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What is your maximum budget? $850

What country are you in? USA

What will be the uses of this laptop? Gaming, watching movies

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? I have no brand loyalties

What screen size do you require? I'd like to get 15"+

What screen resolution do you require? I'm not picky

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? I'd rather it be new

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) I'd say 3 hours would be enough, most of the time it will be plugged in at home, but I'd like to be able to watch a movie elsewhere once and awhile. I have a netbook for school purposes.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? The most demanding games I'm interested in playing are Diablo 3, Heart of the Swarm, Arkham City, and Alice 2. I have no problem with running them on low or medium settings. I'd like to get 60 fps constant in D3, even if that means medium-low settings. The other 3 can be a little lower since I'll only be playing them single player.

What operating system do you need? (if any) I'd prefer Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) I have no preference

How much hard drive space do you need? 250GB would be sufficient, I don't have a lot of data.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) I don't

Is there anything else we need to know? I play games for long periods of time, so I'm guessing I'll have to buy one of those Antec coolers. I'm not picky when it comes to image quality, I'd just like a little advice on what to get that will run my favorite games well. I don't know enough to make a guess on my own. Other than the four games I listed above I'll be playing Dwarfs!?, Torchlight 2, Grim Dawn, Left4Dead 2, and UT2004, so I don't need a beast.

Thanks for any help
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I recommend this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215004
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I recommend this in counter of that. Sager NP5165
     
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Thanks for the replies you two. The GT540M and GT555M show 150+ frames on Low on Notebookcheck's benchmarks. I'm fine playing on Low so I'm thinking $850 is more than I need to spend, no? Do you have any suggestions for a weaker chip to look for? If it can handle 50-60 fps on Low in Diablo 3 then it's perfect for me. The other games I can play on console if need be. I was hoping the E-350 laptops would be able to handle it, but looking at onoz's benchmarks for Starcraft 2 I think it's just a little too weak. What would the middle ground be?

Thanks for any advice
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I have a bad habit of ignoring budgets when I think posting something is merely worth a the cost of a suggestion, so...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230021
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Thanks for the replies you two. The GT540M and GT555M show 150+ frames on Low on Notebookcheck's benchmarks. I'm fine playing on Low so I'm thinking $850 is more than I need to spend, no? Do you have any suggestions for a weaker chip to look for? If it can handle 50-60 fps on Low in Diablo 3 then it's perfect for me. The other games I can play on console if need be. I was hoping the E-350 laptops would be able to handle it, but looking at onoz's benchmarks for Starcraft 2 I think it's just a little too weak. What would the middle ground be?

Thanks for any advice
There's no reason to skimp out on a laptop if you want to play a few games. Because in the end, you WILL want something with a bit more power as my mobile GPU is something I wished had a little more power. A few more Texture Units would have been nice... >.>
     
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I recommend this in counter of that. Sager NP5165
This is a really strong recommendation and easily one of the better deals I've seen. That the laptop isn't totally riced out Alienware style is also very appealing.

Have you used these guys before? My only beef is that I have to pay $200 more for a matte screen, which i have little interest in doing. And Let me ask this: the nvidia 540m GPU - can it do a solid job with Starcraft 2 and WoW? That's all I really need a gaming laptop for. The older Sager 5160 model comes with a matte screen by default, but also the 540m, whereas the newer 5165 has the 555m (which looks to be significantly better). Thoughts?
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The GPU is very weak by comparison. If you only use it for movies and other things like that, it should work but since SC2 and BC2 are the games of choice, I wouldn't bother with it.

You can get so much more for the money.

The difference between a $500 laptop and an $800 laptop is usually a very low end discrete GPU that does make a significant difference. The difference in adding another $150-$200 to the $800 price tag usually upgrades that GPU to something that can play the majority of games out on the market at the moment.
     
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