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about 1800 to spend and need advice

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First I'm not a hard core gamer at all . That said I still wanted the horse power offered by a gaming lap top . Had pretty much decided on Asus ROG best I could get with the cash . Then I read a few posts and really expected it to have been better received . Any suggestions on an alternative would be appreciated!
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I found a pretty decent gaming laptop for around $800 a few years back, it had an i7 that was quite competitive to the desktop i7-2600, but at the same time I found plenty of equally priced laptops that had CPUs that were quite bad.

I don't have any recommendations at the moment for specific laptops, but I will say you should check out the benchmarks of laptop CPUs and GPUs before making your purchase.

Check out the following sites.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

Find a laptop you seem to like, and then look up it's Processor and GPU on both of those sites.
It's worth checking out the following, too.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html


Also, unless you're getting a great deal, it's a bad idea to go with last gen hardware with laptops. Laptop hardware seems to be advancing at a faster pace than desktop hardware. It's not beating desktops, but it's catching up pretty good.

Since you've got a nice $1800 budget, I would also recommend looking for a laptop with an extra hard drive bay, so you can have both an SSD (OS, Programs + Favorite games) and a HDD for storage.

You'll definitely be able to get an awesome laptop for that budget, just try not to spend it on only some flashy lights and a name.
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That last bit is exactly what I fear doing . The simple fact of the ROG on the machine had me feeling like a soon to be ssuckr in that you buy that emblem and I want every dollar into performance not symbols on the case . It's been tough going deciding . One has this and not that . I just know I want a Haswell and definitely ssd . I was mainly drawn to the air flow on the ROG . I've gone from desk top to lap due to traveling for this buy said that wasn't gonna happen!! . That was when it started to get complicated ...He he he thanks for the advice
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Have you looked into Sager at all? Check out XoticPC.com.

Unfortunately the model list is on the light side right now, as the new units should be arriving any day. Pricing will go up a bit, not a ton, but it will give you an idea of what to expect when configuring the notebook.

For $1800 you could probably get a 15 or 17" Sager NP8265, or NP8275. It will be a bit of a wait but I really feel as though Sager will give you a better bang for your buck over the asus. Sometimes newegg has awesome deals on Asus Refurbs, and sometimes even best buy has great prices on the outgoing models. But as Shadow mentioned, buying last gen hardware unless it is top tier is usually a bad move. I think the entry level GTX 860 in the upcoming models is going to be significantly faster than the GTX 760/765 that are on their way out now.

Edit** this is a good site to compare GPU speeds too, and at the top their is a link that will take you to video game specific benchmarks if you're interested in a particular games performance with a GPU you might be looking at:

Notebook Check Mobile GPU Ranking
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What is your maximum budget?

What country are you in?

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

What screen size do you require?

What screen resolution do you require?

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

How much hard drive space do you need?

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Is there anything else we need to know?
    
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