The simplest choice is if you have a lot of money to spend – then just look into right section of the shop a buy some of the most expensive notebooks, you probably cannot choose badly. If you need to spare some money, then you need to study or read something about it – like this article…
Notebook is practically the same, as personal computer. Unlike PC (Personal Computer), there is almost no chance to upgrade it later, with newer components (make it more powerful). Also, if you take gaming performance/cost, there is a huge difference. PC is always the winner at this field! So if you do not need to move the computer around, consider buying PC instead of notebook.
What are the basic parameters to look?
Current list is ordered by importance.
CPU (processor): Always take a look at the high end notebooks – these are the CPU you want – maybe not exactly the same one, but the same series like: Core i7, if you want something cheaper, take Core i5, if you are desperate take Core i3 – but never Celeron, Pentium etc… There are exceptions, but basically it works. The same is for AMD – “A” series is good “E” is in the cheapest notebooks – which means: not good for gaming. Second rule – more cores = more power, higher GHz = more power.
GPU (graphic card): Use same tactic – look at the high end and go down by the numbers – there are two major brands – NVidia and AMD – the use different branding and change it every few years. So for normal person it’s impossible to choose the actual best. Try to use the list with benchmarks (higher is better). If not, look at numbers 950 > 860 > 760 > 570 etc… It is not a bulletproof, but for quick selection it’s acceptable.
Memory: The more the better, but doesn’t take it as the prime parameter. 8GB is becoming standard these days and in most cases it’s more than enough.
Display: Best gaming display is a good standalone LCD. If you want to play on notebook display, try to find out model with IPS display. Don’t be blinded by FullHD, LED, SUPER Briliant, Crystalclear or other marketing signs. All that matters is the base technology – currently look for IPS or use an external monitor (of course IPS or better).
HDD (storage): Just a simple rule – if you have money – go for SSD disk. If not, do not bother to think about it, there is no huge difference in other types of HDD.
Other parameters (keyboard, battery life etc.) – In our opinion – simply ignore them – you can buy an external keyboard, which is better. If you play games, the battery life will be just a fraction of that, which is written in specifications…
Remember – you cannot buy a good gaming notebook for a price of the cheapest model. The price will always be higher, but doesn’t have to by the highest… If you follow these rules, you will buy a decent machine with some power left to play new games. Maybe not at full details, but playable.
And of course, don’t forget at a good gaming mouse. You will suck at touchpad, believe us!