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    Canadian in need of help to buy a laptop online

    So lately I've been looking around for a laptop online. I will need a laptop soon for university and my current desktop is getting old so I'm looking forward to getting a reasonably good laptop. I also have this childish dream of wanting a ''gaming'' computer. So I've been looking at computer companies like Ibuypower and cyberpower. Problem is, most of them won't ship to Canada or have extreme trouble handling payments from canada. So I started looking around on canadian friendly websites (newegg and such) but I cannot find the build I'd like to have like I did with the previous 2 companies.

    So my question is. Where can a canadian (french canadian) shop for a good gaming laptop?
    Physical retailers often sell overpriced crap (with low resolution screen paired with a GTX670) and 2TB of disk space.
    Online seems to be the only solution to find the machine I'm looking for but I am at a loss as to where to find such a machine considering my location.

    Do you computer enthusiasts have any advice or help for an amateur gamer and returning student?

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    amateur gamer and returning student?
    I'll be bluntly honest. I think you'll be happier buying a new gaming desktop ($600-800 range) and a cheapish laptop with a dedicated video card ($400-600 range), rather than a 'gaming' laptop which will cost you probably as much, if not more, and probably leave you disappointed with your gaming experience.

    I wanted to get a gaming laptop too, and found that I gamed on my girlfriend's game-capable laptop so little, it wasn't worth the extra cost and weight and general hassle.

    EDIT: It doesn't really help your situation as far as where to get one. I know most of my canadian friends either order from newegg, amazon, or futureshop.
    Last edited by chazus; 2012-12-28 at 05:30 AM.

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    I'm ready for a little extra because I won't be able bring my desktop with me when university begins.
    And god know I need my gaming >.<

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    I'd look maybe at Asus notebooks... Specifically a G75VW/VX model. You can find a Core i7 36xx or 37xx and a GTX 660/670 GPU in them with 1080p screens. The only downside is that they're 17". Another I'd maybe look at is Lenovo but those may end up being a bit more expensive. You can find the Asus though for around $1000-1500 and it has 4 RAM slots, 2 Hard Drive bays, an easily upgradeable graphics card. Not to mention they run extremely cool and quiet even while gaming.

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    Do you know if they can be customized a bit before shipping? Or would I have to do that myself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asuna View Post
    Do you know if they can be customized a bit before shipping? Or would I have to do that myself?
    What do you mean customized? Like select the CPU and such? Sadly no

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    http://www.memoryexpress.com/

    These guys are based out of Calgary (but have spread across western Canada) but ship Canada wide. Newegg.ca and amazon.ca are also legit.

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    Thank you for the recommendations Saithes and blackblade.
    Also is there any gaming computer company based in Canada or is our weather too cold >.<?

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    If you're ordering computer stuff in Canada, get familiar with NCIX.com. They've got an awesome selection, way better sales than Newegg, and will match the price of anything at any other Canadian e-tailer. Did I mention they have awesome shipping rates? I live in Halifax and shipping usually costs me $8-15 for moderately sized packages.

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    I bought the Asus G75V laptop, it's a bit bulky but i still can take it with me to game while i am out of town on business. Very happy with it, would recommend to anyone who travels.
    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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    I think so the best place to shop is ebay.com try these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmburton View Post
    I bought the Asus G75V laptop, it's a bit bulky but i still can take it with me to game while i am out of town on business. Very happy with it, would recommend to anyone who travels.
    I second this. I love my G75VW.

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