laptops available in the market at the most reasonable price which will be able to act as a backbone for your gaming career for the next 10 years.

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