Choosing a Gaming Laptop
When choosing a laptop for gaming look at your CPU, GPU, and ram first to determine whether it’s a viable option for the games you play. If you’re looking to play the latest games, then we recommend you get a second generation or “Sandy Bridge” i5 or i7 processor with a solid dedicated graphics card. A good site that will help you compare your laptop’s GPU and CPU is cpubenchmark.net. There you can also click on their “video card benchmarks” tab to get more information on your laptops GPU. For ram we recommend you get at least 8GB. Most gaming laptops are upgradeable to 8GB or beyond.
ASUS G73SW-A1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop
For under $1500 (On sale now with Amazon’s $150 rebate) the Asus G73SW-A1 gives you everything your looking for in the latest laptop technology. It has an Intel i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz) Sandy Bridge processor, 8GB DDR3 1333MHz (4 x 2GB SODIMM Sockets, up to 16GB), and a Nvidia GTX 460M Graphics card with 1.5GB GDDR5.
The G73SW-A1 1TB Hybrid HDD/SSD (2x 500GB 7200RPM/4GB SSD) which helps to speed up not only your computer’s boot, but also everything you do.
With a USB 3.0 (1x USB 3.0 + 3x USB 2.0) Port you’ll be able to transfer data much quicker than you’ve been able to do before.
Additional Technical Details
Blue-Ray Combo Drive,802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth, 8-in-1 Card Reader; Gigabit LAN, Illuminated Keyboard, 17.3-Inch Full HD (1920×1080) LED Display, 2.0M Webcam, Gaming Backpack and Mouse included, and 8 Cell battery.
Overall you’ll be hard pressed to find a better overall value than the Asus G73SW-A1; however, both the ENVY and Qosmio are alternatives you should look at before making your final decision.