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Hi everyone,

I am attending college this fall and am looking for fellow community advice on what to do for gaming options. In my dorm, they allow desktop PC's, but I don't know if I want to hassle with a gigantic tower/monitor every winter/summer break for 4 years. So this is the reason I am aiming for a gaming laptop.

I have read/heard that ibuypower, cyberpowerpc, and powernotebooks make somewhat custom made laptops, but really they are just rebranded Clevo (a Taiwan? company) or something laptops. This is why I am looking towards buying straight from ASUS or SAGER, hell maybe Dell if XPS is really worth it.

Onto the copy pasta!
What is your maximum budget?
1500 USD preferably
What country are you in?
Alaska, US
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming, Photoshop CS5, CAD(for engineering)
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
ASUS or Sager preferably, basically a reputable company with good laptop cases for cooling/fan/heatsinks
What screen size do you require?
15.6
What screen resolution do you require?
1400x900 to 1920x1080
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
NEW, unless refurbished is redistributed from reputable source
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
at least 3 hours
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Bad Company 2 on high settings, hoping for high quality settings on Battlefield 3, high quality on Rift, as long as it gets above 60 FPS on most contemporary games on high details
What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 I guess
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Gaming
How much hard drive space do you need?
Around 320GB SATA, preferably at 7200RPM, maybe with the OS installed on a 40GB SSD
DDo you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
None
Is there anything else we need to know?
What sites to buy from online are reputable for a gaming laptop?
ibuypower, cyberpowerpc, xotic, powernotebooks, any other sites not mentioned


Feedback and assistance greatly appreciated!

Also, thinking about using CCleaner on my PC atm to improve performance, is it a free download from CNET or is this some trial? How reliable is this program for improving performance without undermining stability?
Edited by svaalbard - 5/18/11 at 9:46pm
    
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post #2 of 11
I was in the same boat with you last year, i decided to go with a desktop and just live without it over xmas break, bring it home for summer. if you are set on a laptop id avoid ibuypower, etc. and but straight from the manufacturer(check out Lenovo too, my roommate has a lenovo laptop that he really likes). One piece of advice- check with your school, i know mine has programs to get laptops/computers at discount prices, and we get some software(like MS Office) free.
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Svalbard huh. Norsk?

ASUS Republic of Gamers are pretty nice gaming laptops.
post #5 of 11
If you are really considering Dell, I just put an XPS together with your specifications, and a little extra HD space to boot.

XPS 15 inches for 1379.99 USD

Edit: Just saw that when I clicked on the link myself, it put it back to the default, but you can add and subtract what you do/don't want from that menu screen and get some good pricing it would seem.
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for what its worth i just yesterday recieved my dell xps 17.3" for 1500.00 if you find the dell coupon codes youll save a bundle....i saved 450.00 plus got overnight delivery for free.....its wicked fast.......super quite, and have yet to see a temperature over 51 degrees C.
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post #7 of 11
Having got a gaming laptop years ago for school as well when netbooks weren't as easily available or weren't as good, I would say consider building a gaming desktop and then getting a netbook for school. A netbook will have a lot more battery life, be a lot smaller and lighter, and that will make is a lot easier to work with on desks in classes, and will still be absolutely functional for word processing, excel, web browsing between class, etc, and the desktop would give you more performance, more storage, would last longer and be easier to manage and work on if anything messes up. Plus if you do a custom build, you have longer manufacturer warranties rather than what most laptops which get you only a 1 year unless you invest in a long-term service plan.

However if you're set on a laptop, I would definitely check out the Asus G series. Awesome laptops, awesome hardware, not too big, great gaming performance, and the best part for me is that they come stock with a 2 year manufacturer warranty and 1 year of accidental coverage which is freaking awesome, and may save you in case of any accidents taking it to class or "partying" a bit too hard in college...;P

Here is a good example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230027

That and a good solid state drive would be an epic combo!
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post #8 of 11
I agree with MooCwzRck. For 1500$ you can make a i7 - 2600k killer laptop combo, and a nice netbook for anything else.

You wont run at 60 fps on high settings with newer games with a 460m afaik. Well it definately wont be much lower at native res, but its not future proof, where as the desktop will obliterate it.
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What he said. /Thread.
post #10 of 11
You could build a nice AMD mini ATX desktop for gaming and still get a cheap notebook for note taking at school for that price.

Just a thought.

Edit: If I read every post I would have seen that was already suggested.
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