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Blazerfan
02-17-2013, 10:35 AM
Hello all,

I'm a new ROG member, and looking for some advice as to which model notebook to buy. My pc knowlege is weak so please be easy on the computer lingo:) I currently have a toshiba laptop I bought in 2008, and it's been good for my needs but I'm ready for a new one. I've never been a pc gamer, just mostly xbox360 and ps3. My use will be mainly web browsing, music, and casual gaming, that's about it. I know I will be purchasing the new simcity game so I want something that will at least run that well. I've never played skyrim, farcry, or some of the other popular games but I guess I'd want a system that could handle them if I decide to in the future.

With all that said, I've been looking at the Asus g75vw models. Would that model be way too much computer for me??
Simcity Recommended specs are:
Intel Core i5 or faster
Windows 7
4GB Ram
nVidia GTX 275 or better, or ATI 5850 or better.

I'm looking to spend no more than $1500, so I'm not sure which model to get? I guess I just need to know the following I would need?
Processor? i7 3610, 3630, 3720?
Memory?
Storage? Would I want SSD?
Graphic? gtx 660m/670m? 2gb/3gb? GDDR5
Windows 7? or 8?

I've been looking on Amazon and bestbuy and seeing all the different combinations is confusing, and I just want the best option for my casual gaming use, but also something that will last for a few years. I've also looked at Samsung, and Toshiba, which the specs were pretty much the same, maybe even better graphics cards, and around the same price, but I heard issues with overheating.

Any help would be appreciated. Sorry for the rambling on

Thanks

Zygomorphic
02-17-2013, 11:20 AM
Welcome to the forums! :)

Here is my quick run-through:
1) CPU: 3610QM - You want the cheapest quad-core i7 money can buy. The performance difference for most things is minimal, and cost savings are impressive.
2) Memory: 8-16 GB - Every variant should come with >=8 GB, but you can take some of the money saved from the CPU and invest in more RAM. I have 16 GB with my 2630QM (slowest quad-core Sandy Bridge) and my system flies! :)
3) Storage: SSD+HDD - If nothing else, spend the money and get a 128 GB SSD for your OS and a few key programs. Big games should be stored on the HDD. You can upgrade the system with an SSD yourself and save money. It is not particularly hard.
4) Graphics: Your call - 660M runs cooler (quieter) than the 670M, but is 30% slower-I believe. If you need the extra performance for those games like Crysis you mentioned, the 670M is a better choice. Personally, since I do no hard-core gaming, I would pick the 660M for better battery life and less noise.
5) OS: Windows 7 - you don't want Windows 8. I have used both, and Win 7 is good (for an MS Product). Win 8, on the other hand, is something they should be ashamed of.

One thing to keep in mind is that there aren't very many G75 models that are under the $1500 mark. :(

Here are some configs:
1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230592 - 3630QM, 12 GB, no SSD, 670M, Win 8.
2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230408 - 3610QM, 12 GB, no SSD, 670M, Win 7

3.1) http://www.amazon.com/Republic-Gamers-G55VW-DH71-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B009AEW5HI/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1361100485&sr=1-1 - 3610QM, 8 GB, no SSD, 660M, Win 8. [This is the 15" variant of the G75]
3.2) http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-128GB-mSATA-Internal-CT128M4SSD3/dp/B0085J17KA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361100588&sr=8-2&keywords=msata+ssd - 128 GB SSD upgrade. G55 has mSATA.
3.3) http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Laptop-Memory-CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B006EWUOL8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1361100605&sr=8-3&keywords=laptop+RAM - 8 GB RAM upgrade.
This will give you a system with 16 GB RAM + SSD for <$1500. Granted, you will have to put up with Win 8 or downgrade that yourself.

Blazerfan
02-17-2013, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the info, very helpful. I'm still just wonder if I need such a computer since I'm only a casual gamer and will mainly just be playing the new simcity?

DRAKON
02-17-2013, 04:54 PM
Hi,

you do not really need G75 for simcity (based on the specs you gave).

As for the G75 specs:

1. Exact processor is not that important - you are not aiming in the top of the line anyway.
2. RAM - 16 GB of ram is more than enough. I do not even know if you really need them. I went for 16 GB over 8 just because I like to start bunch of things simultaneously. Generally 8 GB of RAM is pretty much enough for normal use and any game currently on the market.
3. Video Card - Maybe the hardest decision. 660M is great but 670M is more powerful. On the other hand 670MX on the G75VX is more powerful than the 670M on G75VW and also less power consuming which makes it generally better in any case. So I would suggest 660M if you want more battery life and you are not going for very heavy games or at least not for the highest details. If you want the top possible option go for 670MX. 2GB or 3GB doesn't matter in most cases. For a casual gamer I would suggest to ignore this spec.
4. HDD + SSD is the best option. SDD so much improves the speed of the windows that once you have it you will want it for every new laptop/PC you get in the future.
5. Windows 7 in my opinion is the correct option. I personally didn't had a choice as G75VX comes only with Windows 8 but the metro interface ( the ****ty thing with the big square icons designed especially for mobile devices ) is quite annoying. Well after 2 months I just got used to all the hotkeys I need and I completely ignore it. On the other hand the boot time of Windows 8 is very low - with SSD drive it tooks me less than 30 seconds (never actually counted them but it boots quite fast). If I had option I will still go with the Windows 7.

Also do you want 17.3 inch DTR ( desktop replacement )? G75 is not exactly portable. If it wasn't for the 670MX card I would probably go for G55.

Chino
02-17-2013, 06:20 PM
From the links Zygo provided, this is what I'd go with.

ASUS G75 Series G75VW-NS71 - $1,399.99
Samsung 840 120GB - $109.99
TOTAL: $1509.98

Zygomorphic
02-17-2013, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the info, very helpful. I'm still just wonder if I need such a computer since I'm only a casual gamer and will mainly just be playing the new simcity?

Probably not. You would be better served by one ASUS's other 1080p notebooks with a GT640-650M and plenty of RAM. Those systems have better battery life (may or may not be a concern), but they also will be noisier. I would honestly recommend the base G55 for you, since on Amazon the price is really good (try getting 1080p at that price by any other good vendor) and maybe upgrading some stuff yourself.

Blazerfan
02-18-2013, 03:37 AM
Ok, thanks again you guys! I think I'm going with the one from newegg that zygo recommended. Would you recommend the newegg 2-year extended warranty?? for $120 or just stick with the Asus warranty?

ASUS G75 Series G75VW-NS71 - $1,399.99
3610QM, 12 GB, no SSD, 670M, Win 7

I will maybe upgrade to a SSD later on, hoping it won't be too dificult since I'm computer illiterate and never done anything like that before:) I'm sure there are some good threads for that though!!

Zygomorphic
02-18-2013, 11:23 AM
Ok, thanks again you guys! I think I'm going with the one from newegg that zygo recommended. Would you recommend the newegg 2-year extended warranty?? for $120 or just stick with the Asus warranty?

ASUS G75 Series G75VW-NS71 - $1,399.99
3610QM, 12 GB, no SSD, 670M, Win 7

I will maybe upgrade to a SSD later on, hoping it won't be too dificult since I'm computer illiterate and never done anything like that before:) I'm sure there are some good threads for that though!!

Just stick with the ASUS warranty, but it is your call. I have had no problems with me G53SX, so I'm glad I didn't pay for a warranty. For $120, it is probably not worth it. Major problems should appear sooner than that.

EDIT: Yes, there are plenty of good threads around here, and upgrading the G75 is not that hard. Not like the G53SX. The G7* series are always pretty easy to upgrade, the G5* are not. Comes with being smaller, I guess.

GottiBoi55
02-18-2013, 09:55 PM
Here's a great deal from Tiger direct for $1,149

Link>>>>>>Tiger Direct (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4904410&CatId=3998)

Izrail
02-18-2013, 11:12 PM
I'm going to agree with Zygomorphic and say that you should consider the G55. The biggest reason I can think of going with the G75VW or VX is the 670M, or 670MX, which as it seems isn't something that you'll really need. SSD is always a good option if you can budget it, and 8g of RAM is plenty, and you always have room to upgrade later.