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Please help me get the most out of my laptop

Hey Guys!

This is my first post on a forum. I am fairly new to computer gaming. I recently found the joys of comp gaming vs console and retired my xbox. I purchased what i feel is a mid grade laptop to play in the desert on deployment and am trying to get the most out of it. I'd also like to know what i might purchase to make my laptop better. Any and all input will be gratefully accepted. Thank you.

Here's my setup

Case: 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 Widescreen LCD TFT laptop w/ HDMI Port, eSATA/USB Combo Port, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic Black
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.20GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
Memory: 8GB [4GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory]
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 2GB GDDR3 3D Video [W1-170]
Primary Hard Drive: 750 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [W1-170]
Flash Media Reader / Writer: Built-in 9-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop]
Sound Card: 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card: Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop]
Fax Modem: Built-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Laptop]
Internal Wireless Network Adapter: Intel Ultimate-N 6300 802.11 a/b/g/n 450Mbps Dual-Band Wi-Fi
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit
USB Ports: Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 2x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop]
Video Camera: Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera
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    hmm don't think you can better this laptop by much, it is pretty good,
    Clean it up by removing all the junk software that came with it, Update all the drivers (specially video).

    Don't forget cooling pad, it gets very hot while gaming
  2. Just buy yourself a nice mouse, and settle in for a nice night of gaming. That's about all you really need. If you'll be in the desert, try not to run anything really strenuous during the hottest hours of the day, laptops like that run very hot and you may have an issue with it overheating. That's unlikely though, so have fun1
  3. You may change the Hard Drive for a SSD, but a 512GB is $800
  4. what does an ssd do? and what does that mean? also thank you everyone else for your imput. i grabbed a cooler master pad for cooling but i guess my setup is good. what about tweaks for better performance on my graphics software any input?
  5. Solid-State Drives boot the system and programs you install on it much faster than Mechanical Hard Drives. However, they are more expensive, can't store as much, and have a number of read/write cycles they can perform.
  6. SSD hard drive is not going to help game performance just few second faster loading times, and since you stated its gaming laptop i would not go for ssd,
    (Unless your laptop got 2 sata bays, then you can get 64gb ssd on top of your 750gb regular drive) but you got to be computer knowledgeable to do that yourself, or take it to PC shop.
  7. Best answer selected by ender2785.
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