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buying a new gaming laptop


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I'm trying to buy a new laptop that will be mostly for gaming, but I'm not really sure what to look for or consider in terms of buying one. My only real requirement is that it have a 17 inch or larger screen and play WoW reasonably well. What should I look for in terms of video cards and system specs? Also, are there any brands that I should avoid buying from, despite the computers that they sell (mostly for customer service reasons)?

Finally, I'm currently in Japan at the moment. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to buying a laptop here as opposed to in America?

I'm sorry if these are stupid questions. I really have no experience in buying computers.
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Hi and welcome to G2G!!

YES there is an advantage since most the laptops will be made in Japan which are higher quality. Also what is your budget at the moment, and what site will you be buying from?

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I haven't really thought much of where to buy the laptop from, but ordering/buying from somewhere in Akihabara (i.e. Yodobashi Camera or Softmo) would be nice. I'm open to any suggestions though.

As far as a budget goes, spending less than $2,000 would be nice. I will go higher if I need to, but I'd like to keep the price below $2,000 if at all possible.
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Well I was looking at buying THIS which is basically as good as you can get. Although if you want higher performance you could always custom build it at Dell.com or Alienware.com.

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This computer looks very good, though there are a few things I'd like to get some advice on. I asked my friend a few days back what he thought I should look for when buying my new laptop, and this is what he suggested I look for:

Having a dedicated hard drive as opposed to one integrated with the motherboard.
having 2 gb of RAM
large screen size
200 gb hard drive
64 bit dual core processor, at least 2.0 ghz

He also went on to suggest vista professional as opposed to office professional if possible.

Admittedly, other than the screen size aspect, I'm not really sure how these different components affect the computer quality (RAM v hard drive space confuses me a bit; hard drive speed also confuses me).

For the HP computer linked above, it seems to match what my friend said except for the processor speed. How would this difference affect my computer?


Another friend recommended using this page to compare video cards, though I'm not exactly sure how to compare all of the detailed features of each card.

http://www.notebookc...ards.130.0.html

For general purposes, what would be the best way to intemperate this list and the information on it? Is it necessarily best to worst in descending order?

Thanks for the help.
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