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For a real life comparison, I'm typing this and playing DayZ right now on a Samsung Series 7 with an i7-3615qm, GTX 650M, 8GB and a 1TB Drive. Plays DayZ with no problem whatsoever on High settings at 1920x1080. Paid ~$1200 at Best Buy for this.

I'm getting ready to order a Sager 9150 for $1230 because the 17" is too big for me to travel around with. Returning the Samsung, although it's a wonderful laptop.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by mayyam View Post

SO $2k, Arma2, basic gaming. What should I buy?
$2000 for a BASIC GAMING laptop.

what
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by broadbandaddict View Post

I'd recommend the Malibal Satori. It's a 17 inch laptop based on a Clevo chassis. Just like mine (I have the 15 inch though). biggrin.gif
These specs:
  • Base price: $1,144.00
  • 17.3" 1920 x 1080 FHD LED AUO B173HW01 V.5 72% NTSC Matte Display + $149.00
  • Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM, 6MB L3 Cache, 2.6-3.6GHz + $230.00
  • (16GB) 16384MB, PC3-12800/1600MHz DDR3 - 4 SO-DIMM + $100.00
  • AMD® Radeon HD 7970M 2GB GDDR5 + $300.00
  • 500GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA 300 + $35.00
  • Second bay empty (Add an SSD later)
  • No mSATA Drive
  • No RAID Setup
  • 8X Multi DVD+/-R/RW RAM Dual-Layer Drive
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium; 64-bit + $80.00
  • Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 802.11A/B/G/N LAN Card + $60.00
  • IC Diamond 7 Thermal Compound, CPU & GPU + $35.00
  • $50 OFF Configurations Over $2000 - $50.00
  • FREE SHIPPING ($50 Value) UPS Ground to Lower 48 States
  • TOTAL: $2083

This is the best deal I've seen thus far. Though I would drop the CPU down to the 3610QM, stick with just 8GB of RAM, get a SSD and a BluRay drive.
     
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Why do you people feel the need to spend $2000 for a "basic gaming" laptop?
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This is the best deal I've seen thus far. Though I would drop the CPU down to the 3610QM, stick with just 8GB of RAM, get a SSD and a BluRay drive.

I put the upgraded CPU and RAM under the assumption OP was going to keep this multiple years. For basic gaming a laptop like this should last 4+ years no problem, excluding wear and tear from too much travel/abuse. I haven't found a game that my 7970M can't max (excluding AA) at comfortable frames. Plus they overclock nicely, mine will run 1000Mhz core no problem.
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I put the upgraded CPU and RAM under the assumption OP was going to keep this multiple years. For basic gaming a laptop like this should last 4+ years no problem, excluding wear and tear from too much travel/abuse. I haven't found a game that my 7970M can't max (excluding AA) at comfortable frames. Plus they overclock nicely, mine will run 1000Mhz core no problem.

The 3720QM has no visible performance increase over the 3610QM, so it's wasted money in the end. tongue.gif The 7970M is a good choice, but snagging a SSD and a BluRay drive both speeds up the machine further and allows you to make full use of the 1080p screen. I rarely use my BluRay drive for actual stuff... but I'm ALWAYS happy that I've got one when the need arises. biggrin.gif
     
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post #17 of 21
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Depends.
Any brands you do and don't like?
What about size or portability?
Do you want it to have at least SOME battery life?
Would you prefer to have it be a local buy or do you mind just hearing about what people say?
If you want the best that money can buy, get an Alienware. But since Alienware is a biiit pricy, I'd honestly just go for the Clevo P170EM from XoticPC, commonly known as the Sager NP9170. If that's too big, being a 17" machine, then go for the 15" model; the NP9150. Get the 7970M as your mobile GPU and snag a mSATA SSD with it. Both of those machines tend to get a good rap and I know Clevo makes good machines.
There's a member here who found a good deal on the Alienware M17x R4 so might wanna ask him about that dealio. smile.gif I'll see if I can get him to post here. ^_^

Total: $1488

Model: Alienware M17X R4 with Soft Touch - Direct
CPU: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
RAM: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Display: 17.3-inch WideFHD1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED
GPU: 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M
HDD: 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s *mSATA SATA III SSD already owned*
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1, English, w/Media
CD: Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Wireless: Intel 2230 Wireless-N
Warranty: 1 Year Advanced Warranty Protection (Accident protection)

This laptop was originally going to cost around $2,000 but after finding a Sager/Clevo custom built laptop for a much cheaper price I spoke with a rep at Dell/Alienware and they were able to match the price as well as upgrade a few parts to make the Alienware a better deal smile.gif

Sager/Clevo are definitely great machines and good prices but if you can get an Alienware matched I would definitely go with that. Especially if you plan to get the 7970M since Sager/Clevo don't have adequate drivers and you are unable to turn off Enduro which sometimes makes games play off the integrated GPU instead of the 7970M.
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post #18 of 21
Last time I suggested Alienware someone wanted to -rep me, but yeah if you can get a good deal on a M17x R4 then go for it all the way.
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The 3720QM has no visible performance increase over the 3610QM, so it's wasted money in the end. tongue.gif The 7970M is a good choice, but snagging a SSD and a BluRay drive both speeds up the machine further and allows you to make full use of the 1080p screen. I rarely use my BluRay drive for actual stuff... but I'm ALWAYS happy that I've got one when the need arises. biggrin.gif

I still feel like it is worth it. I got the 3610QM in mine and I will more than likely upgrade it at some point (if I keep the laptop). Not that it is slow for most stuff but I do render movies every once and a while and it would be nice to have the extra clocks. If OP is going to keep this for multiple I think it would be best to get a CPU upgrade right now and not have to deal with it later when they are harder to find and/or expensive.

Speaking of, OP how long do you want to keep this? tongue.gif
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I mean, most people who still have teh first gen i7s are still pretty happy about them. I've got the 920XM, granted it's an extreme CPU so this is kinda defeating the purpose because I can actually overclock (and I have done so with gusto), and this CPU is more than enough for any game out there at stock settings. Most of the time I've got it clocked at stock because I forget that my OC is software based. tongue.gif I can't tell the difference except in certain games. Namely Minecraft and M&B Warband.
     
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