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Of the Two Listed, Which is the Better Gaming Laptop?

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August 8, 2014 5:57:48 PM

I was going to jump in and blow a good part of my savings on an Alienware 18 with Dual SLI 880m GPUs, but then I decided to go with either of these two less costly gaming laptops:

ASUS ROG G750JZ-DS71 17.3" $2499

Windows 8.1 64-bit
Core i7 4700HQ (2.4GHz) Turbo Boost Speed Up to 3.4GHz
Smart Cache 6MB
Total Memory 24GB
Maximum Memory Supported 32GB
Hard Drive 1TB SATA 7,200 RPM
SSD Capacity 256GB
Blu-ray Reader DVDRW Combo Drive
Screen Size 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080
GPU Type NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Video Memory 4GB
Killer Wireless-N 1202
Illuminated Keyboard

MSI GT70 DominatorPro-890 17.3" $1899
Windows 8.1
Core i7 4800MQ (2.7GHz) Turbo Boost Speed Up to 3.7GHz
Smart Cache 6MB
Total Memory 12 GB
HD Drive 1TB SATA 7,200 RPM
Blu-ray Burner
Screen Size 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080
GPU Type NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Video Memory 8GB GDDR5
Killer Wireless N1202 a/b/g/n
Keyboard Steel Series Gaming 102 Keys Backlit Keyboard

Perhaps you can see my dilemma? The Asus costs more but has SSD and more memory. The MSI has a better CPU (I think), a Blu-ray Burner and more video memory for $600 less.

I was told that the Asus has better cooling and is better quality.

(1) Which one should I get?
(2) Or, should I go back to my original plan and get a dual SLI gaming rig? (I was told about "stuttering" and overheating so I'm a bit wary.)
(3) How good is the 880m by itself? Can the above gaming laptops play the recent games at very high to ultra settings? (Metro, Assasin's Creed 4, etc.)

Please help me my friends. I welcome all/any input/experiences/what you currently use, etc.

Thank you :-)

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August 8, 2014 6:28:31 PM

The GT70 is better as it has a single stick GPU and it will play most current games on ultra at at least 60+ FPS. I helped somebody just now and told them to get the GT70 as it is packed with absolute power. But whatever you do with a gaming laptop. Please get a cooler. :) 
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August 8, 2014 7:59:26 PM

As big a fan as I am of ASUS, 24gigs of RAM is major overkill for gaming. Is there a less expensive model G750 with the GTX 880M?
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August 9, 2014 11:26:23 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
The GT70 is better as it has a single stick GPU and it will play most current games on ultra at at least 60+ FPS. I helped somebody just now and told them to get the GT70 as it is packed with absolute power. But whatever you do with a gaming laptop. Please get a cooler. :) 


Thank you! By a cooler you mean the pads with the fans in them that you place under the laptop? I Googled "laptop cooler" and that's what I found. I'll get the GT70 based on your input. Thanks again!
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August 9, 2014 11:33:19 AM

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As big a fan as I am of ASUS, 24gigs of RAM is major overkill for gaming. Is there a less expensive model G750 with the GTX 880M?


This is the only G750 model I could find with the 880m GPU. Both laptops are available online (New Egg, Amazon) and down the block from me at the brick and mortar store, "MicroCenter." Too bad Asus doesn't have a website where you can build your laptop and choose memory, processor, etc. I tried, but the Asus website just provides links to external sites that offer this model, as listed. Thank you for your reply! I have to admit, having compared the two side by side, the Asus does seem to have better build quality but it does cost more. Thanks again.
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