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Solved Looking to buy a laptop for college and gaming

June 18, 2012 at 12:04:32
Specs: Windows 7
I'm looking to buy a laptop for college, but am also hoping to use it for gaming as well. I have no preference as to brand, have a price range of around $1500, and would like something with a HDMI port so I can use it with my TV.

I did a bit of research on my own and found an Alienware M14x that I like, but I've been getting mixed opinions on it, and several people have recommended that I try a different brand.

Any help or advice that people could provide would be very much appreciated.

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June 18, 2012 at 13:13:23
I'd get a cheap computer. It might get stolen. Besides. You are not going there to play games.

Hang up and live.

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June 18, 2012 at 13:22:40
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June 18, 2012 at 13:37:09
Get a gaming desktop & a cheap laptop. You can easily do that for under $1500. Or maybe a mid level laptop & gaming console would be a better way to go, plus a lot cheaper? Considering you'll have classes to attend, homework to do, friends to hang out/party with, plus a part time job (right?), I doubt you'll have much time for gaming anyway.

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June 18, 2012 at 13:42:40
I already have a gaming console, but I was looking at laptops specifically and was going to get a Macbook Pro 13", but realized that I'd probably be better off with Windows.

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June 18, 2012 at 18:05:42
"...was going to get a Macbook Pro 13", but realized that I'd probably be better off with Windows."

Maybe. But it'd pay you to find out if the college has specific requirements for a machine (many do). Buy what they recommend (or higher) and you shouldn't have any problems. As with what others have said, if you're going to college for something other than socializing, then you won't have much time for games anyway...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 21, 2012 at 20:37:27
i recently way way out on a limb and tried a small, Utah-based custom computer company called Geekbox ( - - while I would stay the hell away from them if you are in a real hurry, they built me the most solid, quality machine I've ever had the pleasure of using. And then I needed another computer, and was lazy and cheap (at least I didn't get a freakin' Alienware... that would have just been blasphemously stupid) and ordered from ibuypower. So far, two USB ports don't work, the compact flash card reader is just plain broken, and the SATA cable associated with the second HD was bent so that it would fall out of the mobo if someone sneezed in the room.
short answer: if you're opting for an online custom build company, and you don't want to waste your cash, do as much online and offline research as you can. If you don't want to deal with all that, do what you want, but please don't buy a mac.

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