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I am looking to buy a notebook for every day use. Screen size: 15-17. It will be also used to play games. Nothing too demanding. The kind of games that might sort of work on Intel's HD Graphics 4000 on low settings. Nonetheless, the priority is to get them to work now on med to high settings. Budget is tight. So far I found these two, both with Haswell i7 and GeForce 750M:

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-573PG-9610-15-6-Inch-Touchscreen/dp/B00F9VXQ1A
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V3-772G-9829-17-3-Inch-Sophisticated/dp/B00D4AX0Q4
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The first one is refurbished, but you can play anything on it very well. If you don't want a refurbished laptop, then the 2nd is an new Acer V3 with a GTX 760m, but it isn't as fast as the first one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231136

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=83177&vpn=NX%2EM8SAA%2E002&manufacture=Acer&promoid=1029
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The first one is refurbished, but you can play anything on it very well. If you don't want a refurbished laptop, then the 2nd is an new Acer V3 with a GTX 760m, but it isn't as fast as the first one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231136

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=83177&vpn=NX%2EM8SAA%2E002&manufacture=Acer&promoid=1029

I support the first link model. The Asus G75VX is a killer machine for the money...
     
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The Y510p SLI I5 model is now selling for $800 - it is a huge deal for such a laptop and easily the fastest you could find
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The Y510p SLI I5 model is now selling for $800 - it is a huge deal for such a laptop and easily the fastest you could find

I would not choose that over either of the other laptops I listed. The refurb is still outright stronger CPU/GPU. The GTX 760m can be out performed in some games engines [...such as Unreal 3 and Source] in comparison to the Y510, but not every game has an SLI profile ...or a good one and you can lose out on games that benefit a higher CPU core count. Plus the combination of a weaker CPU [dual core] and two weaker GPU is just an invitation for situations of micro-stuttering.
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almost all games have SLI support and in most games the Y510p will considerably outperform a GX 760M equipped laptop.
Are there specific games you talk about?
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almost all games have SLI support and in most games the Y510p will considerably outperform a GX 760M equipped laptop.
Are there specific games you talk about?

It is true that there aren't many games benchmarks where the 750m SLI doesn't excel in pure FPS count, but there isn't [I've found none anyway] that look at frame latency as part of the review. From experience I know that low-end dual core plus two low-end GPUs seem to age quicker than similarly powered systems. It isn't a matter of maintaining 30fps, a single card @ 25-30FPS can feel smoother than two GPUs putting out 30-35FPS.

Plus the Y510 has been buggy. having touchpad issues and troubles maintaining SLI capability with the 8.1 upgrade. Also this is for everyday use and there is no optical drive in the Y510, you need to buy an external.

Overall, I just have trouble recommending the Y510.
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Yes, it can feel smoother, but that gets better with drivers + there are some settings you can use to improve this - do you have the Y510p now?
I've used "Prefer maximum performance" in the nvidia control center and "single display". please try
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Yes, it can feel smoother, but that gets better with drivers + there are some settings you can use to improve this - do you have the Y510p now?
I've used "Prefer maximum performance" in the nvidia control center and "single display". please try

I'm still using the laptop in my sig and will be until the die shrink on AMD GPUs ...and possibly the shrink on Intel CPUs and arrival of DDR4 as well. I did have a SLI laptop and desktop [but not anymore] and am familiar with Nvidia's Control Panel.

I've seen the Dox has been making modded drivers again, you should check them out. They used to be really good. As far as the control panel is concerned, I always set "Max Pre-rendered Frames" to the highest setting to maximize the utilization of SLI's alternate frame rendering. It usually also provides better benchmark scores because it permits for higher highs in the easier to render frames.
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I use "Prefer maximum performance" for power management mode
and "single display performance mode" for "multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration" - it helps a lot.

I really think the Y510p is a much better option in this case.
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