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    Former printer and graphic designer with over 20 years' experience in the field.

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    Full Time Graphic Designer


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  1. For the cooler the NH-D15S is getting great reviews from where I've read. It looks like it would be good - but you should check out the list of single core best performance https://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html I don't play any other games, not for the lack of wanting to, just don't have time these days after growing up and starting a family, games have taken a back seat.
  2. It's not that crazy at all and I typically spend upwards of that amount on computers. I don't see the point in forking out £700 when you can get a lot better for £1400. £700 is a lot of money - so is £1400 - and I'd rather spend it on something that does what I want and is fast enough. Although my current laptop was a slapdash buy and I spent just under £1000 but it's good anyway. Go for it - build away - if you have the money for it then do it.
  3. Again, tablets like Surface pro are much overpriced for what's under the hood. I wouldn't recommend a tablet like the Surface Pro to play football manager. You can play on them - but they are expensive, and you'd be much better putting your money into a high end laptop for FM. What is your actual budget? Is it £1,200?
  4. In terms of your playing games - you can back them up to a disk/usb or to the cloud and you can play them cross platform too.
  5. You can play on any platform through your Steam account. Login, and download.
  6. Would not recommend Only way I know is through the refurb store https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/refurbished/mac Best I can see with light weight/long battery/ and not too bad for FM https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/5ET23EAABU-HP-Pavilion-x360-14-cd1000na_2405978.html It has a graphics card but it's not the best, and 3D matches would be best on low settings - when you go small form with these size laptops they are generally harder to get good graphics card unless you really up your budget. Overall not bad.
  7. For FM it's still largely single core Here's the list of the fastest single cores. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html I'd aim for the top ones.
  8. PC Specialist are custom built, you're paying a bit more but you do have it custom built by an expert. There's a few, parts picker, scan.co.uk, overclockers, etc. Nothing wrong with the laptop you picked for FM either.
  9. MSI looks really good Here's a PC build if you want to take a look - you'll need to have a monitor as it's not included. The thing about this is you can upgrade the parts like graphics card etc at a later date. For FM the i5 8600k would be excellent. CasePCS GENESIS G1B CASE + SD CARD READERProcessor (CPU)Intel® Core™ i5 Six Core Processor i5-8600K (3.6 GHz) 9 MB Cache Get Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 & More w/ select Intel CPUs! MotherboardASUS® TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING: ATX, LGA1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs - RGB ReadyMemory (RAM)8GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 4GB)Graphics Card4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1050 Ti - DVI, HDMI, DP1st Storage DriveNOT REQUIRED1st M.2 SSD Drive500GB WD Black™ M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3400MB/s R | 2500MB/s W)DVD/BLU-RAY DriveNOT REQUIREDPower SupplyCORSAIR 350W VS SERIES™ VS-350 POWER SUPPLYPower Cable1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)Processor CoolingINTEL STANDARD CPU COOLERThermal PasteCOOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER THERMAL COMPOUNDSound CardONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)Wireless/Wired NetworkingWIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARDUSB/Thunderbolt OptionsMIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTSOperating SystemGenuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single LicenceOperating System LanguageUnited Kingdom - English LanguageWindows Recovery MediaWindows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online AccountOffice SoftwareFREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)Anti-VirusBullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer ModeBrowserMicrosoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)Warranty3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)DeliverySTANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)Build TimeStandard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working daysQuantity1Price £966.00 including VAT and DeliveryUnique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z370-pc/MUUEMh8p2s/ I honestly don't know.
  10. Had a look at the Macs Uk - and you can only get the Mac Book Air under 1,200 which is your budget, and this only has a 128gb hard drive, which is incredibly small amount of space this day and age. And I don't think these portable macs come with any option of a graphics card at all. There are other configuration options (Anti-virus, internet browser, etc. which you can configure yourself) Chassis & DisplayOptimus Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 144Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)Processor (CPU)Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor 8750H (2.2GHz, 4.1GHz Turbo) Get Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 & More w/ select Intel CPUs! Memory (RAM)16GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)Graphics CardNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti - 4.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.11st Storage Drive500GB WD Blue™ 3D NAND 2.5" SSD, (upto 560MB/sR | 530MB/sW)1st M.2 SSD Drive250GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3400MB/R, 1500MB/W)Thermal PasteCOOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER THERMAL COMPOUND Price £1,185.00 including VAT and DeliveryUnique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/optimusix-15/zs9WNKxycF/
  11. Depends if there's space in the laptop for the hard drive, you'd need to contact their tech department to find out if possible.
  12. For that money you'd be better off sourcing a laptop - you'd get much higher specs. Whatever your feelings are towards Apple, they are horrendously overpriced for what's under the hood. If you're set on a Mac we can look at that. This would be good. https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/9S7-16R112-255-MSI-GF63-8RC-255UK_2410406.html Make sure you make your HDD the main folder for installing games/downloads etc. The SSD is quite small but having the OS on this would be a slight advantage to overall computer performance.
  13. Emboldened part: That's not really true for FM, ssd will give an overall performance boost for your computer, in boot and loading times, but for FM loading and saving games there is little advantage, in general for FM there is little advantage to a SSD. If you want more storage go for the the 1TB. If 256gb is enough then go for that.