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Gaming Notebook Advice

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
June 30, 2010 2:28:29 PM

Looking for a gaming notebook that will double as my school work laptop.

I will set a budget of $2,500.00

I need the Laptop no later than August 7th. I currently live in Canada but move to Germany mid August for a year. Are there any additional power considerations (aside from an adapter) I should take into account?

I am currently considering:
Asus G73
Alienware M17X
HP Envy 17

HP Envy 17:
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-740QM Quad Core processor (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz
Memory 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive 1TB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (500GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection edit
Graphics card 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5850 Graphics
Display 17.3" diagonal Full HD HP Ultra BrightView Infinity LED Display (1920x1080)
Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam
Networking Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
Keyboard Full-size island-style backlit keyboard
Primary battery 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard)

Alienware M17X
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
VIDEO CARD 1GB ATI Radeon™ Mobility HD 5870
LCD PANEL 17-inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 RGB LED (1200p)
MEMORY 6GB Memory (1x 2GB, 1x 4GB DDR3)

Any advice or other recommendations?

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a b D Laptop
June 30, 2010 6:47:37 PM

Essentially, they both appear to be the same laptop, save for a few minor differences in the GPU and CPU. At this point, I'd go with which one is the better deal or which one will be reliable while you are overseas for a year. I'd probably go with the Alienware, as I find Dell's to be more reliable than HP's. Plus, you are getting a little better graphics and essentially the same CPU.