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Will this asus laptop be able to run lights and shadows? even ultra settings?

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HI. im looking into purchasing a new laptop. Factors im considering is i need for it to let me enable lights and shadows since id like to be involved in SL photography and blogging in the future. Will the "ASUS ROG G750JMDS71" be a good choice to purchase? Open to other suggestions. Specs below: (not sure if thats enough info since i dont have a good knowledge when it comes to things like this :) Thank you in advance guys!

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4700HQ Haswell

  • Processor Speed: 2.4GHz (up to 3.40 GHz)

  • Memory: 12 GB System Memory (DDR3L)

  • Video Graphics: Nvidia GTX 860M 2GB DDR5

  • Hard Drive: 1TB 5400RPM

  • Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW

  • Display: 17.3" FHD (1920*1080), Matte

  • Webcam: HD Camera

  • Network Card: Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet

 more info for the laptop is here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-black/5419215.p?id=1219128145312&skuId=5419215&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=5419215&extensionType=pla:g&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!37678873159!g!!49989913399&kpid=5419215&k_clickid=24298a5c-1e79-e1a8-a332-00001e96e4c7

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I don't think this is going to work for SL...you should seriously send it to me :)

Just kidding, if this set up doesn't work with ultra settings and all the bells and whistles I don't know what will :)

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Kelli May wrote:

Should be nothing to worry about. A GTX860M might get a bit toasty in a laptop, though :0

I'd definitely get a cooling pad to sit it on.

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I already fried one Asus lappy but it wasn't a ROG. This one shoud give you a good experience in SL, although shadows ... hmmmm, dunno. Let's not forget it's only a x6x and since it's in a lappy it's only the much weaker M model. You can't comapere it to the desktop specced 860! Anyhoo, eventhough the ROG lappies have jetplane sized turbines of exhausts it's highly recommended to place it on a cooling pad. I know, I know, they are called laptops but you dont wanna burn your lap wont ya?

Anyway, please ask yourself if you really need a laptop. Alone the fact you wanna use a giant behemoth of a 17.3" screen tells me you're not after the mobility in the first place. So why don't you consider a desktop computer? You'll get so much more power and performance at much lower price plus you buy into an eternally upgradable system.

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Hello everyone. Thank you for your response. That helped me a lot. And also, im really not looking for a desktop. I prefer laptop for its portability when im on travel. Its weigh dont bother me at all. What im more concerned about is its capabilities. And personally, i dont use my laptops while on my lap, i place my laptop on top of a cooling pad while on a table.

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My ASUS is a few years old ASUS RoG G74S series.  The processor is a rather slow 2.0 GHz, and the NVidea 

GeForce GTX 560M/PCIe/SSE2 is showing its age.  But it will let me turn on all the bells and whistles and get 20 fps in most places.  So I think is is agreat platform for SL.  

However, it is anything but sleek. with the top closed it is a full two inches off the table in the rear, almost an inch in the front.  This is to make room for the cooling system.  You may not need a cooling pad, but be careful where you point the exhaust ...  

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Or maybe just use it with high graphic settings in a room with aircon.. :-)
And "lower your sl expections" when it is to warm.. :-)

A nice feature is to set max fps.. My computer always trys to give me as many fps a possible.. and i really don't need 170 fps in a sandbox and a burning hot computer.. 25 fps is more than enough for me, then it looks smooth on the screen.. :-)

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