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March 22, 2010 2:32:58 PM

Greetings, all. I'm looking to buy a decent gaming laptop for around $3,500 (CAD). More than two weeks ago I placed an order with Dell for an Alienware M17X with the following specs:

Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz-2.8 GHz (in Turbo Mode)
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
17-inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 RGB LED (1200p)
Dual 1GB ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4870 in CrossfireX
500GB 7,200RPM SATA-II HDD
8X DVD+/-RW DL,QS,CNB

Admittedly, this machine was closer to $4,000.

I've since cancelled the order for various reasons -- one of which the length of time it was taking them to put the thing together. They estimated about a month.

So, I'm back to the drawing board.

I've tried the Toshiba Qosmio, but the keyboard layout is just different enough to mess me up -- if that was the only machine I'd be using, I could get used to it. But I have a standard keyboard on my desktop. So, I took that back.

Can anyone make any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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March 22, 2010 2:36:27 PM

... incidentally, the game I'd be using it for at present is "Age of Conan" and "Mortal Online".
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March 22, 2010 2:59:54 PM

why not hp dv6. you get 1gb ati graphics with that .. its worth paying for
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March 22, 2010 3:06:17 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! My understanding is the HP boxes don't have full 1080p resolution. Does the HP DV6? (I need that for work -- I'll be using this box for work as well.)
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March 22, 2010 4:24:56 PM

well according to good budget i would recommend dv6. i dont have enough info about 1080p resolution but the video playback is just fine . its good for gaming as well as work.
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March 22, 2010 7:34:59 PM

Based on some research, I ended up buying the Asus G73JH-A2 for $1699 (CAD): Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz Quad Core, 17.3" FHD 1920x1080 LED, 8GB DDR3, 1TB (2x500GB) HDD, ATI RADEON HD 5870 1GB GDDR5.

It was considerably cheaper than the Alienware I was considering, or even the Qosmio.

Just configuring it now ... if it isn't all it's cracked up to be, I'll post here ...
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