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May 19, 2010 12:01:00 AM

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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May 19, 2010 12:26:06 AM

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
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May 19, 2010 6:49:10 PM

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-detail....

What do you think?

Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 19, 2010 6:55:42 PM

4570 is a low-end card for gaming.
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a c 572 D Laptop
May 19, 2010 6:56:33 PM

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)
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 19, 2010 8:18:41 PM

Well,the link is working fine for me
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a c 572 D Laptop
May 19, 2010 9:58:54 PM

It might be one of those Firefox things.
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May 19, 2010 10:45:16 PM

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?
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 20, 2010 7:04:11 AM

Yeah the MSI one would be a good choice for that price range
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May 24, 2010 12:04:51 AM

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?
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 24, 2010 6:50:47 AM

GT 360M performs significantly better than a 4570M,and HD 5850M performs noticeably better than GT 360M
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May 29, 2010 8:16:12 PM

What would be the comparison between the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 vs the GE FORCE 360M
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 30, 2010 6:24:46 AM

jfriley said:
What would be the comparison between the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 vs the GE FORCE 360M

GT 360M is faster
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 30, 2010 1:51:15 PM

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
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May 30, 2010 3:01:29 PM

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)
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May 31, 2010 3:02:17 PM

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...
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.
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May 31, 2010 3:35:36 PM

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...

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)
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a c 244 D Laptop
May 31, 2010 4:57:50 PM

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.
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June 5, 2010 7:55:25 PM

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.
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June 21, 2010 12:14:18 AM

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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