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Best laptop Value

From this list, what is the best value?

$633.00 Asus G750JM-BSI7N24 17.3 8GB i7-4710HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
$831.00 Asus G751JLDS71 17.3 16GB i7-4720HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
$845.00 Asus G751JL-BSI7T28 17.3 8GB i7-4720HQ  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 
$877.00 Asus G751JM-BHI7N27 17.3 8GB i7-4710HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
$877.00 Asus G750JMDS71 17.3 12GB i7-4700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
$974.00 Asus G751JTCH71 17.3 16GB i7-4710HQ NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M

$682.00 MSI GP72 LEOPARD PRO-002 17.3 8GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 
$747.00 MSI GE72-036 17.3 12GB i7-4720HQ ?NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M?
$779.00 MSI GE72 Apache-027 17.3 16GB i7-4720HQ GeForce GTX 965M
$779.00 MSI GE72 APACHE-078 17.3 16GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
$780.00 MSI PE70 2QD-062US 17.3 16GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
$780.00 MSI GE72 APACHE-235 17.3 16GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
$938.00 MSI 9S7-1763A2-2293 17.3 8GB i7-4710MQ NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M
$975.00 MSI GE72 APACHE PRO-077 17.3 16GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
$975.00 MSI GT72 DOMINATOR G-1668 17.3 16GB i7-5700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

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So it is value or how good it games?

The 970m models should be the better gamers. And with similar specs and a price range of 938 to 975, I'd see which has a better warranty. 1 year is for those that can afford OOW (out of warranty) repairs.

There is an issue with 17 inch models. These are never a good choice for college students. Why has been beat out before.

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value

For what I'll be doing, I don't think I'll need the best GPU. And I think any future upgrades in RAM and HDD/SSD will be cheaper than spending now.

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(NT) So why not the cheapest?
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don't know

originally my thought was the cheapest, but with so many options my brain starts to hurt. That's why I came one here to find out if some of the other options might be slightly better for the money. I don't know enough about laptops to make the call myself. Too many questions, like, is it worth it to pay more for the new 5700HQ? or is the 860M a horrible graphics card and that's why it's so cheap? or Asus vs MSI, is it just preference?

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The 860m may be horrible for say gamers.

But the 750m, while a gen older and model less did great for so many that would it be "bad"? I'll answer no.

As to brand, I have to get the machine in person to see if I can live with it. That is, I type a lot so a good keyboard and display is important. These are personal items so I head out to stores to see and touch these areas.

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