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I've always wanted to play X-Plane but my laptop was not good enough. Now I'm looking to buy another one (~<1600£).

I've found this one: Asus ROG Strix GL703GS Core I7-8750H 16GB 1TB + 256GB SSD 17.3 Inch GeForce GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB Windows 10 Gaming Laptop

which seems to have good CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD+HDD but how can I be sure it will not crash while running X-Plane, as I've heard laptops usually crash..

Or Allienware 15 with  Intel® Core™ i5-8300HQ Processor, Quad-core,  3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 16 GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5, 1 TB HDD (7200 rpm) - 256 GB SSD?

If not, can you recommend, from your own experience, a laptop that can run it? 

Also, on the recommended specs says "CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster". Does this mean that only i5 6600 works well, or better versions too? 

Thank you!

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Hi IT315,

I am not with Laminar Research; just a flight simmer.  I am a windows based PC user not a laptop user for X-Plane.

Your first choice laptop ie the Asus unit, seems to cover what I consider requirements for a gaming laptop ie a minimum screen size of 17 inch plus good cooling.  Would I consider the unit?  Yes.  the important issue is it is a gaming laptop not a $20 unit from Aldi.

Although operating speed is important X-Plane generates a fair amount of heat so you need reliable fans. From all of my research into running X-Plane on a laptop points towards poor cooling.  The unit does have cooling but I would suggest in time you acquire a cooling tablet/pad to sit the laptop on as an additional safeguard.  Do this irrespective of what brand of gaming laptop you acquire.

I have seen from others in the X-Plane world you should have  at least a 17 inch screen when running X-Plane on a laptop just to be able to see anything.

Your second choice unit would be a downgrade in specifications from the Asus unit and the choice of an i5 6600K processor is also a further downgrade from your second choice.

The other suggestion I would offer is when you acquire the laptop is to run just X-Plane on the 250 GB ssd drive as a dedicated X-Plane drive and everything else including your operating system and other software on the slower 1 TB drive.  You will most likely have to discuss this with your retailer.

Have a look at the following link found at   Although the original question was asked some time back (Nov 2016) and technology has improved it may be of some benefit.  My second preference would be a MSI unit because they are gaming machines but expensive.

Hope this helps.  Welcome to the world of X-Plane and enjoy the experience

Good luck