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Looking for a gaming laptop...suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by smiley22432, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. smiley22432 New Member

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    I am looking for a gaming laptop in the $1000-$1300 price range. I want the best bang for the buck, but I don't know much about laptop hardware as I do desktop hardware. I was looking at a couple models:

    ^this has a core i5 processor at 2.26GHZ

    compared to

    ^Has an I7 at 1.6GHZ

    more suggestions are welcome

    Is there really much of a performance difference? I figure since the i5 is clocked higher it might put out a little better performance...or is the i7 worth $200 more?

    also I built my own PC that I am trying to sell. It is 4 months old with these parts:
    Antec 900 mid tower case - 5 fans (4-120mm, 1-200mm)
    ASUS M4A79XTD 790X motherboard
    AMD Phenom II x3 processor (I have unlocked it to become a quad core, as well over clocked it to 3.2ghz)
    Scythe 92mm heat sink
    Rosewill green 530watt PSU
    4gb DDR3 G.Skill RAM @ 1600mhz
    MSI dvd burner w/ lightsribe
    750gb Seagate HDD
    320gb WD HDD
    80gb WD HDD -- 1.12TB total storage
    EVGA 8600GT 256mb
    Linksys wireless card with an 8dbi antenna
    card reader on the front of the case
    20" ACER wide screen monitor
    wireless logitech keyboard and mouse.
    cheap speakers
    windows 7 ultimate 64bit
    Microsoft Office 2007
    Photoshop CS4
    Adobe Premiere CS3

    What is the most I could get out of it on craigslist/ebay? I was hoping around $800-850 but I don't know how much these things depreciate in price. The major weak point is the 8600gt. Other than that it is solid. My plans are either Xfire 2 5770's or get a gaming laptop for college. I'm kind of leaning towards a laptop just because of the size/weight of my PC and the tiny size of the dorm rooms.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. smiley22432 New Member

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    I think I found what I want. The Sager 8690. Gonna cost around 1350-1400 but it looks like a sweet deal. Now all I need to do is sell my old PC...

    I'm still open to any laptop suggestions.
  3. niko084


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  4. reverze

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    I think $800-$850 is a little bit high for that setup.

    Could build a really nice new setup for that price.

    But, you never know on eBay really.. that's the beauty of things.
  5. Spaceman Spiff

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    There is no better place to get a laptop. Read reviews yourself. Absurdly good prices, fantastic build quality, great warranty and hands down the best customer service you can find. But don't take my word for it. Find some reviews yourself.

    Here is some from reseller ratings. This link is off of malibal's website. http://www.resellerratings.com/store/MALIBAL

    I'll be getting one of the lotus series in a month or two with 1080p, bluray, i7 820qm, and an ati mobility 5870, 6gb ddr3. And the price of all that? Guess what you think you'd pay for something like that w/ a 3 year labor 1 year parts warranty and then see what malibal's price is. Unreal.

    Also, Sager is a reseller of Clevo, just like Malibal, but Ive found that Malibal is a little cheaper and their warranty is better, plus guaranteed good customer service.

    I can't really recommend velocity micro, they are expensive as hell. Stay away from Dell, (alienware) ibuypower, cyberpowerinc. Overpriced, shitty customer service and shady warranties from the latter two. You can get a good warranty fro Dell (Alienware) but you will damn sure have to pay out the ass to get it. Plus their phone support is horrid. Its like they purposely hire the Geek Squad from best buy to talk to you and they aren't very good with tech...

    IMO 1. Malibal 2. Sager 3. xoticPC
    All 3 are Clevo resellers.

    The two laptops you listed aren't bad, but the video cards are not gonna hold up for too long for some of the newer titles. They don't perform as well as their desktop versions. For example, the ati mobility 5870 performs about the same a as a desktop 5770 - 4870. And the GTX285m about the same as a GTX260 desktop if I remember correctly. But a GTS360m isnt gonna so so well in the future. Something to consider.
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  6. ToTTenTranz

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    If it's for a gaming laptop, I'd make sure to get a least a DX11 ATI card. Something along the lines of a Mobility HD5770 or HD5850 with GDDR5 would take turns around that GTS360M (renamed GT240 - 96 shaders) any time.
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    FL, USA
  8. jmcslob

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    Check out Steam...
    That's right they sell Alienware on steam

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