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A decent multimedia laptop for gaming and pen testing?

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February 12, 2012 6:15:36 AM

Hi there, I was wondering what would be a decent laptop if I were to use it for gaming and on the side, try my hands on penetration testing :3
1. What is your budget?
About 2.5k Singapore dollars
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14" minimum
3. What screen resolution do you want?
Perhaps something larger than 1366x768
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Somewhere in the middle, I travel a fair bit
5. How much battery life do you need?
not too picky
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? Ideally I'd like something that can handle stuff like SC2, Guild Wars 2 and perhaps Diablo 3 well. Bar that, perhaps any upcoming game without too much hassle on medium.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Photoshop, and perhaps try my hands on security penetration.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 500 minimum. I've an extensive music and video collection.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
2 years?
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Ideally, BLU ray writer, but I don't mind
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.
I'm not too sure.
13. What country do you live in?
Singapore
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
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February 12, 2012 9:44:45 AM

XPS 15 (L502X) Laptop ~$1740 configured.
Core i7-2630QM CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HDD, BluRay ODD, 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD /w GeForce GT 540M graphics card.
You should check the requirements for Diablo 3. The GT 540M might be a less GPU than you'd want for a 1920x1080 LCD screen.

Something close to the top end of your budget with a stronger GPU.
Asus G53SW

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February 12, 2012 10:06:33 AM

I was considering the latter option posted, but in places I've been to, they kinda exceed my requirements, selling pre-configured models containing things that i just don't need, like the whole 3D thingy, which bumps the price up much further than needs be xD
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February 12, 2012 10:08:22 AM

Your Diablo3 requirement would lead me to think a GTX 560M graphics card is a good thing.
You can find models without 3D.
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February 12, 2012 10:33:03 AM

I've been looking around the mall called Funan and they only have the higher tier models, and I don't know where I could go to find the slightly lower specced ones at that.
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