So I'm looking for a gaming laptop. Obviously a 17.3" screen, I prefer one of the better graphics cards out there as well as a decent processor. I don't really know the differences between 3rd and 2nd generation processors. I understand people say buy a little laptop and get a desktop however that is not an option for me since I go back and forth between school and home for weeks at a time. I was wondering if you guys could maybe link some great laptops heres one I was thinking of buying
it depends on your budget. the reason why most people build a desktop because laptops are give or take only half the power of what a desktop is, because all the parts are designed to work at a lower tdp to conserve battery longevity. for instance, the gtx 675m according to notebook check is actually weaker than a HD 6870. and a HD 6870 card is about ~160-170$ compared to the price of what you pay for a laptop with a gtx 675m.
check out xoticpc.com and powernotebooks.com xotic does price matching and they will usually offer free shipping. i got my laptop from them and i must say they have great service and i havnt had a problem yet! as far as price, you can definately find a laptop with a 680 3rd gen i7 and 16gb ram given your budget
the models on the geforce site says these are the laptops that have availability with it:
Manufacturer Model Technology
Alienware M18x SLI
Alienware M17x 3D Vision 2 or Optimus
Clevo P150EM Optimus(clevos are also sagers)
Clevo P170EM Optimus(clevos are also sagers)
MSI GT70 Optimus
Origin PC EON15-S Optimus
Origin PC EON17-S Optimus
edit: if money is a problem, a 7970m is a great alternative. about 300$ cheaper and performs about the same level as a gtx 570 which is a strong card on its own.