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New job, new gaming laptop!

Greetings forum users!

I have just recently gotten a great job in tech support and am soon going to get my tax returns and so I'm in the market for a great gaming laptop now that I can afford it. I am willing to go as high as $1000. I want around a 17.3 inch screen, and at least 8gb of ram, and some good dedicated graphics card.

I'm trying to find the best deal out there online at the moment. I do not need a touchscreen, as I find that pointless and an increased cost. Please help me pick out my new gaming laptop. I came here because this is where the professionals roam, and I'm sure a lot of smart people out there have some really good ideas. Oh, and backlighting is a huge plus!

So many choices, thanks for helping me choose!
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  1. You can get a middle of the road gaming Laptop for 1000 dollars. What games will you be playing and what kind of performance are you expecting?
  2. I like bioshock infinite, skyrim, dragon age, fallout, crysis. I want to be able to play medium-high to high. I don't expect ultra settings.
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  4. These are all great suggestions; however, I do really enjoy 17.3' screens. The only one of these I can really consider because of that is the 17.3' MSI though it is not rated, and kinda sketchy to buy something for this much that hasn't been rated. Thank you for the rest of those suggestions though.
  5. You don't need a rating with MSI it is a good option
  6. The new 860M will be the best option out of all in my opinion, if you're willing to spend the money.
    Here is a newegg version if you prefer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152559
  7. Coming from personal experience, I had a laptop with a 17" screen and hated it, my current laptop is a Lenovo Y500 with a 15.6" screen and this is by far the best laptop I've ever had. Also by compromising on the screen size you can get a laptop with better specs.
  8. And weight and battery life :)
  9. Currently considering that 17.3 msi. It looks pretty great, and I really do like the size of the screen. I just wish I could read more reviews about it. I may end up getting it unless anyone has a better suggestion for around that price. That lenovo looks good and all, but just a smaller screen. I'm getting excited for my new pc.
  10. The laptop literally just came out as Nvidia just announced their 8xx series mobile GPU a few days ago.
    It's going to be very powerful.
  11. I just read that the lenovo ran very hot after a while, and cooling pads are not always readily available. And Idontunderstand were you talking about the msi or the lenovo as having just been released? The lenovo sounds cool, but 15 inches is a little bit of a difference from 17.3 I guess maybe not that much, idk.
  12. The MSI one with the GTX860M, it is a new GPU that just got released a few days ago.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7834/nvidia-geforce-800m-lineup-battery-boost

    I always tell people that screen difference is nothing to be scared of, everyone get used to it. If people can watch movies on their tablet for days, why can't people do it on a 11.6" laptop? They never tried it so they would always want to be sure and get the bigger one 'just in case'. The fact is that, you probably won't be complaining about the screen size after you get used to using it for a week or so. It'll be like 'what? 15.6"? oh yeah it is. It's not that small'
  13. Yeah, you are right. Screen size will probably be something I can adjust to. Damn so it's really down to that msi or lenovo. So the msi is a little more expensive, has a bigger screen, and is one of the newest releases. Then you have the lenovo which is thinner, lighter, cheaper, and appears to be pretty great. It's hard knowing which is the better choice, but it would appear that the consensus is that the best choice is one of these. Hmmmmm.
  14. I would go where the money leads to, after all you can spend the money on something else, maybe for your desktop (or future desktop), or a phone, or something.
  15. I'm starting to lean towards the lenovo. Unless anyone thinks the msi or another is better.
  16. Construkt said:
    It's about future proofing. The MSI is just going to outperform the hell out of the Y510p, and the Y510p is going to run hotter. You're going to go further down the line with the MSI.


    Construct, I'm confused. You had said earlier that the msi is not as good as the lenovo, but now you are saying the opposite?
  17. You know what, go with MSI if you don't mind the price.
    Go with Lenovo, if you want to save those cash.
  18. IDontUnderstand said:
    The MSI one with the GTX860M, it is a new GPU that just got released a few days ago.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7834/nvidia-geforce-800m-lineup-battery-boost

    I always tell people that screen difference is nothing to be scared of, everyone get used to it. If people can watch movies on their tablet for days, why can't people do it on a 11.6" laptop? They never tried it so they would always want to be sure and get the bigger one 'just in case'. The fact is that, you probably won't be complaining about the screen size after you get used to using it for a week or so. It'll be like 'what? 15.6"? oh yeah it is. It's not that small'


    I used to have a 12" Powerbook G4 a long time ago as my primary laptop, it was a pretty decent laptop that I could take anywhere but after a while the small screen size got really old. It's not just movie watching but playing games and typing on a screen that small can really strain the eyes after a while. After several laptops of various screen sizes I've found that 15.6" is the perfect medium for a laptop screen - it's not too big, not too small and you can fit it on most airline tray tables.
  19. http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7378-clevo-w370ss-eta-march-p-6990.html?wconfigure=yes
    just add operating system - $1050 and free shipping to the USA
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