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Looking for a powerful gaming laptop

#1DarthTophatPosted 1/31/2014 3:33:58 AM
Hi guys,

I built a desktop around 5 years ago and spent 800 on it when i was at University.

Im rarely at home these days to use it, as I spend most evenings at my girlfriends house. I bought a cheap laptop about 2 years ago, just for working and internet browsing.

Im now looking for a more powerful laptop to use on the move when working (consultancy and freelance) and at my girlfriends through the week. Because of this a desktop is out of the question.

I started my search last night looking at the alienware 18 laptops. I read a few reviews, and the general verdict is very good, but way over priced (alienware !? no way!?)

Now price isn't really an issue, however I don't want to over pay and not get the best value for money. For example the alienware 18 range starts in the UK starts at 1999 on the official site, with the 17 starting at 1299.

Questions:

1) Firstly what would be the performance differences between the 17 and 18. If i was planning on getting the basic model of either, would it be worth spending an extra 700 on the 18 over the 17?

2) As i mentioned price isn't a huge issue but i want value for money. What comparable spec laptops are available from other brands at a cheaper price? Would I be comprimising on quality and performance, or is it really a case of alienware is that overpriced?

3) Can you guys please recommend me any top tier gaming laptops (must be available in the UK)

Thanks in advance guys
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#2ATARIJAWAPosted 1/31/2014 3:50:20 AM
I would check out MSI. Their gaming laptops are probably the best value for build and quality.
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#3blankempathyPosted 1/31/2014 4:26:09 AM
Look into also getting a good laptop cooler for your gaming laptop.
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#4spanishbobPosted 1/31/2014 5:05:28 AM
Check out http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptop-computers/
#5DarthTophat(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 5:54:55 AM
Thanks for the respones, I was like at the MSI Stealth last night so i'll check out some more of their models. Any you guys would recommend?

Also, thoughts on this?

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatecheliten1725
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#6PharohofLaptopsPosted 1/31/2014 6:59:13 AM
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#7DarthTophat(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2014 1:14:28 AM
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#8blax34dmPosted 2/1/2014 1:21:55 AM
If you're looking for truly top of the line I would price out an Alienware 18 vs msi's top tier dragon model. Pick which internals you deem necessary and see what price you fancy best. The only major difference between the 18 and 17 is the screen size and I think the 18 can do triple sli? Could be wrong there, but if you make the internals in a 17 match those in the base 18 the price difference shouldn't be too crazy. The msi stealth is pretty awesome IMO but not so much for power more about decent capability in a really toned and professional shell.
#9SilentHawk29Posted 2/1/2014 5:57:25 AM
blankempathy posted...
Look into also getting a good laptop cooler for your gaming laptop.


nope. These don't do much. If ypur laptop has thermal compound properly applied, you might see a couple degree difference if any. These are only good for added USB ports and better ergonomics.
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#10ChamillionLivePosted 2/1/2014 7:59:12 AM
SilentHawk29 posted...
blankempathy posted...
Look into also getting a good laptop cooler for your gaming laptop.


nope. These don't do much. If ypur laptop has thermal compound properly applied, you might see a couple degree difference if any. These are only good for added USB ports and better ergonomics.


It depends on the laptop, the Asus G71 and G72 could drop 10 or more degrees with a good cooler due to where their vents were located.
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