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Need a gaming laptop $1500-2000

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April 29, 2011 3:21:19 PM

Hello everyone. I'm in the market for a new laptop as my last one has died. My price range is $1500-2000. I travel a lot for work, so I need something pretty robust. I've looked at Sager and Asus laptops and like the specs and value, but I just don't feel like I know enough about laptops so I'm coming here for help.

I will be using the laptop for primarily gaming. It needs to handle World of Warcraft raiding at max settings, as well as new games (DA:2, Portal 2, etc.) as close to max as possible. The games I've really got my eye on in the future are Diablo 3 and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. I'd like this laptop to last several years into the future without suffering too much in quality though.

The specs I'd like to stay close to are:

17" screen 1920x1080 (absolute minimum)
a new Sandybridge processor
460M/485M or 6970M or equivalent (not sure which is better)
6+ gb of ram
500+ gb HDD (1 TB would be nice)

Neat little things like Blu-ray players/burners are nice but not necessary. I won't need any office software or anything like that either. Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any specific recommendations on builds and/or sites to buy from. Thanks.
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April 29, 2011 6:08:40 PM

Are you in Europe or US?
I'd recommend to check out boutique laptop/pc vendors, you'd be able to get the exact parts you want instead of having to settle for prebuilt wholesaler options.
If you're in US you could take a look at something like:
http://originpc.com - east coast
http://www.xoticpc.com - mid west
http://www.digitalstormonline.com - west coast

Looks like you have a good plan in mind. I'd say look around, do some research, once you pick something you want and have questions about the config, ask here. (Personally for me a big part of a laptop is the case itself, if I don't like it I won't buy the laptop no matter the hardware.)

Any clevo cases seem to be pretty good, Sager uses clevo cases afaik.
As you mentioned yourself Asus is a good one as well.
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April 29, 2011 6:13:15 PM

Hello Boxomilk;

Looking forward into the future I think the HD 6970M is a great choice for future games while keeping the budget in mind.
Sager NP8170-S1 ~$1854 configured w/o Win7. Add Win7 for $90.
Core i7-2630QM CPU, 8GB RAM, 2x 500GB 7200rpm HDD - chose RAID0 option - Blu-Ray reader DVD writer
1920x1080 LCD w/ Radeon HD 6970M graphics.
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April 29, 2011 6:21:45 PM

I'm in the US on the East Coast. I've never looked at Origin PC so I'll head over and take a look.

About the Win7. I have a disc for my home PC, would I be able to use that on the laptop?
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April 29, 2011 6:29:46 PM

@ Win7 PC, if it's an OEM version that came with the PC (like from Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc) then that license is tied to the PC only.

You'll need a valid Win7 license so if you don't have a spare license not in use (like from a Family Pack) you'll need to get that as well.
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April 29, 2011 6:47:54 PM

Also at the top end of your budget:
ASUS G73SW-3DE the 3D gaming version.
Core i7-2630QM CPU, 8GB RAM, 2x 500GB 7200rpm HDD RAID0 - Blu-Ray ROM DVD writer 1920x1080 LCD w/ Nvidia GTX 460M graphics.
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May 1, 2011 8:57:08 PM

I found this beauty on Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I then further went price shopping for you and found it cheaper on this website:

http://www.abesofmaine.com/item.do?item=ASG73SW-A1&l=AF...

The graphics card should handle the games you wish to play just fine on high settings.

Let me know what you think, of the spec's or what it needs so I can help find a better suited laptop for you.

Also does it need to be portable, or desktop replacement. Ect..

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