New Gaming/Portable Laptop for College?

Hey everyone, I've been doing a lot of research and am in need of a gaming laptop that is also mobile for college. I need to be able to stream/play sc2 on it, while also being able to take it to class and take notes if needed. I don't want to be hauling around a 50 pound device. I've been doing a lot of research and found some good laptops, and I'd like to get the community's advice as well :)

My budget is around $2k, so I have a wide range of laptops to choose from.

15.6" or 14" seems to be the best monitor size, I had a macbook pro that was 15" for the past 4 years of high school, but I want to stay clear of macs. a 14" would be perfectly fine as well

The "F Series" by MSI seems like a good line of laptops, although I'm not sure how well the 1 gb ddr3 nvidia graphics card will work for sc2 & streaming?

http://www.msimobile.com/level2_productlist.aspx?id=110&order=priced

Asus also has a good line of laptops here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006550%2050001315%2040000032%20600004344&IsNodeId=1&name=15%22%20-%2015.6%22

I was also thinking of customizing a clevo laptop on avadirect as well, but time is running short and I'll need my laptop in about a month from now:

http://www.avadirect.com/Gaming-Notebooks

and I've heard good things about this laptop:

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-clevo-w150hn-p-2999.html

thoughts n help? :)
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  1. This will fit your budget with money spare for ssd upgrade.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152266
  2. Got even better deal:

    http://www.avadirect.com/gaming-laptop-configurator.asp?PRID=19603

    +$335.35 vertex 2 240g and $131.16 16g kingston ram upgrade
  3. Pyree said:


    Thank you for the recommendations Pyree :)

    I'm also looking at 14" notebooks, since 15.6" seems a bit big to carry around so any recommendations on those would be great too :)
  4. 14 inch will be too small for gaming. LOL, sc2 map will be difficult to fit on screen.
  5. ASUS G series or Sager NP8130.
  6. Something reasonable in 14"
    Lenovo Ideapad Y470 14" notebook $900
    i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge quad core, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 14" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 550M graphics.
    Weighs in around 4.85lbs (2.2kg) and measures .78" at its thinnest point, and features smooth metal shell and SRS Premium Sound and JBL speakers.
  7. Since SC2 does look much nicer on a large screen display you could get an external 1920x1080 LCD and use that for gaming (and school work in the dorm).

    This 23" LCD monitor from Samsung also has a 23" digital TV tuner for about $240
  8. I think 14-inch is ideal for carrying than 15-inch screen laptop. But if you need the super performance : Asus G53 might be a good choice.
  9. bbgink said:
    I think 14-inch is ideal for carrying than 15-inch screen laptop. But if you need the super performance : Asus G53 might be a good choice.


    We rule that out already. The G53 series still on 1st gen i5/i7 and not cheaper than Sager using faster 2nd gen i5/i7.
  10. i am just gonna throw this out there...

    have you considered splitting your budget between two systems?

    you could get a i5 13.3"-14" laptop from toshiba, lenovo or sony, and leave yourself with ~$1200 for a desktop, which would be plenty to build a i5 2500k system. I think you would get a much better bang for your buck this way and fulfil both your mobile needs and high quality gaming ambitions.
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