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why do I even try?
wondering the same thing myself
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wondering the same thing myself
I was actually trying to help the OP make an educated decision, and the only think people do is read the first 2 lines and then post a link or a model number, that doesn't help him at all.

witchdoctor clearly didn't read the OP fully and you didn't understand him completely or something.

he obviously wants some sort of batter life, so having a dual core will be better then having a quad. plus he doesn't want to order from newegg either.
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Few things: I would like the battery life to last say 2ish hours if gaming, more if i'm just using word to take notes. (3-4 would be ideal)

I have never had a laptop i don't know what to expect, always built my own desktops.

Now, with this laptop


Their is a nasty review about major screen problems, has anyone personally seen anything like this or has it been addressed by asus?

Would a slower quad core run as nicely as a faster dual core?

(if i were to go with this pc, i'd likely get it from bestbuy since that link was cheaper)

Thanks for the help/suggestions.
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I was actually trying to help the OP make an educated decision, and the only think people do is read the first 2 lines and then post a link or a model number, that doesn't help him at all.

witchdoctor clearly didn't read the OP fully and you didn't understand him completely or something.

he obviously wants some sort of batter life, so having a dual core will be better then having a quad. plus he doesn't want to order from newegg either.
which is why i didn't give a newegg link, OP has mentioned several times that he wants a 17" screen, neither of which the laptops you posted had (maybe your the one that doesn't understand), he never said he didn't want a quad core, just asked if he should go dual or quad... getting a gaming laptop w/ decent battery life is generally an oxymoron, you can't have both... and you posted a laptop w/ on-board graphics, good job

edit: what are the screen problems described? I've had the laptop for at least 6 months now and haven't had a problem
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I was actually trying to help the OP make an educated decision, and the only think people do is read the first 2 lines and then post a link or a model number, that doesn't help him at all.

witchdoctor clearly didn't read the OP fully and you didn't understand him completely or something.

he obviously wants some sort of batter life, so having a dual core will be better then having a quad. plus he doesn't want to order from newegg either.
You do realize that one can turn off cores right? And there is also CPU throttling. Those two things make a quad core use just about the same amount of battery as a dual core but be faster as well.
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edit: what are the screen problems described? I've had the laptop for at least 6 months now and haven't had a problem
"At first I loved the laptop. For about a week. Then I installed a few programs and started to notice problems, especially with the video. As the problems became more prevalent I dug deeper. Forums all over the Internet started talking about "random vertical lines" and "black screens". Asus was blaming the ATI video drivers. ATI was blaming the Asus BIOS. The consumer was stuck in the middle. As the random black screens & "video striping" became more frequent it became obvious that neither ATI nor Asus was claiming the problem and it was not about to be resolved anytime soon.

A patch came out in August. New BIOS and new video BIOS. The problem became less frequent but still was not 100% resolved. Photoshop would push the video driver & the display would tweak out. Starcraft II never worked properly, more than 50 moving graphics on the screen and the cursor became corrupted.

Now today, less than 4 months after buying the laptop the screen just stopped working. It worked fine most of the day, then nothing. Now every time it boots I get a black screen. External HDMI monitor works fine, but the main screen is dead.

The "awesome Asus warranty" that they tout? Useless. With a critical system failure they have ZERO options for advanced replacement, even though I offered to prepay. The turnaround time is "ABOUT A WEEK". Which, from past experience with laptop service centers really means "ABOUT A MONTH, MAYBE TWO".

Bottom line - STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT. IT IS FATALLY FLAWED."

That's the review that i mentioned
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which is why i didn't give a newegg link, OP has mentioned several times that he wants a 17" screen, neither of which the laptops you posted had (maybe your the one that doesn't understand), he never said he didn't want a quad core, just asked if he should go dual or quad... getting a gaming laptop w/ decent battery life is generally an oxymoron, you can't have both... and you posted a laptop w/ on-board graphics, good job

edit: what are the screen problems described? I've had the laptop for at least 6 months now and haven't had a problem
I know i linked one with intergrated, i made a mistake, but i corrected myself.
what is your point? just because your laptop hasn't had the problem doesn't mean it isn't common. you are one case.
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You do realize that one can turn off cores right? And there is also CPU throttling. Those two things make a quad core use just about the same amount of battery as a dual core but be faster as well.
so what is the point of buying a quad if you are disabling cores? plus you are going to disable 2 cores, so you can run as 1.7ghz, so now you are comparing a dual core at 1.7ghz to a 2.5ghz dual core.

to the OP. If you want portable, then 17in is a big screen, so you should really think about whether or not you really want one that big, 15.6 in is a decent sized screen.
Lenovo is a well known company, and they make very nice laptops.
The y560 is a great laptop that has great reviews.

Lenovo also has very good customer service, on top of their laptops have very little bloat ware and stupid software that you don't need.

Plus, the laptops i linked get amazing battery life when running the intergrated graphics vs the dedicated, and they get about 2 hours of batter while gaming on dedicated graphics.
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I'm pretty sure one review about the screen messing up doesn't make it a common occurrence either... all I can say is that I played starcraft II w/o any problems, and use photoshop daily w/o any problems

now thrash, why don't you post a laptop that meets his criteria instead of hating on the only laptops that actually do?
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Ok, first of all, you wont get a 17 inch gaming laptop with good battery life, with some tweaks you may get the baterry life to around 4hs, but that may be expecting to much, as for the core I heard that i5 sockets only support up to 8Gb of ram, correct me if im wrong, 8Gb is plenty at the moment, but who knows in a couple of years, for your budget I would highly recomend the BestBuy Asus G73JH for $1199, the JH has the 5870m ATI card, which should play any of those games fairly well, but if you go for the G73JH expect doing some work on it, as its well know for having some GSOD problems, as well as the usual Asus "crapware".

So IMO that could be a good option for what you are looking for, but dont expect an easy go with that lap, although almost any problem already has a solution.
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If you're going to be carrying this laptop to class with you, it sounds like you're going to be mobile with it a good bit. Are you sure you want to lug the weight of a 17+ inch laptop around with you?

If you were to go with a 15.6 inch screen, you can shed some weight for your travels, and get faster core components.

Just a thought.

My recommendations in your price range -

15.6" Sager NP8150 is in that price range, and under 7lbs.

17.3" Asus G73JW-XR1 is also in that price range and is closer to 9 lbs.
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