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New Gaming Laptop ($1300 range)


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#1 Chronix3

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 04:15 AM

Just looking for a new laptop that needs to replace my HP DV5 that has served it's purpose.

Looked at the new models in the DV7 range and they seem pretty reasonable.

HP DV7-4038TX is something I was looking at; http://www.laptopfactoryoutlet.com.au/SPECSHEETS/GATEWAY/GATEWAY%20NV5920a.pdf\

Laptop will be used mainly for gaming and other day-to-day things such as web browsing, email etc.

Preferably i5/i7, Sandy-Bridge Chipset, decent RAM (4GB DDR3 or better), solid graphics card (1GB+), a HDMI port are pretty much "must haves"

Any suggestions?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 05:44 AM

Asus

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:01 PM

Agreed, best choice for price.
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:11 PM

Keep in mind, that decent gaming laptops are often large desktop replacement PC's, which are heavy and have poor battery life, and will be obsolete quickly. That said, both laptops linked are good, but you won't get the same performance as you would a desktop PC. What kind of games are you playing? I do wish Australians has access to the Microsoft Store, they have some good laptops in their Signature Editioin.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:01 AM

I purchased an ASUS G60VX-RBBX05 in November of 2009 for $1000 at Best Buy. Christmas night of 2010 the motherboard went to heaven one month out of warranty (one year in the US). ASUS wants $369 dollars to fix it. I told them thanks anyway but I would rather invest that money in a different companies laptop. So now I'm looking for a new gaming laptop that is not an ASUS. Any suggestions?

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:52 PM

Toshiba

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:28 AM

That Toshiba certainly has the guts but does anyone know about the reliability of the qosmio? I'm a little worried about dropping $1200+ after my experience with ASUS.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 04:08 PM

MSI

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 12:18 AM

Remember, gaming laptops do not perform as well as their desktop counterparts and they go obsolete quickly with no opportunity to upgrade. Besides, if something breaks in a laptop, you could very easily be out of luck with repairs. You could go for a more modest laptop. I enjoy Sony's, I've had one since 2003 and it is still going strong. A bit slow perhaps. I would go for a Sony Vaio EC series. You can customize it on their website and get a fast i7 CPU and a dedicated Radeon 5650 GPU, plus, they have a promo where you can save on upgrades.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:02 AM

Remember, gaming laptops do not perform as well as their desktop counterparts and they go obsolete quickly with no opportunity to upgrade. Besides, if something breaks in a laptop, you could very easily be out of luck with repairs. You could go for a more modest laptop. I enjoy Sony's, I've had one since 2003 and it is still going strong. A bit slow perhaps. I would go for a Sony Vaio EC series. You can customize it on their website and get a fast i7 CPU and a dedicated Radeon 5650 GPU, plus, they have a promo where you can save on upgrades.

I reckon that is a good way of choosing a laptop where you can customise.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:00 PM

"Remember, gaming laptops do not perform as well as their desktop counterparts and they go obsolete quickly with no opportunity to upgrade. Besides, if something breaks in a laptop, you could very easily be out of luck with repairs. You could go for a more modest laptop. I enjoy Sony's, I've had one since 2003 and it is still going strong. A bit slow perhaps. I would go for a Sony Vaio EC series. You can customize it on their website and get a fast i7 CPU and a dedicated Radeon 5650 GPU, plus, they have a promo where you can save on upgrades."

I thought about going for a modest laptop and possibly replacing the graphics card with the one from the defunct ASUS (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M) but I really don't know if I want to crack open a brand new laptop that isn't having any issues. I'll check out Sony and maybe just sell the CPU from the ASUS.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:17 PM

You might as well customize with Sony, you can choose the specification you want within the budget.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:27 PM

You cannot crack open the case very easily and you certainly cannot replace the GPU since it is probably soldered onto the board. You will void the warranty if you tried, laptop PC's are much more custom than desktops.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:42 PM

Laptops are a lot harder to repair or upgrade unfortunately.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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