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Zrikz
02-28-2011, 06:05 AM
Looking to buy me a new gaming laptop and wanted some feedback..

Looking at this:

I have a max budget of around $1300...

Here is what I'm looking at so far:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220921&cm_re=asus_G_series-_-34-220-921-_-Product

ASUS G Series G53JW-XN1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M - $1200

Thinking I will pull the trigger today, have not really found any better deals out there. If anyone has any other suggestions let me know!


I was going to buy a Sager, but they aren't shipping until Mid/end of March and thats longer than I want to wait.

Before anyone says buy a nice desktop for that kind of cash.. I have a nice gaming desktop, but unfortunately I'm living in a hotel for the next 4 months and then I'm moving out of country, so there is no room for it right now or anytime soon.

scythe
02-28-2011, 07:02 AM
Looks like you're going for something with a larger screen, but I have to throw out some props for the Alienware m11x. Best laptop I've bought in years, and it's a lot easier to lug around than a 15 incher.

LiquidRain
02-28-2011, 09:57 AM
I can't make any real recommendations here; I don't follow gaming laptops.

burger
02-28-2011, 10:09 AM
Brand new XPS line up was released. Uses sandy bridge processors and has the latest 5xx series from nvidia. They also have the nicest screens I've ever seen on a laptop. The one I priced out was around 1300

Zrikz
02-28-2011, 10:28 AM
woops, never mind

iHap
02-28-2011, 10:45 AM
ASUS makes a quality laptop, I have an ASUS laptop (Link below) that does decently well with most games. For reference, Fallout: New Vegas I play with medium settings and it runs smoothly. For a 17" it was a great buy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220868

Zrikz
02-28-2011, 10:52 AM
Awesome, thanks for the info Hap.. I think I'm sold.

LiquidRain
02-28-2011, 12:46 PM
I'd take a look at what burger said, though, the Dell XPS series are quite awesome. And if they have both Sandy Bridge *and* the latest from nVidia... well worth looking at.

iHap
02-28-2011, 12:53 PM
Awesome, thanks for the info Hap.. I think I'm sold.

Don't get sold just yet. Look at other options then decide what's best for YOU. I specifically picked ASUS because they are a favored company personally. Like LiquidRain said, you should check out XPS series as well before you Buy.

LiquidRain
02-28-2011, 01:12 PM
I'm sad they don't have the 13" XPS anymore! That thing was sweet! :(

burger
02-28-2011, 01:53 PM
They cancelled the XPS 14" because they said they have something special in store for it

Zrikz
02-28-2011, 03:23 PM
I had been investigating this for the past week or so and always kept coming back to the asus.

The XPS has the low end nvidia cards 525/540 and they are not as good as the 460m.. quite a few steps down.

Alienware has some decent alternatives, but they were about $300-400 more expensive.

Sager had something of interest for about $100 more, but they weren't shipping for another 2-3 weeks, I didn't want to wait that long though.

I ended up buying the Asus at lunch today.

burger
02-28-2011, 03:54 PM
I'm not posting this to change your mind since it sounds like you wanted the fastest GPU but to others considering the XPS I wouldn't label the 525 or 540 as "Low end".

Zrikz
02-28-2011, 06:17 PM
Sorry, I didn't mean low end, just lower than than the 460m

Vandabo
02-28-2011, 06:43 PM
I don't know if you've looked at xoticpc (http://www.xoticpc.com/), but they have a pretty slick site with lots of models to compare and customize. I had a good experience with them when I got my Sager 9280 last year.

Zrikz
02-28-2011, 07:49 PM
I don't know if you've looked at xoticpc (http://www.xoticpc.com/), but they have a pretty slick site with lots of models to compare and customize. I had a good experience with them when I got my Sager 9280 last year.

Yeah, I was going to buy a sager from them, but they weren't shipping until march 14th or later, didn't want to wait that long.

Vanthar
02-28-2011, 08:06 PM
If you bought the Asus in original post, it will not disappoint. As to the 540m, unfortunately in laptops the best cards are almost exclusively found in 17in setups with the occasional found in a 15in due to the heat/space issues. The new mobile cards also tend to mislead you into thinking that a 525 or 540 might be equal or greater than a 460, which is almost never the case. If you want to play current games at native res for a while, you made the right choice.

Unless you wanted to wait till Asus releases a 560m variety, but then you get into that never ending waiting game for the next best thing...

EDIT: Also I wasn't trying to knock the 540m, it's actually nice in a 15in setup. I was speaking purely from a performance standpoint.