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  • Buying a gaming laptop.

    I've been shopping around. Dell looks like the best option but would cost me a pretty penny. HP configurations are quite a bit cheaper (and are quad core...).

    I want to go quad core, 64-bit, with as much graphical power as possible without breaking 2000 dollars.

    From HP:
    Operating system Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad Processor QX9300 (2.53Hz)
    Display 18.4" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1920x1080p)
    Memory 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    Graphics card 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    2,600 bucks. Dell easily goes a thousand more...

    Acer:
    Acer Aspire AS8930-6448 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9400(2.53GHz) 18.4' Wide UXGA 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
    1500 bucks...

    Needless to say, I've never bought a laptop - I've always used a tower. I don't need it to be lightweight, portable, etc. It'll be in my dorm room.

    Games I'd be playing:
    TF2, Company of Heroes, L4D, and Project Reality.

    The reason I'm asking for help is because there are so many different brands and deals on various websites.
    Last edited by Skud; 12-14-2008, 05:24 PM.
    Skud



  • #2
    Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

    4core laptop ftw...

    I like Dell, but for 1000, I would go HP...
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    • #3
      Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

      I'm going to suggest the Acer (it's only $1500). Have you tried talking with a Acer rep directly to see if they'll offer a quad-core on their gaming notebooks?
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      • #4
        Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

        Apple MacBook Pro FTW!
        i have one and am very happy, the new ones are even better! and the best: They still sell for the same money 2 years after you bought it :D


        also this is worth checking out:
        Quad Core + CrossFire/SLI notebook FTW!

        http://www.alienware.com/products/no...omputers.aspx#

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        • #5
          Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

          Those alienware ones look pretty good, and price isn't a deal breaker like it usually is with alienware.

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          • #6
            Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

            Originally posted by creepin View Post
            also this is worth checking out:
            Quad Core + CrossFire/SLI notebook FTW!

            http://www.alienware.com/products/no...omputers.aspx#
            The quad-core CPU costs an extra $850 on the M17 (M17 Customization).

            That brings the overall price to $2,249 before shipping and taxes. That is over his $2000 budget and is evident of the expensive nature of Alienware (which is owned by Dell).
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            • #7
              Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

              Scoff, Alienware.

              Acer is looking champ right now...
              Skud


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              • #8
                Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                I'm looking at the full specs on the Acer Aspire 8930G...

                It probably has one of the best nVidia notebook chipsets out there for a great price. Although they don't offer a C2Q upgrade option, it looks to be a very fast notebook (note the inclusion of DDR2 1066 memory). I love the big 18.9" screen and the black exterior and interior.

                Add a pair of red horns to the top of the screen and you can scare away your roommate's notebook. :p
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                SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                • #9
                  Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                  there is a thread almost a year back on how main brands buy their laptops from other companys(clevo, sager, asus.. just to name a few)..... these are those other companys =D... prices are normally much better, and new technology is out on these a good 2 months before they are on dells site

                  https://secure.pctorque.com/system-c...x?SystemsID=32 hardcore gaming laptop
                  3800 decked out with:
                  9800gtx SLI (2 of em)
                  Q9650 quad 3.0ghz
                  4gb ram (can go 8 but 6.8 is recognized due to chipset limitation)
                  2x250gb in raid 0 500gb
                  blu ray
                  1920x1200
                  vista home premium 64bit

                  sager laptop using clevo DC900 or D900C, whatever.... if you are going big on a laptop, this is the way to go, it does not include an OS in the base price, but you can add it during the build process..


                  medium pimpin: https://secure.pctorque.com/system-c...x?SystemsID=49
                  9800 GTX!!!
                  2100 with a 2.26 dual
                  3200 with a 2.53 quad and 1920x1200 and 64bit vista home premium

                  or you can max out a 9800gts based system for just over 1700 including OS...
                  https://secure.pctorque.com/system-c...x?SystemsID=38

                  2.5 dual core
                  4gb ram
                  1920x1200
                  4gb of intel super speed vista something... it makes the system faster, page file on a 4gb flash hard drive basically. called turbo cache

                  aside from dual core, its just as good as that hp, but with a much better card
                  powered by Windows 7

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                  • #10
                    Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                    Originally posted by Tonk View Post
                    4gb of intel super speed vista something... it makes the system faster, page file on a 4gb flash hard drive basically. called turbo cache

                    aside from dual core, its just as good as that hp, but with a much better card
                    Just a note: that hard drive will be much more expensive if you need to replace it. I think I've only seen one or two thus far. They are basically traditional platter hard disks but there is some NAND flash memory on board that is used as a buffer to help speed up start up and going into/coming out of standby.
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                    SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                      I'm going to point out the elephant in the room... why buy a gaming laptop if you don't need it to be portable or light?

                      For less coin you can have a better or compareble PC setup.

                      If you do need some portability you could look into a LAN type case or more of a micro case that would be portable. If you go with wireless key board and mouse it would cut down on cables.

                      I realise this isn't probably going to sway your opinion but from my perspective it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the money spent.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                        gaming laptops are nice, way better than a lan case if you do move around sometimes... i like gaming laptops because instead of taking keyboard.. mouse...monitor...all the cords...and the lan case.... that would take up the whole back seat of a car, you can throw a laptop, power cord, and maybe a mouse, all in one laptop bag, and that is small enough to be a carry-on on a plane. i take my gaming on the go alot... weather it be one night at a friends, or a weekend at the parents... or the upcomming month off for winter break, where i will be at the parents... away from my computer the whole time... gaming laptops have great perks, price usually isnt one of them tho
                        powered by Windows 7

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                        • #13
                          Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                          MacBook Pro?
                          He listed GAMES he wanted to play.

                          I kid, but at the same time, I'm not.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                            Copied and pasted from a post I made on the realitymod site. Cliff notes: listen to Tonk.

                            Here's the deal with a laptop: you're going to sacrifice for the convenience. Whatever you get as a laptop, you can get for half the cost as a desktop and it will be easily upgradeable. 98% of laptops are not upgradeable where you want it the most: in the graphics department. This is because they are so tight inside that the manufacturers have to make custom cards for each model. Once you pick a graphics card in a laptop, you're pretty much stuck with it. You can build an absolute monster desktop for $1700, or build a rig that will max PR and Arma and still get a cheap little laptop. Or, you can get a "pretty good" laptop for $1700 as long as you know where to look. If you still want a laptop, read on.

                            Stay away from Alienware. You'll pay a couple hundred bucks extra for a laptop with a plastic alien head and LEDs that overheats and underclocks at the drop of a hat. Besides, Alienware doesn't actually manufacture their laptops. Neither do Dell, Apple, HP, Sony, etc. Laptops are designed a built by Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs). ODMs are companies primarily in Taiwan and China that most have never heard of. When Dell wants to sell a new laptop, they go to all of these ODMs with their desired specs and all of the ODMs bid on the contract. Lowest bidder wins. That means that all of these widely marketed computers are all of the crappiest stuff you can buy.

                            Here's the full story.

                            I urge you to look at ASUS, Clevo, Compal, and MSI. These ODM companies actually design and manufacture the laptops you and all your friends have, and you don't even know it. ASUS is an exception in that they market some of their machines as their own. I found out my old Dell Inspiron 6000 was built by Compal after owning it for two years. The only way I knew is I found a tiny logo stamped into the plastic inside the case. It's all kind of a big secret that Dell etc doesn't want anybody to know, because they are just middle men with shiny blinky websites. The great thing about knowing how this all really works is that you can get a higher quality laptop pretty much direct from the actual manufacturer without paying extra for all of the marketing, and without having to call some poor sap who has been working a 42 hour shift in New Delhi for support.

                            Educate Yourself.

                            I'm writing this from a laptop manufactured by Clevo. It's called the M860TU. It's a 15" laptop with a Nvidia 9800GT, 4GB DDR3 ram, a Core 2 Duo, etc. that I bought for just over $2000 USD. Had I bought a similarly spec'd computer from Alienware, I would have paid like $3500. And if I have a problem, I call the company that I ordered it from, who is based in Nebraska, and their tech guys help me out. They don't read from a script, there is no waiting on hold, nothing like that. Or, I can PM the owner of the company on the forum I linked to above. It's amazing. Use that forum link above, it's the best notebook resource on the net. Read for a few weeks, ask a question or two once you have got it narrowed down, and then make your choice.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Buying a gaming laptop.

                              Originally posted by Tonk View Post
                              gaming laptops are nice, way better than a lan case if you do move around sometimes... i like gaming laptops because instead of taking keyboard.. mouse...monitor...all the cords...and the lan case.... that would take up the whole back seat of a car, you can throw a laptop, power cord, and maybe a mouse, all in one laptop bag, and that is small enough to be a carry-on on a plane. i take my gaming on the go alot... weather it be one night at a friends, or a weekend at the parents... or the upcomming month off for winter break, where i will be at the parents... away from my computer the whole time... gaming laptops have great perks, price usually isnt one of them tho
                              For you then Tonk that makes allot of sense. However the original post said he didn't care about weight or size and it wasn't going to be portable. So it begs the question, why a laptop then? However if money isn't an issue then fire away :icon_lol:

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