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August 23, 2011 1:54:52 PM

Hey guys, I'd be really greatful if you could help me with this, as I'm not too knowledgeable about laptops, I'm trying to learn though. Basically I'm getting a laptop for college, so I'll be doing everything on it. Mainly watching tv shows, but a bit of gaming would be good as well. Thanks a lot for any assistance

1. What is your budget?
£500 - £800

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15"-17"

3. What screen resolution do you want?
at least 1600x900

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Uhm not so sure about this. Basically it will replace my desktop pc

5. How much battery life do you need?
Not really an issue

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)?
Dota 2 (high) and possibly mass effect 3

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Watching lots of shows and movies, so a good screen is stop priority

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
250gb+

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

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD is fine

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.
Not knowledgeable enough to answer this

13. What country do you live in?
UK

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

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a b D Laptop
August 23, 2011 4:11:48 PM

I haven't seen any reqs for dota2, if you have can you link them please?

I think you're looking for a laptop with i7 and at least a 540M, but for your budget you will probably be able to get something like 6770/5850 or GTX460/560

One thing to consider is that you might not need such killer graphics, then I would look for a laptop that offers SSD or buy a cheaper laptop with small HDD and something like 540M and then purchase and install SSD yourself.

Good companies to look at
Asus, MSI, Sager, Alienware < those are gaming brand laptops
all the other (regular) companies will probably have a million other consumer models with similar hardware, so I'm not going to list those.

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August 23, 2011 5:30:29 PM

AntiZig said:
Here's just a few examples:

Asus G53

MSI Gx-680

Sager NP8130


Lol cheers man, you guys have it so lucky in the US, that asus G53 is $2500 here.

Also, how do laptop cards compare to desktop cards. Like the 540M/550M.
a b D Laptop
August 23, 2011 6:23:46 PM

aw, sad to hear that European based manufacturer is more expensive in Europe than US. :( 

I'm not familiar with any websites over in UK, what would you use to shop/research?

as far as mobile comparison to desktop: >link< there's an option at the top to show both desktop and laptop gpu performance
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