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So as much as it pains me to be buying a laptop (I much prefer desktops) I am looking for a gaming one. Ill set BF3 as the benchmark with decent quality and FPS as I intend on getting that, I play mostly cs:s and project reality (bf2 mod)

Budget is sub $1500 taxes and shipping included.

Now I think I have one already in mind from Xoticpc.com and I think it will be pretty sweet.
here is the link
http://www.xoticpc.com/shopping_cart_show.php?wconfigure=yes

Heres the main points 17" (a must)
i7 3610QM
GTX 675M 2 gb
8 gb of RAM

So getting this to Canada for something close to this price is what makes me nervous. I have not found a company that you can customize like this in Canada.

So how does this rig seem for playing BF3?
Also anyone have any good stores in Canada that have this laptop? Or imported one from the states and knows all the "hidden" fees?



this makes me sad inside knowing what I could do with a desktop with $1500 ...... oh well

Thanks

Ive been looking at possibly getting a 7970m but there does not seem to be many of them out there, anyone know a good site that has lots?
Edited by Devo 66 - 8/20/12 at 8:32pm
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What's the screen resolution? if its 1920x1080 then the 675m (a rebadged 580m) would struggle if you max out everything.

680m would be the best choice but very expensive. However, adding 200$ over the 675m would get you a 7970m which is almost double the performance of a 675m.
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What's the screen resolution? if its 1920x1080 then the 675m (a rebadged 580m) would struggle if you max out everything.
680m would be the best choice but very expensive. However, adding 200$ over the 675m would get you a 7970m which is almost double the performance of a 675m.

Yea I'd go 1080 but running on ultra is not somthing that I would care about. Anything highers than medium is good with me

Yea I just saw that the 7970m is pretty good the only crappy thing is I dont see a lot of them in the options for customization which does seem weird. Ill try and swing that though better for long term
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If you want this machine exclusively for BF3, then you will want the 7970M. It's like comparing the difference between a GTX 460 and a GTX 570. That's not a joke either. o_o

Honestly speaking, if you can afford to spend the extra money, get the 7970M. It really is just that much more powerful than the 675M.


However to say that the 675M would struggle if you max out everything isn't really true for most games. My 6970M rocks 1920x1200 and I manage all high settings reasonably well. The 675M is a good 20% faster than the 6970M too, so... you should be good.
Edited by Imglidinhere - 8/21/12 at 7:29am
     
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If you want this machine exclusively for BF3, then you will want the 7970M. It's like comparing the difference between a GTX 460 and a GTX 570. That's not a joke either. o_o
Honestly speaking, if you can afford to spend the extra money, get the 7970M. It really is just that much more powerful than the 675M.
However to say that the 675M would struggle if you max out everything isn't really true for most games. My 6970M rocks 1920x1200 and I manage all high settings reasonably well. The 675M is a good 20% faster than the 6970M too, so... you should be good.

yea I would definitely like to get the 7970m the only problem that I am running into is that there seems to be only Nvidia cards for most notebooks, only a very few have the amd side of things. Truthfully I don't really care about running on ultra settings and BF3 wont be my main game right away. However I would like it to be capable of running it. Project reality and CS:S are my go to games, I love em too much and I know they dont demand all that much as I can run both with my 9800gt. Xoticpc Seems to have the best deals just not many AMD cards in the 17" range and I dont think I want a smaller screen than that for gaming. I wish I could just pick from the whole list of cards seeing how they are not pre made whats the big deal. Basically I want an 17" i7 3610m, 7970m with about 8gb of ram and that is all, well maybe a backlit keyboard.

Edit: oh I also came across this website with great help http://www.notebookcheck.net
Edited by Devo 66 - 8/21/12 at 6:56pm
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Notebookcheck.net is a fantastic source of info. I've used that site for years. tongue.gif

But yeah, try XoticPC and see what you can find. Sager (Clevo) laptops offer the 7970M for a solid price. You can get that setup for around $1,500 without any problems. Backlit keyboards are standard with that line too. thumb.gif
     
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