2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15.6" to 17.3"
3. What screen resolution do you want?
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Desktop replacement, but will be used for LAN parties.
5. How much battery life do you need?
Not critical, will be plugged in almost 100% of the time.
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? YES!
Black Ops, Rage, Space Marine, etc., on Super, Mega, Ultra-High setting. I want to everything turned up and on and still get a fast frame rate. I also want to be able to get decent frame rates on Medium-High to High settings with the next few years' games.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop?
Surf the 'net, homework, etc.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD should be sufficient.
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4-6 years, if it survives that long.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD ROM/Writer. Bluray ROM would be nice but not necessary.
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.
Acer and Asus seem to be a reliable name in laptops, otherwise I have no prejudices.
For a shade under $1600, which is still (just) within my budget, Amazon have an ASUS G74SX-A1 www.amazon.com/ASUS-G74SX-A1-17-3-Inch-Gaming-Laptop/dp...
I know it only has the 560M versus the 570M but it does come with a 1.5TB HDD, 12GB RAM, and a BluRay, which is not essential but is a Bonus at that price.
I like Newegg because the reviews are usually very useful, but Amazon has the advantage of "No Sales Tax", so if I can find a good laptop on Newegg that's also available on Amazon but for less then I'd be a fool to spend more.
The 570m is roughly 15% faster than a 560m. If gaming at 1080p is your primary focus I would go with the 570m, unless you really need the extra storage and BR drive.
BluRay is not crucial and the 1.5TB is probably overkill versus a mere 1TB
I'm trying to find comparative data on the 570m vs the 560m but it's so new there's not a lot of information out there. I am running across an apparent issue of minimal driver support (at the moment) for the 570M.
One last thing, as per Newegg it seems that it's only MSI who are equipping their laptops with the 570M, and from what I've been reading about the build quality of MSI machines I'm not as comfortable with their products as I am with ASUS.