Which of these 3 laptops would be best for gaming.

Ok i am stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to figure out wich of these i should buy, i will be playing games such as bf3, gta iv and skyrim.

1) Custom built alienware m14x

i7 2670QM 2.2GHz
4GB Dual Channel DDR3
1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA GT 555M
500GB 7200RPM

2) Msi 683r

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152266


3) This one is a bit to chunky but i would like to hear opinions
Asus G74sx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230142

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. When in doubt, go for the best graphics cards. Companies overrate the power of cpus, hard-disks and other components for gaming performance. So, either the second or third laptop would be most suitable for gaming.
  2. Zodeak said:
    When in doubt, go for the best graphics cards. Companies overrate the power of cpus, hard-disks and other components for gaming performance. So, either the second or third laptop would be most suitable for gaming.


    I agree with that, one of my biggest concerns is build quality i want it to last, the msi is a beast but i have read some reviews reporting that is would crash after a few months of ownership. i havent read this alot about the m14x or g74
  3. I would buy the ASUS. Best in my opinion.
  4. Asus builds their own boxes.....most laptops are built by someone you never heard of. But at your budget, I'd have the laptop custom built....the alieanware btw is a huge step down but Clevo used to build Alienware before Dell bought them.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo/91510-clevo-guide-v2-0-faq-reseller-info.html


    Id get a P170HM custom built to your specs from somebody like xoticpc.com

    $1339 w/ upgrades to DDR3-1600 (8GB) and Windows 7-64 Home Pre

    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8170-built-clevo-p170hm-custom-gaming-laptop-p-2971.html?wconfigure=yes

    Note,if ya buy $170 worth of upgrades ya get an extra $100 off
  5. Your link is broken saratj1. The reason I would get the ASUS is that they are known for good build quality. You get a one year accidental damage replacement plan. ASUS honors their warranties and they are one of the best brands. You know you are getting quality from them.
  6. okay im no longer considering the msi because i have heard alot of bad things about their customer service im looking at the sager np8170, m14x and g74, how would portability be with 17 inch laptops? that the thing i like about the m14x is it seems to be protable but the other two seem to be way better for the money.
  7. Although I believe you already would have looked at this here is a link to the ASUS (one I would buy) http://usa.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming_Powerhouse/G74SX/ but keep in mind the one one newegg has, has some optional features that are better(example is the best screen).
    It actually isn't too bad at only 4.8 pounds(is this correct though?). The dimensions are 32.5 x 42 x 2.09 ~6.2 cm (WxDxH) or 12.8 x 16.5 x 0.08 ~2.4 in (WxDxH). For a gaming laptop your want to have a good size screen. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 (which is better), has more memory, has a blue ray drive and has the better GPU. Alienware has a smaller laptop.
  8. andrewcarr said:
    It actually isn't too bad at only 4.8 pounds(is this correct though?).
    It's more like 4.8kg or almost 10lbs.
  9. ASUS without a doubt in my mind.
  10. Ok that sounds more correct but this is what is on their website. "Weight 4.28 lbs (with 8 cell battery)" but if it was kg then is could be 9.456lbs. Alienware is 6.45 lbs.
  11. It's weight could also depend on how it's configured with options:
    Asus G74SX Notebook review
    Weight: 4.564 kg / Power Supply: 0.78 kg
  12. does the laptop have to be able to play games? cause at that price you could buy a cheap 400-600 dollar laptop and build a desktop that would be MUCH faster.
  13. i prefer laptop over desktop because for one i dont really have the space for a big gaming rig. and i could pick out all the parts but i dont think i could put them together.

    im probably going to go with the alienware its a good size with good specs, the asus just seem to big.
  14. drago165 said:
    Ok i am stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to figure out wich of these i should buy, i will be playing games such as bf3, gta iv and skyrim.

    Thinks he wants something to play games on a laptop.
  15. drago165 said:
    i prefer laptop over desktop because for one i dont really have the space for a big gaming rig. and i could pick out all the parts but i dont think i could put them together.

    im probably going to go with the alienware its a good size with good specs, the asus just seem to big.


    all it takes is the ability to plug a cord in and make sure it clicks lol. all you needs is a screw driver and some fingers. you get a much better return on your money.

    you could build two desktops for 1400 dollars that would outperform those laptops by atleast 30%
  16. drago165 said:
    i prefer laptop over desktop because for one i dont really have the space for a big gaming rig
    You can get 'big' performance in a small form factor desktop case.
  17. The laptop GT 555M graphics card is roughly equal to a $85 desktop Radeon HD 5670.
    GTX 560M laptop graphics card is roughly equal to a $100 desktop GTS 450 graphics card.
  18. i agree with you guys desktops are way cheaper/sutible for gaming but like i said i dont really have the space in my room for one. that said is the gt 555m a decent graphics card?
  19. no it is not. get th 560m if you insist on the laptop
  20. There is a significant improvement from 555 to 560
    http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-560m/performance
    560m is actually about 6750, 555 (GDDR3) is about 6670.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3085-7.html
  21. drago165 said:
    is the gt 555m a decent graphics card?
    For laptops it's one of the better mid-range graphics cards. But it IS a laptop graphics card.

    Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards
    http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/8485/ss071.jpg
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    EVGA GeForce GTS 450 $110
  22. the msi 683r is still in the back of my mind what do you guys think of it
  23. Still a good laptop but still would get the ASUS. Or this ASUS.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230099
  24. you may want to look at the alienware refurbished laptops as well, i picked up an M17xr3 with a 1080p scree, i7 2630, 4 gigs ddr3 1600, and a 2gig AMD 6990 for $997 with a 25% off coupon
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