I am a freelance programmer. I am going to be in Switzerland in January, so I can buy my hardware there.

I would like to purchase a gaming notebook.

It must run windows 10: I can install it myself but if there are no drivers, I cannot install it. I run Linux in an OS box.

  • At least 8GB RAM
  • It should be able to contain my 1TB SSD
  • Warranty is not a concern
  • Around $2000 USD, not strict
  • 15" screen or bigger
  • 1920x1080 resolution or higher (horizontal/vertical may NOT be lower than 1920/1080!!)
  • Weight is not a concern

I can also purchase in France or Germany.

  • I flagged your post because the question is overly broad. Please edit you question. Are you trying to determine whether or not to buy in each month based on price or new technology. I have good answers for both. Upon edit I will post them. – Jeff Dec 8 '16 at 0:49
  • Some questions: What interface does your SSD use? SATA, PCI-E mSATA or something else? Do you mean HiDPI scaling when you say "2 to 1 pixels"? (because I'm pretty sure you can turn that off) What specific software do you use? If it is typical programming stuff, you could probably get a weaker GPU. You might also like to consider an AIO or a Mini-ITX/other SFF PC, e.g. a NUC, which would also be portable (though you need power). – timuzhti Dec 8 '16 at 10:26
  • @Alpha3031 is is using SATA . GPU -> i want to be gaming with it as well once in a while. That's why host must be windows as well. NUC -> i'd need a screen. I am not sure why someone would buy a NUC when you can have a notebook? is it the price? – Toskan Dec 8 '16 at 16:33
  • @Jeff i changed the title. It is more to make it clear, that the notebook has to be bought in one of those months. If you know which month is better, the better. – Toskan Dec 8 '16 at 16:36
  • @Alpha3031 2 to 1 pixels -> see here howdesign.com/featured/hardware-css-pixels-retina-display i write many web apps. So having a retina display with 2 to 1 ratio that results in a lower than 1920 x 1080 resolution is a big disadvantage – Toskan Dec 8 '16 at 16:42

Personally I would go with the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro.

Screen 17.3 inch, 3840 x 2160 px

Processor Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ CPU, quad-core 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz TBoost)

Video Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 960M 4GB

Memory 16 GB DDR4 2133Mhz (2xDIMMs)

Storage 512 GB SSD + 1 TB 2.5″ HDD

Its lightweight Despite the its 960M It has a 512GB nvme SSD, 4k display and a damn 7hr battery life, since you are a programmer you might consider that, at a price around $1700. But smart would also be to wait for CES 2017 releases.

  • isnt acer pure garbage? sorry for the language, but they seem to be like hp a spec boost and all else sucks. Thats what i read from a repair man working at a computer store. Acer is just junk. What do you think about the ASUS G752VS-GC006T . I see no point going for gtx 960, it is already old – Toskan Jan 13 '17 at 0:00
  • @Toskan Acer is not "garbage". This is a high end laptop, and it is a reputable company. Also, what you are getting is a GTX 960M, which is mobile and worse than a GTX 960 – Rubydesic Jan 13 '17 at 0:53
  • He's a programmer not a hardcore gamer. He needs the battery life rather than graphics @Toskan – user73839 Jan 20 '17 at 15:09
  • well but if you get a gaming notebook, you should not get an old graphic card that you can never upgrade. And acer really does seem like junk, not only according to what I read, but as well according to reviews: laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings with a constant 5 years 8th rank or worse – Toskan Jan 20 '17 at 16:49

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