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For starters gaming with the right laptop is a good to great experience so long as you know what to expect. A lot of people seem to get confused and think (or are told) that a laptop GPU is the same as the desktop version it shares it's name with. Then they get upset because that's not even close to the truth. Also, laptops will throttle to conserve power like any desktop that you haven't turned Cool and Quiet or SpeedStep off on. It's not very big but it's still capable of hindering performance. All of the parts besides your RAM in a laptop will do this unless you actively change their settings through the OS power settings to using things like ThrottleStop.

Upgrading the GPU is almost always out of the question. For starters many laptop manufacturers use specific to their laptop only varients of the MXM and similar board design. I had a G50 which was MXM3.0 compliant except that Asus made their with a upside-down layout thus negating any upgrading chance. And they touted upgrade ability as one of it's features. Next the price of laptop upgrades is rather insane. Back when I looked a year ago a weak 8600mGT was going for 250. Finally, finding a place that sells GPU laptop cards is difficult. I only found two places that looked safe.

When it comes down to it, with laptops you should buy what you will be happy with for at least 2 years (or you get more money to replace it) and don't think about upgrading anything but the HDD or RAM.
     
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I have herd a lot of good things about sager and being able to upgrade them with the newer video cards if you want as well as more room for more HDD if you can have an external hdd... but for the best bang for you $$ Asus G72 (ref for about 700$ with a 260 gx plays almost anything flawless) then the G73 with the 5870 will smack anything in the fast and keep going ... but the best IMHO is the Dell M17X with the dual 5870 CFX kick the crap out of the 480 and about on par with a desktop 5870.... thaty woudl be what i do and get it form dell and get the 4-5 yr war on it and you are done !!! ... it breaks in 4 yrs when all the new stuff is out they will replce it ... they are VERY good with that .... VERY GOOD!!!
While I agree that a MR 5870 CF is one of the best setups if not the best set up available, they are not the most cost effective choice. I have yet to find one new or used for under $2k. I would also like to point out the Alienware M17 line up has been experiencing many issues w/ cpu + gpu while under load stemming from inadequate power management.

Also 480m SLI > MR 5870 CF. But $/performance is not there. SLI 470m would give the best performance w/ oc but again MR 5870 is better $/perf.
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