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#1 Icegaryen

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:24 PM

Hi, looking for advice in buying a new gaming laptop. Looking for a 15'' model good screen that I'll be able to take with me to college and run most of my games.

I found 2 laptops that interest me, ASUS N56VM-AB71 and Lenovo Y580

Here are the specs:

ASUS

Max Screen Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Processor 2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM
RAM 6 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 750 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Graphics Card Ram Size 2048 MB

Lenovo
Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 766 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M
Graphics Card Ram Size 2 GB

Lenovo has better insides but Asus appears to have a better screen. Is there significant difference between GTX660M and GT630M? I currently have a GT 545 on my desktop and it suits me fine. So guys, any recommendations?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

There's a huge difference between those cards. Get the lenovo. That asus will let you down.
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#3 austin3118

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

Best bet, wait it out.


Check your local craigslist, you are bound to spend hundreds less for a 3 month old gaming laptop. Just wait and see what comes up.

#4 Icegaryen

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

There's a huge difference between those cards. Get the lenovo. That asus will let you down.

Reading reviews, looks like the ASUS screen is much better. I think having a quality screen is better than having a shitty screen with a better card. Though a better card sure is tempting...

EDIT: Bah, 660M supports more games. Looks like I''ll need to find that Lenovo in a local Cosco/BestBuy and really check out the screen quality.

Best bet, wait it out.


Check your local craigslist, you are bound to spend hundreds less for a 3 month old gaming laptop. Just wait and see what comes up.


Would much rather buy a new unit, knowing that the graphics card and the HDD are in pristine condition.

Edited by HornyPony, 26 January 2013 - 01:20 PM.


#5 ShockandAww

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

Reading reviews, looks like the ASUS screen is much better. I think having a quality screen is better than having a shitty screen with a better card. Though a better card sure is tempting...

EDIT: Bah, 660M supports more games. Looks like I''ll need to find that Lenovo in a local Cosco/BestBuy and really check out the screen quality.



Would much rather buy a new unit, knowing that the graphics card and the HDD are in pristine condition.


Get the Lenovo Y580, no question. There are versions under $1000 that come with the full 1080p screen.

If you don't mind trying Amazon Warehouse, there's a use - like new one right now for $940.xx (it also has blu ray).

Regardless do NOT get anything with something as crappy as that 630.

Here is cheaper and new Acer Aspire with a 650m, so not as good as 660m but still decent for most current games.

Also here is another y580 w/ a small extra 16GB SSD installed for better performance. No blu ray on this one but I'd take the 16GB SSD over that any day.

One more edit: Here is a good one from Lenovos site for $980. Possibly slow shipping from their site though.

Edited by ShockandAww, 26 January 2013 - 03:31 PM.


#6 Icegaryen

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Get the Lenovo Y580, no question. There are versions under $1000 that come with the full 1080p screen.

If you don't mind trying Amazon Warehouse, there's a use - like new one right now for $940.xx (it also has blu ray).

Regardless do NOT get anything with something as crappy as that 630.

Here is cheaper and new Acer Aspire with a 650m, so not as good as 660m but still decent for most current games.

Also here is another y580 w/ a small extra 16GB SSD installed for better performance. No blu ray on this one but I'd take the 16GB SSD over that any day.

One more edit: Here is a good one from Lenovos site for $980. Possibly slow shipping from their site though.


Thanks so much for the newegg link! Same Y580 as the Amazon version but with an SSD, this is great. Plus, I don't have to pay taxes for newegg. Gonna pick it up by the end of the day, thanks again.

#7 Mr Dude65

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Yeah man, the screen thing is completely wrong... A 1080p screen means nothing if the games you're playing look like shit. The GPU is THE MOST IMPORTANT component in the build of a gaming computer.
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#8 carson11

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:02 AM

Second Lenovo Y580