With video card prices still in a state of flux due to cryptocurrency mining, those looking for a new gaming PC may want to look into pre-built systems or beefy laptops. One option is the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop currently on sale through Costco. For $800 USD, you get a fairly compact machine that packs plenty of punch to run modern PC games smoothly.
This model of the Inspiron 15 comes equipped with the 6GB version of Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics card. It’s powerful enough to play nearly any game at the laptop’s native 1080p screen resolution with high framerates, depending on the graphics settings used and how demanding the particular game is. To support the GTX 1060, the laptop sports an Intel Core i5-7300HQ, which is a quad-core CPU running a base clock speed of 2.5GHz that can boost to 3.5GHz.
Other specs include 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM (which can be upgraded to 16GB on your own), a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 15.6-inch IPS display. When it comes to ports, you’ll get three USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, a combination audio jack, an HDMI out, and a card reader. Windows 10 (64-bit) Home Edition also comes pre-loaded onto the laptop. You get a full-sized backlit keyboard, a built-in 720p webcam, and stereo speakers.
If portability is a concern, note that the laptop’s dimensions are 15.32″ x 10.82″ x 0.93″ and weighs 5.76 pounds. A 4-cell 56WHr battery powers the machine.
If you want to get an idea of how the video card performs, check out our GTX 1060 (6GB) review. For more on why video cards are so expensive right now, take a look at our breakdown of pricing in relation to cryptocurrency mining. Pre-built systems seem to be the way to go for now; be sure to read through our round up of the better options for buying a gaming PC.
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