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Trying to choose a gaming laptop

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November 7, 2009 9:19:43 PM

I am having trouble decidig on a gaming laptop for $1,400 or less.
Tha main parts I am concerned with are the CPU and GPU everything else is pretty trivial. Two models I am looking at are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but I am certainly open to more suggestions.

1_What is your budget?
About $1,400

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
N/A

3_What screen resolution do you want?
N/A

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Gaming, so DR I guess

5_How much battery life do you need?
N/A

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)?
Diablo3 and Starcraft. Maybe try out Dragon Age in the mean time but unlikely to run any FPS.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
N/A

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
N/A

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
See above.

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Hoping for at least 3 years but not too importannt.

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
N/A

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.
Generally prefer ACER and dislike Toshiba but really dont mind anything.

13_What country do you live in?
USA

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Kinda wondering if I should wait and see if any new tech comes out around Back Friday for the holiday rush or not.

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a b D Laptop
November 7, 2009 9:26:54 PM

Hands down, get the 260. The i7 will only serve to suck your battery life.
November 7, 2009 9:29:21 PM

So the 2.53Ghz core duo is not going to hold the system back compared to the i7's processor power?

I was also looking at a unit with GTS 160m since it seems to be comparable to the GTX 260m.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saving/show.aspx?id=2236734
slightly better cpu at 2.8Ghz and 6mb cache but I wasn't sure if the GTS 160m was going to hold up over time compared to the GTX 260m.
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a b D Laptop
November 7, 2009 9:59:48 PM

The 260 should smother the 160.

The i7 might actually be slower in games than the core 2 duo. IMO, quad-cores don't belong in mainstream and consumer notebooks. They should really be a professional-only option, as they're pretty much the only ones that will utilize 4 cores. Dual core CPUs (for now) are a much better option for notebooks.
November 7, 2009 11:02:28 PM

I like asus in terms of how they sell powerful laptop with cheap price tag. But, when it comes to aesthetic, the are far behind from Dell/HP/Sony. The whole team from designing division should be fired.
November 8, 2009 8:20:33 AM

I am a little hesitant to go with an Asus because I read that they underclock their GTX 260m. Either way, they DO tend to be a lot cheaper than most laptops with the GTX 260m.

I am trying to choose between the following:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26...;jsessionid=CCA6E770961579DD9B383A61E26C8527.bbolsp-app03-22?id=1218125777703&skuId=9568112

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saving/show.aspx?id=2237647

http://www.frys.com/product/6059998?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Thanks for all your help thusfar.
November 8, 2009 3:24:29 PM

Im buying a laptop for gaming and im going with the ASUS G51J-A1.

http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g51ja1-p-2674.html

# Model: Asus G51J-A1
# Display: 15.6" FHD LED WUXGA Glossy (1920x1080)
# CPU: IntelĀ® Mobile Core i7 720QM
# RAM: 4096 MB DDR3 1066MHz
# HDD: 640GB 7200RPM (2x320GB)
# Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260M 1,024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX10

Comes to around 1,450
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