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I'm looking for a gaming laptop that's light enough to be carried around in a backpack during the day. Any suggestions would be appreciated smile.gif
Edited by ilikepancakez - 4/3/13 at 7:27pm
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Just slightly over your budget, but a good bang for you buck.

Here is an interesting option right on your budget. The combination of an A10 with dedicated 7730M graphics is interesting and sort of an unknown.

And then below your budget is another interesting pick with dual graphics between the A10 and a 7670M. Good gaming performance for the dollar, but I wouldn't expect too much.
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The Lenovo Y500 is by far the best bang for buck gaming laptop right now with SLI 650s.

The Lenovo Y580 has a 660m in it, if you can find it.

Sager's are a good deal as well, but for that price range, looks like you can only get the 650m, and if I was going to get a 650m I'd get the Y500 SLI model.
   
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post

The Lenovo Y500 is by far the best bang for buck gaming laptop right now with SLI 650s.

The Lenovo Y580 has a 660m in it, if you can find it.

Sager's are a good deal as well, but for that price range, looks like you can only get the 650m, and if I was going to get a 650m I'd get the Y500 SLI model.

+1

If you're willing to go SLI (some people swear by single GPU and refuse to go multi), the SLI 650M is unbeaten at that price range. The only thing I don't like about the Y500 is the red keyboard and glossy screen. A friend of mine has the Y400 and the glossy screen is a mirror, while the red keyboard is gaudy. The glossy screen is nice while gaming in controlled lighting, but the glare can be awful at times. The red keyboard looks cool at night if you like flashy stuff, but can look unprofessional if that's a concern. I would have appreciated a regular white backlight instead. With the mSATA slot, you can run a 1TB spinning disk for storage, and a mSATA SSD for your OS and applications.
 
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Originally Posted by ilikepancakez View Post

what about the gt 750m one? its 60$ cheaper with an i7 instead of i5 http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/builder.workflow:Enter?sb=:000001C9:0000C50A:

That link appears to be broken. Anyway, my guess is that one is cheaper because it has a DVD drive rather than the second graphics card? The GT 750M is mostly the same as the 650M. It is the same core (Either GK107 or a cut down GK106, 384 cores either way). It is offered in both GDDR5 and DDR3 variants, with many different memory speeds. The GDDR5 version is of course faster but also seems to be less common. The max core clock is a little bit higher (and has Boost), but that again will depend on the particular configuration the manufacturer chooses. All of that to say, the GT 750M is basically a re-branded 650M.
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Or MSI GeForce 210 4 x 1GB Corsair XMS 500MHz OCz Agility 2 LITE-ON DVD 
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Antec Kuhler 920 Win 7 Home Premium OEM Antec High Current Pro NZXT Phantom 
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i5-3360M @2.8-3.5GHz nVidia GT 650M @1GHz 2x4GB G.Skill 1600MHz Crucial M4 SSD 128GB 
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DIY Laptop
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Intel 520 SSD 240GB Bluray / DVD combo Win 7 Home 64 Seasonic 550W modular 
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NZXT Vulcan 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Athlon 64 FX-55 Clawhammer Or Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester Asus A8N32 - SLI ATI Radeon X850 XT PE 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Or MSI GeForce 210 4 x 1GB Corsair XMS 500MHz OCz Agility 2 LITE-ON DVD 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Antec Kuhler 920 Win 7 Home Premium OEM Antec High Current Pro NZXT Phantom 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-3360M @2.8-3.5GHz nVidia GT 650M @1GHz 2x4GB G.Skill 1600MHz Crucial M4 SSD 128GB 
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