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Yesterday I went to my parents house to pick up my 4 year old friend (purchased it on 2011), 2 years ago I let my little brother use it until I was done with school, sadly he didn't use it at all and my mom ended up storing it in a box with all my stuff. So I went home picked it up and was amazed that its still in great condition. The laptop almost has no scratches, and battery still holds charge.

*Specs:
- G73JH
- 17.3' 1600x900
- HD 5870M 1GB DDR5
- i7 740QM 1.73Ghz
- 10GB DDR3 1333
- 1TB HDD

*Pos
- Still Love it
- Has NEVER been taken apart thumb.gif
- Still runs cool in idle 39-42c average 44c max I've seen
- Doesn't overheat wile gaming GTA V = 67c max thumb.gif
- Amazing condition
- Original battery works
- Running W8.1 with all working drivers
- Still fast!

*Negs
- Old
- Missing parts, 2 rubber feet, and hard drive caddy


I've owned other gaming laptops like the G53SW and m17 r2 within the same time period, BUT so far this one has been my favorite, and still is. Now I honestly don't know what to do, and I'm here hoping to get some good advice, should I upgrade or just buy a new one? I've been checking out new gaming laptops and well what can I say...... gaming laptops AREN'T what they use to be, I mean what happened to a gaming laptop having the ability to upgrade to a better GPU, what happened to the great cooling? And yeah that's whats bugging me a lot! mad.gif

So far I like ONLY ONE which is a Lenovo Y70 which I found at my local BestBuy, BUT at the same time I don't like it, its too thin and I feel cooling isn't that good, another thing I don't like, not very future proof, cant upgrade the GPU.... what I do like, I can make monthly payments to Bestbuy... Anyone who owns one, can you give me your experience with it, I would highly appreciate it!


In the other hand, Is it worth upgrading my current G73? My current upgrade plans are:
- 940mx
- HD 6970M, HD 6990M or the HD 7970M (I've already acquired from other threads 2 HD 7970M roms)



In the past it was easy for me to just go out and buy a new gaming laptop, now its not so easy. Early next year I'm expecting my first daughter yay! so throwing away $1k for a new laptop is really hard now, even making $~95 monthly payments for Bestbuy might be a little hard lol, not to mention I probably won't have the time to play games (nah Ill make time, just don't tell my GF biggrin.gif) At first I thought of selling this one towards the new one... IDK can someone help?






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I say keep it and drop in an SSD.
You may also be able to add an external video card...

http://imgur.com/7jDjdwA
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I upgrade from my G73 last December. It is good for most PS3/360 ports and some indie and such, but not most new "big" games. The CPU is more the culprit than the GPU, though the GPU is lacking too. The GPU is mostly willing, but the total VRAM is weak.
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Any suggestions on what good laptops are out there atm?
Are there any with Ddr4 memory, if not I guess I'll just upgrade in the future.
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Mobile Skylake [w/DDR4] is rolling out now.


What's your budget?
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You've held out this long, not long before the next generation is rolling out. GPU's have come a long ways since the 5870 so you should be quite impressed with that, and also a long way since the first gen i7's as well
    
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Originally Posted by thegreatsquare View Post

Mobile Skylake [w/DDR4] is rolling out now.


What's your budget?

I would say $1200 max, and it would have to be Bestbuy, for monthly payments... so yeah kinda difficult since most of the gaming laptops currently available on my local Bestbuy have either a GTX 850M or a GTX 860M and not something a bit stronger, I mean I can just buy an HD 7970M for just under $250 and still beat the GTX 860M..(not by a lot though)

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You've held out this long, not long before the next generation is rolling out. GPU's have come a long ways since the 5870 so you should be quite impressed with that, and also a long way since the first gen i7's as well

Well the thing is, I'm not a "Hard Core Gamer", I would consider myself to be a "Casual Gamer" the only games I currently play are SWTOR(mainly), and GTA V, since they run really well and haven't tried any other "Demanding" games I can't really tell that my hardware is that outdated:rolleyes:. Now today I went to Bestbuy, to check out the Lenovo Y70 which I really really like, got there and to my surprise the damm thing was off, tried multiple times to turn it on and check it out but the laptop would turn on and within a few seconds it would shut down:mad:. That moment a Bestbuy guy came up and told me "Its overheating" and that it wasn't going to turn on.... wow what a surprise... My cousin bough an HP gaming laptop, don't know the model, the one with red lights near the keyboard, paid $1500 for it and can't play a game for more than 15 minutes without the damm thing overheating, shutting down or throttling...

Now don't get me wrong the new gaming laptops with the slim thin design look amazing but don't want to spend that much money on something that eventually will fail and cause headaches, If I'm going to spend money it better be something that will last, otherwise I just rather put the money to good use like buying a new car lol.

Lastly in Bestbuy they had an Asus Rog laptop, do they still have great cooling? That would be my second option even though I hate the design.
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I would say $1200 max, and it would have to be Bestbuy, for monthly payments...

...you're gonna need to bring a little more money to the table because a 970m is sort of the minimum for decent gaming laptop.

There are a lot of holiday coming up and so, a lot of sales to be had.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-ge72-apache-pro-242-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-aluminum-black/4544311.p?id=1219764043956&skuId=4544311

If you can bring "a lot" more money to the table, I'd get [...which I sort of did] the MSI GT72 GPU can be upgraded. Also, I'd choose the Broadwell with it's L4 cache over most Skylake mobile CPUs.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-gt72-dominator-019-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-aluminum-black/4556205.p?id=1219766814909&skuId=4556205

Lastly, there is another mobile Skylake CPU coming, the i5 6440HQ [Quad/no HT]. It's SKU price is ~$125 less than the base mobile i7. So if there is a model with it paired to the 970m ...it would make a nice budget gaming laptop.

http://ark.intel.com/products/88962/Intel-Core-i5-6440HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_50-GHz
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...you're gonna need to bring a little more money to the table because a 970m is sort of the minimum for decent gaming laptop.

Are we gonna do this here now too? I thought you'd have come to understand that not everyone can afford to get the top end components. The 860M/960M is easily fast enough to do whatever you want at 1080p. Hell, I'm doing better than he is with my machine, and an 860M is still 3x as fast with raw scores alone in 3DMark Vantage AND 3DMark 11.

$1200 is plenty for a good machine, and if he's gotten this far without an SSD, I say it's a meager upgrade for him at best. The GPU/CPU upgrade is what counts here the most.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7270-clevo-n170rd-p-8670.html

This will do whatever you want at 1080p on highest settings. If you start using things like the absolute latest games as references, then you obviously believe that every gamer does nothing but play ONLY the latest games, which is a fallacy. The 960M is fine.
     
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Are we gonna do this here now too?.

Yes.

...Yes we are.

$100-$200 is the difference between approximately the power of a GTX 750Ti in a laptop or a laptop with approximately the power of a GTX 770. That $100-$200 more will keep TC out of the market to get up the next ~$1300 laptop for another 1-2 years over the 960m.

I got my G73 from Best Buy for $1200 too and I'd love to have been able to pick another winner like it for $1200 as a replacement, but that isn't where the market was at. I didn't tell him to spend $2k+ like I did for something with a 980m, I just pushed for coming up with another $100-$200 so as to not buy a laptop with a rebranded GPU from over a year ago.

That MSI GE72 for $1300 on sale is pretty nice and since it's going to be paid off in installments anyway, being less than 10% over budget for the performance difference makes it practically a no-brainer.

Oh and it's no interest for BB card holders if paid in 12 months. So an extra ~$108 [with tax] is an extra $9 a month. That's like cutting out one Baconator combo meal a month to get a lot better gaming laptop.

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