Trying to buy a gaming laptop + laptop that can handle vmware/programming

ScruffyHusky

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Hello all, so I've been looking around, trying to figure out which laptop to buy and whatnot, and have ended up with these three. My budget is around 1500-2000, so if you feel like there's a better choice out there, or that I should wait until special deals pop up, please do share.

The title basically says what I'm mainly going to be using it for. The first two are mainly the same, just a different model (not sure which one's better). The third one however, has a better processor, but a crappier graphic cards and less RAM. And before anyone asks, I can't get a desktop.

Also, is the IC cooling and additional copper heatsink worth it?

First one:
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Cost: US$1,986.56

Screen: 15.6" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Matte Type 95% NTSC Color Gamut Display

Processor: Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor, 2.4 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.4GHz), 6MB Smart Cache

Main Memory: 16GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 2 x 8GB

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M w/4GB GDDR5

SSD Drive: 3.6mm Crucial MSATA M500 series SSD 120GB (Storage Drive) (is the intel worth the 30 bucks more?)

Hard Drive: 1,000GB (1TB) 7200RPM (Serial-ATA III 6GB/s)

Optical Drive: 6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive


Second one:
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Cost: US$1,952.61

Screen: 15.6" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Matte Type 95% NTSC Color Gamut Display

Processor: Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor, 2.4 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.4GHz), 6MB Smart Cache

Main Memory: 16GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 2 x 8GB

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M w/4GB GDDR5

SSD Drive: 3.6mm Crucial MSATA M500 series SSD 120GB (Storage Drive) (is the intel worth the 30 bucks more?)

Hard Drive: 1,000GB (1TB) 7200RPM (Serial-ATA III 6GB/s)

Optical Drive: 6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive

Third one:
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Cost:US$1,875.01

Screen: 15.6" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Matte Type 95% NTSC Color Gamut Display

Processor: Intel Core i7-4800MQ Processor, 2.7 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.7GHz), 6MB Smart Cache

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M w/3GB GDDR5

Main Memory: 12GB, PC3-12800/1600Mhz DDR3 - 3 x 4GB

SSD Drive: 3.6mm Crucial MSATA M500 series SSD 240GB (Storage Drive)

Hard Drive: 1,000GB (1TB) 7200RPM (Serial-ATA III 6GB/s)

Optical Drive: 8X Max. DVD±R/RW Writer/Reader / 4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive

Future thanks for all the help!
 

kookie3010

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I would go for the one with the gtx 780m or an 8970m,which is the first and 2nd choice.yes the ice thermal compound is better than a normal thermal paste.If u can upgrade the gpu on the 3rd choice i woul take the third.or u could save up lil bit more cash and go for the new AW 14 or 17.u can upgrade the gpu and cpu on the AW 17 incase things got tough in the next few years.it might be expensive now,but for what u are getting,and the upgrade possibilities, you wont regret it in the long run.
 
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