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What's the best gaming laptop for 1,700 dollars?

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February 6, 2012 8:23:45 PM

I need a gaming laptop that can play Battlefield 3 on high settings (if possible). And maybe Skyrim on Ultra. I can't spend more than 1,800 dollars. Doesn't matter what the brand is, as long as the computer is good and I can buy it online. I'm looking for around 3-4+ hours of battery life. Thank you all in advance!

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February 6, 2012 9:28:08 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Systems to section Laptops & Notebooks by Mousemonkey
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February 6, 2012 11:45:54 PM

Hi :) 

The honest answer is that for high end gaming NO LAPTOP will even come close to a gaming PC....

All the best Brett :) 
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February 7, 2012 12:06:57 AM

Yes, Brett928S2, we know...answer the question.

First, the bad news - no laptop that can play BF3 on high will last 3-4 hours unplugged gaming. If you are just browsing/typing, you may get that on a monster, but not gaming.

Second, the good news - you can average ~40fps with a 580M according to this: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Mobile-GPU-... (The 6990M may also work, and some laptops have SLI'd 560Ms, which should also handle it at about that level).

Now, which laptop...

Well, the Alienware M17x is $1824 with either the 580M or 6990M -
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=d...

Sager on the other hand...

Has the NP8170 with the 6990M starting at $1594:
http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...

Or the 18" NP8180 for $1799 with SLI'd 560Ms...
http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...

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February 7, 2012 12:24:12 AM

inanition02 said:
Yes, Brett928S2, we know...answer the question.

First, the bad news - no laptop that can play BF3 on high will last 3-4 hours unplugged gaming. If you are just browsing/typing, you may get that on a monster, but not gaming.

Second, the good news - you can average ~40fps with a 580M according to this: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Mobile-GPU-... (The 6990M may also work, and some laptops have SLI'd 560Ms, which should also handle it at about that level).

Now, which laptop...

Well, the Alienware M17x is $1824 with either the 580M or 6990M -
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=d...

Sager on the other hand...

Has the NP8170 with the 6990M starting at $1594:
http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...

Or the 18" NP8180 for $1799 with SLI'd 560Ms...
http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...


Hi :) 

I agree with everything you said...but mine was the shorter version :) 

All the best Brett :) 
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February 8, 2012 4:14:58 PM

What about the Republic of Gamers series by Asus? Any opinions?

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February 8, 2012 5:11:48 PM

To get the type of game play you're looking for - Battlefield 3 / high Skyrim / Ultra - you'll need to be looking at getting a laptop with either the HD 6990M or GTX 580M

Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards


To get the 3-4hrs battery life you mentioned you'll need to get a notebook with Nvidia Optimus or AMD Switchable graphics cards. For that, I think the top card is the GTX 560M
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February 8, 2012 5:13:55 PM

http://www.xoticpc.com/ is a website where you can look over custom gaming laptops with Asus, MSI or Sager options that have the GTX 560M and higher graphics cards in your price range.
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February 8, 2012 9:34:21 PM

The highest end Asus made laptop I can find still has a 560M. So it wouldn't work for BF3 on high.
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