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16 minutes ago, paulie22 said:

That would be great thank you! I think I am going to have to get one on finance which is why there is a big difference in price. Ideally I just want a laptop that will run FM to a good standard that I won't have to replace for a good while. Enjoy the Sunday roast!!!! 😁 

Yeh not a huge difference in the two in single core perfromance, the i7 is definitely better choice. 

It's up to you - either would be great. 

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16 minutes ago, Smurf said:

Yeh not a huge difference in the two in single core perfromance, the i7 is definitely better choice. 

It's up to you - either would be great. 

That's great hear. Thank you for taking your time to look into it for me it is greatly appreciated 👍

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Hiya Smurf,

 

Apologies but I'm back. I was so close to getting the laptop you recommended:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-nitro-5-15-6-intel-core-i5-gtx-1050-gaming-laptop-1-tb-black-10180720-pdt.html

Then came across this:

https://ao.com/product/1tt86eaabu-hp-laptop-black-62626-251.aspx

It's £599.00 with the £50 discount. I'm wondering what you think of this one and how it compares to the Acer one. It has an SSD which I would prefer because FM is the only game that I really play (not sure if this means SSD or HDD would be better for me). Apart from FM I mainly use it to watch YouTube/Netflix. Also, I currently have an HP Pavilion laptop which has lasted me over 4 years so far (although started to deteriorate after a couple of years). 

The Acer one would be perfect for me if it had an SSD. I suppose I could always get an SSD in addition but I'm just a bit concerned over how much this will cost me to firstly buy it then secondly I'd probably have to pay for a technician to install it. Not really sure how the graphics card etc compares as I'm not much of a techy.

Cheers!

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11 minutes ago, MattHLFC said:

Hiya Smurf,

 

Apologies but I'm back. I was so close to getting the laptop you recommended:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-nitro-5-15-6-intel-core-i5-gtx-1050-gaming-laptop-1-tb-black-10180720-pdt.html

Then came across this:

https://ao.com/product/1tt86eaabu-hp-laptop-black-62626-251.aspx

It's £599.00 with the £50 discount. I'm wondering what you think of this one and how it compares to the Acer one. It has an SSD which I would prefer because FM is the only game that I really play (not sure if this means SSD or HDD would be better for me). Apart from FM I mainly use it to watch YouTube/Netflix. Also, I currently have an HP Pavilion laptop which has lasted me over 4 years so far (although started to deteriorate after a couple of years). 

The Acer one would be perfect for me if it had an SSD. I suppose I could always get an SSD in addition but I'm just a bit concerned over how much this will cost me to firstly buy it then secondly I'd probably have to pay for a technician to install it. Not really sure how the graphics card etc compares as I'm not much of a techy.

Cheers!

As per opening post, SSD makes little difference for FM. It's better for overall computer speed but not essential at all. 

You can upgrade the hard drive at a later date anyway.

The currys one is better processor, and you cannot upgrade the processor if you go for the other one. 

It's up to yourself - there's aboslutely nothing wrong with AO one either, if you decide to go for it. It's perfectly fine for fm.

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2 hours ago, Smurf said:

As per opening post, SSD makes little difference for FM. It's better for overall computer speed but not essential at all. 

You can upgrade the hard drive at a later date anyway.

The currys one is better processor, and you cannot upgrade the processor if you go for the other one. 

It's up to yourself - there's aboslutely nothing wrong with AO one either, if you decide to go for it. It's perfectly fine for fm.

I've just reserved the Currys one, going to pick it up in store tomorrow. I'd just like to thank you for all your help, Smurf. Maybe I'll see you again in a few years when I'll need new advice. Hopefully that will be later rather than sooner.

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12 hours ago, paulie22 said:

Hi. @Smurf firstly I just want to say that I have been following this thread (as well as the previous one) for around 2 months now and the effort you and the other guys put into it is incredible and very much appreciated. I have learned so much over that time and because of the advise given out by all of you I now feel confident enough to finally go out and purchase a replacement for my broken laptop. I have found 2 which I think would be good and just wondered if I could get a little advice on helping make a final decision please? The top laptop looks to be the better laptop. The 1 below still looks pretty good for fm 19 but has been reduced to a really good price in my opinion so I guess my question is would there be much of a difference performance wise between them for FM? Or would they both run the game at a similar level/speed? I'm just thinking that if they both run the game at the same level/speed or at least close enough to not really notice a difference I could save myself £150. There is also the question of future proofing with the top 1. Would the extra £150 get me a laptop that will potentially last longer due to the better specs?

https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/9S7-17C612-043-MSI-GL73-8RD-043UK_2322971.html

https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/asus-rog-core-i5-8300h-8gb-1tb-128gb-ssd-geforce-gtx-1050ti-15.6-inch-win-fx504ge-e4031t/version.asp

I am looking to play between 5 and 10 leagues and always watch my games in 3d mode. Any advice on this would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Here's the comparison between the two processors - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-8750H-vs-Intel-i5-8300H/3237vs3254

The i7 is better due to more cores, but price-wise, the i5 is better value for money, and single core processing ability is almost identical (which is what would matter more for FM, but the i7 would likely run other games better due to more cores).

So yea, if you'd just looking for a laptop for FM, I'd save the money and go for the i5.

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13 hours ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

Here's the comparison between the two processors - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i7-8750H-vs-Intel-i5-8300H/3237vs3254

The i7 is better due to more cores, but price-wise, the i5 is better value for money, and single core processing ability is almost identical (which is what would matter more for FM, but the i7 would likely run other games better due to more cores).

So yea, if you'd just looking for a laptop for FM, I'd save the money and go for the i5.

Ah that's great to hear thank you and it saves me £150! 😁 thank you for looking into that for me it's very much appreciated 👍

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5 hours ago, paulie22 said:

Ah that's great to hear thank you and it saves me £150! 😁 thank you for looking into that for me it's very much appreciated 👍

No worries! Means you can add another £150 to the transfer budget :lol:

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Apologies, I'm back. So I bought this laptop from Currys today:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-nitro-5-15-6-intel-core-i5-gtx-1050-gaming-laptop-1-tb-black-10180720-pdt.html

I'm just wondering if you think it's worth exchanging it for this one and paying an extra £70 just for SSD:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/dell-g3-15-15-6-intel-core-i5-gtx-1050-gaming-laptop-256-gb-ssd-black-10182913-pdt.html?store=2318&&istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=-xixiqtlxpt&istBid=t&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~0073 (PLA) Black Tag 18 - PC Gaming Hardware~0073 (PLA) Black Tag 18 - PC Gaming Hardware ad group~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&kwid=GOOGLE&device=m&ds_kids=92700038736316395&tgtid=0073 (PLA) Black Tag 18 - PC Gaming Hardware&&gclid=CjwKCAiA0O7fBRASEiwAYI9QAnvWtmXGzyXi-onRSAQacmIX1hvOflvi2u-AtCpOxgdc-HrHvgrx_RoCCyQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

I was told by Currys that I can't upgrade to SSD under warranty (although this is only 1 year, so I could probably upgrade after this time anyway). I know SSD isn't that important for FM but just wondering if it's worth it for all around performance. I do seem to prefer the Acer overall. Sounds awful but one of the main reasons is the red colour (which is important to me as a Liverpool fan).

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On 25/11/2018 at 20:54, MattHLFC said:

I've just reserved the Currys one, going to pick it up in store tomorrow. I'd just like to thank you for all your help, Smurf. Maybe I'll see you again in a few years when I'll need new advice. Hopefully that will be later rather than sooner.

I've just bought the same one I believe. Let me know how it goes. I want to test the battery to see if it lives up to its 6/7 hours listed. What is the best way to do that? I assume it is best to plug it in and charge it first, let it drain to 5% or so, then fully charge?

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10 hours ago, Peter G said:

I've just bought the same one I believe. Let me know how it goes. I want to test the battery to see if it lives up to its 6/7 hours listed. What is the best way to do that? I assume it is best to plug it in and charge it first, let it drain to 5% or so, then fully charge?

It just means that using typical usage would last 6-7 hours off plug with battery optimistation applied, like dimmed screen and background processes closed etc. 

Using FM would probably drain it quicker. 

 

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22 hours ago, MattHLFC said:

 

Ignore this. I decided to go with the Dell in the end for the SSD.

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12 hours ago, Smurf said:

It just means that using typical usage would last 6-7 hours off plug with battery optimistation applied, like dimmed screen and background processes closed etc. 

Using FM would probably drain it quicker. 

 

Yeah, usually if I'm not playing FM I just have the internet and Youtube open. I'm going to try it with FM open once I give it a full charge after it drains down. Hoping it gets around 3 1/2 - 4 hours.

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Hi all

What AMD Laptop Graphics card would be suitable for Medium level detail on 3d matches please?

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Morning all,

£500 budget for a laptop - only thing to be used on it is FM and usual web browsing, I like to play the game in as much detail as possible / watching the graphics is a bonus, but the quicker the processing of huge amounts of data win for me.

Anyone seen anything they would recommend for that budget?

Many thanks in advance.

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32 minutes ago, nastymiller said:

Morning all,

£500 budget for a laptop - only thing to be used on it is FM and usual web browsing, I like to play the game in as much detail as possible / watching the graphics is a bonus, but the quicker the processing of huge amounts of data win for me.

Anyone seen anything they would recommend for that budget?

Many thanks in advance.

Best you could probably do - https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X540UA-DM564R-Asus-VivoBook-15-X540UA-DM564R_2366605.html 

As per opening post, you would need to curtail your expectations for leagues loaded/database size etc - and in graphics detail level.

I can't see anything else - not even in refurb.

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11 minutes ago, Smurf said:

Best you could probably do - https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X540UA-DM564R-Asus-VivoBook-15-X540UA-DM564R_2366605.html 

As per opening post, you would need to curtail your expectations for leagues loaded/database size etc - and in graphics detail level.

I can't see anything else - not even in refurb.

No worries, i'm used to the game crunching numbers so slow...I always load every country and every league and my current laptop is around 5 years old, cracked case and everything - so i'm 'guessing' whatever I buy will 'feel' like an upgrade.

Cheers,

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On 27/11/2018 at 11:05, Smurf said:

It just means that using typical usage would last 6-7 hours off plug with battery optimistation applied, like dimmed screen and background processes closed etc. 

Using FM would probably drain it quicker. 

 

I must be doing something wrong as at the moment, just watching a twitch stream with it on battery saver and 0% brightness it's saying only around 3 hours? That's not playing the game etc, just browsing the internet.

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please don't blast me as I'm not very good with computer specs. What would I need to run all the leagues without it taking much longer than 10 mins/week 

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9 hours ago, Peter G said:

I must be doing something wrong as at the moment, just watching a twitch stream with it on battery saver and 0% brightness it's saying only around 3 hours? That's not playing the game etc, just browsing the internet.

Depends on what you're doing. I don't know how much battery power every process takes up. 

 

52 minutes ago, jcp1417 said:

please don't blast me as I'm not very good with computer specs. What would I need to run all the leagues without it taking much longer than 10 mins/week 

I don't know. 

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32 minutes ago, L7M said:

Hi quick question, my brother is looking to upgrade his laptop and is looking at this

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-power-15-cb060sa-15-6-laptop-black-10164666-pdt.html

 

would it be ok to run a few leagues at a good processing speed?

much appreciated!

Same price and a little better https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-predator-helios-300-15-6-intel-core-i5-gtx-1050-ti-gaming-laptop-1-tb-hdd-128-gb-ssd-10180726-pdt.html

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Hi all,

What do people think of these specs? Just got a new work laptop and wanted to get FM19 on here - it's a Microsoft Surface Pro!

Don't use the 3D Match engine - and not entirely sure I've got enough info for anyone to advise, so if anything else is needed, let me know!

Thanks!

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4 minutes ago, Doiggy_2007 said:

Hi all,

What do people think of these specs? Just got a new work laptop and wanted to get FM19 on here - it's a Microsoft Surface Pro!

Don't use the 3D Match engine - and not entirely sure I've got enough info for anyone to advise, so if anything else is needed, let me know!

Thanks!

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It will run FM - I'd keep it low league amounts and small/medium database size. 

 

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not looking to spend an arm and a leg because i have a desktop, a fire, a phone and all sorts of gadgets but been looking to get me a laptop basiclly just for fm. came across this one, look good for  running fm?

 

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16 hours ago, Andy1979 said:

What's the best anti virus  software  to get?

I'm running avast - it suits my needs. 

There's a thread here 

 

 

 

11 hours ago, Ross Ingersoll said:

not looking to spend an arm and a leg because i have a desktop, a fire, a phone and all sorts of gadgets but been looking to get me a laptop basiclly just for fm. came across this one, look good for  running fm?

 

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I think you could do better.

 

11 minutes ago, RexEverything said:

apologies if this is not the right place to ask this but I was wondering if anyone has ever ordered from https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/? If so, would you recommend them? 

Thanks

Yes, very reliable, also try overclockers.co.uk, scan.co.uk, chillblast, to name a few.

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On 03/12/2018 at 23:44, Ross Ingersoll said:

not looking to spend an arm and a leg because i have a desktop, a fire, a phone and all sorts of gadgets but been looking to get me a laptop basiclly just for fm. came across this one, look good for  running fm?

 

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That might have 12GB RAM, but the i7-8550u isn't really made for gaming, though it would run FM19, but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card, which limits it.

I'd instead go with this one: https://www.amazon.com/8th-Gen-i5-8300H-GeForce-FireCuda-Windows/dp/B07BP9QG2J/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1543975187&sr=1-6&keywords=laptop&refinements=p_36%3A2421888011

Just as good single-core processing (which FM relies upon), nearly as good multi-core, has as much RAM as you'll need for FM, and has a dedicated graphics card that's not bad, so will not only allow you to play FM easily, but other games too.

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1 hour ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

That might have 12GB RAM, but the i7-8550u isn't really made for gaming, though it would run FM19, but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card, which limits it.

I'd instead go with this one: https://www.amazon.com/8th-Gen-i5-8300H-GeForce-FireCuda-Windows/dp/B07BP9QG2J/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1543975187&sr=1-6&keywords=laptop&refinements=p_36%3A2421888011

Just as good single-core processing (which FM relies upon), nearly as good multi-core, has as much RAM as you'll need for FM, and has a dedicated graphics card that's not bad, so will not only allow you to play FM easily, but other games too.

Thanks.  My price range.  Will go with that. It will be just a fm computer and some browsing and youtube.  Fm is the only computer game i play , use my console for reg games

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I see most people here are talking specifically about laptops. What about desktop pc's? 

I just need a tower, have a budget of £600 and don't require 3d matches. I also use PC for work at home (email mostly) so nothing too special. Any recommendations? I like the look of this but just out of my price range

Dell XPS 8930 Gaming Desktop PC (Black) - (Intel Core i5-8400, 8 GB RAM, 16G Optane + 1 TB HDD, NVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB, Windows 10) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078Q87149/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q4-bCb92JQ5CF

Thanks

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2 hours ago, leadoutsam said:

I see most people here are talking specifically about laptops. What about desktop pc's? 

I just need a tower, have a budget of £600 and don't require 3d matches. I also use PC for work at home (email mostly) so nothing too special. Any recommendations? I like the look of this but just out of my price range

Dell XPS 8930 Gaming Desktop PC (Black) - (Intel Core i5-8400, 8 GB RAM, 16G Optane + 1 TB HDD, NVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB, Windows 10) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078Q87149/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q4-bCb92JQ5CF

Thanks

If you can push for an extra £40 or so, I'd go with something like this: https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/FFXV-Ultra-Gaming-PC

It won't set the world alight, but it'll run FM fairly well. You won't be able to get much better for the price, given how expensive the newer processors (that are decent for games) are.

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2 hours ago, leadoutsam said:

I see most people here are talking specifically about laptops. What about desktop pc's? 

I just need a tower, have a budget of £600 and don't require 3d matches. I also use PC for work at home (email mostly) so nothing too special. Any recommendations? I like the look of this but just out of my price range

Dell XPS 8930 Gaming Desktop PC (Black) - (Intel Core i5-8400, 8 GB RAM, 16G Optane + 1 TB HDD, NVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB, Windows 10) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078Q87149/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q4-bCb92JQ5CF

Thanks

It would be good. 

16 minutes ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

If you can push for an extra £40 or so, I'd go with something like this: https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/FFXV-Ultra-Gaming-PC

It won't set the world alight, but it'll run FM fairly well. You won't be able to get much better for the price, given how expensive the newer processors (that are decent for games) are.

It would be better.

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18 hours ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

That might have 12GB RAM, but the i7-8550u isn't really made for gaming, though it would run FM19, but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card, which limits it.

I'd instead go with this one: https://www.amazon.com/8th-Gen-i5-8300H-GeForce-FireCuda-Windows/dp/B07BP9QG2J/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1543975187&sr=1-6&keywords=laptop&refinements=p_36%3A2421888011

Just as good single-core processing (which FM relies upon), nearly as good multi-core, has as much RAM as you'll need for FM, and has a dedicated graphics card that's not bad, so will not only allow you to play FM easily, but other games too.

I noticed it has a upgrade for 100 more ,worth it in your view? Pic below

 

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vor 4 Stunden schrieb leadoutsam:

I just need a tower, have a budget of £600 and don't require 3d matches.

There is some general misunderstanding with this.

Since FM 2018 there is only a 3-D graphic (match) engine.

You can chose to see a 2-D view, but the game does still use, generate and rendering 3-D. So a good graphic card is always recommended. 

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5 hours ago, Ross Ingersoll said:

I noticed it has a upgrade for 100 more ,worth it in your view? Pic below

 

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The there are 2 differences - the more expensive one has a slightly better graphics card (Geforce 1050 Ti, the upgraded version of the one in the first laptop, the 1050), and it has a quarter of the hard drive space (256GB of space, rather than 1TB), but it's a faster Solid State Drive, rather than a standard (and slower to load, save, etc) hard drive.

It's up to you if those differences are worth it. Depending on your priorities, it could be worth it, or it might not be if you don't care about having to wait for your laptop to boot up and are only going to play FM on it in terms of games.

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1 hour ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

The there are 2 differences - the more expensive one has a slightly better graphics card (Geforce 1050 Ti, the upgraded version of the one in the first laptop, the 1050), and it has a quarter of the hard drive space (256GB of space, rather than 1TB), but it's a faster Solid State Drive, rather than a standard (and slower to load, save, etc) hard drive.

It's up to you if those differences are worth it. Depending on your priorities, it could be worth it, or it might not be if you don't care about having to wait for your laptop to boot up and are only going to play FM on it in terms of games.

think i will upgrade, can always buy a hard drive in the future if i want a bigger one, they are simple to put in. thank you for your help. have some other games on steam i might decide i want to play 

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9 hours ago, JordanMillward_1 said:

The there are 2 differences - the more expensive one has a slightly better graphics card (Geforce 1050 Ti, the upgraded version of the one in the first laptop, the 1050), and it has a quarter of the hard drive space (256GB of space, rather than 1TB), but it's a faster Solid State Drive, rather than a standard (and slower to load, save, etc) hard drive.

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.

 

 

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Apologies if this has been asked before. I'm looking to upgrade my MacBook Pro from around 5 years ago, the most important thing for me is to have a very smooth running 3D engine. When I first got this MacBook (I think for FM15 ish) it was flawless and obviously is now a little old and I have to lower all the graphic detail to get a smooth experience. I generally only run 5 leagues ish at a time as I only really like to manage in England.

I want to keep my budget to around the £1,200 I paid for this MacBook, any advice on what would work? Not really techy enough to understand the difference between MacBook, Pro & Air etc but I have fallen in love with Apple.

If I'd be better off moving away please advise as well!

Thanks in advance

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Hi,

First time I have come here for your help.

My budget is between £600-£800... literally only use a laptop for FM and browsing the web.

I like to play as many leagues as my device can 'manage', I always watch in 2D so not overly worried about 3d match engine... I just want the fastest loading and processing speeds.

Any help will be appreciated.

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3 hours ago, Romers said:

Apologies if this has been asked before. I'm looking to upgrade my MacBook Pro from around 5 years ago, the most important thing for me is to have a very smooth running 3D engine. When I first got this MacBook (I think for FM15 ish) it was flawless and obviously is now a little old and I have to lower all the graphic detail to get a smooth experience. I generally only run 5 leagues ish at a time as I only really like to manage in England.

I want to keep my budget to around the £1,200 I paid for this MacBook, any advice on what would work? Not really techy enough to understand the difference between MacBook, Pro & Air etc but I have fallen in love with Apple.

If I'd be better off moving away please advise as well!

Thanks in advance

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.

 

27 minutes ago, WillHoward42 said:

Hi,

First time I have come here for your help.

My budget is between £600-£800... literally only use a laptop for FM and browsing the web.

I like to play as many leagues as my device can 'manage', I always watch in 2D so not overly worried about 3d match engine... I just want the fastest loading and processing speeds.

Any help will be appreciated.

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.

 

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13 hours ago, Smurf said:

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.

 

 

so basically i have to decide if the graphics card upgrade is worth it.  I have a laptop 1tb hard drive now, can i add it and have both or no if i purchase the upgraded laptop

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7 hours ago, Ross Ingersoll said:

so basically i have to decide if the graphics card upgrade is worth it.  I have a laptop 1tb hard drive now, can i add it and have both or no if i purchase the upgraded laptop

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.

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18 hours ago, Smurf said:

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.

 

I'm open to suggestions on alternatives to a Mac, I would love a laptop which can smoothly play the 3D graphics again like when I first purchased this one!

I'd like to hear the best options for a Mac also if I do end up falling for Apple's seduction again!

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1 hour ago, Romers said:

I'm open to suggestions on alternatives to a Mac, I would love a laptop which can smoothly play the 3D graphics again like when I first purchased this one!

I'd like to hear the best options for a Mac also if I do end up falling for Apple's seduction again!

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 & Display
Optimus 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)
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Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti - 4.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st Storage Drive
500GB WD Blue™ 3D NAND 2.5" SSD, (upto 560MB/sR | 530MB/sW)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
250GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3400MB/R, 1500MB/W)
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Unique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/optimusix-15/zs9WNKxycF/

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1 hour ago, Smurf said:

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 & Display
Optimus 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)
down_right_arrow.gifGet Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 & More w/ select Intel CPUs!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti - 4.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st Storage Drive
500GB WD Blue™ 3D NAND 2.5" SSD, (upto 560MB/sR | 530MB/sW)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
250GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3400MB/R, 1500MB/W)
Thermal Paste
COOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER THERMAL COMPOUND


Price £1,185.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/optimusix-15/zs9WNKxycF/

Thank you I will check this out. Looking at the Apple finance options I may be able to stretch to the new 15 inch MacBook Pro, do you think that would be a good choice? Fully understand I'd be paying a premium for it to have a picture of a fruit on the back

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4 minutes ago, Romers said:

Thank you I will check this out. Looking at the Apple finance options I may be able to stretch to the new 15 inch MacBook Pro, do you think that would be a good choice? Fully understand I'd be paying a premium for it to have a picture of a fruit on the back

You'll have to post the specs you're going for.

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On 06/12/2018 at 11:15, Smurf said:

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.

 

 

Apologies, that's what I'd meant. For games, other than the initial booting up of the game, it doesn't make much difference.

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