Looking for a decent gaming laptop for under $1500

Feb 8, 2016 9:56PM PST

I'm not really familiar with specs but I was looking at an asus ROG GL552VW laptop. I like the 17 inch model. The specs are as follows (although it gives the specs in ranges):

Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 6300HQ Processor
Windows 10 Home
Intel® HM170 Chipset
DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 32 GB SDRAM
15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768)/Full HD (1920x1080)/IPS FHD (1920x1080) anti-glare
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 2G/4G GDDR5 VRAM
- 1TB HDD 5400 RPM
- 1TB HDD 7200 RPM
- 2TB HDD 5400 RPM
- 128GB SSD (M.2 2280)
- 256GB SSD (M.2 2280)
PCIE x 4 256G
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Super-Multi DVD
Blue-ray Writer
Card Reader
3 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC/ SDXC/ MMC)
VGA/HD Web Camera
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 ac (WiDi)
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0
1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s)
2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI

I would like one that I can keep for 5 years before needing to be upgraded. I have never owned an Asus nor do i know anyone with one. I do not want to spend more than $1500. Basically, I would like one with a 1080p screen, nice powerful grapics card (I have heard the gtx 960 is a really good card), blu ray player/writer, 17 inch screen, backlit keyboard, i7 processor, 1tb hard drive spinning at 7200 rpm, 2gb of ram (or 4, but if there is room to expand that would be great).

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Here's what my son had and went to.
Feb 9, 2016 7:38AM PST

I'll share my son just replaced his 5 year old laptop with another gamer laptop. Here's the old and the new. ( ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-X3 later upped to 8GB RAM, SSD ) ( ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB ) and for 120 bucks we swapped out the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD.

Actually the old laptop could game quite well even after this many years. But he wanted to play a bleeding edge title called Metal Gear Solid 5. He says it's great now.

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Go look at Best Buy and get hands on
Feb 10, 2016 11:40AM PST
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The add does say they match prices
Feb 10, 2016 11:42AM PST

so find the one you like shop around and compare. You will pay sales tax at Best Buy and you may have to pay sales tax if ordered on web.

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