Urgent advice needed as Dell boxing day sale ends today - which laptop should I buy?

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  1. mrhunnybunny

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    Dell has some very good savings on laptops ending today. I am fairly clueless so would be very grateful as to recommendations as to which is better.

    Many thanks in advance

    There are two I am interested in are the

    - Dell G5 15 $1698 (is $300 off) and
    - Dell Inspiron 15 7000 - $1598 ($1,000 off).

    Both are 15.6 screens.

    The differences are the cpu, ram, video card, and HDD

    Which do you guys think is the better one as the price difference is only $100.
    Could you say the reasons for your choice as well. I don't game much but i do want a fast PC as I am very sick of my old laptop which is about 4 years old

    A friends desktop has an i5 CPU 8GB RAM and is a Dell with Windows 10 and it doesn't seem that fast.

    specs are below and there are links to the full specs also
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    Dell G5 15 $1698 (is $300 off)

    https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/dell-laptops/dell-g5-15/spd/g-series-15-5587-laptop/b510553au

    8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost)

    15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display

    RAM 8GB, 2x4GB, DDR4, 2666MHz

    Video Card

    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with NVIDIA® Max Q Design technology, 6GB GDDR5 video memory
    Hard Drive
    • 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA Hard Drive

    or
    the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 - $1598 ($1,000 off)


    https://www.dell.com/en-au/work/sho...15-7000/spd/inspiron-15-7580-laptop/b521022au

    15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-touch Narrow Border IPS Display

    8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)

    16GB, 16GBx1, DDR4, 2666MHz

    Video Card
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory
    Hard Drive
    • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
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  2. StratosFear

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    If you don't game and you want something portable then go the Inspiron. Double the ram, quicker, larger storage and almost 1KG lighter. I haven't checked battery life but it's probably better too.

    That said if it's going to sit on your desk 99% of the time then the G5 might be the better option as it has a 6 core CPU and 1060 which is much quicker for gaming. But you may need to factor in a bit more cash for a larger nvme drive down the track as 128gb is pretty small

    You should check reviews also as I'm sure both have been covered extensively
     
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    At that price point. You may want to get a asus laptop or a alienware for a few hundred more
     
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    128GB is way too small nowadays. I have a laptop which has lasted me for years and the #1 issue I have with it now is the 100GB SSD.

    I have also been looking at the Dell Boxing Day sale (ends today) on the Inspiron 15 7000 in 512GB/8GB flavour.. seems a helluvalot of laptop for $1200. It's 1x8GB and has 2 slots so I can upgrade the ram easily later if needed, but 8GB is plenty really.

    The 13" one in 16GB/512GB is nice too for $1398, but doesn't have discrete graphics or a physical ethernet port..
     
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    That seems to be the ticket. $400 cheaper than the one in the original post and the only different is 8GB instead of 16GB. Get that, buy another 8GB stick for $99 from MSY and you're ahead $300!!
     
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    can you link to that laptop you are recommending/


    I can't seem to find it
     
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    But the G5 has a secondary 1TB drive or do you think it would be too slow using the 1TB HDD for data and the 128GB SSD for OS etc?
     
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    Yeah you're much better with 512GB of NVME speed vs 1TB of mechanical storage. We are talking 30-40X the speed. Then get an external drive if you need additional storage.
     
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    I don't want a HDD in a laptop. Too slow and too much power use.
     
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    You can use the code EPP80 for 80 bucks off (getting it to below 1300 bucks)

    You can also get an XPS13 (which is a fantastic unit) https://www.dell.com/en-au/work/sho...r/spd/xps-13-9360-laptop/a521090au?ven1=30013

    For <1300 with the code XPSDISCOUNT and EPP80

    The i7 model is 1359 with the same coupons
    https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-9360-silver/spd/xps-13-9360-laptop/a511091au
     
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    Also the G5 reviews pretty average and looks pretty terrible. All depends if you want to game or not really. An XPS or anything with a thunderbolt 3 port at least you can add a E-gpu later on.
     
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    The XPS is pretty good. Dealt with them a bit and they always had rock solid construction and worked well.
     
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    Thanks everyone for their help and a big thank you to copie who saved me $80.

    I had to make the decision in a rush given the deadline, so I went with the Inspiron 15 7000 in the end.

    The XPS looked good but it only had a 256GB SSD which isn't big enough and with the price Copie was able to get was great value, but I just couldn't get past the small SSD.

    And I don't want to void the Dell warranty by putting a larger one in.

    I need a 512GB SSD which the XPS and G5 didn't have

    According to Dell i saved $1,093.60 Although i noticed that the 40% sale is still on though it said it ended yesterday (only half an hour ago) which is a bit naughty of Dell as I made the decision under time pressure (which is the whole point of deadlines on sales).

    Hopefully its a good PC.

    By the way, can anyone tell me how to image the PC as soon as I turn it on in its just unboxed state, so if it ever gets slow in a few years time, I can revery back to its original state?
     
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    It’s easy enough to upgrade the m2 drive to something bigger
     
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    8GB or 16GB? I couldn't make those codes work on the 8GB one. Anyway I (just) resisted the temptation to grab one as I don't reaaalllyyy need a new laptop just yet, but I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when it arrives. So let us know!

    edit: Boxing Day Sale Extended: Up to 40% off. Ends Thursday, January 3, 2019. Conditions apply. :/
     
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    But apparently that voids the warranty I think and the onsite next business day warranty support is one of the main reasons I buy Dell.


    The EPP80 worked for me - the XPS one didn't (not surprisingly on a Inspiron)

    If you're happy with a 256GB drive the XPS with those 2 discounts on top of the Sale price seems a very good deal.

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    Yes the bastards did a bit of false advertising to pressure people like me into buying now or miss out.

    And then they extended it (which they clearly planned all along given they had ads running a few hours after.

    I chose the 16GB. But i did buy under time pressure so I might cancel and reconsider taking 5 days rather than a few hours to work out my options.

    I may well buy the same one again but I didn't like being rushed. I only saw the ads for $1000 off about 4pm the last (ha!) day of the sale.
     
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    Have/did you ever use that?

    This makes clear and rational sense;
    https://www.dell.com/community/Cust...anty-after-3rd-party-SSD-upgrade/td-p/5180712
    Makes perfect sense - they are not going to warranty any changes/add-ons you make but they will respect the 'system' unless you do something to change that system (radically).
     
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