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July 22, 2010 10:26:47 PM

I am looking into purchasing a gaming laptop as I will be away from my desktop for a year or so. I am doing my research but I also wanted some input from you guys. As far as graphics should I go for Nvidia's 480M or ATI's 5870 Mobility graphics? Thanks in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 2:06:06 AM

Well the 480m is the a better card than the 5870. So if they're the same price... its clearly the 480m.

If I was going ot buy a laptop to use for a year straight of gaming (in a reasonable price range) Id definately reccomend the Asus G73- Runs fast and cool all the time, and has an amazing keyboard and touchpad

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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 2:15:19 AM

If you'd wand some battery life out you laptop, not just the short trip from the seat to the toilet, the HD5870 would be a bit better.
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July 23, 2010 2:21:05 AM

I'm actually having a hard time trying to decide between that ASUS and this Sager:

Sager NP8690 (Built on Clevo W860CU) Custom Gaming Laptop
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- Intel® Core™ i7-740QM, 1.73-2.93GHz, (45nm, 6MB L3 cache)
- -Stock OEM Thermal Compound
- ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5870 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11
- No Video Adapter
- ~ 4,096MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires 64-Bit to utilize Full 4GB)
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 500GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- No Back Up Software
- No Floppy Drive
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in 802.11 Wireless A/B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card
- No Network Accessory
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- 11.1V Smart Li-Polymer battery pack 3800mAh, 42.18Wh
- No Car Adapter
- None Standard*
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- No External Keyboard or Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- No Operating System Standard - Drivers & Utility Software Only
- No Office Software
- No Software Bundle
- 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime -24/7 DOMESTIC Based- Toll Free Telephone Tech Support (Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)
Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Warranty Repairs
- No Xotic PC Gear
for $1443.59 + $28 shipping + $30 for Win 7

The differences I see are: 720QM vs 740QM, 8GB vs 4GB, 17 vs 15.6 inches and the ASUS comes with an OS. oh and lost of support for ASUS vs Sager, a brand I have never heard of.

Which would you pick?
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 3:04:11 AM

Sager is sort of like alienware... but not as popular. basically make gaming computers.

Well the asus is better for teh same price. I mean its a 17" (sager 15") - and has 8gb of RAM (which would be like a $200 option to go from 4gb to 8gb) - this double ram and bigger screen are WAY better than a 740 vs a 720. You wont even notice that difference.

Plus I can personally say teh Asus G73's are amazing fit and finish. Sure its bulky, but its built like a tank (very sturdy and great fit/finish) - and the keyboard and touchpad are phenominal. I'd absolutely without a doubt pick the Asus. Runs ultra quiet and cool as well... two thigns very important if you're going to game on a laptop for extended periods
July 23, 2010 5:00:35 AM

Well I think I might be sold then. Unless you know of a better deal. I won't be making the purchase for the next few days anyway.
August 2, 2010 6:22:25 PM

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