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Best laptop for gaming under $2000

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November 22, 2010 8:36:35 AM

Hello there Tom's Hardware,

I am looking at getting a multi-purpose laptop, and at that, one that I can play my games on (Command and Conquor 4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2/Black Ops, Fallout New Vegas) and play them on a relatively high quality. This laptop must also have quality cooling and a battery life of at least 4 hours (admittedly less if I am hardcore gaming).

The laptops I have been looking at:
http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/notebook.pdf

Pavilion DV7 4002 TX - $1459
CPU: Intel Core i7 720QM
OS: Win7 Home Premium
RAM: 6GB DDR3
HDD: 1TB - 2 x 640GB SATA
Graphic: ATI HD5650
1GB Dedicated
Screen: 15.6” LED (1366 x 768)
* 1yr Warranty * Webcam * 6 Cell Battery * HDMI * eSata
* Blu Ray Combo * WiFi N * Gigabit Lan

ASUS N61JQ - $1259
CPU: Intel Core i7 720QM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM: 4GB DDR3
HDD: 640GB SATA
Graphic: ATI HD 5730M
1GB Dedicated VGA
Screen: 16” LED Screen
* 2yrs World Wide Warranty * Bluetooth
* 6 Cell Battery * Wifi 11N * Card Reader

ASUS G51JX-HD-SX232V - $1639
CPU: Intel Core i7 720QM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM: 6GB DDR3
HDD: 500GB SATA
Graphic: Nvidia GTS360M
1GB Dedicated VGA
Screen: 15.6” Lcd Screen
* 2yrs World Wide Warranty * BT * DVD RW
* Wifi 11N * Webcam * HDMI * 6 Cell Batt

ASUS N71JQ-TY013V - $1509
CPU: Intel Core i7 720QM
OS: Win7 Home Premium
RAM: 4GB DDR3
HDD: 1TB - 2 x 500GB SATA
Graphic: ATI HD 5730M
1GB Dedicated VGA
Screen: 17.3” (1600x900)
* 2yrs World Wide Warranty * BR Combo
* Wifi 11N * BT * 6 Cell Batt * HDMI

I am open to more suggestions as I am unfamiliar with the laptop market (and I have built all of my desktops myself by purchasing the parts seperately) and I do not want to spend too much. Also, I do not want to have the laptop shipped in to me. I do not care how reliable it is, I refuse to pay shipping and insurance on a $1500 piece of technology; I live in Western Australia.

So my friends, Which is best?
-Klosteral

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November 22, 2010 8:57:02 AM

Between those choices,ASUS G51 is the best choice;however,there are better alternatives such as ASUS G73JH(Or G53JW if you need a 15" laptop).
Gaming laptops don't have a great battery life, the maximum battery I've seen on a laptop was like 3-4hrs(MSI GX640) and 2-3hrs(ASUS G73JH)
November 23, 2010 6:11:01 AM

I had considered the G73JH however the aforementioned website - MSY - Lists that at $2599. That is much more expensive than I was hoping to pay. However I am still considering the G73JW model from XOTIC PC

(http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g73jwxr1-republic-gamers-la...)

Does anybody know about the quality and reliability of XOTICPC when shipping long distances overseas? Do they sell the power adapters in different models for different countries? Are they a quality service?

-Klosteral
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a c 244 D Laptop
November 23, 2010 8:52:57 AM

Klosteral said:
I had considered the G73JH however the aforementioned website - MSY - Lists that at $2599. That is much more expensive than I was hoping to pay. However I am still considering the G73JW model from XOTIC PC

(http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g73jwxr1-republic-gamers-la...)

Does anybody know about the quality and reliability of XOTICPC when shipping long distances overseas? Do they sell the power adapters in different models for different countries? Are they a quality service?

-Klosteral

XoticPC is a reliable site with great support.I'm not sure about the power adapters so send them an e-mail and ask about them and the shipping cost
November 24, 2010 5:35:32 AM

Looking at that, none of the Clevo laptops suit my budget. Also, I would much prefer to buy a computer locally than online as I do not fully trust it.
However, if I was forced to buy online, I would prefer to purchase the ASUS G73-XR1 over the -A1 from XOTIC PC, which offers more customisation and a lower final price. Also, I have discovered both the GX640 and GX740 from MSI as well. When given 8GB RAM and some other knick-knacks, they stack up pretty nicely.
http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g73jwxr1-republic-gamers-la...
http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-gx740079us-p-2765.html?wconf...
http://www.xoticpc.com/gx640260us-order-p-2766.html?wco...

-Klosteral
September 21, 2011 7:17:43 PM

MSI GT780 DXR

Intel Core i7
Steel series Full-Color Backlight Keyboard
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 570M discrete graphics (DDR5 1.5GB VRAM)
12GB DDR3 memory
Built-in 720p HD webcam
USB 3.0
1TB Hard Drive
September 22, 2011 10:29:03 AM

MSI GT780 DXR is the best one :) 
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