Please Help me Choose: GIGABYTE P35X v4-CF1, MSI GS60 2QE Ghost Pro 4K, Aorus X5-CF1

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I am trying to figure out what laptop is best for me at the moment.

Before I carry on with the specs and questions, I would like to say that I will need a LAPTOP, and not a desktop.

Specs:

MSI GS60 2QE Ghost Pro 4K (2015)
5th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-5700HQ Processor, 2.7 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.5GHz), 6MB Smart Cache
nVIDIA® GeForceTM GTX 970M 192bit w/ 6.0GB GDDR5 - DX11
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 bit (FREE upgrade to Windows 10 upon release)
15.6" IPS 4K UHD+ (3840x2160) LED backlit LCD (Glossy) Display w/ MSI True Color Technology
16GB DDR3L 1600 MHz System Memory (2 x 8GB) - 2 Memory Slots
512GB "Super RAID" Dual SSD (2 x 256GB M.2 SATA3 6Gb/s SSD) (Main) - installed by HIDevolution + 1TB 7200RPM 6Gb/s Hard Drive (Storage)
720p Web Camera
KillerTM Wireless-AC N1525 ac/a/g/n 2x2 NGFF With Bluetooth 4.0
Backlit Steelseries Programmable Gaming Keyboard (US English), Programmable Touchpad
Dynaudio Tech Speakers w/ Subwoofer and Nahimic Audio
High Capacity 6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
A/C Adapter Output: 150W, Input: 100-240V
2 Year Limited Warranty
http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GS60-2QE-Ghost-605-HID2/dp/B00ZHU4S5Q/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1439571390&sr=8-6&keywords=msi+gs60

Aorus X5-CF1
15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop
Intel Core i7 5700HQ 2.7 GHz
16 GB DDR3L RAM 1866MHz
1 TB HDD with 2x 256 GB SSD
Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M SLI 8 GB GDDR5
Microsoft Windows 8.1
3K Screen IPS LED Screen (2880x1620)
Backlit Keyboard
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aorus-X5-CF1-15-6-Inch-GeForce-Microsoft/dp/B011BX9LYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439570957&sr=8-1&keywords=aorus+x5
or http://www.aorus.com/Product/Spec/X5

GIGABYTE P35X V4-CF1
- Hot Swappable ODD/HDD Slot
- Display: 15.6", 2880*1620 WQHD+
- Processor Type: Intel Core i7 5700HQ
- Processor Cores: 4 (8 Threads)
- Processor Clock Speed: 2.70GHz (3.50GHz Turbo Mode)
- Hard Drive Supplied: 1 x 1000GB
- Hard Drive Size: 1000GB
- Solid State Drive: 256GB SSD
- Hard Drive Speed: 7200RPM
- Memory Supplied: 2 x 8GB
- Memory Size: 16GB
- Memory Type: DDR3L
- Memory Speed: 1600
- Memory Socket: 2 x SO-DIMM
- Max. Memory Support: 16GB
- Operating System: Windows 8.1
- Graphics Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
- Graphics Memory: 8GB GDDR 5
- Chipset: Intel HM87 Express
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray / DVD Writer
- Microphone: Built-in
- LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps
- Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth: v4.0
- USB 3.0 Port(s): 2
- USB 2.0 Port(s): 2
- HDMI Port(s): 1
- Mini Display Port(s): 1
- VGA Port(s): 1
- Microphone Jack(s): 1
- Headphone Jack(s): 1
- LAN Port(s): 1
- Card Reader: SD
- Web Camera: HD type
- Dimension: 385*270*21mm
- Battery: Li-Polymer, 75.81Wh
- Product Weight (g): ~2.26Kgs
- Warranty: 2 Years
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-054-GI

What I need the laptop for: school and multimedia design/gaming/HD-4K movies.

I really want a nice screen with the laptop, hence the 3K/4K specs. I am aiming for the 4K but I heard that the MSI laptop has the screen locked to 48hz refresh. However, if its really not that noticeable, I will get it. So, for those who own this laptop, I really appreciate it if you could provide me with that input.

What also matters: solid Intel i7 CPU (preferably 5th gen), some high end graphics (970m or 980m minimum, SLI may be ideal seeing the 965m SLI) and 16 GB DDR3L RAM (min 1600MHz) Hard drive can be 128GB SSD minimum and a 1TB HDD, and 802.11 ac

Added bonus: HD camera, upgradable RAM to 32gb, and so on...

Also, I am looking at the warranty specs of each company and how they handle with RMA/repairs in case of anything happens. I would have went with an ASUS laptop since I had one before and they were really good with customer service and repairs, but so far there isn't an ASUS laptop that has the above specs.

My budget is £1900. If anyone can find another good laptop around that range I would appreciate the help.

TL;DR- What laptop should I choose, can y'all help me please? Also need to know about MSI and Gigabytes' warranty and how they handle customers with repairs?
 

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The Aorus will have nothing in the way of battery life due to sli so for school its not a good option. The p35x will have better performance with a 980m which will struggle to run anything new at 3k, the 970m in the ghost pro wont be able to touch 4k.
 
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