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Hey all --

Have been out of the laptop scene for a long time. Am looking to put together a nice gaming laptop for my gf in order so that we can play Diablo 3 when it comes out (maybe some other similar spec games as well). Otherwise, will also be used for general computing, web, watching shows, etc .. nothing else major.

Am thinking a Dell, altho open to other brands if they are reliable. Some specs it must include are :

17" screen (at least 900p, altho prefer 1080p)
Intel I7 (either the 2670 2.2ghz or 2760 2.4ghz)
8gb ram (1600mhz)
Dedicated Video card (was thinking the 1.5gb GTX 560M, but not familiar with its performance, open to AMD as well)
750gb or 1TB hd

Can this setup run gaming well ? Again, Im not up to date on performance as of late. Looking for any other suggestions.

Very much appreciated, wouldl ike to order this asap. Thanx in advance !

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Lol don't buy a dell, whatever you do...
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whats your budget?
 
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Oops, sorry .. budget is probably around $1500 or so. I can probably go a bit higher, as long as its something that will last for at least 3 years or so and still be able to run things well.
    
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post #6 of 10
A Llano 3500M coupled with a 6770m (6775g2 asymmetric crossfire) would probably run Diablo 3 well without busting your bank. Heck even just the APU graphics might run D3 if the graphics are what it seems to be. But if you're really intent on spending all that cash just for a laptop even if it's for gaming, go for the Asus G-series with a gtx560m 3gb. Watch out for the 2gb ones though since these are only 128-bit models if I rememeber correctly.
Edited by goldcrow - 3/12/12 at 8:43am
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Check out sager laptops. They have a few retailers, but they are probably the best value gaming laptops out there. I have bought two, one for graphics design for my gf and one for gaming for me, and we have had no problems with them.

(look into the 8170/8171(newer apparently), its around that price, screen size, etc.)
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I would have to second this. As a recent purchaser of a Asus Gaming laptop I got the 15.6" vs the one linked. Tossed in a SSD and am getting 10 sec bootup times and am running Games at Max settings, SWTOR, WOW< Starcraft 2 and some skyrim action ATM. It will be playing Diablo 3 when it is released as well. This machine is a beast, it is kind of bulky but I have mine hooked up to a 24" monitor and it is kicking hard!!! Am at 1920x1200 native resolution... In Wow on this compared to my desktop machine am getting 55-60 FPS (desktop is 60) and my latency is hovering around 20-34 (desktop is 15-19) on avg. The 17" has a minor issue (IE: no num lock key) but there is a work around for it from my understanding and also not too many people have complained about not having a num lock key. Essentially you can remap the key if it is something needed for a game. avg price for one of these can be had for 1299.00 and the one linked by prior poster I believe has 3 gig and blue ray player. Also Best Buy has one for 1299.00 as well.

Some things which are nice about the 17.3" laptop is the ease of access for HDD and Ram should you wish to upgrade. The matte finish, and the HUGE cooling vents in back. A must for this to really wake it up is to add a SSD... it is like running a totally different laptop now.

Bad things about this.... no num lock key, it has a 560m with 2 gig. (try to get the 3 gig as it has 192 clocks, some models offer it) 1 TB is broken into 2 500 gig drives typically and no blue ray player. Speakers are so so, like any laptop... Webcam so so quality.

good luck in whatever you choose
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I would have to second this. As a recent purchaser of a Asus Gaming laptop I got the 15.6" vs the one linked. Tossed in a SSD and am getting 10 sec bootup times and am running Games at Max settings, SWTOR, WOW< Starcraft 2 and some skyrim action ATM. It will be playing Diablo 3 when it is released as well. This machine is a beast, it is kind of bulky but I have mine hooked up to a 24" monitor and it is kicking hard!!! Am at 1920x1200 native resolution... In Wow on this compared to my desktop machine am getting 55-60 FPS (desktop is 60) and my latency is hovering around 20-34 (desktop is 15-19) on avg. The 17" has a minor issue (IE: no num lock key) but there is a work around for it from my understanding and also not too many people have complained about not having a num lock key. Essentially you can remap the key if it is something needed for a game. avg price for one of these can be had for 1299.00 and the one linked by prior poster I believe has 3 gig and blue ray player. Also Best Buy has one for 1299.00 as well.
Some things which are nice about the 17.3" laptop is the ease of access for HDD and Ram should you wish to upgrade. The matte finish, and the HUGE cooling vents in back. A must for this to really wake it up is to add a SSD... it is like running a totally different laptop now.
Bad things about this.... no num lock key, it has a 560m with 2 gig. (try to get the 3 gig as it has 192 clocks, some models offer it) 1 TB is broken into 2 500 gig drives typically and no blue ray player. Speakers are so so, like any laptop... Webcam so so quality.
good luck in whatever you choose
It was a quick search that I did before heading off to college I like my G73JH with the 1gb 5870M 17.3" 6gb of DRR3 and a 640 hard drive. I really like mine and I think the 560 be better then this 5870M I have,
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