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Old August 20, 2009, 07:36 AM
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Hey,

I am thinking about getting a good laptop. I am getting ready for college and I would like to have some extra portablility. I am probably looking for something in the range of $1000-1500.

Can someone suggest a good laptop that meet the following specs:

-Preferably 17" screen
-Decent gaming capability (Handle recent games at 1440x900 at med-high settings)
-Good build quality

I dont really care how much it weighs, I am used to carrying around 10-15lbs of gear at a time lol.

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Old August 20, 2009, 08:14 AM
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A friend of mine recently got this: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS N81VP-D1 Core 2 Duo T9600 4GB 320GB 14.1IN HD Radeon 4650 DVDRW Vista Premium Notebook - N81VP-D1 In Canada..

I know it's not a 17", but if you want portability with power, this is a great choice. It runs games like TF2 and L4D on high/med-high settings at 60fps+ and it doesn't have the plagued Fn-in-the-corner problem that other Asus laptops had. It's slightly more expensive with your price range, but I believe it's worth the coin. Good luck.

Edit: Actually, I just took a look at Price Compare, and you can get this for $1430 here: 90NTZA8534AC4CQL350Y N81VP-C1/14IN/T9550/VS HOME PRE from Onhop Online Computer Store at Onhop.ca. The model number is different, but the specs are the same, so I'm not sure if they'll accept a price match.
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Old August 20, 2009, 09:33 AM
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I replied to you PM Rith.

For the price/performance, these two systems cannot be beat.

15 inch model
Asus - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - White/Black - G51VX-RX05

17 inch model
Asus - Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor - G71GX-RX05

The 17 has since gone up in price, it was $1149 when I purchased mine. You might be able to talk them down a little.
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Old August 20, 2009, 10:27 AM
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That GTX260M will play games nice and smooth. :D
Don't expect more than 2hrs battery from a either of those Asus lappies though, or any 17" with discrete gfx in general.
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Battery life is not a big deal. As long as i can get an around 2 hours per charge i am good.

I really like those ASUS laptops but they are only in the states :(.

Is there anything comparable in canada?
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I scoured the web for anything similar that was available in Canada, but unless your going to spend $2000 or more, I couldn't find anything that comes close.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, take a look at Eurocom, they are a Canadian reseller for Sager. Their prices will shock you initially, but if you configure a model from Sager directly or Xotic PC, Eurocom will do their best to match the US price. It's usually pretty close.
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^^ Same. 'Bout all I come up with is 17" HP, Dell, Asus with HD4650, which is about the same as a 9600M GT. Not really in the same class as a 260M. A 4650 will let you play most modern games at 1280x800 on med-high settings.
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TigerDirect used to sell a Gateway P-FX laptop with a P(or T)9600 and a 8800m or 9800m for $800 or so. 4 gigs of RAM, 320GB hard drive, 17" screen. I don't see it on their site now though.
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TigerDirect used to sell a Gateway P-FX laptop with a P(or T)9600 and a 8800m or 9800m for $800 or so. 4 gigs of RAM, 320GB hard drive, 17" screen. I don't see it on their site now though.
I believe those were refurbs, I've seen a few refurb gaming notebook deals on there, although none of them were GTX260 class notebooks.
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I believe those were refurbs, I've seen a few refurb gaming notebook deals on there, although none of them were GTX260 class notebooks.
9800m is still pretty good, not that much worse than the 260m I would think.
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