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First of all, Hey all.
This is my first post here but I had been reading this forums for a while.

As title says, im looking for a laptop that is good for work and also good a gaming, that means ill be carrying it alot. I had look at alot of reviews, but I cant still decide which is the best one for my needs, mainly im looking for something "mobile" (I know you cant find a lot of mobile high-end computers, just not something realy bulky) with a good graphic processing power, playing Crysis Ultra/AAx16 is not im my plans, but want a computer that can handle most games at High/Ultra at their respective native resolutions for about 2-4ys. My ideal budget is $1500-$1600 but can go abit up if it realy worth it. So far my options are:

Dell XPS 17
Price: $1499.99
CPU: Intel i7-740QM (1.73GHz-Turbo 2.93GHz, 6Mb Cache)
Ram: 8Gb 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
HDD: 1Tb (2x500Gb) 7200RPM
GPU: Nvidia 445m 3Gb (DDR3)
Screen: Silver Anodized Aluminum 17.3" HD+ (900p) WLED Display with 2.0 MP webcam
Optical Drive: Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)

Cons: GPU/Screen (Bad Quality as I read)
Pros: Nice design/Amazing Audio system

Is the 445m realy that bad for gaming? I heard its a decent video card, not high-end, but decent.

Asus G73JW-A1
Price: $1481.24
CPU: Intel i7-740QM (1.73GHz-Turbo 2.93GHz, 6Mb Cache)
Ram: 8Gb 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
HDD: 1Tb (2x500Gb) 7200RPM
GPU: Nvidia GTX460m 1.5Gb (GDDR5)
Screen: 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Glossy Screen (1920x1080)
Optical Drive: 4X Blu-Ray Reader + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive

Cons: Bulky/Horrible Support
Pros: Great for Gaming (GPU)

How bulky it realy is? I can see by the specs that its huge but never had the chance to try one out.

Asus G53JW-A1
Price:$1453.13
CPU: Intel i7-740QM (1.73GHz-Turbo 2.93GHz, 6Mb Cache)
Ram: 8Gb 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
HDD: 320Gb 7200RPM + 500Gb 7200RPM
GPU: Nvidia GTX460m 1.5Gb (GDDR5)
Screen: 15.6†FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
Optical Drive: 4X Blu-Ray Reader + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive

Cons: Bulky(Not to much though)/Horrible Support
Pros: Great for Gaming (GPU)

Its by specs a Mini-Me of the G73, still a bit bulky but not sure if its a bit more mobile than the G73.
Heard it has a bit of over-heating issues.

Dell Alienware M17 R.3
Price:1499.99
CPU: Intel i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
Ram: 4Gb 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
HDD: 320Gb 7200RPM
GPU: ATI 6870M (GDDR5)
Screen: 17.3-inch WideHD+ 1600 x 900 60Hz WLED
Optical Drive: 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive

Cons: Bulky/No Blu-Ray/4Gb Ram/HDD
Pros: Great for Gaming (GPU)/Intel i7 Sandy Bridge/Great design/Future Proof (Upgradeable)

Lowest Price/Value of all.



Im open to new suggestions. If im missing something please correct me.

Note: Xoticpc sells for $75 extra an improved thermal compound (IC Diamond Thermal Compound) Does it worth it?


Thanks again for your help.
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No, I wouldn't pay $75 for thermal compound.

There is no difference between the G53 and G73 apart from the size, although I hate both of those, they are definitely better than the other choices because of the screen size. Believe me, you will want the full HD screen.

If you get the G53, and you ever want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I advise you to get a company to do it, or find a picture manual, otherwise you can seriously screw it up.

G73 weighs 18 lbs with the box, carrying bag (2.5-3 lbs), mouse, battery, and charger, so its quite bulky.
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good infor,thanks for sharing.
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No, I wouldn't pay $75 for thermal compound.

There is no difference between the G53 and G73 apart from the size, although I hate both of those, they are definitely better than the other choices because of the screen size. Believe me, you will want the full HD screen.

If you get the G53, and you ever want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I advise you to get a company to do it, or find a picture manual, otherwise you can seriously screw it up.

G73 weighs 18 lbs with the box, carrying bag (2.5-3 lbs), mouse, battery, and charger, so its quite bulky.
You forgot something about the G73. They have the best cooling system for a laptop.
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In that budget you can get a pretty nice system. Have you checked at powernotebooks.com?

This would be something in that price range that I would look at, it has a 15.6 LCD but full 1080p HD. Plenty of external connectors. The default config comes fairly well ready to go. I changed the default config a bit to be a little more future proof, but those Sandy Bridge processors look very promising compared to the 1st gen i7's.

$1576 - Sager NP8150 -

15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) LED "Glossy" LCD
nVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 460M
Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor
8GB 1333 RAM
640GB 7,200RPM HDD
6x Blu-Ray Reader/8x Super Multi Combo Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (drop off $90 if you dont need)
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In that budget you can get a pretty nice system. Have you checked at powernotebooks.com?

This would be something in that price range that I would look at, it has a 15.6 LCD but full 1080p HD. Plenty of external connectors. The default config comes fairly well ready to go. I changed the default config a bit to be a little more future proof, but those Sandy Bridge processors look very promising compared to the 1st gen i7's.

$1576 - Sager NP8150 -

15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) LED "Glossy" LCD
nVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 460M
Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor
8GB 1333 RAM
640GB 7,200RPM HDD
6x Blu-Ray Reader/8x Super Multi Combo Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (drop off $90 if you dont need)
I do like the specs on that one, I second that too.

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You forgot something about the G73. They have the best cooling system for a laptop.
It depends on what specs you get it with. For a dual fan setup, it does get pretty hot suprisingly. A few people I talked to noticed really high gpu temps with the notebook. Best cooling system would probably be on the Clevo barebones, huge fans and heatsinks.
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Yea I cheked Clevo/Sager also, problem is that they may seem a bit cheaper than other brands but they do not include an OS, and im planing on using Windows 7, so ill need to trow at least an extra $90.

Its a good buy if you already have a working license.
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Yea I cheked Clevo/Sager also, problem is that they may seem a bit cheaper than other brands but they do not include an OS, and im planing on using Windows 7, so ill need to trow at least an extra $90.

Its a good buy if you already have a working license.
The one posted above comes out to be $1431 with license, cheaper than almost every model you posted.
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The one posted above comes out to be $1431 with license, cheaper than almost every model you posted.
Well, I configured it exactly the same as MegaTherion posted, it was at $1576.81, with OS, Is there another store where I can get it for $1431? that would be amazing.
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Well, I configured it exactly the same as MegaTherion posted, it was at $1576.81, with OS, Is there another store where I can get it for $1431? that would be amazing.
Ah, I didn't see the price change after checkout. You can buy the notebook with the standard config and then change it afterwards, as you go, you should be able to change the RAM, ODD, and Hard drive with minimal effort yourself, without voiding the warranty.
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