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    Hello everyone,

    I'll start by stating what I'm really looking for. I want a laptop that can run some MMO's with decent playability for a decent price. I know that sounds pretty out there, but I am not an incredibly avid PC gamer, I only play PC games in infrequent amounts.

    Ideally I'd like a machine in the under $800 range; preferably closer to $600 or so. It doesn't need to be able to run games at top graphic levels, just enough to make the games playable and enjoyable. I will solely use the machine for gaming and possibly social media. I have my current laptop for everything else.

    I'm currently playing guild wars 2, which is just a PITA to try and run smoothly on my current laptop, which is a Dell Inspiron from 2010. So, I figure that almost anything newer would be an improvement over my old student computer.

    I'd prefer to order the Laptop online, as there isn't a lot of choice in my small town. So, any suggestions?

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    Personally, I'm a fan of MSI, ASUS and Clevo, you'll see good and bad reviews for each of these brands.

    but http://www.amazon.com/MSI-CX61-2PC-4...5766338&sr=1-4 is in your budget and not bad at all. I'd urge you to spend as much as you can afford on a laptop though, you won't regret getting a boost to power.

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    You can pick up a Lenovo Y40 with a 1.7Ghz i5 right now for $680, or get the 2Ghz i7 (dual core) processor for $700. You want the strongest graphics possible, even if it means getting a processor with 2/3 or 4/5 the clock speed. The R9 M275 GPU in the Y40 is on level with the GT 830 or 840M depending on benchmark. You'll also get a 1080p screen instead of 768. The biggest trade-off is that the Y40 base models have a 500GB HDD instead of the 750GB in the MSI model.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad....115888.0.html

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....108477.0.html

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    I recently picked up this laptop off newegg on sale for under $1K. So far I'm loving it, but I recommend you replace stock hard drive with SSD, as the base models mostly come with slower Mechanical HD's.

    http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GE70-2PE-Apache-Pro.html

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    Interesting thread as I just wrote a grant for a "gaming" laptop for the GIS work I do on the side. I've been going over the reviews on newegg and Amazon for MSI, ASUS and Lenovo models. I currently use an ASUS G73 that's about 4 years old. Are the MSI's more reliable than the ASUS laptops at the various price points?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    Interesting thread as I just wrote a grant for a "gaming" laptop for the GIS work I do on the side. I've been going over the reviews on newegg and Amazon for MSI, ASUS and Lenovo models. I currently use an ASUS G73 that's about 4 years old. Are the MSI's more reliable than the ASUS laptops at the various price points?
    From what I hear they are super reliable. I haven't had mine long enough to know for sure--but I do know that they come standard with TWO years of warranty. My previous laptop, an Alienware M14x, only came with one.

    MSI is known for a lot of internals, specifically motherboards, so I'd be willing to bet that they have a better handle on reliability than some other companies. The biggest issue I run into, which to be fair is problematic in all gaming laptops, is the constant threat of overheating. With all that hardware under the hood it's easy for the thing to get ridiculously hot which actually can affect the lifespan of the hardware quite substantially. I would think the proper cooling is crucial no matter what brand you end up going with including MSI and ASUS. That alone will extend the life of a gaming laptop tremendously.

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    I'm pretty interested in the MSI stuff as well. It seems like it's pretty much tailored to what I want.

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    I knew 2 people who had good experiences with MSI. These were for general use with decent specs so they weren't gaming machines. Personally I really like Lenovo as they are more robust and build quality is very good. I do feel though that they are more expensive than other brands for similar hardware so perhaps not such a great option on a tight budget.

    SSDs are expensive and don't really contribute to fps or graphics quality so I wouldn't recommend one for you. Generally though I love SSDs and I've seen what an SSD can do for a high speced 4y old laptop vs new laptops without.

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    Just thought I'd post this, there is a GREAT website called IBuyPower that's having a pre-Black Friday sale on MSI laptops, if anyone is interested.

    If you're willing to buy a SSD to replace that mechanical HD's that come stock with *most* but not all that laptops, its very possible to get a sweet gaming rig under $1000 right now. They offer lots of free upgrades, so look carefully at the configuration thing if you decided to get one!

    http://www.ibuypower.com/Site/Pre-Black-Friday-Sale

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    Also, these are by no means budget laptops, BUT I'll post it anyways, for your drooling pleasure!

    http://www.falcon-nw.com/laptops/drx

    http://www.falcon-nw.com/sites/default/files/drx-blueflames-hi.jpg

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    I don't recall the model, but my kid got a really nice Acer this summer for around $700 with Nvidia graphics. Reliability was OK and it was cheaper tha Asus or MSI, personally I prefer to spend a little extra for a Lenovo ThinkPad since they are built better.

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