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Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 80NV0026US Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: There isn't a lot that I can find wrong with this laptop. I bought it to not really replace my desktop, but to supplement it. Currently my gaming rig lives at my business, so I wanted to have something at home that I could game on and this fit the bill. I've been able to run games, such as Fallout 4 and the Doom Open Beta, on high to max settings with no known issues. I find myself not missing my desktop a whole lot which...kind of makes me sad, but happy all at the same time. The red backlit keyboard is a nice touch as well (but can be shut off if you prefer to not have it on). I was looking at a Y50 before this, and I have to say that I'm not disappointed in grabbing this one instead.

Cons: The only two cons that I've really found with this laptop is the 5400RPM HDD (not a huge con as they at least used a Western Digital HDD) and the "Anti-Glare" screen. I quickly added an M.2 SSD and pulled the anti-glare screen protector off (it made things look a lot more foggy than I realized). Once pulled off the screen lit right up and looked more beautiful than imagined.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this laptop to someone looking for to go gaming laptop? I would. Would I buy it again? You bet! Chances are actually pretty good that, come next spring, I'll be buying two for my boys. While no, the battery doesn't last long when you game, it does last a long while for other things (4-6 hours). This is to be expected, though. Don't let this deter you, though, as this should come as no surprise.

GIGABYTE GA-B85N Phoenix-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact and full of great features, especially great for a Mini-ITX board. Wireless AC works beautifully (I'm usually getting ~35-50MBPS over a Wireless N network). The color scheme works great for my build as well. Plenty of SATA ports on the board for any Mini-ITX build. As for overclocking, I don't know as I haven't found a need to.

Cons: As mentioned earlier, most boards have some kind of RAID functionality, but this one does not and is typically a feature found on most motherboards. More fan connectors would have been great, too. Only two on the board, so I had to end up using a Y-splitter for the fans. As someone else mentioned, too, it would have been nice to see a video of the lights on the board. Had to go to YouTube just to find any kind of video review on the board, and it wasn't even in English.

Other Thoughts: My build, as follows:

CPU - Intel Core i7 4790k
RAM - 8GB G.Skill Orange Ares 1333MHz
HDD - WD Blue 2.5" 1TB + WD Green 2.5" 2TB
MB - Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix
CASE - BitFenix Prodigy Orange w/ Black Mesh Front Panel
PSU - Corsair RM650

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I previously had an AMD Athlon 760k which did it's job in my gaming rig. Being a long time AMD fan, I didn't really want to deviate from AMD for my processor, but unfortunately they've fallen short in the CPU market. After owning that for a year, I got fed up. I finally made the jump to Intel and I haven't regretted it since. Catzilla Benchmarks improved dramatically, and now I can run Tomb Raider (with a Zotac GTX 770 4GB) at ~60FPS maxed out instead of ~30FPS on Medium-High.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My Mini-ITX build is now jet fueled with both this processor and the Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix. I couldn't be happier. Also, if you're going to build a Mini-ITX system, I would highly recommend the BitFenix Prodigy. A great case, and if fans are setup properly, very quiet.


Robert H.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 11/18/07

  • Reviews: 27
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  • First Review: 01/03/08
  • Last Review: 04/18/16
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