Moose Dec 29, 2012 @ 11:59pm
What’s the best 17+ laptop to get for gaming?
Thinking about getting a big laptop to use for gaming and the normal stuff any ideas.
I did some research but just got more confused.
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Rico Dec 30, 2012 @ 3:35am 
If you really wanna play the game on a laptop, check out the recommended system requirements (not the minimum requirements!!!), go a little beyond that and then go and look for a laptop with a hardware configuration that can run the game properly.
Make sure to get enough physical memory (RAM) and a 4-Core CPU with 4 - 8 Mb Smart Cache that can handle 4 - 8 threats.
Also check if the hardware and OS supports DirectX 10 or 11.
If you really wanna make sure that you won't have any kind of "bottle neck" in your system, choose for SSD instead of the normal HDD, because a fast CPU and GPU won't do you any good if your harddrive is too slow.
Hope this is of some help to you in choosing the right laptop.
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†LK†EagleWatch}C{ Dec 30, 2012 @ 4:15am 
I actually am playing on a laptop, this is a good Sony VAIO, here are the components in it :

Processor : Quad-Core Intel Core-i5 2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz - (laptop on board, performance of a dual core)
Graphic card : AMD-HD RADEOM 6470 M
RAM : 6 GB
Support DirectX 11
Can read Blu-Ray disk (nothing to do with gaming tho) : Optiarc BD-ROM BC-5500H

Just so you clear : I run Sniper Elite perfectly, highest definition, all graphics options ultra with shadows on, only thing I unchecked is Use compute shaders.
I run CoD Modern Warfare 3 graphic maxed out as well.
I run CoD Black Ops and Black Ops 2 at a lower resolution, and every little setting on lowest.
I play Crysis 2, everything at its lowest. Gameplay not affected, neither pleasure and fun.
Kinda fair for a laptop. If you really want to gear you up with a gaming laptop, I would recommend you Asus, especially a custom laptop you can make. I got a lot of friends who have a custom Asus, and they run anything maxed out.
Moose Dec 30, 2012 @ 6:59am 
I was thinking about the MSI GT70 comments?
Rico Dec 30, 2012 @ 10:01am 
According to the specs that laptop should be able to run the game easy. I'm only wondering how hot he'll get when you're gaming for a few hrs non stop. But are you sure you wanna get that MSI which comes with Windows 8?
Downgrading to Windows 7 is in some cases possible, but as you might already know, there's always a catch if you downgrade. Microsoft don't want people to downgrade and if people persist on that it'll always cost some money, which in fact is more or less a legal way of ripping you off.
Personally I don't like Windows 8, but that's my opinion. It'll be like Windows ME, Longhorn and Vista..., just a crappy OS with a childish interface which will give alot of compatibility issues and other problems.. and a waste of money.

Personally I'd rather go for a custom laptop (like Eagle Watch suggested) because then you can choose the OS you prefer instead of getting an OS pushed down your throat that isn't your own choise.
Moose Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:28am 
Thanks for the help guys may go for the GT70 have found one with windows 7
City Builder Jan 2, 2013 @ 10:16am 
I play all my games on my:
Asus G74
i7 2670qm 2.2GHz (which has this "burst" technology which allows it to run at a higher clock speed when it needs to, what I've found is that probably a good 80 to 90% of the time I use it for gaming or video editing, it runs between 2.6GHz & 2.8GHz - I can't remember if the maximum burst speed is 2.8GHz or 3.0GHz, I think it's probably 2.8)
16GB SRAM
Nvidia GTX 560m with dedicated 2GB VRAM
17.3 inch monitor with built in microphone and web camera
Windows 8 (although this laptop came with Windows 7)

I've got the version with the 1600x900 (900p) screen resolution but there is also a version with the full 1080i screen resolution too if you like a higher resolution.

While it is a laptop computer, and Asus calls it their gaming computer, it's really more of a desktop replacement. That is because
1. It really is a beefy laptop and does great for gaming
2. It weighs in at about 8lbs, so I hope you have strong shoulders to carry it around campus if you travel with this one.

I believe in stock configuration they come with 8GB system RAM, I added an additional 8GB shortly after buying it as well as a Corsair Force 3 185GB SSD drive as my primary C:\ drive as I like having the super fast boot time.

If you were to decide to get one of these, make sure to check out the specs of the actual unit you would be looking at, as this laptop comes in a few different configurations, i.e. some with 1080i, some with 900p, some with 8GB SRAM, others with 12GB SRAM, some with 2GB VRAM, others with 4GB VRAM etc.

It's been a solid workhorse laptop for me, and I suppose you can check out my profile here on Steam to see what types of games that I play, all of which that I have played on this laptop so far have worked great, although I've not tried all 190+ games on this laptop yet.

There is a newer Asus G75 on the market, however one person told me that it's screen maximum resolution is something like 1366x768 which is just too low for me.
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The Derpanator Jan 2, 2013 @ 10:23am 
i actually jsut bought a gt70 not too long ago and the only thing so far its killed everything with few exceptions (got the one with the 675mx 4gb, wouldve opted for the 680m but due to financial reasons and the fact that my other gameing laptop finally died after 5 years) i can run farcry 3 on ultra at 35-40 fps and i dont mind that at all, as for the windows 8 thing i had a friend help me kill that with fire and put me on 7 ultamite which was still an upgrade from what i originally had, anyways i hope this helps
Moose Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:20am 
I got the GT70 with i7 3610 and GTX670M 3GB +12GB Ram 2x HDD total 1.5 TB couldnt afford the SSD maybe later.
thanks for all the help
Moose Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:22am 
the back lit keyboard is cool and the sound from the dynaudio speakers is brill best laptop sound
City Builder Jan 3, 2013 @ 1:35am 
I love the backlit keyboard, it's pretty awesome looking and makes it so easy to use at night.
Wolverine 1974 Jan 3, 2013 @ 10:06am 
It depends on your disposable income. I have an alienware m17x rv2 with dual ati 5870 in crossfire core i7 Q820 @1.73ghz (3.2 ghz turbo boost) and 8 gb ram while using win 7 64bit home premium. It was extremely pricey and heavy but It has no bloatware, runs extemely cool due to the chassis and runs everything I throw at it pretty much on max and this is a pretty old one. I was checking out the performance comparison with the laptop video card hierarchy list and the ones out now blow mine out of the water. It is heavy, about 9-11 lbs or so but I travel a lot and just strap it to my roller bag. You could look at alienware website. They used to have the m11x, (I have the r2 of that one), it only weighs 4 lbs, has an 11 inch screen and plays everything considerably well. Now they just offer the m14x in place of that one and it does not have the graphics card that can hold up to the ones the other folks have been talking about. When talking about price per power I think MSI and ASUS offer some great value, I think they just tend to run a bit hotter due to the chassis composition. Definitely get a cooling pad (dual fan) and make sure the vents have easy access to air at all times or you will smoke her up!!!
FunkyCold Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:45am 
If you live in the EU, you cannot get a better price on custom built desktops/laptops than on pcspecialist.co.uk. I know I sound like their salesman or something but you can get a beastly laptop custom made with all the bits and pieces you would want for a fraction of the cost of, say, an Alienware x17.
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