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Norm Muelleman May 01, 2011, 10:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm going to be heading to an assignment out of the area for a year. I'm wanting to bring my desktop I had recently built..but that's going to be a logistics problem. So, I'm giving my desktop to my mother in law (her's is about 8 years old lol).

I want to be able to watch movies, video conference with my wife, and play decent games such as BF2 and BF3 (when released).
I've been looking at the ASUS laptop with 1 TB of HDD, 8 GB of ram, i7 cpu...

Looking at thoughts/suggestions for this, or another brand. MY budget if flexible, but $1500 is my target price.


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micro May 01, 2011, 11:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Latest gaming laptop
If you could buy one laptop i would have said Asus.

Second choice (for i7) would have been a referbed HP. I have seen near the equivalent for $750 on odd websites. (6gb ram, nice card etc)

Then third the Dell xps.

I would not bother with the over priced Alienware (dell)
I would have said look at Toshiba, but i think they mainly make your standard laptop.

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Meats_Of_Evil May 02, 2011, 01:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Latest gaming laptop
I looked hard for thsi product since I forgot the name but here it is:
http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock/index.html

What this thingamajig lets you do (supposedly) is to use a desktop video card in a laptop! I think there was a review on toms Hardware but it was very old and it would serve of no purpose now in performance comparison.

I wrote about this because its an option you can consider by buying a cheaper laptop equipped with big Ram and a fats cpu and a whimpy Intel IGP and you can add your favorite video card for your laptop that will surely run the game you like.

If not then...

Core i7 with best Ati video card:
Acer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215007


Core i7 with best nvidia video card:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=32&am...-Notebooks



You can also check out the websites of HP, Dell and I think other manufacturers so you can build your own laptop. You can get great prizes with Dell and HP and possibly the others too.

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Scott Hibbeler Jun 14, 2011, 06:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Latest gaming laptop
I'll put my 2 cents in... I purchased an Asus G73JH-BST7 (also known as a G73JH...but there are MANY variables). They were sold at Best Buy from about February 2010 until This month (replaced with a newer model now with the 2nd gen i7 processor). They are $1199, i7 740QM processor (upgradeable to a 940XM), 6GB 1333mhz ram (upgradeable to 16GB), and comes with a 640GB 5400rpm HDD, but also has room for a second drive. This laptop supports SATAII. I have a Samsung SATAII SSD installed (128gb) for my boot drive, and I moved the 640gb over as my storage drive.

It has a large 17" screen, weighs about 8lb, and has outstanding sound (it even has a subwoofer built in!). It has the ATI 5870 1GB standalone graphics card, which has been able to run any game I throw at it, in full (maxxed) graphics mode.

The only downside to this computer is it only comes with a 1600x900 screen, not a true HD screen, so I bought a 1920x1080 screen from laptopscreens.com for a little over $100, and voila! Full HD.

All other versions of the G73JH have the 1920x1080 screen...just not the best buy version.

Just my 2 cents. I have had this G73JH for about 6 months now, and it is outstanding. Highly recommended. It has a backlit keyboard too!

Meats_Of_Evil Jun 16, 2011, 02:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Latest gaming laptop
Scott, very interesting what you wrote. I've been reading lately about these new gpus and how they're almost equivalent to their desktop counterparts unlike in the past they wouldn't go near the performance of its desktop counterpart now the game has changed. It's also cool that you changed your screen to HD, I honestly didn't know you could do that lol.

Was the process hard at all? I figure that if you have the skill to open up a laptop then changing the LCD shouldn't be much of a problem?

I also think that's a great price for such a well equipped laptop.

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