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Jobbie
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Help picking a laptop - refurbished?

Due to a new job I will be on the move in a new city and travelling more. I want to get a laptop to be able to game with no issues. Games I plan to play:

- League of Legends
- Starcraft
- World of Warcraft
- Diablo 3
- Guildwars 2

My budget for it goes between 650 - 750 and I've been looking the refurbished ones from newegg.

ASUS K53 Series K53E-XB2
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···34230421

lenovo IdeaPad Z570 (1024XD2)
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···34246635

SAMSUNG Series 7 NP700Z5A-S06US
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···34131298

Let me know what you think
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slomotion
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Jobbie, I went through 3 laptops trying to find a gaming quality rig. Wasted my time and my money. It finally hit me that if I wanted a gaming PC I had to build a new desktop. I had a budget of around $800 and still could not find decent gaming laptop. So I just saved my money until I could afford to build the desktop I wanted.

If you are still determined to go with a laptop, you might try an OEM site such as (ibuypower.com)

Good luck
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Krisnatharok
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The lowest I would go would be $800-900 at which point you can start getting deals on refurbished gaming laptops that have discrete GPUs GT 550+. Just camp Best Buy, Amazon, and Newegg websites.
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Rifleman
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I have a MSI GT780 DX that has an I-7 2670 and GTX 570M that plays everything on maximum. The just came out with the 600M series of cards for this year. Not cheap but refurbs pop up around 1100 bucks or so.



Jobbie
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@all Thanks for the responses.

@slomotion, I have a decent PC back home I will just be tranfering to a different city and this job requires a good amount of traveling so I need to have a laptop to keep playing while on the move.

@Rifleman: I will take a look on that MSI.
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drew
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I think you need to ask for "relocation" and "travel" expenses



Rifleman
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This one is a great price with a GTX660M and I-7 Ivy Bridge :
»www.ncix.com/products/?sku=73015···oid=1403

Aother decent one for price:
»www.ncix.com/products/?sku=73015···oid=1403



Jobbie
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lol I am getting relocation and travel expenses that is why I am on the look of a decent laptop

@Rifleman: Great find checking it out now, you linked the same laptop twice.
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mythology
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reply to Jobbie

Asus G-Series hands down. Cant beat em for the price.



Jobbie
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Thanks to KrisN for the link to ibuypower:

I decided to increase the budget to 1800-2000 to get a better laptop.

Thinking on getting this:

Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Laptop
»www.ibuypower.com

Case 1 x Valkyrie CZ-17 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, E-SATA, USB 3.0, Illuminated Keyboard, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter-Original Metallic black
Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.3GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
Memory 1 x 16GB [8GB x 2] 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory]-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 4GB GDDR5 Video [CZ-17]
Primary Hard Drive 1 x 240 GB Intel 520 SSD-Single Drive
Data Hard Drive 1 x 750 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive
Optical Drive 1 x 8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-17]
Flash Media Reader / Writer 1 x Built-in 4-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop]
Sound Card 1 x HD Audio with THX TrueStudio Pro
Network Card 1 x Killer E2200 Gaming Networking
Internal Wireless Network Adapter 1 x Intel Ultimate-N 6300 802.11 a/b/g/n 450Mbps Dual-Band Wi-Fi
Operating System 1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel)-64-bit
USB Ports 1 x Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 3x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop]
Carrying Case 0 x None
Video Camera 1 x Built-in 3.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera
Warranty 1 x Standard Warranty Service-Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Rush Service 1 x Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee)-No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
Free Stuff 1 x [Free T-shirt] - INTEL SSD-Free with purchase of Intel SSD
Free Stuff 1 x [FREE Game Promo Pack] - Tribes: Ascend-Free with purchase of Intel i5/i7 CPU or Intel Motherboard or Intel SSD 180Gb or above
Subtotal $1,839.00

Thoughts?

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Blockfire
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how much does it weigh, I had a "gaming" laptop a couple years ago and it was like lugging around an extra limb it was so heavy.



Jobbie
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7 lbs with battery

yunousemetric!!!



Blockfire
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3.2 KILO'S JOBBIE, 2.2 LB'S PER KILO



Jobbie
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Oh that is not that bad



Krisnatharok
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2.2046228 lbs per kilo, get it right.



Blockfire
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this is where someone with a less than pleasant mind would insert a joke about Jobbie's nationality and a criminal element that converts pounds to kilo's very successfully.



Jobbie
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We always manage all our merchandise in kilos silly, you are the ones changing it backwards.
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Blockfire
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i'm a pseudo-scientist, i always use the metric system, and scientific notation.



Jobbie
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Fair enough. I always felt the metric system easier to use.

Now who is going to buy my new laptop and cross it through the border?

Floating device will be provided.. (for the laptop)
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Jobbie
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1 recommendation

Just an update since ibuypower takes a long time to build and uses the same parts as MSI, I decided to go with:

MSI GT Series GT70 0ND-202US

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···34152347

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-ONdnenmOk


Intel Core i7 3610QM(2.30GHz)
17.3" Display
12GB Memory DDR3 1600
750GB HDD 7200rpm
DVD Super Multi NVIDIA
GeForce GTX 675M

Price: $1650 with a $100 mail in rebate.

I will purchase an SSD later to even improve this bad boy.

Edit: This is the one I am looking at.
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···20239046
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Rifleman
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Was gonna point these out to you.
MSI GT70 0NC-051US I7-3610QM 12GB 128GB SSD 750GB 17.3in LED GTX670M 3GB Bluray HDMI W7HP64 Notebook It has a SSD and bluray included:
»www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70412···oid=1088



Jobbie
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Thanks for the link Rifleman.

It goes for almost $1800 with an GTX670 but it has blueray. The offer from Newegg comes with a free xbox bundled in.
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Jobbie
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Another update:

They reduced the price on the laptop by $150 keeping up the $100 mail in rebate. so you can get this laptop now for $1400 after rebates and discounts.

It also comes with a free xbox if you can get a .edu email address.
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Jobbie
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1 recommendation

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For the original price I got the laptop plus some other parts I needed. The SSD was purchased separately on a different sale.

Thank you Antonica, Archivis and Blockfire for helping me out.
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Rifleman
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Let me know what you think of the MSI?



Krisnatharok
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said by Jobbie:

For the original price I got the laptop plus some other parts I needed. The SSD was purchased separately on a different sale.

Thank you Antonica, Archivis and Blockfire for helping me out.

What no mention of your moral support, and one of the guys trying to break you of bad habits (of KSing)??? Boo!
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Jobbie
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LOL! Moral support is always appreciated.

@Rifle, I had some issues installing the SSD last night mostly because you don't get a windows installation disk or a recovery cd, all the recovery disks are partitioned into the HD, you can build recovery dvd's out of those partitions too.

I had to mount an image of windows on the hdd (daemon tools) with the ssd connected as "slave" and install windows on that drive then I deleted the partitions for data since it also separates OS and Data into different partions to get a big one.

Now I renamed the SSD partition the same as the old OS install partition and ran the recovery tool from the BIOS (F3) to install all the drivers and software directly from MSI hidden partitions.

So far has been working just fine, I need to get used to the new keyboard since it is full sized and the enter key is the small ones.

Other than the lack of ieasier nstallation tools the laptop has been working just fine. Tried it on GW2 and it runs OUTRAGEOUS.
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