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I'm in the market for a new gaming laptop. I loved my asus g51vx, except for its crappy sound card. What are your opinions on alienware vs. asus. Also if you have any other suggestions on other gaming laptops to get for roughly 1-1.2k

Thanks
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I'm in the market for a new gaming laptop. I loved my asus g51vx, except for its crappy sound card. What are your opinions on alienware vs. asus. Also if you have any other suggestions on other gaming laptops to get for roughly 1-1.2k

Thanks
Alienware isn't worth the money you pay for it. I have an Alienware and an Asus. And the Alienware was about $200-300 more because they have the fancy light thingy. lol. But don't get me wrong, Alienwares are excellent computers.

Recommendations:

MSI: 17.3" screen. 570m GFX card.
http://www.xoticpc.com/force-1761-msi-1761-p-3152.html

Asus: 15.6" screen. 560m GFX Card.
http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g53sxxr1-p-3125.html
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I believe Sager laptops are THE gaming laptops to get, but honestly as long as you get a brand that hasn't had any recalls of whichever model line you plan on purchasing, and has the components you want, you should be fine.

I know Alienware recently had a recall through Dell due to some hinge defect of sorts. ASUS has solid laptops, but their 1215B/T line of netbooks did have issues with the trackpads.

I got my brother an HP dv6t SE laptop with a 6770M, it can handle BF:BC2 at medium settings with some low AA at a very good framerate. Can't judge all laptops by their cover, heh.
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MSI laptops are usually the best "consumer" brands in terms of price/perf, but customer service is rather bad.

Asus laptops are good value for performance laptops as well, espiecially the G53, which I got with the 560m. And they tend to be more reliable in terms of hardware and customer service.

Alienware is overpriced, so no.

Sager is a good option as well
    
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I picked up a ASUS G74sx from Best Buy for $1200, it was the best bang for my buck with the second gen i7, GTX 560M, 8gb of ram, and 1tb of storage. You might be able to purchase a different one from Sager but its all about what brand you prefer.
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As a 3 year AlienWare user I would suggest to go with ASUS or MSI because the AlienWare premium is not worth what you get in return. Sure they look cool but that is about it.
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Just my preference but I always look in this order when buying gaming laptops ASUS, SAGER, MSI, & ALIENWARE. They all have good builds but for the money I like ASUS and SAGER the best.
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I can recommend Asus, I have had an Asus G60VX Chugging along for almost 2 years now, I upgraded the cpu, and installed an ssd. Just hit a wall with BF3, but that is to be expected. Build quality has been great, and I haven't had any issues with it at all.

I have been hearing Asus' tech support can be pretty bad, though, and that makes me nervous. Also, while I bought mine from bestbuy, and it came with a 1 year warranty. A friend purchased a similar model from newegg and it came with 2 years and 1 year of accidental, which is pretty nice. I just dont know how their service is, or if that's even offered anymore.

Sager, while I haven't owned one, I have experience with them at work, a couple of the engineers swear by them, they are tanks, built really well, and they cram some nice hardware into them.

I called up their tech support for an old one we had laying around, and I was impressed with the knowledge and honesty that the tech spoke to me with. I will consider them as one of my top choices for a new laptop when it comes time again.

As for Alienware and MSI I have no experience with them at all. Alienware is Dell, and Dell is supposed to have a pretty good customer service/repair program, so that is something to consider.

I'm not sure where you are shopping, but Xoticpc has good deals on Sager, Asus, and MSI, and they are configurable, where a newegg model wont be.
     
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A sub $1000-$1200 gaming laptop is quite tough unless you go for cheapy HP laptops.
Nevertheless about the branding. Alienware has a 13" just about $1k but you might want to hook up external monitor.

As for Asus, they are superb in quality built and services. Except the Brick AC.
 
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post #10 of 23
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A sub $1000-$1200 gaming laptop is quite tough unless you go for cheapy HP laptops.
Nevertheless about the branding. Alienware has a 13" just about $1k but you might want to hook up external monitor.

As for Asus, they are superb in quality built and services. Except the Brick AC.
Nothing compares to the Brick a high end Sager gets you. I have one that's bigger than my hand...
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