Looking for gaming/school laptop

1. What is your budget?
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3. What screen resolution do you want?
1600x1024 or 1680x1050
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
desktop replacement
5. How much battery life do you need?
~5hours or more
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)?
World of warcraft, starcraft 2. Both on high.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Programming(c#), maya, 3ds max, blender, unity.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
dvdROM/writer prefered with
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.
Acer and dell are a plus because Acer has a very good choice of gaming laptops and dells are reliable. I am open to
which ever brand though.
13. What country do you live in?
United States of America
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I prefer a NVidia graphics card because I do not trust the intel graphics but if you have more information on the pros to a radeon or intel please let me know. i5 is prefered but not sure how well the 3d programs work with i5s and if I should pay the extra for an i7 with the sacrifice of a good graphics card. The games listed are not that graphics heavy but I would like to be able to play other games on sufficient graphics so it would be nice to have a better graphics card then just sufficient enough.
I am going to college to major in computer science so if any compsci majors know additional information on specific specifications I may need that would be good to know.

Thanks in advanced.
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  1. 512mb is kinda low doncha think?
  2. for a laptop? not really
  3. Memory on a graphics card is used primarily for storing textures and as a framebuffer. For a single 1080p display, 512MB is not all that inadequate.

    When I was still playing WoW (almost 2 years ago), I found that I was using about 330MB of video RAM while running with medium-high settings at 2048x1536. Two-boxing with a 1GB 9800GT driving dual 22" CRTs worked just great.

    That being said, a laptop with 1GB VRAM usually runs about $25-75 more than one with 512MB.
  4. 1gb of video memory seems necessary for 3d modeling and game development though.
  5. Best answer
    lenovo IdeaPad Y570 (08623TU) Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM(2.20GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
    "Battery Life
    Up to 3.5 hours"
    GT 555m fps
    "StarCraft 2
    StarCraft 2 (2010)
    190 198.4 234.2 ~ 208 fps
    55.8 57 57.5 62.6 ~ 58 fps
    38 38.6 42.4 46.2 46.4 ~ 42 fps
    22.3 22.6 23.9 24 ~ 23 fps"

    TOSHIBA Qosmio X775-Q7170 Notebook Intel Core i5 2450M(2.50GHz) 17.3" 6GB Memory DDR3 1333 640GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M Switches Graphics
    "Battery Life
    4 hours, 52 minutes"
    GTX 560m fps
    "StarCraft 2 (2010)
    234.9 fps
    86.2 fps
    67.9 fps
    34.7 35 35.2 ~ 35 fps"

    It's a no brainer really :pt1cable: , I would say the toshiba. But now it really depends if you really want an i7 or be fine with an i5, OR you can pay an extra $200-$300 to make the Toshiba i7, but then that will lead me to look up for more laptops for the new price range..., which I kinda don't want to :sweat: :lol:
  6. thanks gundam looks good
  7. Best answer selected by AceofAwesome.
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