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What is your maximum budget?
<$2000
What country are you in?
United States
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming, college work
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Nope, but a reputable name would be preferred
What screen size do you require?
15 to 17 inches
What screen resolution do you require?
Any, although higher resolutions would be nice
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
3 to 5 hours
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Valve titles and popular titles like Call of Duty, BC2, etc. Medium settings are fine, although the prettier looking the better
What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Nope
How much hard drive space do you need?
750GB would be optimal
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam
Is there anything else we need to know?
Nope, but thanks in advance for your replies!
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post #2 of 33
Give Sager NP8170-S1 a look, the SB i7-2630 and the HD6970m will easily max the games listed above, and its just a bit below 2000 dollars.

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.p...name=NP8170-S1
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Get that machine through this site instead. XoticPC.com is a much better choice. They tend to have better warranties and better service AND lower prices on a day to day basis.
     
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Yes Imglidinhere that is correct, xoticpc is the better way to buy due to their customer service and other goodies.
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I faced this dilemma myself. I bought a 15.6" gaming laptop for university so I could game on residence and take it to class for note taking and use in library for studying. But I quickly discovered that carrying a 6lb laptop to class every day became quite annoying, plus some older lecture halls have terrible seating space and make it very awkward to use larger laptops. If I could go back I would have just gotten a cheap netbook to take to class and library and brought my gaming desktop to residence. I recently got a netbook because I'm sick of carry 6 extra pounds. I am still trying to sell my laptop.

With a netbook + desktop combination you get better battery life and portability and a much cheaper/stabler gaming system. The only disadvantage is you can't game in the library and in class with a gaming laptop.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/17/11 at 12:55pm
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Look at some Sagers. The Alienware laptops don't hold much of a long battery really.
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Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies View Post
I faced this dilemma myself. I bought a 15.6" gaming laptop for university so I could game on residence and take it to class for note taking and use in library for studying. But I quickly discovered that carrying a 6lb laptop to class every day became quite annoying, plus some older lecture halls have terrible seating space and make it very awkward to use larger laptops. If I could go back I would have just gotten a cheap netbook to take to class and library and brought my gaming desktop to residence. I recently got a netbook because I'm sick of carry 6 extra pounds. I am still trying to sell my laptop.

With a netbook + desktop combination you get better battery life and portability and a much cheaper/stabler gaming system. The only disadvantage is you can't game in the library and in class with a gaming laptop.
as for a current college student myself, i totally agree with this. I dont like netbook cause its too small for my eyes, i personally prefer a 13.3 inch myself. A perfect balance between weight and practicability. You can get a decent laptop for daily usage for a really long usage for around 600. Asus has a few models like that. Then build yourself an awesome gaming machine for under 1k.
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m18x if you want a long battery life, a good screen and a beast for performance
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You probably want a small laptop/mini-itx desktop combo...
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m18x if you want a long battery life, a good screen and a beast for performance
M18X for battery life... LMAO! No laptop with a GTX 460M or higher is gonna have decent battery life. That includes the Sagers that have a GPU higher than the GT 555M. No Optimus: no decent battery life.

I'm gonna go ahead and recommend the Sager NP5165 because, while it may not have the highest end GPU, it'll give you four hours of battery life, a very fast GPU and CPU, and a small chassis. You'll only spend half of what you have available, too.

Don't bother with anything faster than the GT 555M if you want decent battery life. You'll get less than three hours.
    
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