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Which of these 3 laptops would be best for gaming.

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January 1, 2012 7:04:31 AM

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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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January 1, 2012 1:02:53 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 6:18:19 PM

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
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January 1, 2012 6:37:03 PM

I would buy the ASUS. Best in my opinion.
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January 1, 2012 6:39:27 PM

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...


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-...

Note,if ya buy $170 worth of upgrades ya get an extra $100 off


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January 1, 2012 7:48:47 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 8:30:04 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 10:58:55 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:08:07 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:14:08 PM

ASUS without a doubt in my mind.
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January 1, 2012 11:14:32 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:23:49 PM

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
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January 1, 2012 11:34:34 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:43:49 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:45:25 PM

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.
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January 1, 2012 11:50:55 PM

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%
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January 1, 2012 11:56:07 PM

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.

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January 2, 2012 12:01:03 AM

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.
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January 2, 2012 12:12:04 AM

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?
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January 2, 2012 12:19:47 AM

no it is not. get th 560m if you insist on the laptop
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January 2, 2012 12:50:26 AM

the msi 683r is still in the back of my mind what do you guys think of it
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January 15, 2012 11:01:22 PM

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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