TC, you could look at Clevo/Sager. I went from an ASUS G73jh to a Sager NP9170. Was a wonderful jump, just have to deal with this stupid Enduro now (Optima if I swap to an Nvidia card). My next laptop will have no power saving secondary card to avoid these issues, but that won't be for awhile.
alienware is the best though but for similar specs you're going to spend about $300-400 more
But have a better warranty in the process with house call service.
I would be more worried about one of your components failing due to heat problems than upgrading in a span of 5 years. Based on experience gaming laptops barely reach the 2 year lifespan.
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i wouldn't go beyond 16 gb ram. and if it's a laptop i'd definitely buy a 256 gb ssd and use that to boot from. probably can get one black friday $150 or less
My main concern is getting a laptop that won't need to be upgraded for a few years and will be able to play next gen games once they start coming out for PC
that's inevitable but you'll be able to play game on medium-high for at least 5 years. gtx 780m right now will let you play some games on max but basically everything on high settings at native 1080p
Is there a reason for not going beyond 16GB RAM?
There's no real use for it beyond certain programs or for extremely specific scenarios. Even 16GB is more than needed for right now and with RAM prices still being double what they were not to long ago, now isn't really a good time to stock up for what if scenarios. --- Intel i5 3570k | Sapphire r9 280x | 8GB DDR3 | 256GB SSD | 3TB HDD
If you HDD drive died why not just spend 70 bucks on a new one then?
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