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Hello Simtropolis Community! I am looking to buy a new Windows laptop and I would appreciate your input. Along with the usual Office functions, my goal will be gaming (SC4, possibly Civ 3 and eventually Cities Skylines) and graphics/dtp (Adobe). These are the machines (all Dell) that I am considering. and I'm hoping to purchase a new machine this weekend, since there's a sale going on. Inspiron 5000 Gaming with Win10 Pro 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display 74WHr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) "optimal cooling" Ports 1 HDMITM 1.4a 3 USB 3.0 including 1 with PowerShare 1 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC 1 RJ-45 1 Kensington Lock 1 Headphone/Mic Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming with Win 10 Pro 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) or 17-7700HQ Quad, 6MB up to 3.8GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB or 16GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB 256GB Solid State Drive or 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 74 Whr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) Ports and Slots: Combo Jack (Headset/Mic, USB 3.0 port, USB 3.0 Powershare port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Noble Lock Security Slot, Power, 8.USB 3.0 port, Media Card Reader front-firing speakers, a subwoofer and Waves MaxxAudio® Pro. maximum cooling feature Inspiron 17 7000 2in1 with Win 10 Pro--I'm considering two machines which share the following specs 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) 16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 940MX 2GB GDDR5 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles 56 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated) The differences are the HD and port/slots: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive; Ports: SD, SDHC, SDXC Card Reader (specified), USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMITM 1.4a (specified), USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Audio Jack 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive (for about $40 more); Ports: SD Card Reader, USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMI, USB 3.0 with PowerShare,. Audio Jack XPS 15 with Win 10 Pro (priciest) 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately) 512GB PCle Solid State Drive NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge, Non-touch Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 Battery: 97WHr Ports: SD card slot, USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Battery gauge button and indicator, Kensington lock slot, AC power, HDMI, Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) supporting: Power in/charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps bi-directional), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (sold separately) | 8. Headset jack (I'm not planning on buying the Dell Adapter) I like aspects of each machine, bigger screen for one, SSD, cooling feature, (SC4 and flash games are dangerously hot on my present machine), and graphics card. I just wish they all came on one machine. I would consider upgrading my existing machine but the motherboard on my TOSH Satellite is pretty archaic by today's standards so much so that a previous Win 10 update knocked out the functionality of my native keyboard. I got a new one and it has the same issue, so I'm using a wireless one after breaking a USB keyboard. Thank you all for your help! Diana
Hello guys! what do you think about this pc i want buy? mb:GIGABYTE Z270X-Ultra Gaming - Intel Z270 cpu:Intel Core i7-7700K gpu:Gainward GeForce GTX 1070 Phoenix, 8GB GDDR5 RAM:Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3000 MHz and some ssd for this game... i know there are so many people who know much more about pc than me, thats why i am posting it here. Is it good choice? Or can I get something better or make some combination? I plan high detailed city with cca 50-60 mods, over 1000+ assets. How many people should I handle without bigger drops? Can we say 200k at max.? Thousands thanks!