Computers & Electronics

Gaming laptop Suggestion: 17" ~$2000-2500

  • Last Updated:
  • May 2nd, 2015 1:58 pm
Tags:
None
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Oct 12, 2005
1380 posts
59 upvotes

Gaming laptop Suggestion: 17" ~$2000-2500

I am looking to upgrade from Asus ROG G74S (now 3+ years) - Only use is gaming (a wide variety). Should last trouble free 3-4 years (I have little appetite for trouble shooting so reliability/good components are important).

Things I would like to improve on in next laptop (other than updated GPU/CPU etc.) compared to G74s

Better screen. Resolution 3/4k would be nice but quality of panel is more important.
More portable (but still 17"). (Battery life not important, just easier to travel with)
SSD boot drive (preferably 512GB, at least 128GB)

Would like to have 980M or 970Mx2 for GPU (if SLI works well for general gaming, I have no experience with it).

Things I would like to avoid:
Throttling
Thermal problems (even after couple years of dirt settles on vents)
Wifi connectivity issue (I game via wifi)
Any sort of bloat ware.

Options appear to be: (thanks to notebookcheck)
Gigabyte P37X (thinnest and 980M -- current favourite)
Alienware 17 R2 (my 'perception' is that this is the best quality)
ASUS ROG G751 (this would be most like for like upgrade/ apparently comes with 980M sli)
Aorus X7 Pro (970M sli but worried about thermal performance/throttling)
GS70 Stealth Pro (weakest with a single 970M)

Thanks for any help!
3 replies
Member
User avatar
Jan 31, 2014
209 posts
13 upvotes
Toronto
Razer Blade is close to your budget, its the thinnest and powerful gaming laptop, or you can look at the asus and msi variants of 17 inch, they top out about 2000 bucks and they all have great vents but you should still have a cooling mat if your using for long term.
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Oct 12, 2005
1380 posts
59 upvotes
Razer 17" comes with 960M GPU which really isn't powerful enough. I have ordered the Alienware. Best balance of power (980M GPU), portability 3.7kg (range for 17" laptops 3.0 - 5.0kg), price (C$2300 with 256GB SSD/1TB 7200RPM HDD) and quality (ultrathins like Aourus/P37x seem to have thermal/throttling issue plus alienware has IPS screen) for me.

It wont ship for a week plus so I have some time if I change my mind. so will continue to research this.

Thanks

Top