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Hey guys, I was just looking to buy a new laptop before I head off to college. Seeing that I can't bring my Xbox (being my brothers and all) I wanted to get a good gaming laptop within reasonable pricing. Also my parents will be paying for this, so the bottom line is, there is a cap on money. they are as of now getting me the lower end version of the new Macbook Pro 15-incher, and the price tag on it is around 1,800$. any better ideas? Your responses are much appreciated.
    
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Hey guys, I was just looking to buy a new laptop before I head off to college. Seeing that I can't bring my Xbox (being my brothers and all) I wanted to get a good gaming laptop within reasonable pricing. Also my parents will be paying for this, so the bottom line is, there is a cap on money. they are as of now getting me the lower end version of the new Macbook Pro 15-incher, and the price tag on it is around 1,800$. any better ideas? Your responses are much appreciated.
If you end up getting a MacBook Pro I suggest getting the $2199 (if possible) model with the 6750M 1GB, it's a fair bit better than the 6490M in terms of gaming. Click the links and scroll down for FPS with those cards (keep in mind the different resolutions).

I'm not sure if either of those will be good enough for your gaming needs but you should get a good idea from those links. Click the FPS with the coloured backgrounds (i.e green) to see what computer is used -- if the name of the computer is red (not black) you can open it in a link and see all it's specs, etc.
Edited by steelbom - 4/21/11 at 9:30pm
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Run by XoticPC.com and sift through the gaming laptops section. You'll have laptops ranging from lowly GT300 graphics chips all the way up to Sager's with GTX485M's. To get an idea of each graphics chip's performance, check it on here.
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Don't get a Macbook... look up gaming laptops by their graphics cards. a laptop with a 5850m will be more than enough. my 5650m plays every Call of duty on max (except the crappy black ops), bad company 2, etc, etc.
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http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do add the 6770m to that

And get the 640GB HDD @ 7200 instead of 750 @ 5400
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Hey guys, I was just looking to buy a new laptop before I head off to college. Seeing that I can't bring my Xbox (being my brothers and all) I wanted to get a good gaming laptop within reasonable pricing. Also my parents will be paying for this, so the bottom line is, there is a cap on money. they are as of now getting me the lower end version of the new Macbook Pro 15-incher, and the price tag on it is around 1,800$. any better ideas? Your responses are much appreciated.
rep boost much?

anyway, macbook pro's are nice, but really aren't meant for gaming.

Try looking at the new XPS 15 or the new M14x if you really want a gaming laptop. Dont get a 17-18" laptop, it isn't a good idea for college
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the NP8150 or 8170 from sager with a 6970M will come in around that budget including tax and shipping and play anything on the market on high settings.
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thanks, but another question. I realize i'm probably about to start a war here, but is the 6970m better than the GTX 485m or vice versa / is one company better at mobile graphics than the other? or are they about the same and its all personal preference?
    
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a better yet also portable solution:Crazy glue a monitor to a Desktop computer case and get a custom computer bag.
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thanks, but another question. I realize i'm probably about to start a war here, but is the 6970m better than the GTX 485m or vice versa / is one company better at mobile graphics than the other? or are they about the same and its all personal preference?
Go here and you can look at the performance benchmarks to determine what you want.
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