Buying a gaming laptop!

Hey guys, I need some help on buying a gaming laptop. I have looked around for ages and it's frustrating to find a perfect laptop! >.<

I'm looking to spend no more than AU$1500. I would prefer a laptop between 15 and 17". Preferably over 4400mAh 6v battery would be good, however this is optional. I want to play games like Black Ops, Star Craft 2, Dragon Age and WoW on medium (or maybe even high) settings. I might also do some basic video and photo editing, but its more for gaming and watching movies and browsing the net etc. The hard drive has to be at least 630gb.

Also I live in Australia :)

Thanks for the help guys! :)
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  1. Fill out the FAQ thread at the top of the forum here so we can get a few more details. It'll help us find you what you are looking for, i.e. where you want to buy from, etc...
  2. buwish said:
    Fill out the FAQ thread at the top of the forum here so we can get a few more details. It'll help us find you what you are looking for, i.e. where you want to buy from, etc...


    I used that thread as my guide. I don't care what brand it's from, as long as it's a big brand I don't mind. And I want it to be light however it doesn't really matter.
  3. Velocitymicro.com has one in your price range, except the graphics card is a little weak, and the highest capacity HDD is 320gb.
    Digitalstormonline.com has a better one, just 50 dollars over your budget with a 500 GB HDD, a good graphics card, and light weight. Just change the CPU to the i5-540m, or the i7-640m(I thought i7 was only quad core and above...?) or else you'll be left wanting. http://www.digitalstormonline.com/laptoploadsaved.asp?id=402666 is the link to build the computer.
    This one's a little expensive. I have a hard time recommending this because the upgraded parts are terribly marked up. http://stealthmachines.com/quality/build/customizeNotebooks.php?computerid=12

    This one here is pretty solid. Just under $100 over your budget, but still worth what it costs. It also has a single 750GB HDD available.
    http://www.maingear.com/boutique/pc/configurePrd.asp?idproduct=284
  4. stingstang said:
    Velocitymicro.com has one in your price range, except the graphics card is a little weak, and the highest capacity HDD is 320gb.
    Digitalstormonline.com has a better one, just 50 dollars over your budget with a 500 GB HDD, a good graphics card, and light weight. Just change the CPU to the i5-540m, or the i7-640m(I thought i7 was only quad core and above...?) or else you'll be left wanting. http://www.digitalstormonline.com/laptoploadsaved.asp?id=402666 is the link to build the computer.
    This one's a little expensive. I have a hard time recommending this because the upgraded parts are terribly marked up. http://stealthmachines.com/quality/build/customizeNotebooks.php?computerid=12

    This one here is pretty solid. Just under $100 over your budget, but still worth what it costs. It also has a single 750GB HDD available.
    http://www.maingear.com/boutique/pc/configurePrd.asp?idproduct=284


    Hmm that last laptop (the one from maingear) looks pretty sweet. I customized it so its $18 over my budget but that's fine with me. If there are ANY other suggestions that would be wonderful. Otherwise I'm leaning towards the Maingear eX-L15.
  5. How much will shipping, GST and import duty cost you?
  6. Recommend this : Acer AS5745G-7671 15.6-Inch Laptop - Black
    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS5745G-7671-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B0041RSEVA
  7. WR2 said:
    How much will shipping, GST and import duty cost you?


    I asked them about shipping and they only said they accept cards in the US/Canada and the only way I can purchase a machine from overseas is by wire transfer.

    Anonymous said:
    Recommend this : Acer AS5745G-7671 15.6-Inch Laptop - Black
    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS5745G-7671-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B0041RSEVA


    Hmm that laptop isn't bad, but I wouldn't mind spending an extra few hundred dollars on something with an i5 or i7 and a more powerful GPU instead of that 420m.

    The new Nvidia mobile GPU's just came out didn't they?
  8. spana95 said:
    I asked them about shipping and they only said they accept cards in the US/Canada and the only way I can purchase a machine from overseas is by wire transfer.
    OK.
    So how much will shipping, GST and import duty cost you?
  9. spana95 said:
    The new Nvidia mobile GPU's just came out didn't they?
    Both AMD and Nvidia have new GPUs in the pipeline.

    AMD announces Radeon HD 6000m Series

    NVIDIA GeForce 500M: Refreshing the 400M

    They're coming along for the ride with the new mobile CPUs from AMD and Intel.
  10. WR2 said:
    OK.
    So how much will shipping, GST and import duty cost you?


    I just found another laptop near my location, so I didn't check ^_^
    But I had $100 dedicated to shipping and GST etc.

    WR2 said:
    Both AMD and Nvidia have new GPUs in the pipeline.

    AMD announces Radeon HD 6000m Series

    NVIDIA GeForce 500M: Refreshing the 400M

    They're coming along for the ride with the new mobile CPUs from AMD and Intel.


    I AM SO HAPPY! :D Because all these new laptops just came and now I have much more variety.

    This is the laptop:
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?sort=2a&products_id=49884
  11. spana95 said:
    I AM SO HAPPY! :D Because all these new laptops just came and now I have much more variety.

    This is the laptop:
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?sort=2a&products_id=49884


    It does look good but that screen resolution sucks. what a bummer.
  12. Core i7 2630QM 2Ghz and GT540M. Excellent CPU / GPU should do well in gaming. USB 3.0 & Blu Ray optical drive too.
    GT540M review and benchmarks.
    Intel Core i7-2630QM review and benchmarks:

    Give us a review once you get your hands on it.
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