MSI Gaming laptop or other ?

imutter

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We are ready for an new laptop for my son.

He had an Alienware for 2 1/2 years (all the shebang)

We are not to happy with the hardware quality of the Alienware (dissapointing for $ we paid)

I am looking at MSI laptops. Which are reasonable priced and can be customized to what we want/need.

Anyone using an MSI?

What gaming laptop can anyone suggest?

Did you build their own? And what site did you use?

Thanks for any any advice/input
 
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I'd suggest you take a look at ASUS' Republic of Gamers series laptops. I don't know your price range, but for the specifications these laptops offer they're VERY well priced.

This is the website: http://rog.asus.com/

However, if you want to purchase or check out the prices, visit Amazon, eBay, and ASUS' main website which is this: http://usa.asus.com/

Some of the models are also customizable, which means you can upgrade anything inside the computer at a later time, EVEN the graphics card.

They may look a bit outdated, but the specifications are tremendous compared to other laptops in the market.
 

imutter

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I'd suggest you take a look at ASUS' Republic of Gamers series laptops. I don't know your price range, but for the specifications these laptops offer they're VERY well priced.

This is the website: http://rog.asus.com/

However, if you want to purchase or check out the prices, visit Amazon, eBay, and ASUS' main website which is this: http://usa.asus.com/

Some of the models are also customizable, which means you can upgrade anything inside the computer at a later time, EVEN the graphics card.

They may look a bit outdated, but the specifications are tremendous compared to other laptops in the market.
I look at Asus as well and yes Graphic cards gotta be the best I can buy.
Price is not so much the issue but son needs it also for educational purposes.
 
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I don't know if it's going to be heavy to carry around, but I'd expect it to be since it looks heavy and has a real graphics card inside, not an on-board one. Try to check them out at a local store or something and have him try them.
 
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imutter It'll all depend on your son's needs. Some people who want it for school and light use go for the lighter and smaller laptops, while those who like intense gaming go for larger and heavier ones like Alienware and ASUS laptops. You mentioned he's looking for a gaming laptop so it'll most likely be large and heavy, but that's a sacrifice you have to make in order to get a laptop that will run the latest games for at least a year or two to come.
 
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They can't find a replacement motherboard for one of their own products? That's insane. I thought Alienware was a good company.

Ask him to give you the exact motherboard's model and you can try your luck on eBay or something, maybe you'll stumble upon one.

There are also sites like iFixit.com and such which sell replacement parts for a lot of brands, you may find it there as well.
 
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I am building one gathering parts could not find a killer network card or to be clear don't know what to get yet
Network card? To me, anything would do as network cards aren't that important. Focus on the graphics card, RAM (Corsair are the best), and a good i5 or i7 processor would do fine for a couple of years to come. The best thing about gaming desktop computers is that you can easily upgrade them and for very cheap, so that was a wise decision.
 
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I had no idea of this killergaming card because, well, we don't have that here and our internet connections are pretty slow.

Just get a tower case so it can fit all the parts and still have some space inside in case you want to add anything. And ugh, liquid cooling is awesome and it'll require a tower if you want it, but as far as I know it's pretty expensive. My friend built a really good gaming computer and he installed about three fans and a large power supply because he liquid cooling over here is REALLY overpriced, although it is definitely the best option. If you don't mind paying for it, then go ahead!
 
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So even I had everything picked out I had a hard time with matching what I want together.
I know nobody here. Let's say I do not know anyone who would know anywhere
I went ahead and orderd the MSI Laptop.
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_productpage.aspx?cid=6&id=364
Took the easy way out, huh? Haha :D.

Congratulations in advance, I hope he enjoys it. The specifications of the laptop are superb, especially for that price, by the way. :)