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Best gaming laptop for ultra settings on battlefield 3 under $2000

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June 21, 2012 10:08:10 PM

1. What is your budget? Around $1500.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15-17

3. What screen resolution do you want? 1080p

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? doesnt matter.

5. How much battery life do you need? doesnt 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)?
current games (battlefield 3, crysis 2, max payne 3, metro 2033) on very high/ultra settings; future games (crysis 3, medal of honor, watch dogs, star wars 1313) on high/very high settings

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? watch videos


8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 750gb or more

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
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10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? Few years (2/3)

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Doesn't matter !

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.

13. What country do you live in?

Cuba, but i will buy it on the US

Thanks everyone :) 
June 21, 2012 10:41:18 PM

With those requirements, you may be looking at Alienware, unless there are other brands that do crossfire/sli gpu.

Is there any reason that you need a laptop with those requirements? I recommend to most people to get a desktop to play games at max settings, and with the money saved, buy a laptop that can play those same games at medium settings.
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June 22, 2012 12:49:47 AM

Hi :) 

For Ultra on BF3 , thats not enough budget....

All the best Brett :) 
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June 22, 2012 12:52:32 AM

Sorry, $2,000 is too low of a budget if you wan Ultra settings on current games @ 1920x1080.

See following review of the GTX 675m. Unfortunately there are no benchmarks yet for the GTX 680m, but based on the 675m's performance a single GTX 680m will not be enough.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-675M.70...

You need to hover the mouse over the graphic settings in the game to find out the resolution used to benchmark the games. For example, in BattleField 3 "High" the GTX 675m got 54FPS based on 1366x768 resolution. In "Ultra" the GTX 675m was able to get 24FPS with 1920x1080 resolution.

The cost of an Alienware M17x starts at $1,500. The upgrade to a GTX 680m is $550. The upgrade to a 1920x1080 resolution screen is $150. That brings the total to $2,200 and it is still not enough to meet your expectations. There does not seem to be an option to add a 2nd GTX 680m for an SLI setup but if there was, then it would likely be a $700 option.

Either increase your budget to approximately $3,000 - $3,500 or scale back on your expectations.
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June 30, 2012 10:45:45 PM

jaguarskx said:
Sorry, $2,000 is too low of a budget if you wan Ultra settings on current games @ 1920x1080.

See following review of the GTX 675m. Unfortunately there are no benchmarks yet for the GTX 680m, but based on the 675m's performance a single GTX 680m will not be enough.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-675M.70...

You need to hover the mouse over the graphic settings in the game to find out the resolution used to benchmark the games. For example, in BattleField 3 "High" the GTX 675m got 54FPS based on 1366x768 resolution. In "Ultra" the GTX 675m was able to get 24FPS with 1920x1080 resolution.

The cost of an Alienware M17x starts at $1,500. The upgrade to a GTX 680m is $550. The upgrade to a 1920x1080 resolution screen is $150. That brings the total to $2,200 and it is still not enough to meet your expectations. There does not seem to be an option to add a 2nd GTX 680m for an SLI setup but if there was, then it would likely be a $700 option.

Either increase your budget to approximately $3,000 - $3,500 or scale back on your expectations.


That is incorrect. You can buy a Sager NP9170 with a 7970M for under $2000. According to Notebookcheck, the 7970M will play BF3 at around 36 fps average on ultra settings/1080p. I'd suggest looking at Xoticpc, as it is probably the most well known Sager retailer.
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