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1 hour ago, slimjim75 said:

Anyone selling one or parts.

 

No, but you should look on Facebook local sales in your area, and eBay is a place where you can get good second hand parts. 

 

What's your budget and what do you want to do with it?

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Looks like a good place to post this. 
 

One of my offspring is looking at getting an Alienware m15 r3 to do some light gaming on. 
 

My wife took her to the store and they tried to upsell her on setup etc. I told her I figured that was bs. 
 

I haven’t had a windows computer in a long time, but I’m sure setup would be fairly straightforward. 
 

I imagine I would need an antivirus- anything else I would need to add to get it up and running - plus suggestion for antivirus brand etc?

 

cheers. 

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10 minutes ago, Alan Sex said:

Looks like a good place to post this. 
 

One of my offspring is looking at getting an Alienware m15 r3 to do some light gaming on. 
 

My wife took her to the store and they tried to upsell her on setup etc. I told her I figured that was bs. 
 

I haven’t had a windows computer in a long time, but I’m sure setup would be fairly straightforward. 
 

I imagine I would need an antivirus- anything else I would need to add to get it up and running - plus suggestion for antivirus brand etc?

 

cheers. 

I've just used the built in Windows Defender AV for God knows how long now, never had a problem. Everything else is pretty much plug and play these days, I'm not sure what sort of extra set up would be needed bar turning it on and connecting to wifi. Phones are more annoying to set up.

 

As for the actual PC, what sort of light gaming are we talking about? That's a seriously expensive laptop- she might be better off with a cheaper one and putting the money saved into a desktop or even a console (although there's a lot of hidden costs in a dedicated games console). As ever though, it depends what sort of games she wants to play and the space she has available.

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23 minutes ago, Alan Sex said:

Looks like a good place to post this. 
 

One of my offspring is looking at getting an Alienware m15 r3 to do some light gaming on. 
 

My wife took her to the store and they tried to upsell her on setup etc. I told her I figured that was bs. 
 

I haven’t had a windows computer in a long time, but I’m sure setup would be fairly straightforward. 
 

I imagine I would need an antivirus- anything else I would need to add to get it up and running - plus suggestion for antivirus brand etc?

 

cheers. 

There seems to be a strong shift in gaming towards AMD Ryzen so spending over £1,500 on a gaming laptop with an Intel chip seems both gratuitous and potentially wasteful. You could actually get a seriously great desktop for that amount. 

 

If laptop is the direction of travel, just a quick glance at Asus who are coming up in the laptop arena - this for £200 less... https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Zephyrus-9-4900HS-GeForce-GTX-1660Ti-lighting/dp/B08CVC5NMD/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Asus+g14&qid=1618082231&sr=8-3

 

If someone is careful about the sites they visit, Windows Defender is fine and @cloggypop posted a great website for configuring Windows to include preferred software. 

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I got a laptop with a GTX 1660 ti in it over a year ago for about 800 euros. It doesn't look as flashy as an Alienware one like. 

 

I use Windows Defender myself as anti virus. It's free, it works.

 

Ninite is a great website for saving hours setting up extra software on a new pc. You just tick the boxes and it installs everything for you. Definitely recommended. 

 

https://ninite.com/

 

 

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1 hour ago, cloggypop said:

I got a laptop with a GTX 1660 ti in it over a year ago for about 800 euros. It doesn't look as flashy as an Alienware one like. 

 

I use Windows Defender myself as anti virus. It's free, it works.

 

Ninite is a great website for saving hours setting up extra software on a new pc. You just tick the boxes and it installs everything for you. Definitely recommended. 

 

https://ninite.com/

 

 

Personally I do think Alienware is all hat and not so much cattle. If I spent £1500 on a laptop I'd expect fireworks on the screen, not around the case. £1500 will get a PC that runs high end gaming at a breeze. That website is very useful. 

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On 10/04/2021 at 20:18, Shooter in the Motor said:

 

 

If someone is careful about the sites they visit

Does that phrase go with a man named @Alan Sex

 

Even if the laptop isn't for him 

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3 hours ago, Strontium Dog™ said:

Surely the title should be something more along the lines of "Three days of pain: doing something you've never done before and are clueless about is invariably not as easy as you thought".

 

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On 10/04/2021 at 13:18, Shooter in the Motor said:

There seems to be a strong shift in gaming towards AMD Ryzen so spending over £1,500 on a gaming laptop with an Intel chip seems both gratuitous and potentially wasteful. You could actually get a seriously great desktop for that amount. 

 

If laptop is the direction of travel, just a quick glance at Asus who are coming up in the laptop arena - this for £200 less... https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Zephyrus-9-4900HS-GeForce-GTX-1660Ti-lighting/dp/B08CVC5NMD/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Asus+g14&qid=1618082231&sr=8-3

 

If someone is careful about the sites they visit, Windows Defender is fine and @cloggypop posted a great website for configuring Windows to include preferred software. 

Update time. After returning a third Alienware due to keyboard software issues, I picked up an asus rog strix 17”. 
 

Will see if that does the trick - better video card and memory than the Alienware. 

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22 minutes ago, Alan Sex said:

Update time. After returning a third Alienware due to keyboard software issues, I picked up an asus rog strix 17”. 
 

Will see if that does the trick - better video card and memory than the Alienware. 

Asus are boss, saying that I got a good deal on a lenovo legion 5 with nvidia 2060 gtx, for around £800. Needs a bigger ssd and double the 8gb ram but good price for the standard. 

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Here is a nice guide kept updated by reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace

 

Lots of info about what sort of spec to look for in a build as well as info on various stuff. Think primarily aimed at builders but info still stands if buying a pre built. Also they have pointed out at top of page these are base line specs and what you would hopefully manage from it.

 

https://pcmasterrace.org/builds

 

Oh and Alienware = dell with flash case. Asus ROG tend to be pricey but decent quality.

 

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