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I know your asking for laptop suggestions, but from personal experience, I'm gonna have to throw another vote to getting a normal laptop. When I started college, I wanted a laptop I could game on, so I got one with a decent video card (9600M iirc) but I quickly found out that it just wasn't practical. First, there's the weight. Even with a 15", the extra weight from beefy components will get old quick. Bump up to a 17" and you get a lot of extra weight and lose a LOT of mobility. Also, it's gonna have a HUGE power brick. This is probably my biggest complaint with mine. Then there's the battery life. A nice GPU is gonna suck a lot of power. I suppose the modern ones with an onboard + dedicated remedy some of this, but the requirement of the other components will still draw more power than a simple laptop. Lastly, you have to consider potential hardware problems. Running higher performance hardware will generate more heat and have more potential to fail than a common laptop.

Since starting college, I've played games on my laptop maybe once. Make room for your desktop and take that. A college laptop should be portable and work efficient. Having games always at your disposal will just be one more distraction you don't need in college.
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post #12 of 33
imo get a basic laptop/netbook for class.. something lightweight and durable

build a desktop w/ the rest of your budget
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I know your asking for laptop suggestions, but from personal experience, I'm gonna have to throw another vote to getting a normal laptop. When I started college, I wanted a laptop I could game on, so I got one with a decent video card (9600M iirc) but I quickly found out that it just wasn't practical. First, there's the weight. Even with a 15", the extra weight from beefy components will get old quick. Bump up to a 17" and you get a lot of extra weight and lose a LOT of mobility. Also, it's gonna have a HUGE power brick. This is probably my biggest complaint with mine. Then there's the battery life. A nice GPU is gonna suck a lot of power. I suppose the modern ones with an onboard + dedicated remedy some of this, but the requirement of the other components will still draw more power than a simple laptop. Lastly, you have to consider potential hardware problems. Running higher performance hardware will generate more heat and have more potential to fail than a common laptop.

Since starting college, I've played games on my laptop maybe once. Make room for your desktop and take that. A college laptop should be portable and work efficient. Having games always at your disposal will just be one more distraction you don't need in college.
That's why Optimus was made. You can get high performance and high battery life.
    
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post #15 of 33
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That's why Optimus was made. You can get high performance and high battery life.
And that's why I mentioned the onboard + dedicated solutions in my post. Still doesn't address the weight and portability issues.
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post #16 of 33
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And that's why I mentioned the onboard + dedicated solutions in my post. Still doesn't address the weight and portability issues.
It doesn't, but smaller die sizes and newer architectures do. Look at the Sager NP5165 for example. It weighs 5.7 pounds, has a normal 15" chassis, and packs a GeForce GT 555M.
    
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Hmm. Looks like they're making strides toward practicality then. All things considered, I'd still go back and get a nice reliable work laptop if given the choice.
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Hmm. Looks like they're making strides toward practicality then. All things considered, I'd still go back and get a nice reliable work laptop if given the choice.
And why wouldn't my example be reliable? Heat isn't really a reason. It's only a 35W TDP GPU, and you use integrated whenever you're not gaming.
    
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post #19 of 33
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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.
I know what you mean, I was looking for an 11.6" - 13.3" but I couldn't find any decent cheap ones so I just picked up a used 10.2" for $180 CAD, still trying to get use to the little keyboard. But atleast it can play 1080p video and stream 480p on youtube, so it's just powerful enough for watching... "movies" .

*Thought process, less spent on netbook, more I have for my next video card
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I used to hate alienware products as they're gimmicky, and what not.. but even I'm considering buying an m14x. Dell has really knocked the prices off of their products lately (Alienware in particular), and I'm glad. The Sager actually worked out more expensive than the alienware with similar specs (and this was with an alienware case included in the price, as well as some extra features).

I've only seen but positive reviews about the m14x, and the build quality as actually getting much better.

Quite honestly, I'm torn between an G53JW-XN1, and the m14x. They both have optimus, except the alienware uses sandy bridge, and the G53JW-XN1 doesn't :/.
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