Gaming Laptop for a Friend

Looking for advise on what type of new laptop I should buy.
1. What is your budget?
- $1500-$2000
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3. What screen resolution do you want?
Doesn’t Matter
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
Doesn’t Matter
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)?
Diablo 3 and MMORPGs.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Movies, Music, Pictures, and Internet surfing
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
My movies and music will put on a external hard drive. Just need enough for OS and games.
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Doesn’t Matter
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Two years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Standard DVD-RW/CD-RW
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 have heard good things about ASUS and SAGER
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
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  1. xerocool83 said:
    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 have heard good things about ASUS and SAGER
    With good reason too.

    Look over the choices @ XoticPC - you'll find Asus, MSI and Sager/Clevo custom gaming laptop options.

    CLEVO is a large Taiwanese computer company specializing in laptops. While the Clevo brand name is perhaps not widely known, their products are re-branded and sold by known boutique brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)… notably Sager, VoodooPC, Falcon Northwest, Eurocom, etc. They are also considered (by whoever knows about notebooks) to design and manufacturer the best of the best notebooks in terms of superior build quality and innovative designs.

    I'd recommend the Clevo P150EM, or better yet the P170EM for just $50 more.
  3. Any suggestions on which CPU/Graphics combo he should take. This is what we generated on the xoticpc website. What do you guys think as far as the CPU/GFX/RAM combo?

    Sager NP9150 / Clevo P150EM
    - FREE!! Continental (U.S. Lower 48 - UPS Ground Only) Ground Shipping on ALL Sager Laptops (Enter Coupon Code: "SAGERFREESHIP" during order process)
    - 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen (SKU - S1R319)
    - NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
    - Standard Dead Pixel Policy
    - Sager - 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3720QM (2.6GHz - 3.6GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU - S2R202)
    - -Stock OEM Thermal Compound
    - nVidia GeForce GTX 670M 1,536MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology [User Upgradeable] (SKU – S3R517)
    - No Video Adapter
    - No External Mobile Display
    - 12GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4R557)
    - Sager Branding
    - Standard Finish
    - No mSATA SSD
    - 500gb 7200rpm (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache) - Default (SKU - S5R207)
    - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software (When selecting a Hard Drive in the Optical Bay, No Optical Drive is Included) (SKU - S7R455)
    - No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
    - No Back Up Hard Drive
    - NO External USB Optical Drive
    - Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
    - No Back Up Software
    - Bluetooth Included (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
    - Sager - Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth (SKU - S8R110)
    - No Network Accessory
    - Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
    - No TV Tuner
    - Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
    - Basic Black Business Case - Included
    - Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
    - No Car Adapter
    - No Spare AC Adapter
    - No Dock/Hub/Adapter
    - Integrated Fingerprint Reader
    - No Headset
    - No External Keyboard
    - Standard Sager/Clevo Non Chiclet Backlit Keyboard
    - No External Mouse
    - No Notebook Cooler
    - No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system (Overclocking will add 3-6 business days to build time)
    - No Operating System Redline Boost
    - No Operating System Standard - Drivers & Utility Software Only
    - No Office Software
    - No Software Bundle
    - LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll Free Telephone Support (Labor through XPC)
    Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Warranty Repairs (SKU - X9R009)
    - No thanks, standard double boxed packaging is okay with my order
    - No Outside of US Shipping Coverage
    - No Xotic PC Gear


  4. xerocool83 said:
    - No Operating System Standard - Drivers & Utility Software Only
    Missing a copy of Windows.

    I'd say stick with the i7-3610QM CPU. $160 to go from 2.3Ghz to 2.6Ghz 3720QM won't get you $160 worth of extra performance IMO.
  5. Understand about the CPU, so if we drop the CPU to the i7-3610QM would you still keep the 12GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 SODIMMS) or would you drop that down as well? He will be playing Blizzard games and MMOs(which I thought benefits from lots of RAM).

  6. It's only $40 extra ... but 8GB RAM pretty much is 'lots of RAM'. I'd guess the vast majority of people play those type games successfully with 4GB or less RAM.

    Maybe stick with 8GB 1600RAM for now. --> RAM is something you can always add later.

    8GB DDR3 1600 notebook RAM is running just a bit over $40 these days.
    (not $40 for 4GB like xoticPC offers)
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