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Trying to decide on a gaming laptop

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Well, its finally that time to sell Ol' Reliable (G50Vt-X8) and get something with a good deal more kick.

I have narrowed it down to two manufacturers:

Asus, since I'm a fanboy.
Origin PC, since my first gamer was a pre-Dell Alienware and I loved it.

I have been going back and forth between the two.

I will probably be ordering from Origin directly or XoticPC for the customization abilities instead of settling for what newegg has to offer.

So my choices are the
Asus G53SW-A1, G73SW-A1
Origin EON 15-S, EON 17-S

The reason for the 15" choices is because I have a 30" LED TV as my monitor, and I’m not a mobile gamer much, (still use it when I’m out and about or at a LAN party), however, I'm kind of tired of the building a desktop computer as of right now. Maybe down the road when technology stops growing exponentially to the point of 3 weeks from buying top of the line there’s something generations better out.
I am having difficulties deciding which model I should go with.

I really like the Origin PC look, and Asus finally did away with the god awful fingerprint magnet casing in the later G Series laptops. The glossy screen is still is horrible idea, IMO, but that’s neither here nor there.

So, has anyone got an opinion on either model or suggestion as to which I should go with?

I want to keep it under 2K, I'd prefer to have the i5 instead of the i7, for gaming the i5 is perfect from my experience. Going with Win7 Home Prem 64. Probably going to upgrade it to 8GB of RAM if I have the opportunity. I have a Vertex 3 I’m going to be putting into it, all my media is stored on a Win7 server box i built. Video card is really where I'm stuck.

The last time I heard anything about the 400 series Nvidia cards, is that they are overheating and crashing with manufacturer stock clocking. Is this true on the 400m series as well?

Origin comes with the option for the GTX 485m while Asus is stuck with the GTX 460m.

Any suggestions are more than welcome. This is going to be a strictly gaming machine. I have other computers to handle my other needs such as video converting, ripping DVDs, sharing media etc.

Thanks

-Tony
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The Vault v2
(21 items)
 
Asus G50Vt
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz P8Z68-V PRO NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Sniper 16GB Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 2x Seagate 1.5TB RAID1 Western Digital Raptor 450GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Western Digital Black 1TB WD External 1TB Passport OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Sony Optiarc Slimdrive BD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H60  Windows 7 SP1 x64 / Slackware 14.1 PB278Q CM QuickFire Rapid 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic 1050X Gold Lian Li PC-9F Logitech GX9 Steel Series QcK Mini 
Audio
Razer Circumaural Electra Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T9600 G50VT GeForce 9800M GS @ 640/1600/900 Samsung  
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung  Toshiba SSD HGST HDD 7.2K Optiarc BD-ROM 
CoolingOSOS
Arctic Silver MX-4 Slackware 14.1 x64 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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i just got myself a GX 660 Full HD and it is rock solid and amazing if u ask me

i would highly recommend that lappy coz i really feel alienware are just very expensive if u consider cost and performance

check out the reviews of the GX 660R from MSi really awesome lappy and i love it
    
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Mushkin 120gb Deluxe SSD,5TB's HDDs Se7eN Pro 64 Bit BenQ XL2410T 3D *VisioN* Logitech G510s 
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