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Best gaming laptop under $2500

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by leo3an, Mar 19, 2009.

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  1. leo3an

    leo3an Notebook Enthusiast

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    1) What is your budget?
    $2500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Does not matter

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Online, US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No preference

    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming, Movie editing, Computer Graphics

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Mostly on desk.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?
    Highend Graphic games, also CG high resolution texturing/modeling.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Does not matter, as long as it does not die immediately when plug is pulled.


    9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before
    Does not matter

    10) What OS do you prefer?
    Vista 64bit Ultimate

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    Does not matter

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Does not matter

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Pure performance ONLY. Looks, size, weight, color.. all that does not matter.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Will purchase within a week. Lasting, as long as possible

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
    160-300 gigs , no need SSD

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    CDRW/DVD-ROM

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    These are absolute requirements, that I can not compromise

    Graphic Card: Nvidia GeForce 9800 series (1GB)
    RAM: 4GB
    Built-in WiFi
     
  2. BigHops323

    BigHops323 Notebook Deity

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    You don't need 1GB onboard... a 9800 series won't utilize any more than 512MB, a single card solution that is.
     
  3. Clutch

    Clutch cute and cuddly boys

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    Asus W90, there was just a review of that on this site today

    or the Sager NP9262 or NP5797
     
  4. leo3an

    leo3an Notebook Enthusiast

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    Asus W90 is no good as it does not have Nvidia 9800 graphics card. This is my requirement due to a proprietary software that I use for work.

    Thx
     
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    Clutch cute and cuddly boys

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    Then the Sagers would be fine
     
  6. ichime

    ichime Notebook Elder

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    Then you're down to the Sager NP9262 (Clevo D901c) or the Dell XPS M1730. With your budget, I'd go with the Dell.
     
  7. leo3an

    leo3an Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you so much ichime,

    I am just curious, why you would go with Dell XPS M1730. Could you tell me why?

    As for Sager, I like it. Just because I already have a Sager. Would anyone know the best online store to buy Sager the cheapest? Thanks!
     
  8. Clutch

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    for Sager xoticpc.com is one of the best plaves to buy.
     
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    jkemnitz23 Notebook Consultant

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    What about the Gateway p-7805u? Or you could even upgrade to a Quad core with the p-7808u. The new Gateway lineups are actually fairly well priced and deliver fantastic gaming and rendering scores comparable to similar systems priced $500+ more.
     
  10. Gophn

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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    here are my current "bang for the buck" high-end gaming notebook picks....
    (with 256-bit memory interface videocards)

    For 17"+
    *($1500 budget and below)*
    - Sager NP5793 (Clevo M570RU) .... its hot right now since Sager is making it fully loaded with 9800M GTS and even Blu-Ray drive to liquidate its stock so that they can focus on the new (but slightly more expensive) NP5797.... Clevo M570TU/ETU.
    - Gateway P FX with 9800M GTS is another good choice but does not have better build quality and cooling than the Clevo M570RU.
    - MSI GT725 .... fully loaded 17" with ATI HD 4850
    *($1600 to $2000)*
    - Clevo M570ETU (aka. Sager NP5797) .... new model with Montevina, quad-core and choice of GTX 280M or 9800M GTS/GT/GTX or Quadro 2700M
    - Arima W840 DI (aka. OCZ Whitebook, Alîenware m17, etc...) .... new 17" dual ATI 3870, quad-core and dual HDD
    *($2000+ budget)*
    - ASUS W90Vp .... 18.4" fully loaded with ATI HD 4870 X2 .... processor could be better (like a quad-core)
    - Clevo D901C (aka. Sager NP9262) .... 17" with single/dual 9800M GTS/GT/GTX or Quadro 2700M/3700M, uses desktop quad-core CPUs, three internal HDDs, and the best notebook cooling design to date.


    For 15"
    *(sub-$1400 budget)*
    - ASUS G50VT .... 15.6" with 9800M GS (budget high-end card)
    - MSI GT627 .... 15.4" with 9800M GS (budget high-end card)
    <strike>- Toshîba F55 .... 15.4" with 9700M GTS (still considered high end on the bottom rung of the ladder of high-end cards)</strike> ... discontinued
    ..... and the rest of the mid-range notebooks with Nvidia 9600M/9650M, ATI 3600/3650, etc..
    *($1400+ budget)*
    - Clevo M860TU (aka. Sager NP8662) .... fastest 15.4" gaming notebook with Centrino 2 quad-core CPU support... and Nvidia 9800M GTS / GTX 260M / Quadro 2700M

    Alîenware (except for M17 which is re-branded Arima) and .Dell does not make the list (mainly for the high-end systems), they are quite outdated and configuration upgrades are usually overpriced.

    This is a bang for the buck list... if you want to pay for aesthetics and lights, then look elsewhere.

    * please read the Clevo Guide for further information about Clevo and their international vendors.
     
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