Mid range gaming laptopp?

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  1. marcv123

    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    I want to replace my 2 yr old alienware 15, that I have had nothing but problems with (Screen flicker, overheating, crashes, slow performance). The laptop will never leave the house, and mainly be used for games. We play WoW, LOTRO, and will play Star Wars Old Republic when it comes out. I may try Starcraft 2 too, so I want to be able to support it if possible. Overall, I want something that will last, work great with games now and a year or 2 down the road.

    Thanks!


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $1000 to $1400 or so

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    prefer 17", but not a deal breaker

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

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?


    b. Dislike: Alienware

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistrubited?
    (For more details, please scroll to the glossary section at the bottom)

    No, would feel more confident in new.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Games, mainly MMOs

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

    Desk or Lap with a cooling laptop holder

    8) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?

    WoW, LOTRO, new Star Wars, maybe Starcraft 2

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    N/A, will be plugged in mainly

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Prefer to see, but not necessary

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Window s 7

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. If you are unsure of what to purchase, we would highly recommend you check some notebook screens before you buy to see what you like.


    * Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p
    * Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900
    * Offered on all Notebooks. Keep in mind text will be very small on a 12" WXGA+ notebook.
    * A set of in-between resolution options that are found on some machines. Considered base resolution on 17" inch and higher laptops. Text and icons are smaller than standard resolution screens, and more windows fit onto the screen. These resolutions are very good for working with multiple windows side-by-side, without having to overlap them.
    * Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p
    * Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080
    * Offered on Notebook 15" and larger
    * On these screens text and icons will be very small. Text can often be hard to read, though some do like it. A very large number of windows fit on the screen, and there will be little need to overlap any of them. Max resolution screens are good for applications that require high detail (CAD, graphics editing, etc.)


    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    (For more details, please scroll to the glossary section at the bottom)

    not sure, somewhat indifferent.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    not really

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    buying now, want it to last 3 yrs if possible.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    500GB is fine

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

    DVD, dont need blueray.
     
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    If the laptop will never leave the house i would suggest to consider a desktop, at $1400 you can build something that will outperform easily any laptop.

    But if you really want a gaming laptop, then check MSI line, here some options that might fit what you looking for,

    MSI GX660-053US
    MSI E7405
    MSI GX640-260US
     
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    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Those look good, but may be a bit much, not sure. I was wondering about Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, some of the more mainstream brands. I think the i7 makes sense, but not sure about video cards. I dont know which ones will do well with these games, and which ones wont.

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    Asus,
    Is releasing in a month or two the G53JW/G73JW, the 1080p version probably will be around $1500/1700. Should come with i7 + GTX460m. Another choice is going with a lower end gpu like for example ASUS N71JQ-X1 i7 + ati 5730 + 1600x900 screen.

    HP,
    You could check their Envy line, Envy 17 comes with i7 + ATI 5850, the Envy 15 i5 + ATI 5830. I think both have 1080p screen options.

    Acer,
    Acer Aspire AS7745G-6572 i7 720qm + ATI 5650 + 1600x900 res.

    Dell,
    M15x might be close to your budget with 5850 + 1080p screen but since you dislike Alienware probably out. You could go with something like Studio 15/17 but hoping for 1080p screen with lower end video card i dont recommend.

    If you wish to play on high res i would suggest to invest as much as you can on a good gpu. CPU, memory can be upgraded down the road, while gpus very rarely. The current ATI line is pretty good performer, if you like more nvidia then wait a couple of months to see their GTX460, but most put it below a 5870m. There is also a 445m coming getting very decent reviews for mid end card, but i haven't seen it either on any laptop yet, probably will also come in the next few months when nvidia releases their fermi mobile line.

    I still think the MSI are very good choice for a value gaming laptop, probably would be my choice if i were buying atm, but its up to you, good luck with whatever your end up choosing.
     
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    thanks for the suggestions!

    I agree that GPU is probably what I want to think about, so I looked at i7s with what I think are good GPUs, and I think the nice 1920X1080 would look great.


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    the choices seem to hinge on 15 vs 15 inch screen. The asus 15s have 360Ms. The HP 17 has a 5850, while the asus 17 has a 5870. So, my question is how comparable are these? Is any of them much better or worse?

    Also, I know it is not that substantial, but I just dont like the look of the MSIs that much, just my taste I guess. I want to like the look of the laptop that I sit at each day.

    Thanks!
     
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    I think the 5850 is just a slower clocked 5870. Check ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850, quoting from it,

    If you wish to read more about the 5870 also check ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870.

    Probably narrow down your choices to two or three and go to each section in NBR and see owners reviews, opinions, and feedback to help your decision.
     
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