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Is the MSI Apache pro worth buying?

Hello, I am looking for a gaming laptop and my budget is about $1500.


I am not really a big fps gamer and I tend to play more RTS games like Supreme commander Forged alliance and Total war games. I also would like the laptop to be 6 pounds or less and to be somewhat thin. I would also prefer the laptop to have a decent battery life. At least 3 hours or more when I am not gaming.

The laptops I was considering are:
ASUS G550JK-DS71
http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g550jkds71-preorder-p-7121....

the Lenovo y50
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/y-series/y5...

MSI Apache pro 033 (or any other apache pro which might be better)
http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-ge60-apache-pro003-p-6958.ht...

Asus N550JV-DB72T
I really like the MSI apache pro, but I have heard bad things about their cooling and battery life. Will this be a problem as I intend to use this as my laptop for college as well.

I have heard that gigabyte makes good laptops as well. I don't mind considering those as long as they don't exceed $1500

I am also considering removing the HDD and installing the SSD. I also will probably uninstall windows 8 and install 7, unless there is something that make windows 8 more bearable.
Help is appreciated!
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    techrico said:


    sometimes I feel like you're just not even trying.

    out of those, the Asus G550jk would be your best bet - just the high quality screen and the highest battery life make it the best choice, all though graphically it is weaker than the y50 and the apache pro.

    But never fear, gigabyte do a similar product - under $1500 and it even has a built in SSD. http://www.xoticpc.com/gigabyte-p34gv2cf2-p-7158.html
    its ultra thin. It runs with optimus, so on modes like idle or just surfing the web you can expect 3-5 hours.
  2. dasulman said:
    techrico said:


    sometimes I feel like you're just not even trying.

    out of those, the Asus G550jk would be your best bet - just the high quality screen and the highest battery life make it the best choice, all though graphically it is weaker than the y50 and the apache pro.

    But never fear, gigabyte do a similar product - under $1500 and it even has a built in SSD. http://www.xoticpc.com/gigabyte-p34gv2cf2-p-7158.html
    its ultra thin. It runs with optimus, so on modes like idle or just surfing the web you can expect 3-5 hours.


    Yeah i like the gigabyte better than all the pcs and they have the hard drive config that I want. Ill probably settle for the 15 inch version though
  3. really? there's 2.
    there's a 15.6' that costs $100 more for a slightly bigger chassis. I don't think its worth it
    there's also a 15.6' that's $100 more, but its much chunkier but has a gtx 870M
    I would stick to the 14' if it were me, but do as you wish ^^
  4. If you are willing to get a slightly bigger laptop I would personally go for something more like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231630
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