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Hi, I'm going to university soon and I'm going to need a laptop. Here are my target specs.

What is your maximum budget?
I have no budget
What country are you in?
China
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming and University
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No
What screen size do you require?
17.3'
What screen resolution do you require?
I don't really care about resolution, but higher is preferred.
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
I would prefer the highest possible battery life that fits all my requirements.
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
GW2, highest settings
What operating system do you need? (if any)
Win7 or 8 if there are any =)
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
No
How much hard drive space do you need?
a 120/128GB SSD and 750GB-1TB HDD(s).
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
No, a DVD/CD Rom is good enough
Is there anything else we need to know?

i7 CPU

8GB of RAM

1.5-2GB vid card would be more than enough.

I want the laptop to be able to last for 4 years.

Thanks.
Edited by Terence369 - 5/14/12 at 4:50pm
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If possible, I would also like to find out which is the best laptop backpack and cooler for a 17.3' laptop
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Alienware is usually worth looking into, I think.
But if you're going for mainstream brands: normally, most modern laptops have good enough batteries to last you several hours through gaming.
 
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hmmm the thing is I'm planning on getting the laptop here in Shanghai or Hong Kong, and Alienware here is customisable. I had a friend who bought one online and it took him more than a month to get it, and by that time, I won't be here.
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Gaming and Battery life don't go hand in hand when it comes to laptops. With fullscreen gaming, you're lucky to get at least an hour worth of play before running a battery dry.
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Have you looked into the Asus RoG series and the MSI Gt series? Both of them are also good options for a gaming laptop. They also offer laptops with SSDs or hard drives in raid
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Terence369 View Post

hmmm the thing is I'm planning on getting the laptop here in Shanghai or Hong Kong, and Alienware here is customisable. I had a friend who bought one online and it took him more than a month to get it, and by that time, I won't be here.


wait

so are you saying that you plan to buy a laptop at shanghai or HK, which is roughly where you are at right now, and you are going to a college overseas?

that's how I interpret your statement of "I won't be here a month later"

if that's the case, but be reminded that you have to pay high premium for for buying a gaming laptop outside of the north american continent. The price of alienware gaming laptops between US and HK, for example, make the currency exchange looks like US : HK is 1 : 10, instead of 1 : 7.8

customer service and warranty could also potentially be a hassle

if you are going to US/CAN, buying the laptop you want over there is strongly recommended, it not only simplifies the potential problems you might have, its also a lot cheaper
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Gaming and Battery life don't go hand in hand when it comes to laptops. With fullscreen gaming, you're lucky to get at least an hour worth of play before running a battery dry.
I know, but I need a gaming laptop that can still be used for classes in school. I'm not going to play games when on the go. That's why I said the highest possible life.
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Have you looked into the Asus RoG series and the MSI Gt series? Both of them are also good options for a gaming laptop. They also offer laptops with SSDs or hard drives in raid
I have. Although I like RoG laptops, none really fits my requirements as perfectly. The closest MSI laptop to my preference would be the MSI G Series GT700NC-011US.
The only major problem is that its a GTX670 with 3GB. This would basically make the battery into nothing. (I think)
Edited by Terence369 - 5/7/12 at 7:57am
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wait
so are you saying that you plan to buy a laptop at shanghai or HK, which is roughly where you are at right now, and you are going to a college overseas?
that's how I interpret your statement of "I won't be here a month later"
if that's the case, but be reminded that you have to pay high premium for for buying a gaming laptop outside of the north american continent. The price of alienware gaming laptops between US and HK, for example, make the currency exchange looks like US : HK is 1 : 10, instead of 1 : 7.8
customer service and warranty could also potentially be a hassle
if you are going to US/CAN, buying the laptop you want over there is strongly recommended, it not only simplifies the potential problems you might have, its also a lot cheaper
Yes you are correct. I am in Shanghai right now and am going overseas to the US soon. The price thing is also one of the reasons I do not prefer Alienware. I wanted to get a laptop here because I need a laptop as soon as I get to the US.
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