Hello there! I am currently searching for a laptop that can run games well, which I know is much more expensive and harder to find than building a desktop, but a desktop is sadly not an option for me due to space confinements. The main thing I want to use this laptop for is gaming along with things like Netflix, YouTube, school stuff, and the occasional movie. I would also love for the laptop to be not too noisy and not too big, something I know is hard to find in this kind of market.
After scrounging places like Xotic PC and Gentech, I found a few laptops that caught my eye:
Asus 15'' with 750m ($969+$104 for Windows 7): http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-n550jvdb71-limited-availability-p-6115.html
Gigabyte 15'' with 765m ($1299): http://www.xoticpc.com/gigabyte-p25kcf2-preorder-p-6258.html
I know that Asus has a fairly good reputation as a laptop manafacturer, but I have never heard of Gigabyte making laptops, so does anyone here know anything about them? The Gigabyte has more appealing specs (and OS, I prefer the Windows 7 on the Gigabyte than the 8 on the Asus, but that's upgradeable, with an extra $100 sadly), but then there is the question of quality. And is it worth the extra few hundred to get a 765m over a 750m?
Have you used Windows 8? There's nothing wrong with it, especially with the free Windows 8.1 update coming out next week. Even if you don't like the Start Screen there are programs that can change that for far less than $100 and you'll be able to keep all the refinements of Windows 8 at the same time.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display | 15.4" 2880x1800 | Core i7-3615QM @ 2.3GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600MHz | GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 | 256GB SSD | OSX 10.8.5 | Windows 8 Pro
I'm actually using windows 8 right now with this borrowed ultra book, been using it for a few months. I greatly prefer windows 7 though, had it on my old pc for years and loved it, I grew attached to its interface. Windows 8 has been disappointing to me with its tablet UI, and is just a mess to move around in IMO. However, I'll have to take a look into this 8.1 you're talking about, maybe I'll give it another shot.