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    Default Advice on New Laptop

    Budget up to the maximum of $3000, including all GST/Freight

    Wanting High Graphics, for gaming while studying and away from my beast at home this year. Otherwise I would stick with my average laptop already, but wanting to treat myself and get something real good. Games including Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age Origins, Company of Heroes, Crysis, Battlefield Bad Company 2 - out March etc.

    Looking at Dell.co.nz,

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    MEMORY 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB) edit
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    Comes at $2,549.001

    Would this be suitable, or could you possibly link me to other/better options. I've had a bit of a search, but I find this to be the best looking, easy and simple, and the cheapest... I find it difficult to find gaming laptops, any better within the price range.. this may completely suck, and you may have an awesome find - and I'll be like pew pew - sweet as sugar!

    However, I may be incorrect. Please advise if you can guys.

    I'll be getting rid of MacAfee, why they insist of having it on your PC, I cannot grasp. NOD32 FTW!

    Thanks
    Last edited by Chris09; 24-01-2010 at 09:29 PM.
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    Default Re: Advice on New Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris09 View Post
    Budget up to the maximum of $3000, including all GST/Freight

    Wanting High Graphics, for gaming while studying and away from my beast at home this year. Otherwise I would stick with my average laptop already, but wanting to treat myself and get something real good. Games including Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age Origins, Company of Heroes, Crysis, Battlefield Bad Company 2 - out March etc.

    Looking at Dell.co.nz,

    Studio XPS 16


    Comes at $2,549.001

    Would this be suitable, or could you possibly link me to other/better options. I've had a bit of a search, but I find this to be the best looking, easy and simple, and the cheapest... I find it difficult to find gaming laptops, any better within the price range.. this may completely suck, and you may have an awesome find - and I'll be like pew pew - sweet as sugar!

    However, I may be incorrect. Please advise if you can guys.

    I'll be getting rid of MacAfee, why they insist of having it on your PC, I cannot grasp. NOD32 FTW!

    Thanks
    I purchased a dell laptop, becasue it was cheaper than the competition, and you could build it online. However teh build quality was poor and the keyboard flexed. Also the media buttons only lasted a year before they stopped working. Not to mention that the bag I got included with it, was too small for the laptop to fit into, and the customer service to resolve that problem was crap. Would steer clear from them.

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    Default Re: Advice on New Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris09 View Post

    Wanting High Graphics, for gaming
    Tat sentence doesn't sit well with the title, laptops are not high end gaming machines, why people insist on trying to get what is un obtainable beats me. If you want to play games build a desktop

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbyp View Post
    I purchased a dell laptop, becasue it was cheaper than the competition, and you could build it online. However teh build quality was poor and the keyboard flexed. Also the media buttons only lasted a year before they stopped working. Not to mention that the bag I got included with it, was too small for the laptop to fit into, and the customer service to resolve that problem was crap. Would steer clear from them.
    So do you have a recommendation Robbyp?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Tat sentence doesn't sit well with the title, laptops are not high end gaming machines, why people insist on trying to get what is un obtainable beats me. If you want to play games build a desktop
    Gary, I have a beast right now, at home, that I use for my gaming. This year I am away for studying as I said, and I cannot take my desktop. My laptop now can't even play Warcraft III at low res. So I'm looking at one that can play those games at least.

    Do you have a recommendation?
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    Default Re: Advice on New Laptop

    Well you probably wont get anything faster, than the one you posted in the 1st post.

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    You will be hard pressed to get a higher-spec laptop within your budget. But don't expect to play those sort of games on max settings etc and high FPS. Playable FPS with reasonable settings, should be no problem though.
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    Default Re: Advice on New Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris09 View Post
    So do you have a recommendation Robbyp?



    Gary, I have a beast right now, at home, that I use for my gaming. This year I am away for studying as I said, and I cannot take my desktop. My laptop now can't even play Warcraft III at low res. So I'm looking at one that can play those games at least.

    Do you have a recommendation?
    Toshiba would be my no.1 recommendation. Excellent build quailty and they rank well for reliability. I would also rate Asus ones quite well, and you tend to get more for you buck with Asus, so price should be comparable with dell. I would also rate HP higher models, as being well built. You do get what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbyp View Post
    Toshiba would be my no.1 recommendation. Excellent build quailty and they rank well for reliability. I would also rate Asus ones quite well, and you tend to get more for you buck with Asus, so price should be comparable with dell. I would also rate HP higher models, as being well built. You do get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plod View Post
    latest figures from consumer are:
    Sony
    Apple
    Dell
    Acer
    Toshiba
    HP/compaq
    Asus.
    I don't think consumer are all that good these days, and they don't have the resources to do proper in depth testing. They used to be totally independent, but they are now allowing sponsors.
    What was that ranking for, reliability or value or specs, and are those ratings from best to last? There are better reviews out their, and infact one major review rates Asus as the best for reliability and quality based on users feedback.

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