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Gaming Laptop $3000 budget

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February 15, 2012 7:53:55 PM

Okay so I have been looking around lately for one of the best gaming laptops without exceeding $3000. The laptop needs i7 2nd Gen. processor, really beast graphics/video card, 16GB ram, a lot of Hard drive space or a lot of SSD space, Blu ray writer and reader, Bluetooth, internet (wifi), webcam plus mic. and Windows 7. I don't NEED all of these features so if you know a laptop that has most of these specs please feel free to comment some beast notebooks/laptops. Preferred brands ASUS and MSI. Any other brands are fine.




The MSI GT780DXR-446US looked amazing for only $1,800. Then I found this site www.xoticpc.com and was able to customize it and make it pretty beast for $2,860. But I need a lot more opinions before I go and buy this notebook!

Here are the specs of the upgraded version MSI GT780DXR-446US I may buy for $2860:

MSI GT780DXR-446US
- FREE Copy of Battlefield 3 with any MSI Laptop w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX - While Supplies Last
- 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Matte Screen (1920x1080) (SKU - X1R553)
- XOTIC PC Professional Monitor Color Calibration w/ Spyder 3 Elite (Will add to Production Time)(Operating System is required)
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2860QM, 2.5-3.6GHz, (32nm, 8MB L3 cache) (SKU - X2R209)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds)
- nVidia GeForce GTX 570M 3,072MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 (SKU - X3R455)
- 16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1866MHz CL11 Dual Channel Memory (4x4GB SODIMMS) (SKU - X4N224)
- Standard Finish
- Blue Logo Backlight Modification
- 750GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - X5R303)
- 750GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - X5R303)
- Raid 0 - Performance Default
- 6X Blu-Ray Writer/Reader + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (SKU - X7R551)
- 74-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader/Writer
- Bluetooth Included (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Intel® Advanced-N 6230 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth (SKU - X8R105)
- Integrated Digital Video Camera 720 p w/ mic
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- YES - Redline Boost™ Overclock My System (Operating System Required)
- Yes, Redline Boost My Operating System (Operating System Required)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Pre-Installed + Drivers & Utilities Disk
- Keep factory installed operating system
- 2 Year MSI US Parts & Labor 1 Year Global Warranty w/ Lifetime Tech Support
+ 1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty (Requires Registration within 30 Days from Ship Date) (SKU - M9R301)
February 15, 2012 8:18:03 PM

MSI GT783R-658US Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM(2.20GHz) 17.3" 12GB Memory DDR3 1.5TB HDD 7200rpm Blu-Ray Burner NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M

Get the 580M over the 570M

2299.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Or check this one out

MSI GT783-625US Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM(2.20GHz) 17.3" 16GB Memory DDR3 750GB HDD + 128GB SSD HDD 7200rpm Blu-Ray Burner NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
2499.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 15, 2012 8:19:58 PM

I'd look at the Clevo P170 series models here (great website):

http://www.pro-star.com/index.cfm?mainpage=product&filt...

Pick the model ya want and then go back and buy it from XoticPC.com

Tho the MSI looks like a very comparable unit, I have had better luck with Clevo designs than Asus / MSI when not using the "base price" processor.

However....this is a gaming laptop and therefore.

-I don't see ya getting the bang for the buck w/ the 2860 CPU over the 2670 for the $350

-I don't see ya getting the bang for the buck w/ the 16 GB 1866 RAM over the 8Gb 1600 for the $245

-I don't see ya getting anything at all outta RAID HD's, I'd opt for an Intel 520 120 Gb w/ a 750 GB HD ....or get the Momentus 750 which is a SSD and a HD hybrid.

-Unless this is ya only PC ya gonna own, I'd get a BR Player, not Writer in a lappie.

BTW, the P170HM-3DE gives ya nViddia 3D w/ an included pair of glasses.













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February 15, 2012 9:21:42 PM

Thank you for your feedback, love the site. The only major reason why I have not went with Sager/Clevo is because they do not offer a backlit keyboard. This will be my Desktop/Laptop. Now without upgrading Sager/Clevo is one of the best brands above MSI. After upgrading giving both of them with basically the same specs the sager/clevo is more money. Except the MSI will have a 720 p web cam, insane audio, and a backlit keyboard. And the Sager would have a better trackpad, fingerprint scanner, and I have heard these keyboards respond better. Tough call though still trying to get the best for my buck
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