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a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2011 9:52:59 PM

Hello everyone hopefully you can help me out real quick with a Gaming laptop for World of Warcraft.

1. What is your budget? 600-900 (alright if it goes over 1000 a little bit)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? As big as possible for gaming :D 

3. What screen resolution do you want? Ummm....?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable

5. How much battery life do you need? A lot Im gonna be in Afghan so hopefully they will be able to ship it out to me

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)? WoW on high or medium settings

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) Video chatting

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 4gb

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. use what you got

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 1-2 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? I dont want bluray

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 dont care

13. What country do you live in? USA but deployed in Afghan right now

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. a full keyboard with number pad, no vista

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January 16, 2011 10:50:26 PM

1. A decent gaming laptop starts at about $1,100

2. More if ya want big screen

5. As performance goes up, battery life by necessity goes down

8. Id say 250 GB minimum

I'd grab this bugger for $1,172 ..... gonna need $90 for an OS tho if ya can't get thru military

http://www.pro-star.com/index.cfm?mainpage=productdetai...

It's loaded w/ Sandy Bridge, has 8 GB memory, 500 GB HD, i7-2630QM, GTX 460M w/1.5GB GDDR5, X Max. DVD±R/RW Writer/Reader / 4X Max. +DL Super-Mulit Drive , 8 cell Li-Ion battery, Integrated 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth, Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera, Built-In Fingerprint Reader, Built-In Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Built-In 9-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS DUO/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC), 1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 1 eSATA Port, 1 HDMI Output, 1 DVI-I Port, 1 Kensington Lock Port, Built-in Microphone, 2 Speakers and 1 Sub-Woofer, 4 Audio Jacks for Headphone, Microphone-In, S/PDIF-Out, and Line-In, 100/240V Autoswitch AC Adapter

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a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2011 11:00:22 PM

Wow thats a real nice one like the power behind it and the sound system is a big plus, hopefully I can get a couple more options to compare. Thank you for your help Jack. Also if need the screen can get reduced down to fit in a backpack if needed to stay below price range
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January 17, 2011 12:04:31 AM

ASUS N53J Entertainment Laptop $950
Core i5-460M CPU & 1920x1080 15.6" LCD & GeForce GT 425M graphics with Optimus technology - increases battery life by shutting down the GT 425M and using the Intel HD Graphics GPU when the stronger video card isn't needed.
GT 425M will handle WoW on medium settings.
With any gaming laptop you're going to sacrifice battery time for power. Optimus technology balances that a bit.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 1:31:38 AM

WR2 said:
ASUS N53J Entertainment Laptop $950
Core i5-460M CPU & 1920x1080 15.6" LCD & GeForce GT 425M graphics with Optimus technology - increases battery life by shutting down the GT 425M and using the Intel HD Graphics GPU when the stronger video card isn't needed.
GT 425M will handle WoW on medium settings.
With any gaming laptop you're going to sacrifice battery time for power. Optimus technology balances that a bit.


Another very interesting setup specially with the shutdown capability. Thing i dont like it about it is the blueray player but that can be over looked. This looks like a winner for right now especially with the keyboard for those of us with bigger hands it looks great. Would I be able to upgrade this laptop with more memory or anything in the future?
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January 17, 2011 3:03:49 AM

You would be able to upgrade to 8GB of RAM, but only by removing the 2x2GB sticks and replacing them with 2x4GB sticks of RAM. Not exactly a cost effective performance upgrade since you get no 'real' performance advantage over the already included 4GB.
The benefit of CPU and GPU upgrades is also questionable in my mind. The cost to upgrade (staying within the same family of CPU for example) doesn't really get you a cost effective performance boost. IMO, you need to upgrade into the next generation of CPU/GPU to get an upgrade that makes sense and that option isn't usually available to laptop owners.

A better strategy is keeping the laptop till you feel it's not meeting your requirements. Then you can either pass it along to a family member or sell it and use the proceeds for your next laptop. The Blu-Ray player might make it a more attractive re-sale choice for the next owner.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 9:30:56 AM

WR2 said:
You would be able to upgrade to 8GB of RAM, but only by removing the 2x2GB sticks and replacing them with 2x4GB sticks of RAM. Not exactly a cost effective performance upgrade since you get no 'real' performance advantage over the already included 4GB.
The benefit of CPU and GPU upgrades is also questionable in my mind. The cost to upgrade (staying within the same family of CPU for example) doesn't really get you a cost effective performance boost. IMO, you need to upgrade into the next generation of CPU/GPU to get an upgrade that makes sense and that option isn't usually available to laptop owners.

A better strategy is keeping the laptop till you feel it's not meeting your requirements. Then you can either pass it along to a family member or sell it and use the proceeds for your next laptop. The Blu-Ray player might make it a more attractive re-sale choice for the next owner.



So 8gb really isnt worth it for playing WoW?
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January 17, 2011 11:23:06 AM

Not for WoW or most other laptop usages.
There are some video and photographic (Photoshop) editing programs that can make good use of extra RAM. And if you're going to be using multiple virtual machines with VMware 8GB of RAM will sure come in handy.
Even there it's not like having 4GB of RAM leaves you unable to use those programs effectively.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 3:54:57 PM

Just tried looking on ASUS website but they didnt have any customizing capabilities from what i saw and didnt see the prices of the laptops. Still looking around for better deals or more info on the main specs that i will need to run it smoothly
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 11:39:17 PM

also looked onto toshiba and made one

# Intel® Core i3-370M Processor (2.40GHz)
# Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# 4GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM (2048MBx2)
# 500GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA)
# No Secondary Hard Drive Installed
# NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M with 1GB GDDR3 discrete graphics
# DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
# Glossy Black Keyboard
# No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
# Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell, 48Wh)

Just dont know if it will play WoW at high settings
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January 18, 2011 12:23:06 AM

That will play WoW on med/high settings, but not ultra.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 12:59:47 AM

BeefBravo said:
That will play WoW on med/high settings, but not ultra.


Do you think i should upgrade anything for better performance right now its only at $879.
I did upgrade the Processor to the i5 for more multi-tasking capabilities
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January 18, 2011 2:30:27 AM

The screen resolution is... 1366x768? Can you upgrade that to 1600x900 or 1920x1080?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 3:30:34 AM

hmm dont think so which part will need to get changed to do that?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 3:50:28 AM

WR2 said:
The screen resolution is... 1366x768? Can you upgrade that to 1600x900 or 1920x1080?


No it says it has 1680x945 its the Satellite P500-BT2G23. Wanted to double check it to make sure. Why is toshiba gear so cheap?
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January 18, 2011 3:58:52 AM

That is a really unusual screen resolution.
I wonder if games support that resolution, or maybe you'd need to use 1440x900?
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January 18, 2011 4:01:10 AM

Did you find any review of the Satellite P500-BT2G23?
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January 18, 2011 4:04:44 AM

Jeezzzzzzz........that sucker has a 18.4" LCD.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 4:06:20 AM

Is that good or bad? Im lost lol
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a c 571 D Laptop
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January 18, 2011 4:18:31 AM

What screen resolutions does WoW support?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 4:39:22 AM

World of Warcraft has 6 default resolutions.
800x600
1024x768
1280x768 (Wide)
1152x864
1280x960
1280x1024

hopefully that is what your looking for, found it on the net
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January 18, 2011 5:33:32 AM

I found another source.
What is missing is 1680x945. And I would guess the same is true for a lot of games.
You could either run 1440 x 900 or 1366 x 768 in a window or run one of those full screen.
That would cause the video card to do extra work to figure out what pixels to use to make 1680x945 pixles act like 1440x900 or 1366x768.
It would cut into your FPS performance a bit.

WoW Supported Resolutions:
1280 x 800 (16:10)
1440 x 900 (16:10)
1680 x 1050 (16:10)
1920 x 1200 (16:10)
2560 x 1600 (16:10)
1024 x 576 (16:9)
1280 x 720 (16:9)
1366 x 768 (16:9)
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 5:42:55 AM

Well I usually run it in in window mode i hate full screen. So i need a screen resolution that is in the list above?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2011 3:25:19 PM

God why is it always the graphics card that gives me a hard time i know WoW doesnt rely on it that much, its harder on the memory. Just need to find one that gets me about 60fps while raiding
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January 19, 2011 2:13:21 AM

It's the graphics card that makes a laptop into a game-capable machine. GT330M and GT425M should both do WoW at good FPS on medium settings. Can't say you'll always get 60+ since that's also dependent on network performance.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M review
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M review

I think WoW is more sensitive to CPU speeds than memory amount once you're over 2GB of RAM.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2011 2:30:23 AM

Well guess I'll keep looking around for more laptops checking to see if I can find a good one for a great price. Thanks for all your help WR2 and the others that have put in their advice
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January 19, 2011 2:56:58 AM

MSI GX640-260US (MINT, w/ Extras)

The laptop is used, but in LIKE NEW condition. By that I mean it is absolutely mint. No noticeable scratches, scuffs, dings, chips, dead pixels, nothing. . I will include all the original packaging to the buyer as well. It will also be triple-boxed when shipped.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1605...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2011 6:31:18 AM

Alright i was looking at my laptops Windows Experience Index it was a 3.3, is there a way to figure out what WEI is need to run WoW smoothly at medium high settings?
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January 19, 2011 9:50:57 AM

WEI is not a good indicator of gaming performance.
Look for a WoW specific forum and see what types of laptop GPUs other users are using and what performance they get. They'll probably understand 'medium high settings' better than people around here.


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January 19, 2011 10:16:27 AM

Have a look at these. I think the very first one on the list (Sager NP5160) should be ample for running your WoW games and it is only $770USD (more for a larger hard drive).
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-...
Sager is supposed to have excellent build quality, the laptop is light and it supposed to have a battery life of up to 5 hours.

-Klosteral
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2011 9:45:36 PM

So which one is adequate for WoW? God im such a handful for you guys lol always trying to figure out new things
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January 19, 2011 9:47:50 PM

Any or those, including the GT 325M, is adequate for WoW on medium setting with decent frame rates. ~60FPS might not be possible though.
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March 9, 2011 12:33:25 AM

i Just got this MSI fx700 for about $870 shipped.
i-5 480m
gt 425
led tft 1600/900
4gigs ddr3
500ghdd
802.11b/g/n
THX dynaudio surround 4/spkr
BD/drive
2xusb 3.0
2xusb 2.0
hdmi out
multi card reader.
chicklet keybord.

With afterburner software and nvidia tool i can run row on high ultraish settings and keep 60 plus fps
thats with cpu @ 2.9ghtz and gt 425 overclocked to 730 core/1460 shader/930 mem.Doesnt get ridiculously hot for the specs its running at and also on AC power only of course.i think cpu tops out around 50-55 C and Gpu around 70 after an hour or so running those clocks and gfx settings but it levels off.
And the four speaker system on this thing is awesome best sound from a notebook i have ever though possible with on board speakers.Just shy of seven pounds and pretty decent battery life with the optimus and balanced windows settings.Could sustain 60 fps on med/high settings or high with shadow low with out tweaking.Would probably see more gains with a higher cpu over clock though will have to mess around.But really with the screen and the sound this thing has im greatly satisfied with fps and playabilty for wow and other things this can handle.And it can run ultra just not a 60 but about 30-50 depending on area this intel can really be a beast of a cpu to get it done.What ever your choice definitely go with an intel i series chip dont settle for the amd on your laptop.I dont mind and actually like amd for desk tops but intel is the way to go for mobile.
Good luck and i hope you find the right one that meets your need and price point.
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