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Thanks for replying, I know these become tedious...

Thought about a new laptop for law school: Granted, will be working my buttocks off and hence a gaming machine is practically useless... All the same must play ME3 and Skyrim-- have to break the doldrums in some way.

Thus far i've eliminated it down to two options:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...324&CatId=2511

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...440&CatId=3998

A $300 difference exists-- also the 2 year warranty + 1 year accidental damage on the cheaper G73. What I was wondering was whether the 560m (G74) is worth it as an investment over the 460m (G73) (with 4GB more general ram & 1.5GB more vid ram.)

Since both such a high natural res it could possibly require that-- and probably more-- for games like ME3 and skyrim. Another squabble with the G74 is its 9.4 lb weight versus the 8 lb G73-- would I look silly carrying it?

Thought heavily about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152266

But the poor keyboard layout/durability (not to mention can only update drivers using MSI's site apparently...) greatly turn me off. Not discounting i'm essentially paying for a laptop the same exact price as the g74 with a smaller screen (despite 500GB's space.)

Thank you once again.
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There's not a lot of difference in performance between the 460m and the 560m and you really don't need 12gb of ram for gaming, so I would go with the cheaper one.

Also, have you ever seen/used one of these laptops in real life? They're absolutely massive. I just thought I'd point that out. I don't know if it matters to you though...
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Nope, though the thought has spun around in my mind a bit. Isn't big size more or less a side-effect of having a gaming laptop though (correct me if i'm wrong...) Any others you could suggest?
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Nope, though the thought has spun around in my mind a bit. Isn't big size more or less a side-effect of having a gaming laptop though (correct me if i'm wrong...) Any others you could suggest?
Sager NP8130. Beastly gaming power, 15.6", 6.5 pounds. With the games you're looking to play, you need a 560m or better.

That said, as an attorney who graduated law school in 2007, I have to advise you that you might want to look into a lenovo thinkpad. Their keyboards are the best in the business, and it's critical to have a responsive, dependable keyboard in law school. I switched from my thinkpad to an HP gamer for the bar exam and I hated it so much - simply because of the keyboard - that I ended up reverting to the ol' thinkpad for the exam itself. Additionally, if you take a laptop into a law firm with you, you don't want some ricey looking rig there, glowing like a spaceship.

I know lenovo has a very powerful graphics option on one of their notebooks, but I can't for the life of me remember which right this second. I really, really think that's your best bet.
    
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I always hear people here saying Sager offers really good gaming laptops at a reasonable price. I haven't owned one so I can't say for myself.
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Sager NP8130. Beastly gaming power, 15.6", 6.5 pounds. With the games you're looking to play, you need a 560m or better.

That said, as an attorney who graduated law school in 2007, I have to advise you that you might want to look into a lenovo thinkpad. Their keyboards are the best in the business, and it's critical to have a responsive, dependable keyboard in law school. I switched from my thinkpad to an HP gamer for the bar exam and I hated it so much - simply because of the keyboard - that I ended up reverting to the ol' thinkpad for the exam itself. Additionally, if you take a laptop into a law firm with you, you don't want some ricey looking rig there, glowing like a spaceship.

I know lenovo has a very powerful graphics option on one of their notebooks, but I can't for the life of me remember which right this second. I really, really think that's your best bet.
Best aspect of sager is the semi-minimalist design-- will agree there. Discreet. I purchased one, the NP8150 w/ a 6990m-- I cannot thank you enough: $1600.

A few moments of hesitation considering keyboard on NP's is nothing spectacular-- yet I could not fairly weigh that against 6990m and ability to switch around parts in the Sager NP without voiding the warranty in lenovos.
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