Ultimate Gaming Laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Wubble, Nov 23, 2008.

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  1. Wubble

    Wubble Newbie

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    Hello, I am in a search for a very good laptop and this is my first post.
    1) What is your budget?
    Under 4k
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    15" to 15.9"
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I don't like HP
    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Gaming/Internet 3-4 hours a day.
    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    I will be taking it to other countries but it will stay on my desk most of the time.
    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    Yes I will be playing games that use a lot of memory and graphics like Left 4 Dead, Crysis, CoD4, Far Cry 2
    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Over two hours

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    No
    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Vista
    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    Doesn't Matter
    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Matte/non-glassy
    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes
    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Buying in February and keeping for a few years.
    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
    320 GB
    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    Yes and Yes
    Please help this took me so long to write, at least half an hour.
     
  2. Gophn

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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    Welcome to the NBR forums. :)

    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) NP5796.
    - Gateway P FX with 9800M GTS is another good choice but does not have better build quality and cooling than the Clevo M570RU.
    *($1600 to $2000)*
    - Clevo M570TU (aka. Sager NP5796) .... new model with Montevina and choice of 9800M GTS/GT/GTX
    - ASUS G71G .... fully loaded budget high-end gaming notebook with 9800M GS
    - Arima W840 DI (aka. OCZ Whitebook, AW m17, etc...) .... new 17" single/dual ATI 3870 and dual HDD
    *($2000+ budget)*
    - .Toshiba X305 .... 17" with SLI 9800M GTS .... processor could be better
    - Clevo D901C (aka. Sager NP9262) .... remains to be king of notebooks... 17" with single/dual 9800M GTS/GT/GTX, uses desktop quad-core CPUs, three internal HDD, and the best notebook cooling design to date.


    For 15"
    *(sub-$1500 budget)*
    - ASUS G50VT .... 15.6" with 9800M GS (budget high-end card)
    - .Toshiba F55 .... 15.4" with 9700M GTS (still considered high end on the bottom rung of the ladder of high-end cards)
    - and the rest of the mid-range notebooks with 9600M GT, ATI 3600/3650, etc..
    *($1600 up)*
    - Clevo M860TU (aka. Sager NP8660) .... new 15.4" with Montevina platform and 9800M GTS/GT

    AW (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 configurations are usually overpriced.

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

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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    Since you are looking for a 15"-ish notebook, the best out there are the moment are:
    - Clevo M860TU (aka. Sager NP8660) .... new 15.4" with Montevina platform and 9800M GTS/GT
    - ASUS G50VT .... 15.6" with 9800M GS (budget high-end card)
     
  4. Wubble

    Wubble Newbie

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    Where could I find this Asus G50VT?
     
  5. Gophn

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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    jujube Notebook Deity

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    cumbaya19 Notebook Evangelist

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    why dont you go with the toshiba if you want to spend 4000
     
  8. Lord Haart

    Lord Haart Notebook Guru

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    ^Because for $4000 you'd want more than a 9700 for games?

    Personally, I'm looking at the Asus. I was willing to spend more than it costs, but it's about as good as 15" notebooks get (don't want the Sager since they aren't really present in Australia, so warranty is a concern).
     
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    Vehement Notebook Consultant

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    Beric1 Notebook Evangelist

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    Like Gophn said, the Sager NP8660 is the most powerful 15-incher out there. And you can't go wrong with Sager.
     
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