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This Fall I am going to college and will be studying Information Technology. I am going to be purchasing a laptop to use for my 4 years there(knock on wood). Obviously its main use will be for school work, but I also do occasional gaming(MW, MW2, BF:BC2, L4D2). I have a price limit of about $1500, and then a carrying case and probably a mouse.

I am leaning towards one of the Toshiba laptops, and the only difference is processor and a bluray drive which I won't really use anyways. Is it worth $200 to get a i7 @ 1.60GHz over a i5 @ 2.26GHz? Will I notice that big off a difference?

Here is what I have so far. Feel free to make other recommendations as well. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!

ASUS G Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220700 = $1,199.99 ~ i7 @ 1.60GHz, 15.6" screen, 4GB DDR3, 500GB, DVD Super Multi, GeForce GTS 360M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220688 = $1,399.99 ~ i7 @ 1.60GHz, 15.6" screen, 6GB DDR3, 500GB, DVD Super Multi, GeForce GTS 360M


TOSHIBA Qosmio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834114796 = $1,099.99 ~ i5 @ 2.26GHz, 18.4" screen, 4GB DDR3, 500GB, DVD Super Multi, GeForce GTS 360M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834114797 = $1,399.99 ~ i7 @ 1.60GHz, 18.4" screen, 4GB DDR3, 500GB, BD Combo, GeForce GTS 360M
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I would stay far away from asus. I got an asus "gaming" laptop and sent it back 5 times, came back DOA twice and they never properly fixed it. Kept denying there were errors and refused to replace it. Stay away...
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if you are looking for a powerhouse, gaming laptop try this: sager np8690
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8690-...wconfigure=yes

customizable and pretty good bang for the buck if configured correctly
has options for some of the best mobile graphics cards out there like 5870 which comes by default

Full HD 1080p LCD screen
ATI 5870
A ton of CPU options
RAM and HD you can upgrade for a lower cost

And many upgrades are extremely cheap like the Intel Ultimate N card for only $35. To upgrade yourself it would prob cost $50

All this for around $1500 if you get it with the i7 720 quad
Edited by wontonforevuh - 6/7/10 at 11:23pm
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I am selling Asus G73JH-X1 (core i7 720M, 500GB, ATI Mobile HD5870, 17" - 1080p)

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This one is my favorite laptop right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220695

I always liked toshiba and there high end models. The only thing the current ones are lacking compared to the Asus i linked is that the 5870 is much better

If I were you, i would just build a desktop. For 3 years in college i had laptops, but i never really used them in class. I actually never took them to school. You should think about getting a desktop since you're going to keep it for 4-5 years. This will give u options to upgrade later. If you are the type to take notes in class, maybe a netbook is a good option. The only times i would actually use the laptops for there portability were 2-3 times a semester when doing a group project. In those cases, a netbook would have been more then enough.
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I would stay far away from asus. I got an asus "gaming" laptop and sent it back 5 times, came back DOA twice and they never properly fixed it. Kept denying there were errors and refused to replace it. Stay away...
I got Asus G73JH-X1 and A1 model and don't have any problem. My friend also got Asus G73JH-X1 model and very happy with it.

Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge
Parts 2 years limited
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if you are looking for a pretty powerhouse laptop try this: sager np8690
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8690-...wconfigure=yes

customizable and pretty good bang for the buck if configured correctly
has options for some of the best mobile graphics cards out there like 5870 which comes by default

Full HD 1080p LCD screen
ATI 5870
A ton of CPU options
RAM and HD you can upgrade for a lower cost
Sagars are great. I think they are just a bit too pricey.
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this laptop looks pretty good. i have personally never had a problem with ASUS products or service.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220695
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You sure you don't want to build a new rig for ~$1000, and then buy a netbook with the ~$500 you have left over?
    
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You sure you don't want to build a new rig for ~$1000, and then buy a netbook with the ~$500 you have left over?
I second this
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