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I am thinking in investing in a laptop sometime soon. Last time I had one I had many issues with keeping it cool and preventing it from burning my legs when I used it. I need some help to figure out a few things.

-Are laptop coolers the best way to keep the laptop cool?
-What product would you recommend for a 17" laptop?

Thanks in advance for your help smile.gif
post #2 of 6
The biggest thing to consider when buying a laptop is the cooling and the main usage of the laptop. If you're going to game heavily on it, I don't recommend most of the laptops with a single heatpipe design for the GPU and CPU. There are plenty of notebooks out their designed with a dual heatsink and fan design for the CPU and GPU. But these come at the price of a heavier and thicker notebook. But that's another thread.

I have been using a cooler master U3 on my M18x for well over a year. I like that I can adjust the fan positions to sit directly under the intakes on the laptop to help force cooler air across the heatsinks. Its relatively inexpensive at around $30 and Ive been happy with it, its a simple item, build quality is decent, could be better, but could be a lot worse too. LOL

In addition to a notebook cooler, I Also use FPS caps when I game in order to prevent the components from working harder than necessary, this will help you keep it cool. Im not sure what your old laptops have been in the past, but the newer laptops have more mobile oriented components and you get a lot more power with the ability to keep it cool and give decent battery life.
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel 3630QM GTX 680m SLi 16gb ddr3 1866mhz 256gb Samsung SSD 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
256gb Samsung SSD 750gb WD Black DVD/RW/BluRay notepal U3 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 18.4" 1080p 330watt power Brick Alienware M18x-R2 Chassis Black 
Mouse
Logitech G500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i&-2720QM HP GM67 Quadro 1000M Generic 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
7200RPM CD/DVD-RW Stock Win 7 Professional X64 
MonitorCase
15.6" 1920x1080 & 22" Dell External 1680x1050 HP Elitebook 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel 3630QM GTX 680m SLi 16gb ddr3 1866mhz 256gb Samsung SSD 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
256gb Samsung SSD 750gb WD Black DVD/RW/BluRay notepal U3 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 18.4" 1080p 330watt power Brick Alienware M18x-R2 Chassis Black 
Mouse
Logitech G500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i&-2720QM HP GM67 Quadro 1000M Generic 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
7200RPM CD/DVD-RW Stock Win 7 Professional X64 
MonitorCase
15.6" 1920x1080 & 22" Dell External 1680x1050 HP Elitebook 
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Stupid question, but is liquid cooling even possible with a laptop?
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Very limited and to my knowledge will always be a custom job

Theres a video on youtube that did it
    
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Oh alright, was thinking there may be a better way than using fans to cool a laptop.
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c300 128GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB 5400rpm 
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c300 128GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB 5400rpm 
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