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Buying a new laptop for the upcoming semester

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What is your maximum budget? ~1200 CAD

What country are you in? Canada

What will be the uses of this laptop? Programming (C++, Java, CUDA), Gaming (mostly Starcraft 2)

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Good previous experience with Dell, my friend has an Asus and he loves it.

What screen size do you require? ~15"

What screen resolution do you require?
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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) 3h

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Starcraft 2 (at least high), SW:TOR (not out yet so i can't give specific settings)

What operating system do you need? (if any) Windows 7 x64

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) No

How much hard drive space do you need? 256Gb+ (doesn't really matter I have external drives at home)

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) No

Is there anything else we need to know? This model seemed to fit the bill but some of the reviews are disappointing.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152258

MSI is a good company
i know that you tend to see not-so-good reviews on laptops but that is because IT'S A FREAKING LAPTOP. (sorry for the explosive angry remark)

people expect the same from laptops as they would a desktop, which is completely unreasonable.

so as far as the reviews go, don't pay too much attention to every one of em because a lot of people are pretty ignorant when it comes to laptops.
/end rant

ANYWAYS...the MSI one i saw seemed pretty solid:

8 Gigs DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M which is a 1G card (awesome for a laptop)
and it has the infamous i7, (although i hate intel with a passion, it is a great CPU)

it's a great laptop for a pretty great price.
i recommend getting something to set it on, cuz with the amount of higher end stuff it has in it, it's sure to get quite hot (as with any laptop will)
post #3 of 12
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That looks like a good suggestion, the 8Gb of RAM is interesting as it means I won't run out of it anytime soon. However, it seems the video card is about 2/3 less powerful than the Asus model (732pts for the 540M versus 1208pts for the 460M according to videocardbenchmark.net) so it isn't a clear cut decision.
post #4 of 12
you could try looking for upgrades.
although ASUS is an awesome brand and know for performance.
it'd be cheaper to upgrade memory vs. graphics unless your paying loads more for the ASUS
post #5 of 12
MSI doesn't make very reliable laptops but their recent gaming ones are pretty decent
    
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Asus G53 / G73 ?
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Originally Posted by Hazzeedayz View Post
you could try looking for upgrades.
although ASUS is an awesome brand and know for performance.
it'd be cheaper to upgrade memory vs. graphics unless your paying loads more for the ASUS
That's what I was thinking the Asus is only 50-100$ more than the MSI (depending on specials) so I figure ~2 years from now if i need to upgrade the ram it wont cost me much, and all the while I'll get a much better graphics card.
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Is that MSI model the only alternative for me to choose from?
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Is that MSI model the only alternative for me to choose from?
no i was just giving you an example of one that i've had experience with.
there are plenty of other laptops out there with very similar hardware and capabilities.

you could check out some of the lower end alienware ones.
(although my buddy had an Alienware desktop awhile back and said that the support was complete crap)
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I'm thinking about getting the Sager NP5165 from xoticpc. It comes with a GT 555, 15.4 inch screen, and you can put an i7 in it. Just giving you another option. I'm not sure xoticpc ships to Canada though, or someone would probably of already mentioned it.
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