These are the fastest options. The dv4t-5100 comes with the GT 650M GDDR5 which is considerably faster than the GT 555M (easily 20-30% more). The Lenovo has advantage of being with a bigger screen and higher build quality, the HP is more compact.
If you can handle heat situation - you're not living in the desert and you are cautious about the surroundings of the laptop - then the dv4t will give you the most performance for 700$. According to the first link, the one with the Skyrim benchmarks, you can see that for 720p resolution, GT 650M will run Skyrim on highest settings (the benchmark inclues AAx8 which is not necessary, but even so it runs smoothly) and the GT 555M will be great too.
The HP one is more future proof gaming performance-wise, the Lenovo is bigger and more tough + has better heat and noise handling.
If you haven't already purchased, you will want to keep the following in mind when configuring your HP DV6t-7000:
- Get the GT 650M GPU, for the purposes of game performance. It is a fair bit faster than the GT 630M, and significantly faster than Intel HD graphics.
- Get the 1920x1080 display. Generally, you should not buy the HP DV6 in any configuration that includes the default 1366x768 display, and you should make a point to avoid 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display when it is reasonable to do so. 15.6" 1366x768 displays make things onscreen large, and tend to be low-tier LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast. However, the upgraded 1920x1080 matte IPS display is an excellent display on all counts.
Here's a good base configuration to use, copypasted from a number of other recent posts of mine:
HP DV6t (i3-3110M, NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte IPS display) - $724 + tax ($769 + tax w/ i5-3210M)
- Use coupon code: NBY8552
- Don't: Downgrade to the 1366x768 display, unless you need the large text. You generally shouldn't buy the HP DV6 in any configuration that includes the 1366x768 display. 15.6" 1366x768 displays make things onscreen large, and tend to be low-tier LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast.
- Don't: Downgrade the GPU to the GT 630M unless you only plan on doing light / moderate gaming. The GT 650M is considerably faster.
- Don't: Downgrade the GPU to integrated graphics unless you only plan on doing very light / no gaming. Integrated graphics will probably provide disappointing game performance in the majority of modern titles.
- Note: You can select one of the previous-generation SandyBridge CPU options if you do not select the GT 650M.
- Consider: Backlit keyboard, Larger/faster HDD.
The problem with the Y570 mentioned eariler in this thread is that it comes only with a 15.6" 1366x768 display. For reasons stated above in my post, you should look to stay away from this when it is reasonable to do so.
thanks for the suggestions, also i do not plan to purchase until the end of this year, right now i'm just trying to learn a little bit about the hardware what i should look be looking for in a gaming laptop
This coupon certainly will not still be active by then, but there should be another decent deal available at some time close to the end of the year. Keep in mind that sometimes the discounts aren't this good. Sometimes a configuration like this costs as much as $899 with the best available coupon.