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Well, basically in this thread, people can post suggestions on hardware/brand choices that you think it should be nice to have. Be aware that this doesn't limit on desktop, so you can post laptop suggestions as well if you feel relevant.

Also, feel free to ask any recommendations, especially if you are an enthusiast or just want to have a good machine for yourself.
Recommendation.
Well, if you want use a PC as Gaming, GTX970 or more.
As CPU, i7 (Gen>5) i5(Gen>5).

if you want to use a PC as Rendering or some game, I'd recommend having AMD FX CPU.

Also for Overclocking, Core2 Series are nice to try with.

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Well, I'll start things off. I have something of a dilemma, as might have been evident from my recent thread in this forum. I want to get a new laptop, but I want one that is small enough to fit in my satchel (which is only about 11 inches wide), or possibly a tablet with a keyboard (but I guess those are very weak for a computer). At the same time, however, I need one for recording video games from a console with a capture card, so I'd want a reasonably powerful one (also possibly for long trips). And since I doubt there are any laptops that are both small enough and powerful enough (certainly not for a good price), I'll probably have to get two.

So...does anyone have any suggestions for good laptops to get? I'm looking at spending probably not much more than about $200 for the tiny one and $600 for the beefy one (and of course, less would be nice).
Originally posted by imamelia
I want to get a new laptop, but I want one that is small enough to fit in my satchel


Is a Netbook an option for you? Those are basically tiny Notebooks that are so small because they don't have any optical drives, which you probably don't need anyways (you could just connect an USB-Stick or even an external HDD for recording your footage).

Originally posted by imamelia
or possibly a tablet with a keyboard (but I guess those are very weak for a computer).


Maybe a Microsoft Surface or Surface Pro is for you. It is basically a tablet with a keyboard that can run any Windows application (at least the newer generations - some models of the first generation used Windows RT as an OS, which was basically a failed experiment). They also have reasonable specs, even though the models with higher power are obviously more expensive, but power and costs are always relative, and since I don't know how much power you need and how much you can afford to pay, I at least wanted to mention this option.

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Don't all of those basically not have a real OS, though? Netbooks mostly seem to use Android, and from what I've heard about the Microsoft Surface, it uses a mobile version of Windows rather than a full-fledged version.

Also, for the record, the laptop I have that I'm trying to replace...I think it had 6 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and an i5 processor, but I don't remember what the rest of its specs were.
Originally posted by imamelia
Don't all of those basically not have a real OS, though? Netbooks mostly seem to use Android


Don't know about that, since I don't have any personal experience with Netbooks, but I did a quick search on Amazon and there seemed to be Netbooks with Windows 10. What version of Windows 10, I'm not sure, though. The important thing here is whether the Netbook uses an x86 or an ARM processor. If the former, then everything is fine.

Originally posted by imamelia
and from what I've heard about the Microsoft Surface, it uses a mobile version of Windows rather than a full-fledged version.


That's not true, as stated above. Only older generations of the Surface used Windows RT, and even there, only the non-Pro versions. The Pro versions of the Surface had always used a regular version of Windows with an x86 processor, and beginning with generation 3 (that is Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3), all versions of Surface actually use a regular version of Windows, Pro or non-Pro. My girlfriend has a Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 and she can use everything on it she can use on her Desktop PC (such as Photoshop, for example), so basically it functions like a lightweight hybrid between tablet and laptop. Windows RT is, thankfully, long gone. As mentioned above, it was just a failed experiment that came and went. The main problem was that those older Surface devices used an ARM processor, so most Windows applications (which were programmed for x86 processors) just didn't work on those things, unless someone ported them over, but since programming for Windows RT was rather limited compared to a PC (thanks to Microsoft themselves, who limited its capabilities and had some special guidelines for applications), noone bothered with doing that, so Windows RT eventually died from a lack of applications and therefore a lack of user interest. You're safe when buying a Surface 3, though, or when buying the Pro versions of older Surfaces (which might not hold up to your demands - the Surface 3 and 4 are of course more powerful and more up-to-date, but also more expensive).

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Huh. It looks like the Surface 3s and 4s are pretty expensive, though, at least on Newegg. And they don't even come with a keyboard.

Of course, my brother suggested I just get a bigger satchel rather than a smaller laptop...I wonder if that would truly be the best solution?
Yep, they are rather pricey, unfortunately. The cheapest one seems to be around 600€ already (although you could probably get them much cheaper - I got my girlfriend's Surface Pro 3 second-hand for 800€, but it was completely new and unused, so it was a great deal). Still wanted to at least name the option, since I don't know how much you can afford (and are willing to) invest.

Yeah, a bigger bag (or whatever you use for carrying) could of course be an option, too, although keep in mind that a typical Laptop can be somewhat heavy, so carrying it around a lot can be exhausting. In fact, even a Surface Pro 3 is still somewhat heavy and its much lighter than a Laptop. You should consider this if you plan to carry the thing with you a lot. If you only need to carry it occasionally, it should be okay.

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What are some good prominent custom computer builders? Until I have the time to make my own, I'm stuck with a budget of 1200 euros. Any recommendations that fit that budget as well? (for future reference when making my own)
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Originally posted by Kagami Hiiragi
What are some good prominent custom computer builders? Until I have the time to make my own, I'm stuck with a budget of 1200 euros. Any recommendations that fit that budget as well? (for future reference when making my own)


http://pcpartpicker.com/list/

I personally prefer this site because it automatically checks which part is compatible with the other, making incompatible parts simply not show up, it also tells you an estimate of what everything combined will cost you.



Originally posted by Kagami Hiiragi
What are some good prominent custom computer builders? Until I have the time to make my own, I'm stuck with a budget of 1200 euros. Any recommendations that fit that budget as well? (for future reference when making my own)

This should be good enough for most titles at 1440p/4k.
You didn't specify what you're going to use it for, but this will handle almost anything you throw at it.







A sort of anti-recommendation: If you're buying a laptop, I would recommend not buy the Dell Inspiron 7000 series (7566 / 7567), FHD screen configs, due to very poor display quality.

EDIT: In the USA it offers a better display, starting with the GTX 1050 Ti + SSD model. http://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/productdetails/inspiron-15-7567-laptop/fncwf514s

Other countries have yet to get this option, and the Dell Inspiron 5577 is poor display across the board.
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What you guys think about Ryzen?
If I were to get the 5 1400, what makes it better than the good old FX 8300?
Some benchmarks shows Ryzen 5 1400 as the better option overall, but it's own specs say otherwise.

So, which is more potent? The power difference is worth the price difference?
Does the new Coffee Lake offerings from Intel are actually worth investing in? (when they even become existent because rn...) or should I just go with Ryzen? I was specifically considering both the R5 1600/R7 1700 and the i5 8600k but there's really no benchmarks comparing the two considering overclocking too. Either that or I haven't searched enough. Most benchmarks show great performance on the Intel side, though price:performance ratio doesn't seem to be the best.


being realistic i don't even have money but ffxv is coming and i want to play it in 4k with dem hdr pizzazz
Ryzen seems great, especially with the R5 parts. 8th gen Intel looks very promising as well, although I don't like the socket change every two years that Intel does. Go any way you like, but with a NVIDIA card because AMD has been lackluster in the GPU department lately.

The Ryzen overclocking headroom is terrible (about 200-400 MHz) so if you OC, then Intel is the way to go (however temps will suffer).

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