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JDS
12-27-2013, 11:10 AM
Since the release of the G750 I have been feeling quite insignificant, considering the G750 seems to be a much better laptop. Now, that isn't bad, because that means progress is being made, but how can I/we prevent our current laptops from becoming overwhelmed in the future? What do you do to keep your unit running quickly and smoothly? And how can I get mine running at its highest potential?

rewben
12-27-2013, 12:54 PM
unfortunately, there are no 'best' way to futureproof gaming laptops. imo there are 2 routes that you can choose from to keep up with gaming demands:

1. changing laptops often (ideally every year); or
2. get a laptop that allows you to customize, so you can change parts often.

both routes have their own pros and cons.

the advantages of the the first route:
a) you get a new laptop every year (yay);
b) you get all brand new hardware components (everything is new).

normally people will sell off the 'old' laptop (while it still has values), top some money up to get a new one.

as for the second route, you can either get a base model that is working for current games, or the highest end that can last for 3 years (make sure they come with parts warranty, especially the mobo). you will perform upgrades as and when needed. this way you can stay with the same laptop for 3 to 5 years. customizations are the advantages (you can swap parts whenever you want. just bear in mind that after market upgrades are usually expensive). again, you must be sure that key components, like mobo, can last that long (with all the gaming abuses hehe).

you see, both routes make you do the same thing: spend more in the name of keeping up with the latest gaming demands. (if you're so keen on gaming, i think it makes more sense to get a decent gaming desktop)

jmhdj
12-27-2013, 03:13 PM
I curently have my g73sw that is over 3 years and am very satisfied with it. I have upgraded almost all on it though, however it was cheaper then to buy new one. I have upgraded screen, dvd to bd drive, hdd to Samsung 256gb ssd, cpu to 2860qm, ram to 1600mhz and at last gpu to 680m :).
I dont intend to replace my machine for atleast 2 more years and are still capable playing all New games on very high. So I believe I have spared some money on choosing this route instead to upgrading and suffering from all troubless that g750 owners do.
Here is my 3dmark11 score with current setup: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7630058

JDS
12-27-2013, 08:42 PM
How did you manage to upgrade the GPU? From what I hear, that is near impossible. Also, I would get a desktop, but I'm a broke college student that travels bavk and forth, so a desktop isn't until I settle down.

rewben
12-28-2013, 11:01 AM
I curently have my g73sw that is over 3 years and am very satisfied with it. I have upgraded almost all on it though, however it was cheaper then to buy new one. I have upgraded screen, dvd to bd drive, hdd to Samsung 256gb ssd, cpu to 2860qm, ram to 1600mhz and at last gpu to 680m :).
I dont intend to replace my machine for atleast 2 more years and are still capable playing all New games on very high. So I believe I have spared some money on choosing this route instead to upgrading and suffering from all troubless that g750 owners do.
Here is my 3dmark11 score with current setup: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7630058

yeah older g-series can do that. latest models can't :/ (there is a limit to upgrades; i can only use my g55 for work purposes now. i use other machines to play games).

i wish asus can make their gaming laptops like older models.

jmhdj
12-28-2013, 01:53 PM
Actualy older models aren't hassle free for gpu upgrades either. I had to use older g73jh modell gpu heatsink for dell 680m gpu. And there are video bios incompatibility that was biggest obstacle to upgrade but once I managed to get over that one this machine became beast in disguise :).
As far as I am avare I am only one in whole world with g73sw upgraded to 680m. After have learned much about how bios/vbios works on this machine I am sure it is possible upgrading even to 780m. But that would really push cooling capabilities to its limits.
PS. Also I forget to mention that I have upgraded charger to to 240 watt one.

rewben
12-28-2013, 02:33 PM
Actualy older models aren't hassle free for gpu upgrades either. I had to use older g73jh modell gpu heatsink for dell 680m gpu. And there are video bios incompatibility that was biggest obstacle to upgrade but once I managed to get over that one this machine became beast in disguise :).
As far as I am avare I am only one in whole world with g73sw upgraded to 680m. After have learned much about how bios/vbios works on this machine I am sure it is possible upgrading even to 780m. But that would really push cooling capabilities to its limits.
PS. Also I forget to mention that I have upgraded charger to to 240 watt one.

oh; now i wish i have skills like yours lol!

jmhdj
12-28-2013, 02:58 PM
I have another one g73sw that is upgraded to 770m and considering putting it on ebay. what would be resonable price for it?

SpasTaz0917
12-28-2013, 04:11 PM
I have this urge to strangle you jmhdj... the envy is great here :P

since Asus have these lovely proprietary GPU's on G75VW and I can't even find a single Asus' proprietary 670MX on Ebay..
I am pretty bummed out about it :P

rewben
12-28-2013, 04:12 PM
no idea.. but good luck letting it go :)

SpasTaz0917
12-28-2013, 04:22 PM
but my way of futureproofing the laptop is.
keeping the dust out.
repaste for better temperatures.
a decent Wireless Card
some decent RAM

upgrade the GPU to a 670MX if you can find one..
upgrade the CPU to a 3720QM or more :)
and the best way to upgrade a PC getting an SSD! seriously even a old ass core2dou laptop will feel speedy as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

jmhdj
12-28-2013, 04:25 PM
I have this urge to strangle you jmhdj... the envy is great here :P

since Asus have these lovely proprietary GPU's on G75VW and I can't even find a single Asus' proprietary 670MX on Ebay..
I am pretty bummed out about it :P
Yeah you are out of luck with g75 as there are no place for standard MXM 3.0b gpu's there. And asus proprietary gpu's are overpriced if possible to find them at all.

SpasTaz0917
12-28-2013, 07:21 PM
well just for the lols I OC'ed my GPu balls to the walls... 770 Mhz/1800 Mhz
and ran 3Dmark Fire Strike and "only" got 2498 score that is a farcry from your ancient laptop jmhdj..
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/2040878

jmhdj
12-28-2013, 09:01 PM
If you only did know how much time I spent to get this mod possible. Many times I was on edge of sanity sitting and looking in garbage of hex code called video bios in editor trying to understand why damn thing wasnt working. It was like matrix code but worse as you dont see even outlines lol.

aronpogi
03-11-2014, 03:19 AM
I have a g73sw too and been using it for 3 years now, and I also want to upgrade my gpu to 770m or 680m, is there a way you could share a guide on how you did it? Or how can we get a hold of your modded bios for the g73sw to make those high end cards work?thanks.