Girlfriend wants a new gaming laptop

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#1 Echo13791
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And I'm willing to spend 1500 and below. She wants to be able to play, TOR, BF3, Skyrim, etc. It should be fairly portable (not a giant 15 ") and should have a decent battery life for practical use in classes, etc. I'd appreciate any recommendations I can get.

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#2 Echo13791
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1500 US dollars, heh. Sorry for not specifying that.

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#3 AClockworkGrape
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Not sure you'd be able to find many laptops capable of playing those games with monitors under 15"

That being said, this laptop is 17.6" will look around more in a bit! Fits right in under your budget. http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_101_P170HM_Gaming_Laptop

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#4 Jetsfan122
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Try sagernotebook.com . Or even Originpc.com . The " entry level" Eon 15 s is $ 1535 and comes equipped with a GTX 560m which should be able to run all those games you mentioned .
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#5 JigglyWiggly_
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xotic pc, np8130.
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#6 Echo13791
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152295

How does this look?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152295

How does this look?

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looks very solid and has everything you wanted. snatch it.
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#8 Slow_Show
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I wouldn't go with the MSI. Maybe it's just bias because they're so goddamn ugly (like someone took the worst of the Qosmio design and combined it with an Acer), but they always strike me as build-quality nightmares.

The Alienware M14x (with i5 CPU and GT555 1.5GB) is probably the best choice. Well built, surprisingly reasonably priced, 14" chassis, decent gaming performance and ~5 hours of battery life for productivity-type use. Only negatives are the f***-ugly looks, some potential heat/noise issues (nothing major, but loud fans suck when everyone else is rocking MBP 13s in class), and it's a little on the heavy side (but so are all gaming laptops).

Other models to look at are the M11x (not as powerful, but much better for carrying around to classes or the library) and Dell XPS 15 (sort of a midpoint between the two in terms of performance and general livewithability). You might also want to look at the Lenovo W520 -- it's probably out of your price range, but Lenovo is known for having some ludicrous sale prices and it's a fantastic all-around laptop with the right Quadro GPU.

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#9 Echo13791
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Alienware computers always seem terribly overpriced, but I guess they're the only ones in the sizes that would be ideal. THanks for all the help guys.

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#10 NailedGR
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Why are you buying your girlfriend something so expensive? Make her buy it herself.

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#11 Echo13791
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Shhhhh.


How about any of these?

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#12 Echo13791
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Bahhh! There are way too many choices.

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#13 msfan1289
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man tell her to buy it her self no reason to spend that much money on a girlfriend. unless you know both of you are planing to get married.

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#14 NailedGR
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man tell her to buy it her self no reason to spend that much money on a girlfriend. unless you know both of you are planing to get married.

msfan1289

Yeah at least let her know that it isn't a gift, this is her laptop until you guys break up.

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#15 msfan1289
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[QUOTE="msfan1289"]

man tell her to buy it her self no reason to spend that much money on a girlfriend. unless you know both of you are planing to get married.

NailedGR

Yeah at least let her know that it isn't a gift, this is her laptop until you guys break up.

you know i was going to say the same thing lol

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#16 ArchDemon123
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[QUOTE="NailedGR"]

[QUOTE="msfan1289"]

man tell her to buy it her self no reason to spend that much money on a girlfriend. unless you know both of you are planing to get married.

msfan1289

Yeah at least let her know that it isn't a gift, this is her laptop until you guys break up.

That's precisely it! Make it YOUR laptop and she can use it while you guys date! No point on spending so much cash on a girlfriend! I wouldn't even spend that much on my wife! :P

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#17 Silicel1
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Stop pretending like you have girldriend and take it like a man and say it I want a gaming laptop! :P

[spoiler] It's a joke! [/spoiler]

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#18 JigglyWiggly_
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Stop pretending like you have girldriend and take it like a man and say it I want a gaming laptop! :P

Silicel1
He cud be referring to his hand
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#19 Silicel1
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[QUOTE="Silicel1"]

Stop pretending like you have girldriend and take it like a man and say it I want a gaming laptop! :P

JigglyWiggly_

He cud be referring to his hand

True, true. :lol:

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152295

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Way too big and heavy. I would recommend a Sager 8130, but those are 15". If you really want something smaller, get an Alienware m11x. Should be able to play all those games just fine at native res.
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#22 trastamad03
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Can I be your Girlfriend? :D

According to my avatar, I'm hot. So ya... Just putting it out there. :)