questionsany gaming laptop suggestions?

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historically you'd be far better off economically settling for a pc gaming desktop, but I was sort of surprised to see at least a baseline gaming laptop from (dell-owned) alienware at $799 (I'm sure that barely qualifies as a gaming model but I expected them to start at $1k+)

didn't note any deals but here's the info page on them http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/alienware-m11x?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn I remember reading about their latest model a couple months ago - seems like it was received favorably by reviewers.

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I have an ASUS laptop I used for gaming and I love it, but it doesn't meet your light weight requirement. Not being a super techie person I can't guarantee it will play all games 3-5 yrs, but I do use it all the time on Steam playing Left 4 Dead 2 and I've had no problems. It never runs hot.

I did recently have a problem (not the laptop's fault, probably mine) where the motherboard got fried. I had to send it out and I'm telling you, ASUS customer service is superb.
The model is G50VT and here is more info on it: http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=fdhHRbJtRlOCqy5C&content=overview

I can't find a good price on it. Maybe another Wooter here can,if you are interested.

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When I was looking for a laptop not long ago I priced some gaming setups, generally in the $1200 - $1600 range. CNET lists some budget options but compare to the preferred specs on the newer games to see if they'll be up to par:

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptop-reviews/?filter=1101502_13087974_&rpp=25&sort=lowPrice9%20asc&tag=mncol;page

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You may wish to adjust your expectations - nothing you buy today is going to run 2015's games. Maybe at like 800x600 in garbage mode, if that, but I don't really count that as running the game.

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To expand on my previous comment, maybe it is wise to instead plan on buying two laptops over the next few years to try and keep up?

For instance, instead of paying $2000 for a top of the line laptop today in hopes that it will still get the job done in 5 years, spend $1100 today and $1000 in three years (at 3% it'll only cost you an extra $17 :-p) to get something that will do today's games now and something that will do tomorrow's games tomorrow.

I also echo the desktop comment above.

Further, I'm concerned that it will be very difficult to find something that is small and lightweight and runs cool and is powerful enough to be reasonable futureproof :( I think you may be asking the impossible, unfortunately.

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With Steam working to release more and more Mac games, maybe you should invest in a MBP for your gaming? Its not cheap, true, but it DOES work. And, its lightweight, and nice to use. (I use one).. I made a partition with Bootcamp for the games I can't get for my OSX platform.

All that being said, you can get a top-of-the-line PC for less than a MBP that will play anything you want for years. I just bought a box from HP for 1100 - imo, a dream machine.

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Just to clarify my intentions a bit, here's some more information:

- While I have a great Mac laptop and have used it for Steam recently, part of the reason I'd like a new PC laptop is to increase my productivity. Having a bunch of games on my Mac makes it too tempting and easy to slack off.

- I'm less interested in playing high end games in a few years than I am in playing most games. Generally when games are available on a console (360 or PS3) I'll buy them that way, but the laptop is for games like Civilization, simulations, smaller releases etc.

- The reason I'm looking for a laptop over a desktop is a space issue- my primary machine is a Mac, and I also have a need for a lot of desk space for creating art. This is probably the only criteria that 100% needs to be met.

- I'm open to laptops that don't meet everything on my wishlist. That's what I'd like ideally, but if you know of something that fits most or a few of my criteria, I'd love to hear it.

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I think I found one that is for gaming, lightweight and a budget price. It is the ASUS K52JR-X5. Sold here for $749 http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-k52jr-x5-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-350m-2-26ghz-4gb-500gb-hdd-802/q/loc/101/213928414.html

Other details: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/asus-k52jr-x5/4505-3121_7-34041465.html?tag=rnav

PLEASE NOTE: if you read my earlier comment you may think ASUS has bad motherboards. I assure you it is me at fault. I have a tendency to fry motherboards on my computers. Call me the anti-Midas.

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Be realistic here, if it were possible to have a powerful gaming laptop that was light as a feather, we would all have one.
And also, if you buy a computer this year-by next year it will be outdated. I doubt you'll be able to handle new games 5 years from now(assuming it even lasts that long).
So as someone else already stated: Getting a desktop is always a better idea. Building it yourself is an even better one.
Even then, wishing to play new games in 5 years is somewhat of a fairytale.

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As harsh as it may sound, having built many computers myself for years, and having only recently given in for a spiffed up laptop, I have to echo @metalcowboy on this one and say you're far better off with a desktop. However, I can echo the sentiment of needing desk space for productivity... Your requirements sound great, but it looks like you're going to be making a serious trade-off in at least one aspect.

My recommendations for gaming (and generally computing at this point) are that you go with the new Intel Core processors - the I5 or I7 in particular. They will work wonders for the newer games that are made to take advantage of multiple cores, and will far outperform older dual-core architectures. However, they will run hot, and I7s are hardly portable because of power-consumption. Whatever processor you choose, also make sure it's backed up by sufficient ram, a fast HDD (7200 rpm), and a decent video card.

Keep an eye out for Dell's XPS and alienware lines, or HP Envy DV6 Quad.

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Well, if you're dead set on a gaming laptop, check out asus's newest generation of gaming laptops.

However, I would strongly suggest you go for a desktop when playing games.

I just built a core i5-750 system with 4GB RAM 1TB HDD and an ATI HD 5770 for ~$800... way better than you can find in a laptop and when games come out that it doesn't play the best... just throw in another graphics card or an i7-820 for increased performance at minimal cost.

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If you're just interested in playing games off of steam. Valve just released Steam for the Mac not to long ago. plus HL2 is on the mac and TF2 is going to be on the Mac tomarrow. plus no need to buy them twice, buy for the PC play on the mac.

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if your looking for a good power to price ratio your going to want to buy Asus. I've got an f8p that I bought 2 years ago and it still runs current games fairly well, although my desktop is better suited for gaming than the laptop.
My friend actually just bought this http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=8je5Ot4HBnKOdT81 about a week ago. Pretty much the most amazing gaming laptop I've laid eyes on. It rivals the performance of my desktop and as far as storage goes there are versions with 1TB of HDD space so you should be set.
If this is outside of your budget or too big and bulky for you I recommend that you browse some other Asus models. I've been very pleased with mine and as far as price to power goes you can't beat Asus.
Some more resources you could check would be:
newegg.com - arguably the best online computer retailer, excellent reviews etc.
tomshardware.com - great technical reviews and specs on everything computer related

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I have to agree with Hitman 1689, I've been running my Asus G73jh-a1 for several months now, the computer runs MW2 on the highest settings as well as any other steam game I've thrown at it. i have a 1Tb of memory and a 2hour battery(when the intel I7-720 is set to low) it's a large computer but the display is awesome and it's super fast.
one warning, Asus customer service is horrible they promise the world and don't deliver, until you get to the managers. The trade off is that they build awesome computers, also they are a U.S. company founded and headquartered in Fremont California, when i had problems I just took the unit to them.
After getting my unit the first thing i did was to upgrade to windows 7 Professional and do a clean install to remove bloat ware but even stock it's awesome.
I bought from these guys and they went above and beyond answering my questions.
http://www.powernotebooks.com/ASUS-Custom-Built-Gaming-Laptops-Notebooks-cat-65.html

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i got a SONY Vaio F-series with the new CORE i7 processor and NVIDIA geforce graphics card (forgot exact model) and it works great, handling demanding games such as just cause 2 at medium high settings. I also suggest HP, and custom build your laptop, thats what i did on the SONY website. You're better building it on the website that way you get exactly what you want, and get rid of what you dont want.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220751
$800. 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 2.4GHz Core i5, 1GB dedicated video card
Asus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115857
$750. 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 2.53GHz Core i5, 1GB dedicated video card
Acer

Big things to look for are >3GB RAM, dedicated video card, my 2GHz dual-core processor can handle L4D2 just fine

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THE BEST OPTION OUT THERE NOW IS A DELL ALIENWARE REFURB LAPTOP WHICH IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE NEW. YOU CAN GET AN AWESOME ONE FOR ABOUT $1200.00. THE REASON WHY I SAY REFURB WITH DELL IS GREAT IS DUE TO THEYRE EXTENDED WARRANTY CUSTOMER SERVICE WHICH IS TOP NOTCH. THEY COME TO YOU TO CHANGE EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING POSSIBLE INCLUDING THE MOTHERBOARD RIGHT IN YOUR HOUSE. MAKE SURE TO GET THEIR EXTENDED IN HOME SERVICE WHICH IS ABOUT $450.00 FOR 4 YEARS. GOOD LUCK!!!
P.S. DELL IS VERY GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING A REPLACEMENT COMP, WITHOUT ANY HASSLES..
HERE IS THE LINK TO THEIR OUTLET WITH A 20% OFF COUPON! TRY TO BEAT THIS!!
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/winter_savings?c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh&dgc=IR&cid=60867&lid=1583677

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I'd suggest an Acer Aspire 8930G if you can find one for under a thousand (It's what I have, got it for $800, but now newegg doesn't have them any more.) It is able to handle any game I want, and has a large (18.4") screen, although it does weigh ~10 pounds.

For some 15.6" laptops that should be able to handle your gaming needs,
$800: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220865
$700: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220749

Although quite honestly I'm not sure if the $800 is that much better (it does have a faster processor, but the processor also is dual core rather than triple core...)

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@arih81: Turn freaking caps lock off. I swear. Screaming your opinion doesn't make it more valid.

What did you end up getting OP?

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My researched, found gaming laptop price start $599 like alienware m11x and the low priced gaming laptop with ati hd 5650 graphic start $600 :
this site is mine information http://lowcostgaminglaptop.com/