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Best Bang for the buck Gaming laptop under $1500

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September 8, 2013 8:44:47 AM

Been doing some research and coming here as a final sanity check, thanks for replies in advance..

Background:
Basically I travel a little for work and also have a newborn, so I can't be in front of my desktop PC when I can play games (don't move a happy baby). My main games right now are blacklist and ffxiv, but I will definitely be playing ESO and a few other titles down the road...

Wanting something fast that will play all modern games in *high* settings and is reliable. The two things I am willing to compromise on are hard drive (have a 256gb ssd laptop drive to put in there already), and battery life as I am usually close to an outlet.

The best bang for the buck I have found so far is on powernotebooks..

Sager NP8265 Sale Special
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) 95% NTSC Matte LCD
AMD HD 8970M w/4GB GDDR5
4th Gen "Haswell" Intel Core i7 CPU (4700)
16GB RAM
750GB hard drive
Was $1,739 - Now $1,499 - Save $240

My main question is that I have never had a Sager laptop, but I am reading good reviews here for the most parts, are there any gotchas in this build or something else I should go back and look at?

Also are there places out there I missed or brands that would be worth taking a look at that are a better bang for the buck for gaming?


September 8, 2013 9:01:09 AM

Well the best bang for you buck would be a desktop but if you must get a laptop get one from Ibuypower or cyberpowerpc. My cousin got an ibuypower laptop and its pretty good for a laptop find one you like tell me the name or link it and ill tell you if its good :) 
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September 8, 2013 2:23:34 PM

diazalon said:
Well the best bang for you buck would be a desktop but if you must get a laptop get one from Ibuypower or cyberpowerpc. My cousin got an ibuypower laptop and its pretty good for a laptop find one you like tell me the name or link it and ill tell you if its good :) 


I did check IBUYPOWER, the closest one I could spec out would be below .. it cost about the same $1505 to be exact..

So basically the same price but a 8970m in the sager vs a 770m in the ibuypower

1 x Case ( Valkyrie CZ-15 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, E-SATA, USB 3.0, Illuminated Keyboard, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic black )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Mobile Processor (4x 2.4GHz/6MB L3 Cache) )
1 x Memory ( 16GB [8GB x 2] 1600MHz DDR3 SO-DIMM Laptop Memory - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M 3GB GDDR5 Video w/ NVIDIA Optimus [CZ-15] )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE] - Creative Labs Fatal1ty Gaming Headset - FREE with ALL Laptops )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - GRID2 - FREE with Intel 4th Gen Processor )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE In-Game Curreny Coupon] - $75 Value In-Game Curreny for Warframe, Neverwinter, and Marvel Heroes ($25 each) - Free with purchase of GTX650, GTX650 Ti, and GTX 700M Series Video Card )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 500 GB 5400rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive - Single Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 6x Blu-Ray-R/8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 24x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-15] )
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( Built-in 4-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop] )
1 x Sound Card ( HD Audio with Creative Soundblaster Cinema )
1 x Network Card ( Killer E2200 Gaming Networking )
1 x Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [CZ-15] )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
1 x USB Ports ( Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 3x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop] )
0 x Carrying Case ( None )
1 x Video Camera ( Build-in 1.3 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )
1 x LCD Pixel Protection ( 30-Day Zero Defective Pixel Protection Plan [CZ-15] )
1 x Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
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