I'm going to college soon and I'm getting a new laptop. I looking for the latest specs possible so I can play many of the new games coming out. I'd also like for it to be as lightweight as possible so I can carry it around more easily, but this is more of a perk than something that's necessary. I can't go over $2000. Any suggestions?
You need to keep in mind that a lighter laptop means that they're thinner which in turn means that the cooling is going to be less adequate.
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OnT: Princess has linked you two great laptops now. I've had a hands on with the GS and it's a majorly kick-ass laptop. It doesn't have extreme cooling issues, but as princess pointed out, a smaller laptop has less room for cooling. That being said I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if you need a compact laptop. If you can get the GT series, linked first, because of the higher-end graphics card. The GTX 880M is as fast, more or less, as a GTX 760 desktop GPU. The 870M is just slightly under that. So faster than a 750 Ti but not as fast as a 760.
If you stretch your budget, you can see this one
Display: 17.3 inch
Resolution: 1920 × 1080 (16:9)
Chipset: Intel HM87
CPU: Intel Core i7-4710HQ – 3.4 GHz 4X
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M 8GB
RAM: 32 GB
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi ac, HDMI 1.4, 6 USB 3.0, SD, webcam …
Weight: 4.5 kg
OS: Windows 64-bit Pro 8.1