Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Mobile Computing

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 02:36 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,640

My System Specs

Default Gaming laptop suggestions.....

Yet another attempt to get input from the community, but I'm looking for something different than most of the recent threads so I figured I'd start a new thread rather than thread jacking one that wasn't quite what I was looking for...


Absolute Must Have.....
  • $1K pre-tax/shipping limit
  • 15"+
  • Either E-Sata or USB 3 port
  • Decent Dedicated GFX (Gaming at full res/lower settings is primary concern)
Would Be Nice.....
  • Quad
  • Dual GFX (integrated for 2d power savings)
  • E-Sata + USB 3 :)
  • No burner
  • Quality brand
So those are the requirements... any suggestions? I'm also looking for a good laptop GFX review/comparison website. The current offerings WRT dedicated GFX are complete gobbledegoop to me... ATI has 5XXX/56XX/57XX/58XX/6XXX cards, Nvidia has 2XX/3XX/4XX/5XX and if their desktop lines are any indication, just having a higher number (especially when ATI starts messing around with the 5X50/5X30/etc....) is no guarantee of better graphics.

Thanks in advance, I'm off to search for reviews. :)
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i7 4770K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 02:41 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,640

My System Specs

Default

This MSI w/ a 5870M caught my eye if anybody has any experience with it......

NCIX.com - Buy MSI GX660-260US Intel Core i5 460M 4GB 500GB 15.6IN WSXGA+ Radeon HD5870 1GB Win 7 Premium Notebook - MSI/MicroStar - 9S7-16F121-260 - in Canada
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i7 4770K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 03:52 PM
3.0charlie's Avatar
3.0 "I kill SR2's" Charlie
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Laval, QC
Posts: 9,656

My System Specs

Default

I bought a MSI GX740 last month (17", Quad + 5870M) and within 1 week the LCD inverter died, and the GPU failed. It's in NCIX's hands for a refund. Stick to nvidia if you can find a decent GPU, and Asus. That's what I would do.

edit: Asus G53 would be my next choice. Newegg.ca - ASUS G Series G53JW-XN1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M

edit2: mobile GPU benchmarks: Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List - Notebookcheck.net Tech
__________________
Hydro-Quebec is salivating...

Last edited by 3.0charlie; March 21, 2011 at 03:59 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 04:08 PM
MacJunky's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Creston, BC
Posts: 1,730

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3.0charlie View Post
and within 1 week the LCD inverter died, and the GPU failed.
*cough*SR2*cough*

I know someone with a gf who got an HP pavilion DV4 and it was constantly failing and being sent in with incredible frequency.. yet here I am with my DV4 and the only issue was the HDD a year and a bit after purchase.
Also, someone tell Sagath that the ASUS G2S-A1 I got off him is still kicking.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 04:29 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,640

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3.0charlie View Post
I bought a MSI GX740 last month (17", Quad + 5870M) and within 1 week the LCD inverter died, and the GPU failed. It's in NCIX's hands for a refund. Stick to nvidia if you can find a decent GPU, and Asus. That's what I would do.

edit: Asus G53 would be my next choice. Newegg.ca - ASUS G Series G53JW-XN1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M

edit2: mobile GPU benchmarks: Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List - Notebookcheck.net Tech
Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately my absolute limit is $1K, so while I'd love to get my hands on an ASUS w/ a great onboard vid, that particular one is out of my range.

I'm pretty sure that's the URL I was looking at originally for benchmarking... doesn't offer much hope for my $1K figure unless I'm willing to settle for the MSI 5870 that's on sale.... ;)
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i7 4770K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 04:56 PM
Keltron 3030's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland
Posts: 621

My System Specs

Default

could this be a possibility??? Dell XPS 15 Laptop Details | Dell Canada
__________________
FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 05:27 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,640

My System Specs

Default

Yeah, that's a possibility, although that link worked better than the earlier link I had for the XPS. I was able to put together a $1K XPS with a 540M, i5, & 9 cell battery for $1K, or skip the 9 cell in favour of a quad with the 540M.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i7 4770K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 05:39 PM
Keltron 3030's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland
Posts: 621

My System Specs

Default

if you need mobility, get the battery. otherwise, get the quad
__________________
FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 05:44 PM
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 2,026
Default

I've never had any problems with my Toshiba.
__________________
"What is the colour when black is burnt ?" - Neil Young
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 21, 2011, 05:48 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,640

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Keltron 3030 View Post
if you need mobility, get the battery. otherwise, get the quad
Unfortunately, looking at the only benchmarks I can find, the 5870 is twice the card that the 540M is.

I'm seriously looking at that MSI and trying to find a reason why I shouldn't pick it up at that price. I don't think I'll find anything even close, and the sale ends on the 23'rd.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i7 4770K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[WTT] *TRADED* My WaterCooled Gaming Rig ( LOT OF FREEBIES ) For your Gaming Laptop bautisj Buy/Sell & Trade 10 October 31, 2010 04:40 PM
New Laptop Suggestions - Decent Battery Life and Price? Sushi Warrior Mobile Computing 6 September 20, 2010 02:13 PM
Need laptop suggestions under $550 GameOnTurtle Mobile Computing 2 September 8, 2010 12:11 PM
Looking for New Laptop need suggestions Eniigmaa Mobile Computing 2 May 28, 2010 02:34 PM
Need some Laptop suggestions FreeKnight Mobile Computing 7 November 15, 2009 09:08 PM