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Need A New Rig! (Asus G55vw or MSI GE60)

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May 17, 2012 2:38:10 PM

Well I'll be going off to college this fall and I need to get a laptop... I've said no to desktops becausei need it to be portable obiv... but I can't decide between these two laptops. One is the Asus G55vw and the other is the MSI GE60.

My budget is nothing over $1.4k and nothing bigger than a 15.6" screen.

I am a gamer and I intend to be playing Dota2, Diablo 3, Battlefield 3, TF2, CS:GO, and etc. Will these notebooks be able to play these on full settings? Also, I'll be undergoing a degree for graphic design, so I'll be expecting to use the adobe programs. I want this laptop to keep up for years to come.

I don't know a ton about computers but I could be qualified as a novice... if you have any other recommendations feel free to throw some out.
a b D Laptop
May 17, 2012 3:52:44 PM

Battlefield 3 will be the only title listed you wont be able to completely max out, but it will still play well at higher settings.

I would also look at the clevo/sager models. I would also highly recommend you consider putting ~1k into a desktop for gaming and the rest into a light and inexpensive notebook for your class notes etc. Those are 7lb laptops you are going to be lugging around and I think you will find that will get old fast.
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a b D Laptop
May 17, 2012 4:13:39 PM

+1 Tibbs01. The graphics capabilities in laptops get gimped very, very quickly unless you get a sager-type with SLI of the latest chips but not gonna get there with $1,400.
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May 17, 2012 10:25:29 PM

Sooooo with the Asus I won't be able to upgrade my processor and gfx card in the long run? Which is what the Sager will allow me to do? I do like the fact that the Sager will let me get it without branding! :p 

I've come down to 2 laptops now...

ASUS Build
15.6" FHD 16:9
No monitor calibration
Intel i7-3610QM 3.3GHz, 6MB smart cache
GeForce GTX 660m
NO video adapter
NO external display
8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
NO caching SSDs
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive
Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth
Built-in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
Smart Li-ion Battery
TOTAL: $1269.73

SAGER Build
15.6" FHD LED 16:9
NO monitor calibration
Intel i7-3610QM 3.3GHz, 6MB smart cache
GeForce GTX 670M
NO video adapter
NO external display
8GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
NO mSSD
750gb 7200rpm Hard Drive
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive
Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader
Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth
2.0 Megapixel Camera
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
Integrated Fingerprint Reader
TOTAL: $1376.43


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a b D Laptop
May 18, 2012 5:07:18 AM

Get the Asus (seems the 660m is actually superior to the 670m - not sure how that happens) and either add a $100 SSD or replace the HDD completely with the biggest SSD you can fit in the budget.
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May 19, 2012 5:30:21 AM

J_E_D_70 said:
Get the Asus (seems the 660m is actually superior to the 670m - not sure how that happens) and either add a $100 SSD or replace the HDD completely with the biggest SSD you can fit in the budget.

get the sager and upgrade to a 7970m. the 7970m is more powerful than 580's in sli and draws much less power. im trying to stay away from the word 'future-proof' but the 7970m is much more power than the 660 or 670 and you won't be getting outdated anytime soon, plus when the time comes you can upgrade the sager yourself. :sol: 
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