So, I put together a gaming desktop on Newegg, and thought a bit. I already having a desktop that can run my games just fine (well, its broken atm, going to be fixed soon), so why not get a laptop capable of gaming?
I have been looking at the Asus G74, but I don't know much about laptops at all and things to look for for gaming (especially cooling, my biggest fear). Are there any other laptops I could compare to the G74? I don't want to keep my eyes focused on the G74 if there is something just as good or better for the same price.
Also, what are some good cooling pads? Like I said, my biggest concern for a gaming laptop is the cooling. Both my friends laptops are constantly overheating (although, both do not use a cooling pad or a laptop meant for much gaming), but that still worries me.
And screen size.. I am fine with a 17" screen, but if I am at home, I would like to be able to use a larger screen. Laptops are able to connect to other monitors, correct?
Beyond that - you can work with one of the boutique custom laptop builders like www.xoticpc.com/.
They do custom builds with Asus, MSI and Sager/Clevo. You'll see options for GTX 560M/570M/580M and Radeon HD 6990M GPUs.
$1100. It is stated as being a washed down version. But, I think that it is still all I need. One review was actually written under the same situation I'd be using it for. That made me feel pretty good.
So what makes this version $400-800 cheaper than the other versions? It still has the i7 and the GTX 560 gpu.
This ISN'T a *gaming* laptop. I thought that the OP was looking for one...
@soldier37 - I just wanted to say that this is a hell of a nice setup you've got there, I'm damn jealous =) I know that my rig runs every game maxed out just fine, but seeing this... wow... just... nice. Everything is neat and shiny Have to ask, what speakers are those? And the tower... I always wanted a Phantom but these things are just waaay too overpriced over here.
Come on guys. We aren't arguing what laptops are considered gaming laptops or not. At this point, all I am asking would be which G74 model would be best for me? I'm not even really sure how many different versions there are.
Just go to the ASUS website and click on the 17" laptop section to see how many versions there are. But from what I can remember when looking, even each "version" can have many variations by customizing it with different hardware.
I know the local MicroCenter has at least 4 different version in that same body style, all with the same outer case, ranging in price form $1399 to $1799.
Ok, so I love the G74! Runs everything much smoother than my desktop did. I have not had a single heating issue yet, and I haven't even used a cooling pad (this is running 3 clients of Eve Online as well as music and firefox). Eve plays on high detail without a single problem.
The spaced out keyboard is also amazing. VERY easy to adjust to.