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New Gaming/Portable Laptop for College?

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June 19, 2011 9:42:13 PM

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...

Asus also has a good line of laptops here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

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...

thoughts n help? :) 
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June 19, 2011 10:40:55 PM

14 inch will be too small for gaming. LOL, sc2 map will be difficult to fit on screen.
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June 19, 2011 11:25:44 PM

ASUS G series or Sager NP8130.
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June 19, 2011 11:31:29 PM

Sager
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June 20, 2011 2:21:58 AM

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.

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June 20, 2011 9:22:44 AM

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.
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June 20, 2011 9:29:03 AM

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.
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June 20, 2011 4:33:56 PM

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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