Best gaming laptop under $1500?

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  1. morgothaod macrumors regular

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    In your opinion what's the best gaming laptop under $1500? I really just want to play Quake Live on it. I was thinking either a Gateway P-series or Alienware.
     
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Probably better off asking on the notebookreview.com forums. I don't keep up with notebooks these days, but ASUS offer good value for your money and have decent graphics cards.
     
  3. Pika macrumors 68000

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    To play games or to be productive... that is the question.
     
  4. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

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    To play games, I want a laptop for my small apartment. I'll just be using it for youtube, porn, and Quake Live.
     
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    Yup. Go to notebook review forums. I'm a member there myself. They'll tell you what to get.
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I don't understand why people like gaming notebooks. Gamers tend to be pretty anal over a lot of things that make it seem like notebooks are not only a waste of money, but also not capable of achieving their desires.
     
  8. Beric macrumors 68020

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    I almost got a gaming notebook. I like mobility. But eventually I decided I wanted lower cost and higher performance even more. So I built a PC. But if you want mobility, there's nothing bad about a gaming notebook.
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    But they are heavy and bulky. It seems you could get a gaming rig and a normal notebook for about the same price. I just can't imagine that many people play games mobily to justify the high cost.
     
  10. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Exactly why I decided to build my own rig and keep my Macbook. But some people do buy gaming notebooks, and I can only assume that not everyone who buys one simply should have bought 2 computers instead.
     
  11. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm just gonna be playing a few old games on it. I mainly want something that doesn't take up a lot of space. Being able to move the laptop to outside is also a bonus. Anyways, can the cheapest Macbook Pro ($1100 one) play Quake Live with high frames per second? Can I play Quake Live without Windows?
     
  12. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Definitely the $1050 15" Asus one from Bestbuy.com
     
  13. xcreet macrumors newbie

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    Yep - Quake Live runs great on my 2.26 standard 13 MBP in 10.5

    I've had a slight issue with sound and safari crashing on exiting the arena, but this isn't a huge issue.
     
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    Well for porn may I suggest the MacBook? It's white in color, so it'll be perfect.
     
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    Do you have a thick skull? In your other thread, people repeatedly told you that even netbooks would push more than 60 fps on Quake Live, and that Quake Live is compatible on Windows, OS X and Linux. And yet you keep asking.

    Even if you got a old MacBook with the Intel GMA950, it would play Quake Live just fine. You do not need to buy a $2,000+ MacBook Pro for what you want to do. A MacBook (or a MacBook Pro 13") will handle all that with ease.
     
  17. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, someone told me this:


    and I want to see if anyone else is having this problem... I'm also nervous about spending $1100+ and I want to make sure I'll enjoy my purchase.
     
  18. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

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    1) What is your budget?

    $1500 maximum (if a really good laptop is a little bit more expensive, tell me about it)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    13" but larger is ok

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    Best Buy

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    a. Like: Gateway (bro has one), I don't know anything about the other brands.
    b. Dislike: Don't know, I just want a laptop that won't overheat

    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    I'll be watching p0rn, tv shows from hulu.com, and playing some older computer games like Quake Live and Soldiers of Fortune 2 Double Helix.

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? It'll be at home 99% of the time

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?
    Quake Live, Soldiers of Fortune 2 Double Helix, Diablo 2, Team Fortress 2

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Doesn't matter

    9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Prefer to see it in person

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    I want whatever one will less likely get a virus from sites


    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    Either WXGA+ – 1440x900 or WSXGA+ – 1680x1050, whatever is better for playing video games and watching tv on the laptop (if it even affects that)


    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Glossy, I'll be using the laptop inside, so I don't think glare will be an issue.


    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    I just don't want it to overheat due to poor design

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    At least 3-5 years (if possible)

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    I won't need a lot of hard drive space. 80GB is plenty... SSD drive would be great (if it'll be of benefit for what I'm using my laptop for) but it's not a requirement

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    It would be nice if I can burn DVD's but its not a requirement.
     
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    a play station 3. i guess, cause PC's are unworthy to my eyes.
     
  20. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    Did you really just copy a questionnaire FROM ANOTHER FORUM to post here?

    It's a mac forum. A macbook pro will do what you want, despite what that one guy said (considering 60fps isn't bad, I don't know what you're taking from his post as some sort of major negative?)

    You've made like 5 threads about this, to which everyone except that ONE GUY has said the 13" MacBook Pro will be fine...asking the question repeatedly different ways does not generally change the answer.
     
  21. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Apple MacBook Pro works great.

    When I use my Apple MBP I am usually in top 3 on 30 player servers in TF2.

    Laptop "requirement" FAIL.
     
  22. TSE macrumors 68030

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    The 1050 dollar one from Best Buy would fit your needs perfectly, I don't know why you keep on asking the same questions and disregarding people's answers, if you continue nobody is going to want to help you ever.
     
  23. highertechnology macrumors 6502

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    My MBP handles gaming great, but it was more than 1500.
     
  24. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Gateway P-series is the best gaming lappy for the money, IMO. A friend of mine has one, and the only thing nicer then it has been a Clevo "notebook" that cost and weighed notably more.

    Not to mention, I would imagine, you would be able to replace the processor (best done when the warrenty is over!) with another socket-M Core2.... however, you may run into problems with power supply and etc.
     
  25. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Quake Live is basically just Quake3Arena - a game released way back in 1999, except it runs in the browser. Any laptop released in the last 5 years should easily be able to run it at over 100fps. Even the integrated graphics Macbook can run it blazing fast. No need to go high end for Quake Live.
     

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