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Best gaming laptop for under $2,000

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
February 13, 2012 2:35:30 PM

Hi guys,

I'm in the market for a new laptop. I've been looking for the last two weeks to find the best build for the money. I can be swayed to spend a little more or a little less. I'm not the best with upgrading / installing parts although it is attractive to have a laptop that things can be upgraded on. Below are some of the things I'm looking for in the laptop. I'd really appreciate any advice.

Price Range:

Screen size:
15" and up

Screen Resolution:
Would hope for 1900x1200 (will make exceptions for better parts)

Processor Type:
Intel i7 or greater

Graphics Card preference:
Nvidia or AMD, doesn't matter much to me and I'm willing to try SLI or Xfire

Ram Minimum:
I'm hoping for at least 12gb

Does this need to be mobile:
Not really, I won't be leaving the house (I have to play in the living room on the couch to make the wife happy.)

Will this be on a desk or a lap?:
Lap, I'm also in the market for a good cooler, I currently run a 17" 8 pound laptop that runs way to hot.

Laptop Maker Preference:
None except I probably don't want to go with Asus (only because they only seem to support single 560m or lower)

Are you willing to order online?:

Hard drive preference:
I've never done a Raid 0 system but I wouldn't cry if I lost all the data on my laptop (have backup external drives) I also have never done a SSD.

What games are you intending on playing?:
I mainly play MMOs, addicted to SWTOR and for see Guild wars 2 in my future. (Looking for max settings on SWTOR in Ilum PVP zone, yes I know not even the best desktops can eliminate the lag their completely due to poor coding)

In all the laptops I've bought I've never had to do a warranty exchange, I do prefer the security of having one of some sort though.

I've never overclocked anything and would be worried I would break it but I don't mind others doing it.

Windows preinstall?
yes ( I know I know, I'm so lazy, if it’s a must to get the most I could look at doing without)

What laptops have you looked at for the past two weeks?


Sager NP8180 (from powernotebooks or xoticpc) (they both appear to have stopped dual 6990m support)

Sager NP8150 (from powernotebooks or xoticpc)

Again guys thank you for all your help!

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February 14, 2012 1:22:44 AM

SAGER NP8180 ~$1800 due in end of the month.
18" & GTX 560M SLI
February 15, 2012 1:53:38 AM

Man no other votes huh.
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February 15, 2012 2:17:04 AM

Everything I read says the 6990m single is as good as sli 560ms
February 15, 2012 4:09:39 PM

stay away from alienware