So, wanted a new laptop and was tired of buying something that didn’t have everything I was looking for. I also dislike the bloatware that’s included with anything from Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.
I ended up building my own. Being an IT guy, this was quite an easy project to complete. I wanted an entry level gaming capable machine that wouldn’t entirely blow my budget.
Here’s what I ended up with:
- MSI barebone chassis based off of the GP60 OR GP62
- Intel Core i7 6700 HQ processor (Sky Lake)
- Nvidia GTX 960M
- 16GB DD4 2133 MHz RAM
- Dual 240GB SSDs
- Backlit Multicolor LED Keyboard
- 1080p Display
All in all, this laptop would’ve been over $1000 if bought in a retail store or online. And yes, I bought the badges 🙂
I have less than half of that into this build. Also, custom dual boot installs of Windows 10 and Ubuntu.
The boot time is crazy fast – usually under 9 seconds. It may not score the highest bench marks but I am able to play just about anything on medium settings. It’s also very fast rendering and encoding video.
I’m very happy with how it turned out. The only draw back I can think of not being to upgrade the video card since the 960M is the max card the motherboard supports. I might add another 16GB of RAM as well.
You can really save a ton of money this way and get a lot more bang for your buck!