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Hey guys:
I am looking for advice to purchase a new laptop, I am a design student and I won't play much but I would not like to get less than a GTX660M.
Please avoid discussions like for that money I'd rather get a desktop instead of a laptop, I already own a desktop and I wish I could have brought it to US but it is quite inconvinient to move everytime I have to take a flight.

What is your maximum budget? $1500

What country are you in? US

What will be the uses of this laptop? Photoshop, zbrush, painter pro, eventual gaming.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Not MAC ever.

What screen size do you require? 17''

What screen resolution do you require? 1080p

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? It would be OK.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) Doesnt matter

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? BF3 (like once/month) and daily use League of Legends.

What operating system do you need? (if any) Already own a copy of windows 7 dont need OS.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

How much hard drive space do you need? I dont care if it doesnt come with SSD I'll throw one in.

Do you need any special hardware? 72% gamut screen or more.

Is there anything else we need to know? Detailed below




I would like it to be like this:

budget 1500$

size preferably 17 though good deals on 15 would be taken into account.

Screen 1080p with 72% gamut min.

Processor no preference but 3rd gen i7-QM looks nice now.

Graphics min GTX660M

1 SSD 120GB ( I was thinking in Intel 520)

HDD doesnt matter much

RAM 16GB 1600mhz preferred


It doesnt have to fit exactly everything.... just be similar, paying less is always welcome too...

I've been looking just into xoticpc, and I was thinking in this two options:

MSI 1762 with GTX670, 72%gamut screen, Intel 520 SSD 120GB, 500GB HDD default, proc default, 16GB RAM 1600mhz, IC compound, and Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1103, 3 year warranty extend. 1486$

MSI 1762 with GTX675, 72%gamut screen, Intel 520 SSD 120GB, 500GB HDD default, proc default, 16GB RAM 1600mhz, IC compound, No warranty extend 1490$

Do you have any thoughts?

Any help is very welcome smile.gif

edit - the dumb opener forgot to follow the rules... noobs everywhere.
Edited by spania - 8/23/12 at 7:11pm
post #2 of 9
An ASUS G74 or G75 would be something worth looking into.

I would suggest the Ideapad Y580, but the resolution is below required.

I don't deal with know anything about gamut, though.
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http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_customed&model_name=NP6370

i53210
500GB HDD
128GB SSD Intel 520
1600mhz RAM - 16GB
660m
Screen is 1920x1080 90% NTSC Color Gamut. Price could be considerably less by $185, Wasn't sure what the default screens gamut would be.

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I also agree with the Asus ones or the Sager. I have an Asus G55 myself and I absolutely love it. The form factor is great and feels sturdy, and the hardware is excellent. Mine has a 560m as well as a sandy bridge i7. With a $1600 budget you could easily afford the new high-end Asus ones that would (to my knowledge) do everything you require like a charm. Not to mention you'll look like a badass with it thumb.gif
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I also agree with the Asus ones or the Sager. I have an Asus G55 myself and I absolutely love it. The form factor is great and feels sturdy, and the hardware is excellent. Mine has a 560m as well as a sandy bridge i7. With a $1600 budget you could easily afford the new high-end Asus ones that would (to my knowledge) do everything you require like a charm. Not to mention you'll look like a badass with it thumb.gif

But that much lower gaming performance than the GTX 675M GPU
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Originally Posted by amigamerlin View Post

But that much lower gaming performance than the GTX 675M GPU

True, however it depends on what the OP really wants. In my opinion the MSI laptops feel much cheaper and less durable in general than the Asus ones. I would recommend going to Frys/Microcenter/Best Buy and checking them out to see for yourself. Form factor is just as big of a concern as performance in a laptop if you ask me.
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http://www.xoticpc.com/force-1762-msi-1762-p-4347.html

$1516/1470 "Cash Price"

FORCE/MSI 1762 (52-007) 670M
- FREE!! UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FORCEFREESHIP" in Checkout - U.S. Only, Not Available to Alaska and Hawaii) - [Valid thru Aug.31, 2012]
- FORCE - Back-2-School Sale - Save $50 (My order is over $1500, excludes taxes and shipping)
- 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Matte Screen (1920x1080) (SKU - X1R553)
- 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3GHz - 3.3GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU – X2N300)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds) (XPC Service)
- nVidia GeForce GTX 670M 1,536MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 (SKU – X3R518)
- 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (4x4GB SODIMMS) (SKU – X4X444P)
- Standard Finish
- 128GB Crucial M4 C400 Solid State Drive (Up to Sequential Read 500MB/s - Write 175MB/s SSD Serial-ATA III) (SKU – X5R430)
- 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) (SKU - X5R203)
- Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software (SKU - X7R451)
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Bluetooth Included (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 Wireless Card + Bluetooth 4.0 (Single Band) (SKU – X8R010)
- Integrated Digital Video Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
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Originally Posted by Cole S View Post

True, however it depends on what the OP really wants. In my opinion the MSI laptops feel much cheaper and less durable in general than the Asus ones. I would recommend going to Frys/Microcenter/Best Buy and checking them out to see for yourself. Form factor is just as big of a concern as performance in a laptop if you ask me.

You're right
Although the MSI GT series is better than their GE series and provide higher build quality
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