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Should I buy the MSI 15.6" CX62?

Robert Berry

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Im looking for a moderately priced gaming laptop anywhere betwwwn $500-$750.

I found the MSI CX62, and there is one I am looking at

It is the MSI 15.6" CX62 7QL-058 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 8 GB Memory 1 TB, for $699

I'm looking at it to play most games made before 2014 well, will this laptop do that?

Are there any laptops that are better/ and or cheaper for the price range I am looking at?

Thank you!

By the way, the main games I will be playing are strategy games like EU4, Victoria 2, Rome Total War, Medieval 2 Total War, Age of Empires 3, Command and Conquer Generals, Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2, etc.
 

Robert Berry

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Oct 30, 2016
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Im looking for a moderately priced gaming laptop anywhere betwwwn $500-$750.

I found the MSI CX62, and there is one I am looking at

It is the MSI 15.6" CX62 7QL-058 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 8 GB Memory 1 TB, for $699

I'm looking at it to play most games made before 2014 well, will this laptop do that?

Are there any laptops that are better/ and or cheaper for the price range I am looking at?

Thank you!

By the way, the main games I will be playing are strategy games like EU4, Victoria 2, Rome Total War, Medieval 2 Total War, Age of Empires 3, Command and Conquer Generals, Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2, etc.
Also, it has HDD Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit.
 

EliteRetard

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This has the same basic hardware specs for $460:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16834315713

Can't comment on quality or anything else...but I feel like a 940mx is only worth about that much, it's very slow.
If you can spend up to $750, look for a 1050/1050ti laptop they'll be vastly faster (like 2-4 times faster).

If you can find a clearance deal on the old 960m at $600 or less that would be fair. The 1050 is about 25% faster.
The 1050ti is just a hair faster than the old 970m. 1050 laptops start around $700, and 1050ti units around $800.
I recently helped a friend buy a Dell laptop with i5-quad core 256GB SSD 1050ti for like $750 on sale ($830 after tax, free shipping)
 

Robert Berry

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This has the same basic hardware specs for $460:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16834315713

Can't comment on quality or anything else...but I feel like a 940mx is only worth about that much, it's very slow.
If you can spend up to $750, look for a 1050/1050ti laptop they'll be vastly faster (like 2-4 times faster).

If you can find a clearance deal on the old 960m at $600 or less that would be fair. The 1050 is about 25% faster.
The 1050ti is just a hair faster than the old 970m. 1050 laptops start around $700, and 1050ti units around $800.
I recently helped a friend buy a Dell laptop with i5-quad core 256GB SSD 1050ti for like $750 on sale ($830 after tax, free shipping)
Okay, so should I instead get the Inspiron 15 7000 for $800? Its specs are
Memory: 8gb,2400MHz, DDR4, with up to 32gb of memory
Hard Drive: 1tb 2.5 inch (5,400rpm), SSHD 8gb
Video Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 with 4gb DDR5

It seems much better for only $100 more.
 

EliteRetard

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It's up to you, if you have time to shop around there are better deals. Still, compared to the 940mx you were looking at for $700 the 1050 is better.

Like I said, I got the $900 MSRP Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with the 1050ti and 256GB SSD for around $750 on sale. Don't forget to add tax (10% or so)
HP recently had a Pavillion 15" 1050 laptop at $600 on sale, then again at $650. It's no longer on sale, but the 17" version is now on sale for $700.

Acer and Lenovo have also announced laptops based on the 1050/1050ti and there are bound to be others. When all these laptops become widely available (1050/1050ti was just announced Jan 4th) the competition between them should drive the regular prices down and there'll be a better chance that at least one of them is on sale.

If you want the absolute cheapest possible, it's hard to beat $460 for the Acer 940mx...just know that it's slow, even for older games in some cases.
If you want to stay between your $500-750 budget while still getting a decent gaming laptop...then you just have to wait for sales on a 1050/1050ti
If time is more valuable and you're willing to go over budget to get it right now, then you can pay full retail price for whichever 1050/1050ti you like.

Personally I don't think a 1050 laptop is worth more than $700, and a 1050ti shouldn't be more than $750. Max $50 more for included 256GB SSD.
Obviously the market doesn't move to my wish, but that was the price of the previous gen and I have already seen new gen prices at that level.
I guess I should qualify that with an i5 quad / 8GB RAM. Adding an i7, more RAM, better screen, or other premium features will increase prices.
 
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Robert Berry

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It's up to you, if you have time to shop around there are better deals. Still, compared to the 940mx you were looking at for $700 the 1050 is better.

Like I said, I got the $900 MSRP Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with the 1050ti and 256GB SSD for around $750 on sale. Don't forget to add tax (10% or so)
HP recently had a Pavillion 15" 1050 laptop at $600 on sale, then again at $650. It's no longer on sale, but the 17" version is now on sale for $700.

Acer and Lenovo have also announced laptops based on the 1050/1050ti and there are bound to be others. When all these laptops become widely available (1050/1050ti was just announced Jan 4th) the competition between them should drive the regular prices down and there'll be a better chance that at least one of them is on sale.

If you want the absolute cheapest possible, it's hard to beat $460 for the Acer 940mx...just know that it's slow, even for older games in some cases.
If you want to stay between your $500-750 budget while still getting a decent gaming laptop...then you just have to wait for sales on a 1050/1050ti
If time is more valuable and you're willing to go over budget to get it right now, then you can pay full retail price for whichever 1050/1050ti you like.

Personally I don't think a 1050 laptop is worth more than $700, and a 1050ti shouldn't be more than $750. Max $50 more for included 256GB SSD.
Obviously the market doesn't move to my wish, but that was the price of the previous gen and I have already seen new gen prices at that level.
I guess I should qualify that with an i5 quad / 8GB RAM. Adding an i7, more RAM, better screen, or other premium features will increase prices.
what video card is better, the gtx 1050ti or the gtx 960m?
 

EliteRetard

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what video card is better, the gtx 1050ti or the gtx 960m?
All of the 1050's are better than the 960m. 1050 is around 25% faster than the 960m, the 1050ti is like 55% faster (25% more than 1050).
The 1050 can come with just 2GB VRAM so watch out. 960/1050ti come with 4GB VRAM...for these you really don't want less than 4GB
The older 960m isn't terrible, would be OK if you get it on clearance under $600. Otherwise the 1050 series is newer and better for the price.
 
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EliteRetard

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Oh and if you didn't know, more VRAM doesn't make a GPU faster...but if the card is powerful enough to use it all it can allow the card to run higher details/texture/resolutions without problems. If a card runs out of VRAM it has to load from system RAM which is much slower and can cause hitching/jerkiness and other issues in games. The 1050 series is just powerful enough that 4GB of VRAM would be useful, and one with only 2GB could potentially cause issues. There are ways to avoid those issues though (usually lowering graphic settings), so a 2GB 1050 wouldn't be bad for the right (low) price.
 

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