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Note, I will be using this laptop for College and gaming, I want a medium of good battery life and a decent GFX card.

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS5742G-6600 Notebook Intel Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

or

Newegg.com - MSI GT660-003US NoteBook Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz) 16" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M

Acer vs MSI.

The acer is cheap, and has very competitive parts for it's price compared to the MSI. What scared me off from getting the Acer aspire was reviews that the parts they use in their laptops are terrible, and don't last more then 2 years. Most likely not accurate, but yeah.
I also read MSI has the WORST customer support of any company. So it's like a double no no, even though both the computers are a super great deal.
The msi has a 100$ rebate by the way. 2 year manufacturer warranty compared to the 1 yr on the Acer, but I'll be getting newegg extended warranty either way.

The games I play are League of Legends, Aion Online, Street Fighter IV, pretty much. All none graphic intensive games.

Thanks in advance!!
post #2 of 16
I've got several friends with aspires who have had no problems with them. If it's cheaper go acer, plus, you'll get better battery life with it having a 5400rpm drive and a smaller screen than the MSI.
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I've got several friends with aspires who have had no problems with them. If it's cheaper go acer, plus, you'll get better battery life with it having a 5400rpm drive and a smaller screen than the MSI.
I see, thank you for the reply.
I'm going to see a few other replies and then make my decision.
post #4 of 16
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...wconfigure=yes

In case you decide to look outside your options, (its a preorder due to sandybridge issues, but should arrive next month)

It also may undercut the prices of your other laptops, but i'm not sure since you didnt post the prices.
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http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...wconfigure=yes

In case you decide to look outside your options, (its a preorder due to sandybridge issues, but should arrive next month)

It also may undercut the prices of your other laptops, but i'm not sure since you didnt post the prices.
$851.66 via that site to get the equivalent parts of the Acer aspire, but the acer is only 700$.
Well, almost equivalent, the Sager has a i7 Sandy bridge and the acer only has an i5, but I'm looking for battery life, so the acer would be better.
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I own the MSI laptop you are curious about. The battery life sucks, because of the powerful CPU and GPU. If you're not gaming on it, you can use the eco mode to change it to turbo battery. That will give you a little more time away from a power outlet, but it's still nothing spectacular, 2.5 hours is about average.

I had 2 Acer Aspires, both had issues (one major, one minor). I sent them both back. Acer is going to offer the best value, but I would make sure wherever you buy it from has a good return policy in-place in case you need to return it for an exchange.
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Originally Posted by Wesker View Post
I've got several friends with aspires who have had no problems with them. If it's cheaper go acer, plus, you'll get better battery life with it having a 5400rpm drive and a smaller screen than the MSI.
Very minimal impact with battery life when comparing two recent drives.
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I own the MSI laptop you are curious about. The battery life sucks, because of the powerful CPU and GPU. If you're not gaming on it, you can use the eco mode to change it to turbo battery. That will give you a little more time away from a power outlet, but it's still nothing spectacular, 2.5 hours is about average.

I had 2 Acer Aspires, both had issues (one major, one minor). I sent them both back. Acer is going to offer the best value, but I would make sure wherever you buy it from has a good return policy in-place in case you need to return it for an exchange.
I see, thank you for the reply. I'll be buying it off of newegg.
post #9 of 16
I would also suggest the MSI, battery life might be a bit low, but its great for gaming.
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post #10 of 16
I'm a fan of Acer so another +1 for the 5742G.
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