Hi all, I just found my way here from a lifehacker article about graphics cards, so I'm new to the forum, but I am in the market for a new laptop. My family has always bought major label pcs, particularly HPs, but I would like my next one to be gaming-geared.
In any case I don't run particularly heavy FPS or anything like that, but I play World of Warcraft and a few other games which I forsee getting more graphics intensive, and I would like the laptop to have some staying power when new games come out. The HP I have now I've been using for 5 years (The graphics card, a Nvidia GEForce4 448 Go, is so old that I can't find a benchmark to compare it to any other card anywhere ).
1_What is your budget? $1000-$1300, can go up to $1500 if you can really sell me on it's longevity.
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? I'd prefer a 17". Actually I find an extended keypad to be kind of important but I assume all gaming laptops have that?
3_What screen resolution do you want? This isn't make or break for me.
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? If this question is going to weight that doesn't matter. It would be closer to desktop replacement I guess.
5_How much battery life do you need? I assume anything can go an hour, that would be fine. More would be nicer of course, but this isn't a big deal.
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? The most important thing is that it remain usable for game playing years from now, since I only by a comp every 4-5yrs, so I guess it would have to be high-end for now to be competitive later. If I can fit it in my price range it would be nice to play World of Warcraft on all of it's highest settings.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing, surfing the web, playing music, watching movies, Etc.).
Well to the extent some laptops include DVD writers that would be a big plus. I mostly use it for web surfing, word processing, video watching and storage, but I have an external terabyte drive so storage is not a big issue. I have occassionally created movies with Windows Movie Maker for presentations (I'm a lawyer) but certainly nothing intensive outside of gaming. I listen to music like everyone else, but I'm not a musician or anything, I don't need awesome speakers or anything.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? Again not a big issue since I have an external drive, but I would think over 350 or so.
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. As I said my family has always bought the big-name manufacturers. I realize I will have to move away from that for gaming rigs, but I would prefer to keep it with a big supplier if possible, which is why I posted those best buy links. It is not make-or-break though. The other thing is that I am used to the more-general apps. I like a lot of people don't use Microsoft Word but an open-source clone (the name escapes me) but I can't get into it, so to the extent that the inclusion of things like microsoft office or word are on there that is a price savings for me.
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? This is key for me, the longer the better. If it costs a few hundred more to get another few years I will take it.
11_If you would like to mention some other things about purchasing your ideal laptop, post them. Think I've covered it all above.
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Again, covered above.
both of the asus machines that you picked out are great values considering the specs on each.
the issue that you mentioned regarding the graphics does exist at least on the dual-core model, and potentially the quad-core model. according to this CNET review ( http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/asus-g71gx-rx05/4505-31... ), there seems to be a slight problem with the BIOS regarding the graphics performance. the good news is that asus is currently working to fix this issue, and (again, according to CNET) a new, fixed BIOS is set to release on the 9th of this month.
given your preference to keep the machine for a longer period of time, i would recommend going with the intel core 2 quad machine (G71GX-RBBD09). due to the lack of ability to upgrade the processor in a notebook, spending a bit more up front should significantly help future-proof yourself.
with that said, i would recommend holding off on a purchase until the new BIOS can be tested and reviewed to ensure that all of the kinks are worked out.