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    Hi Folks,
    I know this may be sacrilege, but I am looking to buy a Laptop, for gaming (and typing papers..etc.) and was hoping to get some advise. Anyone out there have any experience with the ASUS G74SX-NH71 Laptop? I like the specs but it does not have an external ESATA or Firewire port.. Kind odd. The MSI G Series GT683-841US has similar specs (15" vs the 17" on the Asus) and then there is the TOSHIBA Qosmio X775-Q7170.
    All NewEgg all the time..

    Keyboard is important.. and 90% of the the time it is not leaving the house so wight isn't a deal killer. Any suggestions.. We are talking MineCraft and League of Legends..and maybe a little bit of Mass Effect 3. So I am not relaly pushing it graphically.. But might as well get a good one if I am getting one eh?

    THX for any suggestions.

    Peardog..
    |TG|ARMA Pathfinder
    ..now where did I put my keys?

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    Re: New Gaming Laptop?

    I have the MSI GT780r with the Nvidia 560m. Love it.

    They now have 3 versions 560m, 570m and the 580m.

    I am playing BF3 on this laptop with no slow downs.

    I also believe the MSI's are a cheaper price (not sure on this).

    Here is mine:


    The cooling pad under it is the CM Storm SF-19 Strike Force: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834997935

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    • #3
      Re: New Gaming Laptop?

      Well, I had a similar G73Jh and it is great, but thanks to some stupid stuff I am having to get repairs... If you go for Asus, they are very nice and feel great to play on...



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      • #4
        Re: New Gaming Laptop?

        The Asus series are nice, and if you want to save some money try to G51j, which is essentially the 15 inch version of the G73. It is not as powerful but I can run ME2 well, and I can run also run Skyrim at max graphics quite well. Frankly, for the 15 inch, the MSI is much more powerful however as I believe the newest edition of the G51J only carries a GTX 360m.

        If you are playing BF3 go for the MSI however; oddly enough I can play Skyrim at max graphics perfectly but for me BF3 runs like a hippo with four broken legs on all low graphics & a lowered resolution.



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        • #5
          Re: New Gaming Laptop?

          Hmmm... well, if you buy an asus, you can upgrade and modify like crazy from places like Xotic pc and the like... I am not sure about MSi.

          Don't get a laptop with first gen Dx11 cards in them... I've only had head aches from them...



          Interested in listening to guitar playing and a good conversation, look for me on TS.

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          • #6
            Re: New Gaming Laptop?

            You are also able to upgrade the MSI. Mine came with a GT555m video card but I swapped it out with the GTX560m from clevo and flashed the bios to the MSI brand.

            One thing though. Don't cheap out on the laptop. Get it the way you want it with all the features you want. I cheaped out the first time around and I still ended upgrading it. Do it right the first time.

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            • #7
              Re: New Gaming Laptop?

              The MSI (pic above) looks to be the same chiclet style ASUS uses in their G74s (and certain G73s), so touch typing is okay with them. I still find that travel distance isn't quite enough so fast typing causes me to make more mistakes than usual. On the Qosmio, I rather loved the keyboard (at least the 18.4" they had on display at BestBuy last year). Key travel is pretty good and it felt like I was typing on a desktop keyboard. I don't know if you're the two-finger type of typist or a touch typist, but I'd try and find display models of each so you can try out the keyboards. I know TigerDirect stores have all three on display (at least the one here in Chicago does), so go there if you wanna try out the keyboards. Otherwise, you could always plug in a nicer desktop keyboard (since it's a desktop replacement anyways).

              Gaming wise, all three will more than handle the games you want to play.
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              • #8
                Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                www.pcspecialist.co.uk/

                UK company, but anyway... you pick what you want in your laptop from the list and it calculates the cost. As it uses CLEVO laptop bodies, you can upgrade at a later date if you want to.

                Pepper

                "If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly." David Hackworth

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                • #9
                  Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                  I have the MSI as well, and it is great. Only issue I had was about 14 months in the charger stopped working. Turns out the charger port got broken off the MoBo but MSI replaced the MoBo for free under the 2 year warranty, so I am still happy.

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                    I used to have an ASUS G53SX and it was quite a beast (it got stolen while I was in Portugal). I honestly would look for one of the G73 series with the GTX460M in it. The GTX460M has 192 cores, whereas the GTX560M has 128. I've see the performance of both (I had a G53 with the GTX560M and a buddy of mine had a G53 with a GTX460M) and the one with the 460M outperforms the 560M. I'm not saying that the 560M is a bad laptop, I was able to play ARMA 2 at nearly maximum graphic settings. Here's a couple to check out.

                    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230111
                    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230174

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                      This may not be the right place, but is this a good laptop?

                      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834158401
                      Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
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                      • #12
                        Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                        Originally posted by racinfootball View Post
                        This may not be the right place, but is this a good laptop?

                        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834158401
                        Not bad. I tend to stay away from HP. What's your budget?

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                          Originally posted by mangeface View Post
                          Not bad. I tend to stay away from HP. What's your budget?
                          Around $700
                          Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
                          St. John 15:13

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                            Well, I couldn't really find anything with a dedicated card at that price. The only thing that comes close is the ASUS I posted above (and now below).

                            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230111

                            It's $870, but it will blow that HP away. If you're willing to wait and save a few more dollars, I'd suggest that one. If not, go with the HP as it seems the best bang for the buck. I've never liked HPs because I've had a couple and their customer support sucked ass. They blew me off numerous times when I had problems and I vowed to never buy their products again.

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Gaming Laptop?

                              well decided to buy the asus. only problem so far *knocks on wood* is that it only charges in a certain spot. is that a problem with the charger itself or the adapter where i plug it in?
                              Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
                              St. John 15:13

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