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Hey guys, I'm still searching for a good laptop for gaming without going overkill on my budget.

I'm not really smart when it comes to mobile CPU's. I know desktop i5's are more then enough for any game but does the same apply to the mobile versions? I could save quite a bit of money getting a second gen i5 over an i7 laptop.

Thoughts?
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I believe it's a little ironic to try and "future proof" something that is very difficult to do in the first place. If all you are going to be doing though is gaming, then the i5 will do just fine and shouldn't hold back your mobile gpu. If you can, put the money into a better graphics card rather than going with the i7.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/9/11 at 12:12am
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If you want to "future proof" it, Id suggest you get an i7 over an i5, only way youd get some more time out of it in the future is with some extra cores and hoping you get games/apps that can utilise them.

Id suggest an i5 if you want gaming power, the mobile i5's atm are clocked higher than the i7's.

And whats you budget?
Id recommend these, these are around the ~$1000 range.

Lenovo Ideapad Y560 i7

Heres an i5 version
Ive got an i7 Y560 myself and am in love with it.

Heres a review for the Y560 i7

OR

HP Envy 17
Id also suggest looking at the envy 14's and 15's. I personally love the 14 but choose according to you liking. My friend has a envy 14 and its a great laptop, Id recommend it over my Y560

Heres a review for the Envy 14

OR

Toshiba Qosmio X505
Havent used this one, just read a review a few days ago, looks great.

Heres a Review for the Qosmio
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i would say grab the i7 worth it for the long run i got the 2630qm in my xps a few months back and i don't regret it at all.
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For strictly gaming - if you want a reasonably sized (14" or smaller) laptop, you want to look at the Alienware m11x, m14x, the HP Envy 14, and my sig rig. Be warned that a lot of these computers tend to be pricey, since it's premium high-end hardware in a very small form factor.
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