Gaming laptop for college student


Jul 7, 2011
Going into computer engineering and i am moving away from home and would like to take my favorite pc games with me

1.What is your budget?

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering
15.6" screen

3. What screen resolution do you want
Not important

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Desktop Replacement (gtx 560 ti, 12 GB of RAM 1 TB Hard Drive)

5. How much battery life do you need?
enough to get through a class day 6-8 hours?

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Skyrim: Medium - High
Sims 3
Crysis 1 + 2: Medium - High

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
run all the programs i need for school

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
750 GB

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4-5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
dvd rom (or Blu Ray)

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
anything other than alienware

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Non Glossy Screen
a nice GPU but not overkill (4 GIG 680M is overkill 670M is pushing it)
Can have ati or Nvidia GPU
Back-lit Keyboard (like lights on the lid too)

thanks in advance


May 16, 2012
ASUS or alienware make good gaming laptops. Me personally I wouldn't spend that much on a laptop since they can last anywhere from 2-5 years but that's just me, of course if you take good care of it, it can last forever :)


Jul 11, 2009
Here's a good comparison chart for your search. Skullwarrior is right, both Asus and Alienware have really good histories for their products.