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Okay, first of all, I am still in college, but I enjoy my games very much. At the moment, I have a decent desktop build, the main components are:

Asus P8Z77-V PRO motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K processor
GTX 580 video card
Corsair DDR3 16GB 4x4GB XMS3 ram
1kw psu

I was just thinking of getting a gaming laptop because my monitor died on me today...in which I had to resort back to this old laptop (doesn't run games well).

If I do get a gaming laptop, I was thinking of getting an asus g75 series, or even a g73 series.

So in terms of portability, reliability, and performance, what should I go for?

Anyone with experience have a suggestion?
post #2 of 16
Check out Sager. They're priced relatively well and use good components. I use mine when I get shipped out for deployments. It's pretty durable. I was going to get the G75 or G73, but they seemed to be a bit overpriced. I'm glad I chose the Sager.

I customized mine at http://www.xoticpc.com. You can customize any laptop, even the G75 or G73 and other laptops such as MSI or Sager.
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Your desktop is nice, just get a new monitor. If you still want a laptop, get a cheaper one for your basic school needs. I went Laptop only for 2 years (not a gamer), and all I could think about was building my next machine and using large monitor's again.
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I forgot to read. Lol. doh.gif

Alright. Obviously the gaming laptop won't be as good as a desktop build like the one you have, but it's nice for portability. If you aren't moving too much, just buy a new monitor. You've got a pretty good system there and I would hate to see it go to waste. It would be better than spending at least $1,400 for a really good gaming laptop.
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Your desktop is nice, just get a new monitor. If you still want a laptop, get a cheaper one for your basic school needs. I went Laptop only for 2 years (not a gamer), and all I could think about was building my next machine and using large monitor's again.

Couldn't agree more. I have two nice laptops and a phablet, yet almost exclusively use a POS pieced-together desktop, until I get the cash for a nicer build similar to what you already have; at which point, I'm sure I will almost exclusively use that one.
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i would get something like this
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3184128&CatId=4935
not nearly as expensive and actually portable. those gaming laptops from asus are massive and they break alot. and with the money you save you will be able to replace your monitor
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post #7 of 16
Get a decent replacement monitor (or use your TV), and spend the rest of your budget (around 800 or so) on a decent laptop that has a discrete GPU (maybe look at an ultrabook). Just use your laptop for when you aren't at your computer, and your computer for your heavy gaming needs.
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Originally Posted by ./Cy4n1d3\. View Post

Get a decent replacement monitor (or use your TV), and spend the rest of your budget (around 800 or so) on a decent laptop that has a discrete GPU (maybe look at an ultrabook). Just use your laptop for when you aren't at your computer, and your computer for your heavy gaming needs.
I'd have to agree on this. I know someone who purchased a $1400 gaming laptop, which couldn't run things nearly to the degree that my $900 desktop could.
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I'd have to agree on this. I know someone who purchased a $1400 gaming laptop, which couldn't run things nearly to the degree that my $900 desktop could.

This is probably why. Look at the chart to see where mobile parts land. The best mobile gpu, the 680m or the 7970m, are only as powerful as the $225 GTX 570. And the cheapest laptop I could find with it was $1900.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152356
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I started college in Fall 2008, and when I went I got a gaming laptop that was pretty good. I was able to get it for only $800, and it was able to play about everything at the time (sans crysis). It died recently and I ended up getting a MacBook Pro, and upgrading my desktop.

Ok...I felt like saying that gave me credibility. I loved my gaming laptop, but my MBP is so much more portable. Portability really is key in college (especially if you're at a walking everywhere college like me). It is much easier to haul around a 13"-15" that a 17" with a dedicated card. So I would say spend ~$400 on a new laptop. These days, that gets you a pretty good computer. Then get a new monitor. Obviously you can spend whatever you want, and it really is up to you. That is just what I would recommend.
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