MSI laptop - potential purchase, looking for advice

alexpead

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Hi

Beem browsing round for a new laptop and have come across this one which is pretty near the top end of my budget (?800).

MSI GL62 6QF-1089UK 15.6-Inch Notebook (Black) - (Intel i7 6700HQ Skylake, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and 128 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Graphics Card, Windows 10)

Main games I will be playing on it are Football Manager 2017 and the upcoming Civilization 6. I'm just struggling really to understand whether it will run Civ 6 well?

I currently have a Lenovo Z500 so it would be reasonable step up from that of course, but I don't want to spunk ?800 and find out it's not really cut out for it. I'm not too fussed about having everything dialled up to the max, but playing in 1920 x 1080 would be nice, if possible. Most of the others I was looking at had a GTX950M card for the similar price, but those who know about these things tell me that a 960 is "much" better than a 950?

I was sort of hoping that the increase in processor, RAM and graphics card from my existing laptop would result in a decent boost in power. I guess it will be fine for Football Manager but Civilization VI is the one I would be concerned about.

Generally, are the MSI machines a decent quality? I have to say that I'd not heard of them before, and I'm not too thrilled about the look of it but I can live with that if the specifications are right.

BrandMSI
Item Weight2.5 Kg
Product Dimensions26 x 27 x 38 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Item model numberGL62 6QF-1089UK
SeriesGL62 6QF-1089
ColorBlack
Form FactorNotebook
Screen Size15.6 centimetres
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Maximum Display Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i7
Processor Speed4 GHz
Processor Count4
RAM Size16 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR4 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Hard Disk TechnologyHDD
Graphics Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Graphics Card DescriptionNVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M
Graphics RAM TypeDDR5 SDRAM
Graphics Card Ram Size2
Graphics Card InterfaceIntegrated
Connectivity Type802_11_AC
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Number of HDMI Ports1
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Operating SystemWindows 10
Average Battery Life (in hours)5 hours
Lithium Battery Energy Content41.41 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packagingbatteries_packed_with_equipment
 

darkhawk

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If it was me, I'd hold out and save a little bit more money and get a laptop with a GTX1060 instead. You'll be much happier.
 

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What kinds of inexpensive but good graphic cards gives you the best gaming experience? 
 

desmondkuo47

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Hi, here is the performance difference between GTX950M and GTX960M graphics:
https://www.msi.com/blog/detail/gtx-950m960m-3dmark-performance
 

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With a 800? budget that will be one of the best choices for you and also i want to remind you that with those specs you can play many games on high or medium settings.
 

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I went on and pulled some details off of steam for you. The list following are the recommended system requirements for Civ VI. (Your chosen laptop well exceeds the recommended) By all means I would say your are good to go with your purchase based off the numbers. 

Recommended
OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit 
PROCESSOR: Fourth generation Intel Core i5 2.5 Ghz or AMD FX8350 4.0 Ghz or greater 
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM 
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more 
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation 
VIDEO CARD: 2 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater) 
 

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I am using an MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro G, with an Nvidia 980M gpu, and i7 5700HQ CPU. I have been very happy with the quality of the product, and the quality of support both from MSI and from an active community of MSI fans who provide a lot of information on a wide variety of MSI products.  I purchased mine to help me up my game with 3D modeling and high quality, photorealistic rendering, and I couldn't be happier.  That being said, some considerations I did not make when I purchased my laptop - 17.3" monitor is great for the work that I do, but gets difficult to find equipment to safely and comfortably carry it around, not to mention the weight can get cumbersome after a while.  Also, I purchased my laptop about a year ago, not just for performance specs, but because I can upgrade hardware as I go along, which isn't typical for laptops. That flexibility is what hooked me and got me to buy.  My particular model is not VR ready (technically, but I have seen it done despite what Steam would tell you) and I can tell you that once you've played Skyrim on Ultra settings, or even Civ VI, which I'm running on the highest possible settings without any issues, you will reasonably want to look at VR rigs and gaming - for my industry, VR is where we're going fast, and I wish I had thought that I'd get caught up in it, too, a year ago. My gpu is just slightly under par, as is my cpu, and I'm looking now to upgrade component hardware to stay current.  

In making a decision for you, plan on wanting to go even further with gaming and/or software in terms of hardware hogging options, and consider the cost of upgrades as you go along. Consider portability and how often you plan to carry it with you, and also take into consideration, Windows 8 or 10 is going to take a whole lot of your solid state drive, and you'll be using the secondary hard drive a lot more often, however, purchasing and installing a new solid state drive is pretty easy, though depending on which options you want, can be expensive - but not as expensive as a whole new system.

So far, I haven't found anything I can't run on my machine, and I don't regret it, but as soon as you get yours, another amazing one will come out and yours will feel like it's lacking, until you upgrade your hardware as you go.
 

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It's a potentially fine purchase. Amazon just might be the place to go to order one.
 

georgecashbrown

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MSI products, especially of recent years have all been top notch, and they are a cut above the industry in terms of build quality.
But as others have said, if you are going to fork out about 1000USD on a laptop, you should wait for prices to drop a little bit, especially this Christmas.
Make sure you try to find a laptop with at least a gtx 980m, which is about the same power as desktop gtx 970 and is the recommended specs for the HTC vive VR headset.
Make sure you don't settle on something substandard, otherwise you will end up regretting your decision, and maybe one year from now, you will be in the same situation that you find yourself currently in right now.
If you go online, you can see that, even laptops with the desktop full fat gtx 980 GPU inside have full VR support and are powerful enough to last your for at least a couple years. Those are about the same power as the new Pascal gtx 1060 cards and go for around 1200 to 1400USD.
Also, when choosing laptop, make sure you choose the one with a MXM slot, and that is another reason why MSI is so great, since they have a MXM 3.0 slot, this means that it is possible to upgrade your laptop with a new graphics chip down the road, if the BIOS and other drivers are there to support it, even though it is by no means guaranteed.
 
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