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    Gaming Laptop

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    I'm looking to buy a decent gaming laptop.
    The new alienware m17x has got my eyes firmly fixed on its glowing red keyboard but I was wondering if there are any other decent competitors on the market.

    I would prefer not to pay over £1000 but I'm sure I can be persuaded to if the hardware is decent.

    any suggestions for cheaper laptops would also be great as saving some queens heads would do me well for my trip to NY in December.

    Im not to bothered about crazy frame rates just something that will play new games on a half decent res with ok effects.

    Or do i just wait for the new mobile 15 laptops to come out and bag myself a bargan c2d?

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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Is there any specific reason you need a gaming laptop as opposed an SFF build? I would think that an SFF gaming build and a lightweight notebook would do the job better and this is what I do currently. Gaming notebooks just lack the gaming lifespan and upgradeability that cheaper desktops have.


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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Is there any specific reason you need a gaming laptop as opposed an SFF build? I would think that an SFF gaming build and a lightweight notebook would do the job better and this is what I do currently. Gaming notebooks just lack the gaming lifespan and upgradeability that cheaper desktops have.
    Agreed, and if you're prepared to go for a mATX build you can get a fairly decent gaming system. Core i5 750 with 4GBs of RAM and a 5850 off the top of my head.
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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    I travel about a bit so to be able to just use it on the move or while sitting infront of the tele tbh.
    my home rig is what i mostly use and im going to upgrade my 4850 in a few months so I dont really have the ned for another build.

    If i get my raise as well im going to build a i5 rig but ATM i'm looking for a laptop.

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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Gaming laptops are tricky business to get right.

    I think there are two main spending area's.

    Less than £800 or More than ~£1300.

    Less than £800 might get you a basic i7 quad based laptop or decent dual + an HD4570 maybe slightly better (HD4670) but it will probably start compromising the laptops quality.

    The grey area between £800 and £1300 is usually a lot of money spent for little to no gain (unless you can find a decent asus G51 in this country).

    £1300 onwards are you're reasonably specced dell XPS gaming laptops and alienware (much the same thing these days) where you will be looking at GTX260's and onwards.

    Personally if I had the money and wanted a serious gaming laptop I would probably be tempted by Alienware but I don't so I would stay in and around the £800 mark getting yourself something that will play the games just not in all their glory.. thats what your desktop is for (or is in my case).

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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Since you cannot easily upgrade the graphics cards of many notebooks I would look at this first rather than the other specs TBH if you want to game!!

    Here is a comparison of the current graphics cards in notebooks:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...ist.844.0.html


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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Got X80R with 8800GTX and it plays everything fine, around 9k in 3DMark2k6

    How much that Alienware would set you back?

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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    See.. £1300.. The MSI CAT suggested looks brilliant. MSI aren't my favourite company to deal with but do have an MSI Wind and that's taken a pounding and is still as good as new

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    See.. £1300.. The MSI CAT suggested looks brilliant. MSI aren't my favourite company to deal with but do have an MSI Wind and that's taken a pounding and is still as good as new
    My Medion SIM2000 is made by MSI and it has taken a beating too. Of course having a magnesium alloy body helps!!

    However there was the Advent 6555 which was a re-badge of the similar MSI GT725 a while back. This had the same spec IIRC as the GT729 for around a £1000 which was fantastic deal!!
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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    My friend got the MSI GT725 (1680x1050) in the summer so I can give some quick impressions:

    1. Plays a lot of games at native res on v. high detail with full AA (Fallout 3, Oblivion, World in Conflict, Supreme Commander <medium map>)

    2. A hand-full of games can be played either at a slightly lower res or with AA disabled v. high detail (The Witcher, Supreme Commander <large map>)

    3. A hand-full of games require a lower resolution and slightly reduced detail (Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Supreme Commander <with lots of players>)

    4. It is very quiet and runs very cool even when gaming for long periods of time. I was very surprised at this and I'm very impressed how quiet it is all the time.

    5. The keyboard is comfortable to use and the screen is good, the laptop feels sturdy, maybe a little on the heavy side but that's to be expected. It's not much heavier than my dad's bog standard Dell anyway which is quite commendable.

    Overall I think it's a great laptop and it plays most games at full or very close to full detail. If you like the look of it then I think it should be ideal for you.

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    cheers guys I knew i was asking in the right place.

    I think my birthday gift to my self will be a nice shiney new MSI GT725

    has any1 had a play around with the alienware mx17. ive herd that due to dell buying alienware their brilliant cudstomer service skills ave spoilt the brand.

    I may wait to see some decent reviews on the new BFG demios http://www.bfgsystems.com/deimos/

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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by mkell View Post
    has any1 had a play around with the alienware mx17. ive herd that due to dell buying alienware their brilliant cudstomer service skills ave spoilt the brand.
    Dell do have brilliant customer service skills, so not sure how they've spoilt things - I guess it's probably a bit less personalised these days, but maybe more consistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkell View Post
    cheers guys I knew i was asking in the right place.

    I think my birthday gift to my self will be a nice shiney new MSI GT725

    has any1 had a play around with the alienware mx17. ive herd that due to dell buying alienware their brilliant cudstomer service skills ave spoilt the brand.

    I may wait to see some decent reviews on the new BFG demios http://www.bfgsystems.com/deimos/
    Look for the GT729 as this has replaced the GT725.


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    Re: Gaming Laptop

    Tempted to get one myself and retire the desktop

    Noooo Mike.. easy boy.

    Alienware have much improved service and warranty now dell are involved, quality remains the same (not quite as good as you expect but good none the less). Unfortunately they are still hideously expensive when compared to laptops like the MSI above and Asus G51 which do most of the bangs for a lot less bucks.

    Asus offerings here
    http://www.asuslaptop.co.uk/products.php?cat=70

    G60 with the i7 quad sounds good to me, (I think that is what I am calling an G51 based on specs). It's a dual HDD laptop so lots of storage and speed (cant remember if they are in RAID but I imagine they are. The graphics cards are pretty much the same performance wise afaik.

    You lose the nice resolution though, back to 720p basically.
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    Tempted to get one myself and retire the desktop

    Noooo Mike.. easy boy.

    Alienware have much improved service and warranty now dell are involved, quality remains the same (not quite as good as you expect but good none the less). Unfortunately they are still hideously expensive when compared to laptops like the MSI above and Asus G51 which do most of the bangs for a lot less bucks.

    Asus offerings here
    http://www.asuslaptop.co.uk/products.php?cat=70

    G60 with the i7 quad sounds good to me, (I think that is what I am calling an G51 based on specs). It's a dual HDD laptop so lots of storage and speed (cant remember if they are in RAID but I imagine they are. The graphics cards are pretty much the same performance wise afaik.

    You lose the nice resolution though, back to 720p basically.
    I like how the GTX260M only has 112 shaders like an 8800GT and hence the Mobility HD4850 is actually faster!! I supposed either the OP goes for a more power quad core and a slower graphics card or vice versa unless they want to spending something like £2000 at least!


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