I am trading in my big beefy gaming desktop for a laptop. I know the laptop wont be as powerful, but i am going to be on the go/moving around a lot more now and the big desktop is no longer feasible. So, i am going toward a gaming laptop, been leaning heavily toward 2 MSI models, but I am not sure which one i should choose ! I am in Canada
, and the laptop will be used primarily for gaming and web browsing/streaming multimedia.
There is this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152366
which I like because it has many features the other doesn't, it's larger (17 inch.) which i want, it's got a nicer backlit keyboard, more ram (12gb), and a much better CPU (i7) , but it has a lesser GPU (670MX kepler.)
or this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152372
This one has what is widely considered a pretty shotty CPU, saddled with a respectable 8gigs of ram, sits at 15 inches instead of 17. BUT it is also saddled with a 7970M which is one of the best mobile GPU's you can buy, and trades blows with the 680m in performance. Reading reviews on this model though shows that the shotty CPU severely impacts the performance, and bottlenecks this high end GPU significantly. BUT theoretically it should perform better in GPU intensive programs. It is also missing the nice backlit keyboard (not a big deal.) but is also a couple hundered cheaper on the price tag. But i have read in reviews that the CPU bottlenecks the 7970m so badly it performs sometimes as low as a 660m in some cases, the CPU is significantly under par when compared to the i7.
I would prefer 17 inches and an i7, but the 7970m makes this other model very attractive for it's price. I wanted to see what everyone here thought?
I am not beholden to just these two models either, if anyone had any suggestions of models in similar price ranges feel free to suggest them as well, these just so far seemed to be the best deals around for what I need.