So who knows what will change in the next month and a half or so, but my current laptop's battery is dead, and the whole thing is beginning to fall apart. So I've been looking around at some possible replacements. My mother and her boyfriend have said that they will get me one for a college graduation present, so I have a decent budget to work with. I'd been looking at the asus G75 series. The one with the 770m was really catching my eye.
However, then some guy at school showed up with a dell laptop, and it looked super nice, so I thought I'd see what that one was, and how it compared. Turns out, it was a precision m6800. I know that's not really a "gaming" machine, but the base GPU is a firepro m6100, which as far as I can tell is basically equivalent to what would have been the 8950m, and performs in games within 3-5% of the 770m (better, if I'm reading notebook review's chart right). Spec'd out the way I'd like it to be, its just shy of 2k, which is about 4-500 more than the comparable Asus model. That being said, it does come with 3 years of warranty instead of 1, which I really like. Also, it's made of metal, and is pretty sexy as far as looks go, which is again a plus for me. Lastly, it can run 2 external displays + the internal display because it has a display port connector, which the asus does not, and it gets an extra hour, hour and a half of battery life, at least. Some people report 8 hours, but I'm really skeptical of that. Again, all this is really tempting to me.
I am not a "professional", so the fact that it's firepro doesn't really do much for me. If they made this laptop with a radeon/geforce chip, I would get that version instead. But they don't. I also know that for the money, I could get a gaming notebook with a 780m. However, I have a nice desktop where I play most of my games, so as long as the laptop can handle gaming when I go to a friends house and don't want to drag the desktop, or am on the road, that's all I need, and the extra warranty and better build quality seems like it might be worth the trade off.
Have I lost my mind, or does this make some sense? Whatever laptop I buy now will have to last me 3-5 years probably, because the next one will be bought with my own dime.
Also, if any of you are tested forum members, sorry for posting it in both places. I just wanted to get everyone's thoughts.