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I just purchased a new MSI GE70 0ND-213US and am I glad I did. Got it for 1199.99 from Newegg with free shipping.

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Windows® 8 64bit
• Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor
• 17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective LED Display (16:9; 1920 x 1080)
• NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5
• Exclusive TDE Technology (GPU Overclocking)
• Keyboard by SteelSeries
• Killer™ Game Networking
• MSI Cooler Boost Technology
• 750GB Hard Drive (7200RPM)
• 8GB DDR3 1600MHz System Memory
• DVD Super Multi
• USB 3.0 x 2; USB 2.0 x 2; HDMI Output
• Built-in 720p HD webcam
• Audio Boost Technology
• 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN with Bluetooth
It has unreal sound, keyboard and NIC. Not to mention the Geforce 660m and a crystal clear LED 17" anti glare screen.
It is built super solid and comes with Windows 8 loaded.
This one doesn't have a back lit keyboard.
Not sure why these aren't recommended more but I highly recommend them

They are also the sexiest loking laptops out there.
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Nice laptop , i am so jealous right now








mad.gif,.....i hate you!!!!!!
post #3 of 5
I would consider reloading WIndows 7 on that machine but otherwise good buy. tongue.gif

Not bad for $1,200. Heck of a lot better than what you used to be able to get for that amount. The Toshiba Qosmio I bought back in 2010 was around $100 less without the 1080p screen, half the RAM, a 500GB HDD and a much weaker GPU. So this machine you got is wicked good.

I'd also consider trying to purchase an extended warranty for the machine. But yeah, good buy. smile.gif
     
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I thought the same thing about Windows 8 at first, but once you learn about it, it's starting to grow on me. I've installed a small program called Classic Shell. Now I have the best of both worlds. It loads to my desktop and looks and operates just like Windows 7 while keeping all the Windows 8 features.

This laptop has all the features any gamer would want plus a lot others.
I can press a button a shutoff the touchpad if using a standard mouse.
I can shutoff the LED screen with the push of a button and eject the dvd with the push of another button on the control panel. You can also eject the dvd right on the player, like other dvd burners do.
It has a program that operates the unit off of the cpu intergraded graphics while surfing the web, etc. Then kicks in the Geforce 660m dedicated graphic card when gaming to cut down power usage and heat. A "Turbo" light even comes on so you know when the dedicated graphic card is in use.
btw I can play every game I've tried so far (BF3, MW3,) on High settings with no problem. On the dedicated graphics, it barely plays even Tiger Woods Golf. So if your thinking of getting a new laptop with only dedicated graphics and wonder if it'll play games, I'd have to say NO.
The only negative is the keyboard for this model is NOT backlit. It became an issue of expense, but the keyboard is still made by Steelseries and is excellent for layout and feel, just not backlit. You can get a backlit one for about $100 more with a slightly less cpu and Windows 7.
For the ultimate gaming laptop without starting to go overkill I recommend the GT70 0ND-444US for $1499.99 on Newegg. It comes with the backlit fully customizable keyboard, a Blueray player, a slightly better GPU, slightly better sound with SUB-WOOFER and a better battery. Because of the better battery, it's also about 2.5 lbs heavier.
So, If you want a new gaming laptop, do yourself a favor and look at the MSI laptops
Edited by ski-bum - 11/8/12 at 5:14am
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OCZ Vertex4 128GB (OS) WD RE4 2x500GB RAID0 WD Caviar Black 2TB OCZ Vector 180 
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OCZ Vector180 480GB 480GB OCZ Vector 180 series OCZ Vector 180 480GB Lite-on DVD Burner 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex4 128GB (OS) WD RE4 2x500GB RAID0 WD Caviar Black 2TB OCZ Vector 180 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vector180 480GB 480GB OCZ Vector 180 series OCZ Vector 180 480GB Lite-on DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Blue Ray Burner Cooler Master TPC 812  Microsoft Windows 10 x64 Asus PB278Q 
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by ski-bum View Post

I thought the same thing about Windows 8 at first, but once you learn about it, it's starting to grow on me. I've installed a small program called Classic Shell. Now I have the best of both worlds. It loads to my desktop and looks and operates just like Windows 7 while keeping all the Windows 8 features.
This laptop has all the features any gamer would want plus a lot others.
I can press a button a shutoff the touchpad if using a standard mouse.
I can shutoff the LED screen with the push of a button and eject the dvd with the push of another button on the control panel. You can also eject the dvd right on the player, like other dvd burners do.
It has a program that operates the unit off of the cpu intergraded graphics while surfing the web, etc. Then kicks in the Geforce 660m dedicated graphic card when gaming to cut down power usage and heat. A "Turbo" light even comes on so you know when the dedicated graphic card is in use.
btw I can play every game I've tried so far (BF3, MW3,) on High settings with no problem. On the dedicated graphics, it barely plays even Tiger Woods Golf. So if your thinking of getting a new laptop with only dedicated graphics and wonder if it'll play games, I'd have to say NO.
The only negative is the keyboard for this model is NOT backlit. It became an issue of expense, but the keyboard is still made by Steelseries and is excellent for layout and feel, just not backlit. You can get a backlit one for about $100 more with a slightly less cpu and Windows 7.
For the ultimate gaming laptop without starting to go overkill I recommend the GT70 0ND-444US for $1499.99 on Newegg. It comes with the backlit fully customizable keyboard, a Blueray player, a slightly better GPU, slightly better sound with SUB-WOOFER and a better battery. Because of the better battery, it's also about 2.5 lbs heavier.
So, If you want a new gaming laptop, do yourself a favor and look at the MSI laptops

Your idea of a slightly better GPU is a bit... swayed I think. the 675M is considerably better in every way to the point where your 660M is around the level of a 5770 and the GTX 675M is around the level of a GTX 460. tongue.gif

However, that's not to say it's not a godly little machine. The lack of a backlit keyboard is surprising to me, but really the price of the components definitely set it up so that they'd keep at least SOMETHING from you in that retard. tongue.gif Oh well. No biggie really. wink.gif
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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