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Poll Results: Which one?

 
  • 16% (1)
    Y500 i5 650 sli
  • 66% (4)
    refurb G75vx i7 670mx
  • 16% (1)
    other?
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post #1 of 7
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Heyhey,

Got a traveling job and getting pretty super bored in hotels. My old Dell with almost no graphics is not cutting it (nor ever was).

First decent gaming laptop. I know investing in a desktop is better but right now just isn't in the cards. Pretty hard to get them through airports, too.

There's the Lenovo Y500 i5 3230 with 650 sli for 800 on Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312438&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

Or a refurb Asus G75vx i7 3630 with 670mx for 900 on the egg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231136&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

I mean, there's probably some Dell out there with a gt 650 on ebay or something too.
Resolution - at least 1600x900
No brand loyalty except decent quality
15 - 17" is cool, I'm going to be traveling and then it's going to sit on the hotel desk for as long as I'm there.
No cares about weight or battery life.
I would like to play most games out there on about medium quality for 2-4 years.
Right now I'd like to play the free fps's, I really like the strategy games, but as I'm coming from a quadro fx my standards for gaming have so far been pretty low.
North America required
Budget's around 1000, but I'd rather be lower.

It'd be cool to do something on xotic or get a clevo / sager, but I have no means of installing an OS on them, so most of those are pretty much out of budget.

Are there any other better deals out there?

Thank you for your time
post #2 of 7
I'd go with the refurb'd Asus.
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No offense but I could've just flipped a coin. Mind if I pick your brain as to why you went go with your choice?
post #4 of 7
I have an upgraded Asus G46VW that I got for a a little over $1400 but I know you can get the baseline models for under 1k.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-g46-14-1-gaming-laptop-black-intel-core-i5-3230m-750gb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-8-english-g46vw-ds51-ca/10259132.aspx?path=05b474937bba8ed0c3eea173e1f806e8en02

Here's a link for where I purchased it from, still under 1k for the baseline.
http://www.hidevolution.com/new-laptops/asus-g46vw-bsi5n06-2gb-nvidia-gtx-660m-14.html

It's a really great laptop, build quality is amazing and runs all my games max'd! thumb.gif

EDIT: It is a 14" laptop but it feels really great and doesn't feel that small either.
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No offense but I could've just flipped a coin. Mind if I pick your brain as to why you went go with your choice?

Long story:

Once upon a time I spent $2k on my first laptop, a Toshiba X205-SLI1. It came equipped with an Intel T7250 [weak CPU] and dual 8600m GT [not terrible for the time, but far down the tier at a time when some major changes in graphics quality were coming in, DX10, lighting effects, Crysis]. I see all that again in the Lenovo. The dual-core [weak relative to a quad at a time when quads are standard. The unimpressive GPUs, only about equal to the 670MX overall, ...probably not pushed as hard by the Dual-core as they could be, ...the microstuttering as the whole setup dips below the 30fps level for one reason or another. [All at a time when another push in graphics is coming with the new consoles at least increasing the requirements of low and medium on PC... hopefully, while the PC is still going to push the boundaries on the top end of things]. I myself would be wary of going down the weak CPU/unimpressive GPUs road again.

Short story:

Two laptops about the same price, even-"ish" on GPU power, same 1080p, only one has a quad core. Take the one with the quad, that it is the one with the single GPU solution is a plus.
Edited by thegreatsquare - 9/20/13 at 9:09am
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Originally Posted by thegreatsquare View Post

Long story:

Once upon a time I spent $2k on my first laptop, a Toshiba X205-SLI1. It came equipped with an Intel T7250 [weak CPU] and dual 8600m GT [not terrible for the time, but far down the tier at a time when some major changes in graphics quality were coming in, DX10, lighting effects, Crysis]. I see all that again in the Lenovo. The dual-core [weak relative to a quad at a time when quads are standard. The unimpressive GPUs, only about equal to the 670MX overall, ...probably not pushed as hard by the Dual-core as they could be, ...the microstuttering as the whole setup dips below the 30fps level for one reason or another. [All at a time when another push in graphics is coming with the new consoles at least increasing the requirements of low and medium on PC... hopefully, while the PC is still going to push the boundaries on the top end of thing. I' myself would be wary of going down the weak CPU/unimpressive GPUs road again.

Short story:

Two laptops about the same price, even-"ish" on GPU power, same 1080p, only one has a quad core. Take the one with the quad.

+1 I would definitely go for the Asus as well. You may not notice the difference between the the i5 and the i7 (in most games now, but in future games it should be more noticeable), but you will notice the stutter from sli, and also what happens when a game doesn't work well with SLI, then you are using a single 650, which although isn't too bad, it is no 670mx.

I have an MSI GT60 (similar in build and specs to the Asus in question) base model with a 670m (not the mx), and it is more than enough for high settings and no aa @ 1080p for most games which is fine because the screen is so small that aa isn't that noticeable. One of my friends has the Lenovo and it seems like a solid laptop, but the i5 dual core just seems like a bit of a letdown.

Just remember games are probably going to use more cores in the future (a-la crysis 3) and the dual core is probably on its last leg.

Edit: my GT60 is a 15.6 inch, and it is a monster. I recommend you see the Asus (a similar one) at bestbuy and make sure that the size is right for you [bringing it up because you said you would be traveling with it].
Edited by Jedi Mind Trick - 9/20/13 at 9:24am
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Oh the refurb G75VX is a no-brainer here. That's what I was looking at earlier. biggrin.gif It's a killer deal for what you get and the GPU overclocks like a monster too.
     
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