Looking for laptop need advice

1_What is your budget? around $800. can go up to $900 but dont want to exceed that

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

3_What screen resolution do you want?
not picky

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
more a desktop replacement than portable

5_How much battery life do you need?
a 2-3 hours if I am just surfing the web or watching a movie

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)?
I dont play the high end FPS ( Crysis, Farcry 2, DiRT etc)anymore most RTS or RPGS ( Civilization, Ufo Extreterrestrials,
Oblivion, etc) I would like to play older games like Battlefront 1 / 2, Halo nothing brand new. The MMO I play now is EVE online. I would like in the future to start playing Dragon Age, Diablo 3 if / when its done, The new Star Wars MMO. Would like to play on meduim setting for new games but I am not critical playing everying on max setting with all the eye candy

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop, Etc.)

web surf , watch movies from time to time, putz around

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

320gb should be more that enough for me

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

I have been shopping on Tigerdirect, Amazon, Costco, XOTICPC, New Egg

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
2-3 year


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

a DVD combo drive

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.

I have been mainly looking at ASUS based on my research and pretty sold of them

I have been looking at various models of K52 series, N61JV , K72 series. Their are some many variations of those its very confusing plus each supplier has a different setup. I am thinking an I3 processor with a better video card would be better than an i5 with a lesser video card

dont think I want at HP or Dell based on friends past experiences. Sony I am not really liking so far
Acer and Toshiba maybe

13_What country do you live in?
United State


14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Semi gaming laptop. Mostly for older games and MMO's would like to be able to play newer games but understand some FPS may not play or in low setting ( not a biggie). The laptop will mostly be at home downstairs and connect thru wireless. I will be stand alone ( no pluggin into a TV or anything for a better screen) will have access to a outlet of course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you
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  1. found this on new egg
    its an open box not sure if its worth it for
    is for $820.00

    ASUS N61JQ-X1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz) 16" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
  2. Here is a new Asus from amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/K52JK-A1-15-6-Inch-Versatile-Entertainment-Laptop/dp/B003BEDRVG/ref=sr_1_47?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1280896965&sr=1-47

    its a packing a good mid-range cpu with an entry level gpu (still beats integrated)

    If you're open to open box or refurb units, that really opens a lot of possibilities cause you can really get some good deals.
    The open box Asus you posted is good but honestly a faster clocked i5 will provide better gaming performance than a slower quad i7
  3. now i found one with a i3 processor and a ati 5470
    the GPU is Direct x11 but with the i3 would it be slower in comparison with the above amazon K52J-A1

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5592723&CatId=4938
  4. I dont want to go over $900 but if I wait a few months I guess I could do $1000

    would this be a good on to get

    http://www.amazon.com/Republic-Gamers-G51JX-X3-15-6-Inch-Gaming/dp/B00361G0ZO/ref=pd_cp_pc_2
  5. also the more I think about to looking at another brand whether it be HP, Dell , Samsung, Sony might be worth while since I do want to get the best bang for my buck I just havent done alot of research on those brands and the though of it all makes my head hurt.

    any thoughts or suggestions with some other brands
  6. I would recommend that ASUS that you linked jon freestar.
    ASUS beats HP hands down in terms of reliability. Source: http://lifehacker.com/5524704/laptop+reliability-study-highlights-the-most-sturdy-laptop-makers

    Other than that they're very similar, just gotta get most bang for buck.
  7. ya I dont think I will consider G60jx since it only comes with a 90 day warranty.

    I guess now I need to decide whether 15 or a 17"

    the reason I was looking at the DV7 HP was the better video card ATI 5650 compared to the 5145

    also would an i3 350M with a ati 5470 be better than a i5 450M with a ati 5145
  8. also some other forum recommend and Acer timeline in my price range. Dont know much about an acer. any ideas?
  9. any other thoughts.

    My main focus will be playing EVE online and older games

    also 15 or 17 i cant decide. Will be most a desktop replacement
  10. whats peoples thoughts on Acer or Gateway N series
  11. found this
    any thoughts or experiences with this model

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101230

    also any info on the new egg extended warranty
  12. Just ordered this from HP direct, Grand total $1,041.24 tax & shipping:

    HP Pavilion dv7t Select Edition customizable Notebook PC
    • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-450M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz)
    • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA] - For Dual Core Processors
    • 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    • 640GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (320GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    • 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (over-sized)
    • 17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
    • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
    • HP TrueVision Webcam and Fingerprint Reader
    • Intel Wireless-N Card
    • Standard Keyboard
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