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15" gaming laptop. Which way to go?

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I'd like to get myself a 15" gaming laptop. At the moment MSI 620-series and 683-series and ASUS G53sx are my primary choices, but I am not sure which will be the bottleneck in each build. The cpu or or the gpu??

Most other thing being almost equal (RAM, BT, HDD space, none have b-ray which sucks, all have 15,6" Full HD screen, none have ssd etc...) It boils down to price, which are in euros since I live here in the north with the wikings.

I think that the hottest would be
GT683DXR with i7-2670qm + gtx570m for 1499, now if you reduce price you'll find:
G53sx with i7-2630 + gtx 560m for 1299.
G53sx with i5-2410 + gtx560m OR GT683DX with i5-2430 + gtx570m both 1199.
GE620 with i7-2630 + gtx540m for 1099.
GT683 i5-2410 + gtx 560m or GE620 with i7-2670 + gt555m both for 999.

GT683 beats the cheaper G53 by 200 euros if they both have same specs so there is a clear winner in the i5 + 560m category, but is that a sufficient gaming platform? Are there any good reasons to for i5 instead of i7?
I'd like to get a laptop that can run most new games quiet smoothly for as long as possible, 2-3 years. Not necessarily at 1080p since 15" screen is not very big anyway, but so that it still looks good.
Moneywise I can go for any and I'd get a decent desktop if I could, but I really need to pack it with me for extended perioids of time so laptop is the only way to go.

Any idea if all asus/msi laptops have an extra slot for ssd for me to add myself? Some come with 2x500Gb hdd, but some with single 750Gb hdd, but I assume that the casing is the same to make manufacturing more cost efficient.
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Imho for a gaming laptop what might get limiting after a while is the GPU; even the i5 is a dual core CPU with HT, so effectively some 80% of the performance of a true Quad. For a gaming laptop there's no point really in getting an i7, the i5 is good enough.

A 570m should be good for 2-3 years @720p (ok for 15"), but the 560 might be a bit too slow after 1.5-2 years.

About the 2x2.5" bays, if a certain laptop model has 2 bays, but another model from the same range is specced with only one 2.5" slot it is likely the second is unoccupied as it's ineffective to build two different chassis with only this difference.

So from what you posted I'd get the GT683 i5-2410 + gtx 560m and just maybe tune down details after some 2 years. I would also search something with Mobile Radeons as they're cheaper for the same performance. Look at the laptop tests @ anandtech.com , there are many benches which should paint a clearer picture.
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I have a friend who owns a G53sx and he threw a 60 GB ssd into the unoccupied HDD bay. The GTX 560m is able to run most games at decent settings and he is very happy with the build quality. I would definitely buy the G53sx.
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