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I've had an MSI GS70 Stealth Pro for about a year and totally love it. Top notch build quality and a ridiculously good keyboard (Steelseries). The backlighting is really good as well and totally configurable in an RGB way. I looked at Asus laptops but just couldn't deal with the red keyboard back lighting and the fact that when no back lighting was turned on, the keys were printed in dark red letters making the letters extremely hard to see. Also the speakers on my MSI laptop are insanely loud and clear for a laptop ... by far the best speakers I've ever heard on a laptop. The 970M plays everything just fine and at high settings but if you have a choice, I'd go with the 980M. But the greatest thing about the Stealth Pro is that it's a 17" laptop and weighs only 5 pounds. It's ridiculous. Cooling is decent, too. GPU/CPU always maxing around 80C and never a hint of throttle...

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Just thought you'd like to consider this as well:

http://www.xoticpc.com/force-msi-1781-22-429-970m-msi-gt72-barebones.html

I know it is an older barebones model [...same as mine basically except a 970m 6GB], but the GPU is MXM and so can be upgraded, the cooling is very good and the 970m is a good OCer.

The nice feature of these laptops is Nvidia optimus is disabled and you have to manually switch. This allows for Nvidia's DSR to be used. There is also a button to increase fan speed.

...plus if you disable nvidia graphics on it, the CPU has a big 9-cell battery all to itself. The 4710HQ isn't as fast as skylake, but it is at or close to the recommended CPU for games most of the time. It's gonna get the job done until around the time the PS5 shows up on shelves whether you stick with W7 and DX11 or go with W10 and DX12.
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You know, that is something you might want to consider. The Stealth Pro. It's a very good laptop and weighs a LOT less than the GT72. It still has the same options pretty much, just half the size. I'm not sure if the GPU is still a MXM style and can be replaced? I'd say that's probably not an option for the Stealth Pro being the size it is. I could be wrong tho, haven't ever looked that up.

That laptop might be way better for your backpacking trips you are talking about and having to carry around with you all the time. I'd consider that big time. Whatever your choice is, I'd stick to MSI's lineup because they really got it going on right now on the gaming laptop market thumb.gif

The Barebone's setup that thegreatsquare posted is also a great deal if you are looking to save some money. Dropping down to that cpu isn't going to hurt you that much really when it comes to games, maybe a couple frames here or there. Skylake cpu's do seem to get more frame rate out of the same gpu tho TBH from some youtube videos I've seen. That's a personal call on which cpu you'd want to get. When I buy a laptop, I try to get the MOST powerful CPU I can because you are stuck with that after the fact. Having MXM style gpu's tho is very nice since having a powerful cpu, 2 years down the road if I decide to upgrade the GPU with something much more powerful, at least then I'll know the CPU should be able to keep up with it no problem at all.

Also, the GE72 Apache Pro is another great choice. It's only $1399 at Microcenter right now. I always quote their prices because they are pretty much as low as you'll find for the most part and should be able to find it somewhere else for the same price. But the Apache Pro comes in at only 5.95 pounds VS 8.4 pounds of the GT72. That's 2/3's the weight again if you want something lighter to backpack with. This model I'm linking below also has the 970m, 6700HQ, 16gigs DDR4 2133mhz Ram, but has a 128gig NMVe SSD + 1tb 7200rpm hard drive setup. You're getting the best of both worlds there having it come with the NVMe drive already for your OS to run very fast, and then just install all your games to the 1tb storage drive. This might be a better choice if saving money is what your are looking to do.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/454621/GE72_Apache_Pro-001_173_Gaming_Laptop_Computer_-_Aluminum_Black
Edited by Hambone07si - 2/8/16 at 5:15am
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I've had an MSI GS70 Stealth Pro for about a year and totally love it. Top notch build quality and a ridiculously good keyboard (Steelseries). The backlighting is really good as well and totally configurable in an RGB way. I looked at Asus laptops but just couldn't deal with the red keyboard back lighting and the fact that when no back lighting was turned on, the keys were printed in dark red letters making the letters extremely hard to see. Also the speakers on my MSI laptop are insanely loud and clear for a laptop ... by far the best speakers I've ever heard on a laptop. The 970M plays everything just fine and at high settings but if you have a choice, I'd go with the 980M. But the greatest thing about the Stealth Pro is that it's a 17" laptop and weighs only 5 pounds. It's ridiculous. Cooling is decent, too. GPU/CPU always maxing around 80C and never a hint of throttle...

Killer laptop.

Yes, I'm just don't know what to pick?!

1. Go to 960m laptop, which throttle with most games. And maybe not capable of running games at high or ultra.
2. Go 970m, these laptops are mostly over $1000, and I'm in between MSI GT72 dominator and ASUS G751JT.
3. 980m is with G751JY for $1599.

Prices over $1500 are hard decision to me.

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Just thought you'd like to consider this as well:

http://www.xoticpc.com/force-msi-1781-22-429-970m-msi-gt72-barebones.html

I know it is an older barebones model [...same as mine basically except a 970m 6GB], but the GPU is MXM and so can be upgraded, the cooling is very good and the 970m is a good OCer.

The nice feature of these laptops is Nvidia optimus is disabled and you have to manually switch. This allows for Nvidia's DSR to be used. There is also a button to increase fan speed.

...plus if you disable nvidia graphics on it, the CPU has a big 9-cell battery all to itself. The 4710HQ isn't as fast as skylake, but it is at or close to the recommended CPU for games most of the time. It's gonna get the job done until around the time the PS5 shows up on shelves whether you stick with W7 and DX11 or go with W10 and DX12.

This one has a very good price!

Well, ASUS G751JT is better to me at this level.

G751JT has 4720HQ, 16GB RAM DDR3, 7200rpm HDD, more compact design, price is very similar with $48 more on this one.

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You know, that is something you might want to consider. The Stealth Pro. It's a very good laptop and weighs a LOT less than the GT72. It still has the same options pretty much, just half the size. I'm not sure if the GPU is still a MXM style and can be replaced? I'd say that's probably not an option for the Stealth Pro being the size it is. I could be wrong tho, haven't ever looked that up.

That laptop might be way better for your backpacking trips you are talking about and having to carry around with you all the time. I'd consider that big time. Whatever your choice is, I'd stick to MSI's lineup because they really got it going on right now on the gaming laptop market thumb.gif

The Barebone's setup that thegreatsquare posted is also a great deal if you are looking to save some money. Dropping down to that cpu isn't going to hurt you that much really when it comes to games, maybe a couple frames here or there. Skylake cpu's do seem to get more frame rate out of the same gpu tho TBH from some youtube videos I've seen. That's a personal call on which cpu you'd want to get. When I buy a laptop, I try to get the MOST powerful CPU I can because you are stuck with that after the fact. Having MXM style gpu's tho is very nice since having a powerful cpu, 2 years down the road if I decide to upgrade the GPU with something much more powerful, at least then I'll know the CPU should be able to keep up with it no problem at all.

Also, the GE72 Apache Pro is another great choice. It's only $1399 at Microcenter right now. I always quote their prices because they are pretty much as low as you'll find for the most part and should be able to find it somewhere else for the same price. But the Apache Pro comes in at only 5.95 pounds VS 8.4 pounds of the GT72. That's 2/3's the weight again if you want something lighter to backpack with. This model I'm linking below also has the 970m, 6700HQ, 16gigs DDR4 2133mhz Ram, but has a 128gig NMVe SSD + 1tb 7200rpm hard drive setup. You're getting the best of both worlds there having it come with the NVMe drive already for your OS to run very fast, and then just install all your games to the 1tb storage drive. This might be a better choice if saving money is what your are looking to do.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/454621/GE72_Apache_Pro-001_173_Gaming_Laptop_Computer_-_Aluminum_Black

This one looks nice too.

GT72 looks bulky I guess, I hope it's not a problem with the backpack.

If not the apache pro, then GT72. 6820HK is more attractive at this level with comparison to weight.

I think weight wins.

The apache pro looks less bulky and lighter.

Thanks for the advice.

Should be the best option, 16GB DDR4, SSD, skylake, 970m, 17.3" and 7200rmp HDD.
Very similar specs to the GT72!

I think it should be the one.
Edited by RLT1 - 2/11/16 at 4:17am
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So just an FYI but you can get Laptop from http://www.xoticpc.com/ and customize them. That way you can get exactly what you want. They have Sager, Asus, MSI, ROG etc. Heck you can even get SLI and Raid 0 on your Laptop if you so desired. They also do custom aftermarket cooling.

I like the MSI-Titan Laptop which has a mechanical keyboard built-in. Why ASUS/MSI? Sager and Alienware make nice laptops as well.
Edited by BeerPowered - 2/11/16 at 4:31am
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This also might interest you, but deal ends 2/13

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA57X3HT8538

$1400

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The Gigabyte exclusive bundle include 4 items:
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8 GB Memory;
1 TB HDD;
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8 GB GDDR5;
17.3"; Windows 8.1 64-Bit
The Rise of the Tomb Raider Digital Game Code
Follow instructions on the card to redeem

Gigabyte M6980X Gaming Mouse: 6000dpi Advanced Gaming Laser Sensor; Built-in GHOSTTM Macro Engine; 4-direction Tilt Wheel Functionality; 3-Stage DPI Adjustment; Anti-slick Rubber Grip; Ultra-durable USB Cable; Non-slick Coating

MP100 Gaming Mouse Pad: Superior slick gliding surface; Spill-resistant; High-density foam rubber base; Dimensions: 350x260x3mm
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That open box deal on the Apache Pro is pretty darn good man ... great laptop and super portable. I use the 970M every day via my Stealth Pro and it's a really decent card ...
    
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So happy biggrin.gif
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So happy biggrin.gif

Is that the choice you decided to go with? The GE72 Apache Pro?? Did you buy it?

If so, wheee.gif HELL YEAH MAN wheee.gif

You will like the MSI's a lot man. I know you will. It has not done me wrong yet and I keep liking it more and more everyday I use mine. Glad you are happy tho, that's the main thing that counts in my book biggrin.gif

I just got my new MSI Hecate Backpack on Saturday for my GT72. I bought 3 different backpacks from Microcenter that all said they fit 17.3" laptops, but still didn't fit the GT72 Dominator LOL. It's just too much of a BEAST HAHA.. I said XXXX it and just bought the MSI Hecate backpack that MSI made for the Gaming Series Laptops and it fits the GT72 for sure. I actually like that it's a less flashy bag than most of the very crazy looking ones these days. It's very clean looking to me and fits my personality just right. I got it for $81 off Amazon and had shipped on Saturday, ordered on Friday. It came to my house in less than 24 hours which is pretty dame good Amazon. I was looking to see if a Drone dropped it off LMAO, JK. they don't do that in C-Town, yet biggrin.gif

You might have to pick one of these nice bags up from MSI for when you aren't doing a backpack trip and don't need the same stuff with you all the time.

Looks pretty slick

Edited by Hambone07si - 2/16/16 at 1:13pm
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It has 256GB SSD

The best offer I could find

Thanks to @thegreatsquare

Wait to see it in real thumb.gif
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