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Build Pc or wait for Razer blade 14/Core

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xStamps, Jan 23, 2016.


Build Pc or Razer 14 (2016)

  1. Build

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  2. Blade

    11 vote(s)
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  1. xStamps

    xStamps New Member

    After years of console play I've decided to join the pc cult, but I'm having trouble deciding if I want to build a pc (for around $1500) or wait for Razer to announce a blade 14 that is possibly compatible with the Razer Core, which seems like a college student's dream setup. Any Suggestions? I have a laptop now but it's not suited for gaming.
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  2. Wonginator88

    Wonginator88 Member

    I vote you build your PC, for $1500 you can build a pretty sweet machine that will be much better spec wise and much better for your wallet lol. That saying the Razer laptops + Razer core looks so sexy i might have to buy it just to have it
  3. lifeautoCrimson336

    lifeautoCrimson336 Active Member

    The blade will be better for school work since it will, being a blade be lighter and faster than most other laptops so if you need it for school work it will make things easier. A desktop will be able to play games for a much longer time since you can get more powerful parts and upgrade it as it gets outdated unlike a laptop. I would say build a desktop but wait until pascal comes out since it should dwarf the current graphics cards.
  4. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    It really depends on what you're going to school for. If you just need a laptop for taking notes and doing reports, I'd almost suggest a cheap $200-300 laptop and use the rest of that $1500 to build yourself a beastly gaming machine.

    If you're limited on space, I could see a Blade with a Core being a great solution for you, but I think you're going to find yourself spending more than $1500 to get everything up and running.

    As has already been suggested by @Somebody48, I would definitely hold out on making a GPU purchase for as long as possible to try to get a new Nvidia Pascal or AMD Polaris graphics card.
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  5. xStamps

    xStamps New Member

    Thanks for the advice! As I am new to pc gaming, I am also new to the specs of them. Do companies that make items like processors and gpu's follow a annual release or now?
  6. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I know hardcore PC master race guys will disagree, but imho, I think we're at the threshold now where laptops > desktops. I think pretty soon, the only reason to own a desktop will be for economical reasons (and even that will change with time). All the companies out there such as Intel, Nvidia, Razer, Alienware, Acer, etc. are trying to make things smaller and use less energy. The focus is on mobile. Tech like Thunderbolt 3/USB-C and external graphics card docks decrease the gap even more, but even current mobile GPUs are nothing to scoff at:


    The gap between laptop and desktop performance is closing. Hell, my laptop can outrun most desktops: GTX 780M SLI, Haswell Quad-Core i7 3.9 MHz, 32GB RAM, 1 TB Samsung SSD, 3 x "QHD" 27" IPS monitors. Gaming laptops can do almost everything desktops can, but all in a portable form factor. Times are simply changing - everyone in my grad school class owns a laptop, exactly 0 own a desktop.

    I think most people will tell you that desktops are more future-proof because the parts are replaceable. I tend to disagree with this notion. There are gaming laptops with user-serviceable parts (yes, you can replace/upgrade the CPU, GPU, SSD, etc.). eGPU docks like the Razer Core add an additional layer of upgradability. In addition, consider resale value. Gaming laptops retain their resale value quite well (like Razer products). A desktop is a bit harder to get rid off - and this will only get worse with time because the desktop market is stagnant, people aren't buying desktop PCs anymore:
    (Keep in mind that a lot of desktop PC purchases are made by big companies wanting to fill their cubicles)

    So for you, I guess it should all come down to the bottom line here which is: $. That's arguably the only reason I see for you to build your own.

    Damn, now that I've finished writing my dissertation on laptops v. desktops, I'm going to go chill & kill some zahmbies.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
  7. xGRaCe

    xGRaCe Member

    you can build a pretty good gaming pc that will play all games for atleast another 2 years for 1000 bucks and get a cheap laptop for your college tasks and notes... Atleast thats what i would do if i was u
  8. Yaki1337

    Yaki1337 New Member

    The CPU of the Blade Stealth is just an I7U. Its just an Low Voltage Dual-Core!
    If it was an normal Blade and the Core i would say buy these, but the Stealth itself has no Power!
  9. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Yeah OP is asking about waiting for the new update on the Blade 14" (which hopefully will include a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the Core), which will have a nice Quad-Core CPU and more RAM unlike the stealth.
  10. xStamps

    xStamps New Member

    Thanks for the advice! I believe my decision will ultimately come down to the blade 14 this year. Being an engineering major portability would be great, and coming home to a core would be awesome. I'm going to start saving up now!
  11. Reznikov

    Reznikov Member

    I always saw it this way. You will get a lot more bang for your buck when you build your own desktop. Not only with price, but experience of doing it yourself. You get this proud feeling of building something from the ground up, and the feeling of anticipation when you boot up for the first time.
    Laptops are great and all, but I have always had an issue with poor ventilation and overheating, even with a cooling pad. I noticed on the Blade, the exhaust and intake ports aren't too large, and that's something I always worry about. You can't beat the portability of a laptop, but you can't beat the room and ease of access of a desktop.
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  12. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    You need to realize that there is a science to computers. The dual-core in the Stealth is extremely powerful in single core performance and hyperthreading. The test machine at CES (with the core attached) was running Fallout 4 in ultra settings at 60-90 fps.

    It is like buying a camera for the megapixel count while blatantly ignoring the sensor quality. Just because something says "quad-core" over "dual-core" does not mean it is better. Pound for pound the stealth is unrivaled.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
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  13. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    Depends on how much money you have to spend. From what I gather you said you have $1500 to spend on a PC (unless you want to get a new laptop at the same time and have money saved for that), this would not be enough for the Blade + Core combo.

    Assuming the next generation costs the same as the current:

    Blade (256GB HD) - $1999.99
    Razer Core - $299.99 (Official price unreleased - conservative price estimate based off of the Alienware Graphics Amplifier and the MSI GamingDock)
    GTX 1080 - $550.00 (Price based off of average release price of GTX 980)

    Total: $2849.98

    This estimate is almost double your intended cost for building a PC. Moreover, if you plan to get peripherals and upgrade the Blade your overall cost will quickly go up.

    However, if you do have cash to spend I would certainly recommend the Blade+Core combo as it is very much conducive to a university lifestyle.

    Nonetheless, with both CPU and GPU updates coming shortly you are better off waiting.

    Quite right, especially if you take into account manufacturers like Aorus which run an SLI configuration in a fairly slim form-factor.
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  14. APATITEXanadutech438

    APATITEXanadutech438 Active Member

    It's usually slightly cheaper to build your own pc.

    For school I'd build a desktop and get a chromebook.
  15. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    Certainly cheaper, but as a student I move around frequently and am normally strapped for space so a desktop isn't really suitable.
  16. nagato7

    nagato7 Active Member

    Im really interested in seeing all the testing done with the stealth + Core when it comes out. If it beats most PC's in performance I see everyone moving to laptops real soon. I agree about the posts of more people are buying laptops. From personal experience most my family members cousin, nephew and nieces just have laptops for school and leisure. I would hold off on building a computer and wait for the verdict on the stealth and core then make the big decision.
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  17. Swanka

    Swanka Active Member

    I REALLY want to build a desktop PC, and I know of its many advantages, both in terms of money and upgradability. However, I simply cannot justify getting an entire separate machine purely for leisure. As an engineering major, I need a strong CPU for CAD/CAM work on-the-go, so buying two strong but separate machines is a bad move. That's why I'm hoping for a (relatively-inexpensive) Blade refresh with Core compatibility. However, like several others, I'll also wait for the numbers to come from Stealth + Core testing, and may simply buy that, if the 2C/4T CPU isn't too much of an issue.
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  18. elite.ire

    elite.ire Active Member

    Build a gaming pc. You already have a laptop, by the time u get a core, + blade + monitor + graphics card and gaming peripherals it will be well over $2400
  19. mintouch

    mintouch Active Member

    If you really are eager to get portability in normal life, get a blade. otherwise, stop thinkin and just make your own. that will be helpful.
  20. I'd probably end up with the blade since portability is a big plus for me. But for someone who is going to leave their computer on one spot, building one would be a lot better.
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