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Top Five Gaming Rigs
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Top Five Gaming Rigs according to PCWorld

Recently, PCWorld reviewed and listed its "Top Five Gaming Notebooks" which gamers can purchase if they have the big bucks. It comes as no surprise that Alienware was again in the top spot, since Alienware still produces some of the top performing gaming rigs on the market.

It is also no surprise that an Origin machine is also listed, Origin was founded by some of the same guys (Kevin Wasielewski) who gave us Alienware. Origin's gaming notebooks are a bit pricey, but still top of the line.

What did come as somewhat of a surprise is the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. Samsung is fairly new to this market and is starting off with a good "bang for your gaming buck" with the Series 7 Gamer.

Even more surprising was the Acer Aspire UltraBook in the RoundUp, but perhaps PCWorld felt they had to list an affordable gaming machine for those of us who don't have or don't want to waste money on a pricey fully-maxed gaming powerhouse. However, many gamers would rule this one out because its 1366 by 768 resolution on a 15 inch screen is simply not up to par.

Regardless, here's a quick re-cap of PCWorld's Top Five Gaming Rigs RoundUp and quick specs of each rig:

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  • Intel Core i7-3720QM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M
  • Up to 32GB RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • 17" 1920 by 1080 display
  • 5 and half hours of battery life

  • Origin EON17-S From $1617

  • Intel Extreme Edition Core i7-3920XM (4.5GHz)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M
  • Up to 32GB RAM
  • 1TB Hard Drive
  • 17.3-inch full-HD display
  • Battery life - 90 minutes

  • Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S01USamazon290 $1899

  • Intel i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1.5TB Hard Drive
  • Switchable power settings
  • 17.3-inch 1920x1080 resolution
  • Battery life - 3 hours and 21 minutes.

  • MSI GT70 Seriesamazon292 $2,099

  • Intel Core i7-4800MQ (2.7 GHz, 6 MB Cache)
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 17.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 17.3-inch 1920x1080 LED display
  • Windows 8.1
  • Five hours of battery life

  • Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666amazon293 $829

  • Intel Core i5-3317U
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
  • 500GB Hard Drive w 20GB SSD
  • 15.6-inch 1366 by 768 pixels display
  • Seven hours of battery life

  • Overall, not a bad listing of some top gaming notebooks, but many gamers would put the Alienware at the top or consider the new Razer Blade as a serious contender. Also missing is an obvious favorite with many gamers on a budget - the powerful ASUS ROG G750JZ-DS71 or even the Asus G74SX-A2. These ROG "Republic of Gamers" machines are definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a gaming notebook. Many gamers have also noticed Asus machines, with their huge rear venting systems, don't have an issue with one of mobile gaming's most common problems...


    Many gamers complain about "overheating" on many of these machines (even some of those listed above) especially if you play at high settings for long periods of time. Using a cooling pad might help if this is an issue with your machine. In addition, be aware of how your device is venting heat... tilting your laptop or making sure it has good air circulation will also reduce heat levels.

    Fan Noise

    Perhaps the next most irritating problem has to be fan noise. Many of these powerful machines put out a lot of heat (especially from the GPU) and the resulting fan noise can be a problem. So make sure you check this issue first, before dropping 2 or 3 grand on a gaming machine which will irritate the life out of you.


    Lastly, another major issue, which many gamers overlook when buying their dream machine, is customer support. If something should go wrong, how helpful is the support service in fixing your problem? Check out the online forums to see if there are any over-riding service issues with any particular brand. Listing the top gaming rigs is fine and dandy, but you must also consider the quality of the customer support before you buy your gaming notebook.


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