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In the market for a new laptop

#11bowlofzoupPosted 2/27/2014 11:43:58 PM(edited)
This is pretty solid for under $2000
http://www.digitalstormonline.com/gaminglaptoploadkrypton.asp?id=930827

honestly though, my first rec should be able to handle the games you play fine though.
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#12DoramiPosted 2/28/2014 1:00:33 AM
HeartbreakKid37 posted...
I am a railroad engineer. I go from one place to another. I mostly use it in travel in a hotel. Its not like airports and constant travel. Its really either at home or at a hotel in my away from home terminal.

It sounds like you're using it as mainly a mobile desktop replacement without much heavy work on it. In this case, I recommend:

1. 15.6" screen. This gives you a bigger screen to look at and makes it easier to find computers with good price:performance compared to 14" screens. It is reasonably easy to fit into laptop bags and sleeves to protect them from bumps when you travel.

2. Large chassis. Since you are not really using it on the go as much as moving it from place to place frequently, light weight and battery life are not particularly important. The larger chassis gives more room for cooling higher end components.

An example of what I recommend:
http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-gt60-2oc022us-p-5780.html
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#13dennis941012Posted 2/28/2014 1:09:18 AM
nonexistinghero posted...
With a budget of $2k... I'd say the Razer Blade 14 is probably the best one you can get. It has great gaming performance, but it's also very thin so fit for travel.

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/razer-blade-14.aspx


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-233-033
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#14HeartbreakKid37(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 10:34:31 AM
Dorami that is about right, but I can't keep it in either place. So its just another thing I have to carry back and forth.
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#15HeartbreakKid37(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 10:46:24 AM
What about a 14 inch alienware? Not priced bad and would be more portable I would think.
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#16cancerstormPosted 2/28/2014 4:36:35 PM
HeartbreakKid37 posted...
What about a 14 inch alienware? Not priced bad and would be more portable I would think.


depends on the specs but generally more expensive than other brands. their build quality, customer support is the best. the msi gt60 with 770m posted earlier is about the best you can get for $1300
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#17HeartbreakKid37(Topic Creator)Posted 3/2/2014 2:26:02 PM
Hmm will I will look more into that MSI. Any upgrades to the base you would recommend? From looking through it more RAM maybe the only thing I can see, but I am not very tech savy.
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#18staticxtreme5Posted 3/2/2014 2:39:52 PM
Toshiba.com and look at the Qosmio X70. They are running a good deal on them up til today, so you can get one for a good price if it's what your looking for.

Other recommendation would be the Lenovo y510p. Another pretty nice laptop for the price. Both could be had for under $1200.
#19DoramiPosted 3/2/2014 2:46:11 PM
1. Cooling upgrades--I'm not sure what the default cooling options are, but I think it is either painted aluminum or copper. Plain copper is better and probably useful for a fairly powerful laptop.

2. RAM: Upgrading RAM on these machines tend to be a fairly simple matter: Unscrewing a panel at the bottom and slide in. Check the manual for the machine to see if this is the case. If you're really uncomfortable with the idea, a RAM upgrade to 2x8 GB isn't that bad an idea, since upgrading yourself would not cost much less than $69.

3. mSATA drive would give you much better boot times, but it might not be a good idea if you are not comfortable with moving the User folder yourself (would require a clean install).

4. Do you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 install disc to clean install?
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