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What's the best gaming laptop for under $1k? I know nothing about the realm of laptops, besides that all the part names are messed up and no way related to their desktop equivalents.

Could you guys give me some suggestions?
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What is your maximum budget? $1000

What country are you in? USA

What will be the uses of this laptop? Gaming, general usage

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Nope

What screen size do you require? 15" and above

What screen resolution do you require? No preference

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Preferably new, but if there's a really great deal on something refurbished, that'd be nice, too

How long should the battery last? Reasonable amount of time, at least 4 or 5 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? League of Legends, possibly other more demanding games, too

What operating system do you need? None

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? Nope

How much hard drive space do you need? No real preference, but 320GB sounds like a good mininum

Do you need any special hardware? Nope

Is there anything else we need to know? Not really. The owner of this laptop won't be very computer-savvy.
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$1000 exactly, or could you do $1030? http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Qosmio-X775-Q7170-17-3-Inch-Horizon/dp/B006GTCXG8

That laptop has an Nvidia 560M - IMO the best bang/buck laptop graphics, Nvidia Optimus, which switches to integrated graphics when you're not gaming. Basically you get much better battery life for just basic usage. Now the catch is, most laptops with the 560M or faster don't have Optimus - the exception being Toshiba Qosmio's and Alienware. The next-fastest card below the 560M is the 555M, and the 560M is 40% faster. So there's a tradeoff. You won't get 4-5 hours of battery on something without Optimus.

OTOH, you can get a 555M laptop for somewhere around $800-850ish.
 
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The Sager NP8130 is $1066, but windows needs to be selected, brings it to about $1166. Really good cooling capabilities as it has 2 fans and 2 heat sinks (1 for each CPU and GPU). Sager NP8130 This doesnt meet the price or battery life, but its a great laptop for the money.

The above mentioned Toshiba is a good buy. Don't know if it would meet the battery requirements.

The Lenovo Y570 Series have been recommended a lot on some other forums I visit. This Lenovo Y570 on newegg has the GT 555m, is the best gpu with optimus tech so the battery life is good, newegg says 3.5 hours, but I bet its higher with the nvidia gpu disabled.

there is also a version with a bigger hdd that has a 64gb ssd integrated so it loads faster than a standard drive Here

If you wanted to sacrifice the gaming power for better screen, processor, or memory, then im sure there are other options that will suffice.

Problem with the GT555 (especially for a non-tech savvy user) will be the optimus tech, apparently some people have real issues with getting some games to recognize the nvidia GPU. This could be troublesome for someone who doesnt know how to troubleshoot issues.

To add to Jbroad's point, not all of the Toshiba Qosmio laptops support the Optimus, I noticed that either the lower end X775s or the Higher end X775s with 3d did not support it. I cant remember which.

I like his recommendation of the GT555. I would say if there were GT 650 or 655s out they might come closer to $1000 mark as a base, but they will most likely at least have a performance bump of some sort, but they aren't available yet.

Hope this helps.

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I would be wary of any laptop which offers a dedicated and integrated GPU. I had to return the one I purchased as it was trying to flip flop between integrated and dedicated and was causing terrible FPS, lantency issues and would eventually crash my system within a few minutes, Especially if you are in a high population game server. I did not have a Toshiba so cannot comment on that one personally, so it may not be the same thing, but I have read that dual GPU in this type of setup is not a good way to go for gaming... Unfortunately
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and sorry for the necrobump, but does anyone have any suggestions for a laptop with a dedicated GPU for around $600?

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/729553/Gateway-NV77H23u-Laptop-Computer-With-173/
That has no dedicated GPU and has a questionable 6GB of RAM.
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Originally Posted by GuardianDuo View Post

Thanks for the suggestions, guys, and sorry for the necrobump, but does anyone have any suggestions for a laptop with a dedicated GPU for around $600?
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/729553/Gateway-NV77H23u-Laptop-Computer-With-173/
That has no dedicated GPU and has a questionable 6GB of RAM.

$610 plus tax, but free shipping. REFURBISHED Lenovo Y570, Intel i7-2670QM, Nvidia 555M, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm, 2.0MP webcam, 1 year Lenovo warranty. Complete steal IMO. http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/0862xc3.html

If it's out of stock, scope out other Lenovo Outlet deals, for Y-series Ideapads. Trust me when I say you won't find anything nicer at the price - it's hard enough finding a laptop with an i7 quad and junk graphics under $700.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 3/24/12 at 5:07pm
 
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Lenovo Y470P - http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y470p

Got the new 7690m with is supposed to be great for gaming.
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$1000 exactly, or could you do $1030? http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Qosmio-X775-Q7170-17-3-Inch-Horizon/dp/B006GTCXG8
That laptop has an Nvidia 560M - IMO the best bang/buck laptop graphics, Nvidia Optimus, which switches to integrated graphics when you're not gaming. Basically you get much better battery life for just basic usage. Now the catch is, most laptops with the 560M or faster don't have Optimus - the exception being Toshiba Qosmio's and Alienware. The next-fastest card below the 560M is the 555M, and the 560M is 40% faster. So there's a tradeoff. You won't get 4-5 hours of battery on something without Optimus.
OTOH, you can get a 555M laptop for somewhere around $800-850ish.

Need to be careful with the Qosmios. Most of their 17" laptops are not offered in 1920x1080 which is generally standard for most other laptops. This one is only 1600x900.
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post #10 of 14
Here are some suggestions, ascending in price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246324

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246326

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834158385

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834158386

Those are some of the best deals I see, regarding hardware performance. smile.gif
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