Laptop specs

Hello,

I have $1,000 to spend on a laptop that will play modern games (mass effect, Dragon age). Whats the best system for the money please?

Thank You
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  1. OK, sry. I posted THEN read the FAQ. Here are some specifics...

    1_What is your budget? $1000

    2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15-17"

    3_What screen resolution do you want? IDK

    4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? no

    5_How much battery life do you need? don't care

    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)? Fallout 3, mass effect, dragon age, the best resolution $1000 can buy

    7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing
    ,watching movies, Etc.) nothing else really, basic office programs

    8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? 300-500 GB

    9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. N/A

    10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 2 years


    11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD Writer is fine, Blu Ray is not a requirement

    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. dont care

    13_What country do you live in? USA


    14_Please tell us any additional information if needed. I'm spending a year away from home and just want a system to help pass the time, but so nice that if the sand ruins it I'll get too pissed, hence the $1000 cap.

    Thanks in advance for any help
  2. Hi there,

    You should check out the Acer Aspire 5738DG 3D. It has 320 GB storage and ATI Radeon HD 4570 Graphics. It's a medium sized gaming laptop (15.6") within your budget. Check out the full specs here: http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/pc-scout/laptop-details.aspx?pcid=980c24e8-a312-df11-910b-02bf9d3bf32a.

    What do you think?

    Isabella
    MSFT Windows Outreach Team
  3. 4570 is a low-end card for gaming.
  4. Maziar said:
    ....Would be a great choice

    Fixing broken best buy link

    @ Bestbuy: Asus G60JX Core i5-430M & GeForce GTS 360 16" 1366x768 LCD $900 It's over 7 lbs though.
    Model: G60JX-RBBX05 | SKU: 9736955 http://www.bestbuy.com/ type in the SKU number on the site search option to find correct laptop.

    Asus G60J review (specs are different but the rest of the review should be accurate)
  5. Well,the link is working fine for me
  6. It might be one of those Firefox things.
  7. Thanks for the help so far, I think I'm goign to bump my budget up to $1200 to try and snag a better gaming video card.

    Thoughts?
  8. Yeah the MSI one would be a good choice for that price range
  9. Hi, thanks for the help. Is the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M card better than the ATI Radeon HD 4570 ?

    If I read the review of the MSI its card is a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850. How is that one in the pecking order?
  10. GT 360M performs significantly better than a 4570M,and HD 5850M performs noticeably better than GT 360M
  11. What would be the comparison between the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 vs the GE FORCE 360M
  12. jfriley said:
    What would be the comparison between the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 vs the GE FORCE 360M

    GT 360M is faster
  13. Well, I think this may be the winner, its on sale this weekend:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+-+Black/9741729.p?id=1218165344675&skuId=9741729

    If the link does not work its a 17" Asus with core i7, 6 GB ram, and ATI radeon 5870 which, according to the chart linked above, is a very good card.

    thoughts?
  14. Well since you said you wanted to pay $1000,i thought it was your max budget,that's why i didn't recommend ASUS G73
    But now that you can afford,definitely go for it,its a great laptop with a great price
  15. Thanks, yeah I forgot how easy it was to creep up on what your willing to spend. Other than the MSI one, if I wanted to keep it at $1,000, which way would you look? (thinking something the $900 one and the $1200)
  16. Rather than the GX640,the only notebook that i can recommend would be ASUS G60JX
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+-+Blue/Black/9736955.p?id=1218164036446&skuId=9736955
    It has a GT 360M,which is slower than 5850M/5870M
  17. Maziar said:
    Rather than the GX640,the only notebook that i can recommend would be ASUS G60JX
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+-+Blue/Black/9736955.p?id=1218164036446&skuId=9736955
    It has a GT 360M,which is slower than 5850M/5870M


    That's the other one I was looking at. I think its between those two (the $900 Asus vs the $1200 Asus). So I guess the question becomes is going from core i5 to i7, 2 GB of RAM, and the bigger graphics card worth the extra $300? That and the fact that the 1200 Asus is supposedly very large as well. Maybe I'll just flip a coin.

    One final question, I read some Bestbuy reviews where customers talked about Geek Squad trying to charge $100 to "optimize" their system? WTF is that? And I forget the term but I think there is a lot of 3rd party software preloaded on the BestBuy systems as well.
  18. Sorry to muddy the waters yet again but I just found this one online, it may be a today only sale:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+-+Blue/Black/9736955.p?id=1218164036446&skuId=9736955

    These best buy links haven't been working so here are the specs:

    Asus Model: G72GX-RBBX05
    Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P8700
    6 GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M graphics

    $999

    So I don't know how a Core 2 Duo compares to the core i5/i7 family.
    It has the same 6 GB RAM as the 1200 model, and I assume the GTX 260 is in between the 360 and 5850.

    All things considered this seems like a pretty good mix between the G73JH-RBBX05 ($1200) and G60JX-RBBX05 ($899)
  19. If you can afford G73,definitely go for it,HD 5870M performs significantly better than a GTX 260M/GT 360M,also it has a quad core CPU,so in games that benefit from milticore CPUs and also in multithreaded apps,you'll benefit from the extra cores.
    I haven't heard anything about paying $100 to optimize a system,MAYBE they man that they get $100 and install the windows,drivers etc.
    And as for G72,well i7 720QM performs better than a P8700 and its really not worth it to buy a laptop which isn't produced anymore(Core2CPUs are out of production),and like i said 5870M performs better than GTX 260M too.
  20. DOH!! I just went to order the MSI and now Amazon doesn't have it anymore (new anyway) Anyone know where else I can get one?

    ohhhhhhhh I forgot what a pain this was...

    I was going to go with this over the Asus G73 becasue Best Buy had to special order the asus and lots of folks said it was very large physically (like it might not fit in my bag).

    I've thought about saying to hell with it and getting the 899 Asus with the nvidea 360, but I don't know how well that will work. The MSI seemed like a decent split between the two.
  21. Hi all,

    I went with the MSI. Thanks again for all the help. I'm very pleased with it except in one area: the onboard speakers seem to suck. They are all high end and thin sounding. Am I just missing a setting somewhere? My wife's off the shelf gateway from Bestbuy sounds better.
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