Tell me if I made the right Decision.

Khuligan

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I just purchased a nice Gigabyte laptop (P25X v2 CF1). It has an 880m and a quad core i7 chip. The memory is 2 SSD's in a RAID and an additional 1TB hard drive. 16 gigs of ram. All wrapped up in about 6 pounds:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834233047&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

The price is incredible but it's making me wonder if I pulled the trigger too early and shot myself in the foot. I have some questions for anyone who can clarify a few things.

1. How future-proof is this laptop?

2. How future-proof is the 880m? (8 gb)

3. Should I have waited for the 970m/980m?

4. Will I be able to swap out the graphics card at some point if I have a grasp of the directions? (No experience in PC building either)

5. How many years will this last me?

Thanks in advance. I'm really doubting myself right now but I'm equally thrilled it's on its way.
 

vrumor

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Nothing is future proof. Its a nice laptop but unless you have a specific need for mobile gaming, building a desktop will ALWAYS be a better bang for your buck by a longshot.
 
Buyer's remorse and technology go hand in hand. There is always something newer, faster, etc just around the corner.

This is a beastly rig (by laptop standards), you should be fine for 2-3 years, easy. I still use an Alienware M15X (with Radeon 5850m 1GB) to game with. I have had for 3+ years and it still holds up well.

Have fun with the new rig!
 

Khuligan

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I completely agree, although I'm a writer/geeky child at heart. I needed a lappy. Thank you anyway...
 

Khuligan

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Buyer's remorse, marriage remorse, life remorse. I'm very familiar with these things. Just kidding... maybe :D

I appreciate your answer... you assuaged my stormy soul. I'd like some more opinions as well.
 

Khuligan

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I'm impressed. That was an incredibly paradoxical quip; wisdom in both conduits of the paradox. Probably one of the more rhapsodic and honest sentences I've read in a lifetime.

(Sorry for irrelevance.)
 
I have been married and in my professional career for nearly 30 years. I have more that 43+ years of computer/IT experience. Paradoxes are a way of life.

Actually, I am little more than a highly educated, knuckle-dragger, of average intellect that has a sense of humor (the key to true success).
 

Alfrodo

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1. That is a seriously powerful laptop! You'll be just fine for several years if you can resist the temptation to look at newer models lol.

2. You should be able to run most games at your highest resolution (1080p) for a long time, maybe needing to lower or turn off some of the more taxing settings as time goes on. Keep in mind that ULTRA settings are overrated, getting a steady FPS is way more important. Besides, on a 15.6" screen, you will hardly notice a difference when some features are disabled.

3. Some say the 970m will be more energy efficient and more powerful, it's hard to say until it's actually out and tested. Chances are, laptops with these new GPUs will come at a much steeper price.

4. Doubtful. GPUs in laptops are not really meant to be swapped out like desktop components. It probably isn't worth scratching or ruining the laptop to disassemble everything just to find out the GPU is permanently attached to the mobo. Unless you are very tech savvy, have excellent fine motor control, and a soft touch, I don't think this is really an option.

5. See response to 1.

Final thoughts: If you are really worried about the laptop not lasting long, take extremely good care of it and sell it on ebay when a newer, better model comes out :)
 

velo3100

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The laptop you have is amazing. You should be able to play all the games that come out for a long time. For about 3 years on high to ultra. Then after that you should be able to run games at med for probably another 3 years. As for the new gpu's, They will improve battery life but that is not that important as you will be near a plug anyways. For performance, I don't think you will notice it that much as your rig is so high end.
 
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