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Windows 7: Buying a Gaming Laptop - Any suggestions?

02 Jan 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Buying a Gaming Laptop - Any suggestions?


I am getting a new laptop in about 2 months or so, and I am not sure what to buy.
I would love getting both answers and suggestions of what I should buy, as I have no idea myself what I should be looking for in a gaming laptop.
The only thing I kinda know is that there should be lots of both Ram and Vram (Is it the same thing?) and that the processors should have a high number of ghz.(And if some of that is true) :

Some laptops I have been wondering if I should buy or not:
-Eon17 (Origin)
-Battalion 101 X7200 (ibuypower)
-Asus G74sx (Asus ofc.)
-Falcon Northwest TLX (Falcon Northwest)
-Battalion 101 P170HM (ibuypower)

I am probably going to take my computer with me so weight is quite important. (I dont want to carry 5-6 kg on my back or in a bag, a bit too heavy..)
Everything under 4kg would be nice :)
And I know that becouse weight is important i will most probably have to remove a few from my list

The ones I want the most of those on my list is probably the AsusG74sx (Is there newer Asus now?) and the Eon17. And as I have been saying, I would love getting suggestions from anyone who know computers and what to look for.

My native language is Norwegian, so it is probably A LOT of typoes and errors in this text, and thats the reason.. :P

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02 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

well ive never had a need for a gaming laptop, so cant suggest a specific model. i am an ASUS fan and can testify for their great build quality.
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02 Jan 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. Any laptop with a HD screen is going to be heavy
2. Alienware would be a good choice
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02 Jan 2012   #4
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Gaming on laptops is like leaving a frying pan on the stove unattended.
Just my old non gamer experience blabbing away..
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02 Jan 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Gaming on laptops is like leaving a frying pan on the stove unattended.
Just my old non gamer experience blabbing away..
Or like trying to fry something in the palm of your hand.
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02 Jan 2012   #6
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011

And watch out for bloatware that will slow things down. edit - Just watch out for bloatware in general.
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03 Jan 2012   #7


If you're putting your gaming laptop on your lap, you're doing it wrong These things are basically desktop replacements, meant to be used on surfaces and plug into mains power.

I lug my gaming laptops around all the time, but since I own a car, the only time I need to actually carry them is from the desk to the car. Weight really shouldn't be a major issue... unless, I don't know, you're a student and you have to carry your laptop all around campus or something? Gaming laptops already have to compromise on things, if you're going to add weight to the limits you will have fewer choices to pick from.

I'm not familiar with those other retailers so I can only comment on Asus. They're pretty good, and I'd take one over the Alienware (which isn't bad, but it's rarely the best when considering price-vs-performance). Main thing I'd look at really is the GPU and CPU. Everything else is usually open to compromise unless far below norm.
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03 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Personally, If you are in need of mobilty, yet want a gaming PC ...

I would look toward the lower priced laptops. They should suit you fine.
Then, look toward building a nice little Mid-range Gaming desktop.

For the price you'll pay for a higher end laptop that can play some games, you could go this route and have a better gaming destop, yet still have the mobility of the laptop.

My 2C
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03 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

My advice would be the same as Wishmaster's.

You don't really need a gaming laptop because there really isn't such a thing. No laptop can replace the power of a desktop PC and still be easy to carry around.
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03 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
Asus g74sx

I recently purchased a g74sx. One thing you need to be aware of with this laptop: it is virtually impossible to find a bag that will fit this monstrosity. I only found two bags that would fit it. The Alienware mx18 backpack, and a custom made Timbuk2 large messenger bag.

That being said, I love this laptop. I haven't done much gaming on it, I just needed the kind of power it offered while on travel. However, the games that i have thrown at it, it had no issue handling: Skyrim, SWTOR, and MW3.

Hope you find this info helpful. Good luck finding a laptop that will work for you!
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