Gaming Notebooks

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  1. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I am going to college next year and I am currently in the market for a gaming notebook before the fall. Anyone know anything about them? I have read there are ways to build your own and stuff like that, but does anyone know any really good deals? I am looking to spend under $2000 or so.

    I figure I can spend $2,000 on my next laptop and then sell my current Toshiba with Ubuntu on it to my friend for $400, then use the $400 to buy a new graphics card and 2 new hard drives for my gaming desktop and be set.

    I was looking at this Gateway:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8780198&type=product&id=1204332501169
     
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    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    Gaming and laptops generally do not go together. Save your money and get a "gaming" desktop, then buy a lower end laptop for your school work.
     
  3. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I have a gaming desktop, I really just need to upgrade the graphics card in it (it has an 8600GTS) and put some more Hard drive space in it. I would like a powerful laptop that I can take across campus or to the local LAN center there.
     
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    Be honest with yourself; are you really going to be gaming in the student center? I doubt it. Who goes there except to study, anyway? You'll just annoy people with your gaming noises, even if you've got the computer muted.
     
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    i recommend against it. i actually like gateway notebooks, but I recommend a m-series 15.4" for school. You should be able to get a great one for $700-900.

    I carried a Gateway 650XL (16.1" screen -- biggest available at the time, with a desktop P4 processor) for the first two years of college and it was simply waaaaay too big. I finished the last two years with a 12.1" Asus. It was ultra-portable but battery life sucked bfdd, and intel gma blows chunks.

    15.4" is the perfect compromise between functionality and transportability.
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    You like Gateway? When the hell did that happen?

    What do you think of Intel's newish X1300 onboard graphics?
     
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    I think gateway makes good notebooks. They have for at least the last 6 years. Considering that I've owned three of them in that time should be an indication that i like them.


    the x1300 and gma950 are still shit. You can go get a $40 discrete card that runs circles around them. why limit yourself to a budget chipset and get shitty video when you can get a better mobo and a better card for the same price, if not just a smidge more.
     
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    Right, I should've checked the telescope that I have pointed at the back window of your house. :rolleyes:

    Considering your unfettered distaste for (seemingly) anything besides Lenovo, it comes as a surprise that you like Gateway.
     
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    Nguyen89 I recycle gold. OT Supporter

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    i recommend against it as well. i spend about 2k on a gaming laptop (asus g1) which is a good laptop. but i would have rather spent that on upgrading or getting a new gaming desktop and just having a laptop for school work purposes. but if you're really looking into one try finding a retailer that sells the Asus G1 its pretty good
     
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    Totally off-point, but is it true that "Nguyen" is pronounced "Wen"? My dentist's name is Nguyen, and she insists it all gets boiled down to "Wen". Why all the extra letters?
     
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    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I saw the CPU was slow too, but it has dual hard drives and a decent graphics card, Gateway sells them with better CPU's direct.

    For my current gaming computer, I am just going to upgrade the hard drives to dual 500GB Seagate 32mb drives and the graphics to a 9800GTX. Then I want a decent notebook simply for the portability to go to their rooms across campus. I'm not that worried about how much better the desktop can be, just that I can take it to their rooms and play with decent FPS. My current laptop with an ATi X1200 chokes on Counter-strike source at 800x600.
     
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    Yeah, its pronounced "wen." Maybe the extra letters are because its a Polish name.:mamoru:
     
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    I didn't check but will you still be in budget if you get a better CPU through Gateway?

    if so, by all means get a faster one.

    some games will be fine on that T5550, but demanding games will benefit from a faster processor obviously.
     
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    Gaming notebooks? Clevo resellers are where it's at. Alienware, Falcon Northwest, etc, used to resell Clevos.

    Sager still does. http://www.pctorque.com
     
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    Hmmm interesting. I used to have a dentist by that name too. She relocated recently, but not sure to where.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    If her name was Maggie Nguyen, she moved to VA.
     
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    I would suggest this notebook for under 2k :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220306

    The card is decent HD 3650 mobile 3d mark 06 score ~ 3400.

    There is a big disparity with mobile vid cards. You have the 8600 Gt, the 3650, the 9600 GS in about the same class. The 8700 GT a bit above. And then the 8800m GTS and the 8800m GTS in a class of their own. The GTX has a 3d mark 06 score around 9000 depending on the processor.

    If you can spend more and want a better vid card the go for Sager.

    xoticpc.com is where it;s at. Especially the NP5973 with an 8800m GTX. That bitch will run you about $2500 though and is 17 in.

    I agree that 15.4 might be better. I'm going to med school in the fall and need a new notebook. I was considering the Sager but it's supposed to be loud as fuck and I don't know if 17in/battery life/portability with the GTX is a good idea for life in the classroom.

    I think a new15.4 inch notebook is coming out soon. Edge at pcmicroworks.com

    Not sure when it's being released though. Probably not until after August.

    :dunno:
     

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