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  10:22:47  12 April 2018
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As we both know, the newer generations of CPUs and GPUs since yours use a lot less power and produce less heat as technology improves. Despite this I did buy a laptop cooler and use it at all times when I'm at home. Gotta keep the SSD cool for optimum performance.

It sounds like you feel the same way I do. I stayed clear of flashy and obnoxiously tricked out and colored Laptops that are decked out to appeal to teenagers. Mine is very subdued on the cover and I like the red lit keyboards and had no desire to go for the more expensive RGB lit keyboards.

If I had kids, I would probably buy them a Console when they're young and you don't want them to mess up a PC. However I would definitely want to wean them off that when they became young adults. Most colleges nowadays require Laptops for classes anyway. Lucky for me I have no kids and I don't have to send my cats to college. A Controller can be good for PC Games where you are driving but since I mainly play FPS Games, I'm quite content with a keyboard and mouse.

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I'm going to get back to my SoC Game this weekend.

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  15:41:50  10 April 2018
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That special air cooling system is one of the reasons I bougth that labtop. CPU and graphics produce a lot of heat but Asus made some very effective cooling that even is cooling most of the innards, the keyboard at most will feel warm. That means way less risk the labtop is killed by heat which back then was the most likely cause for a crashing or dead gaming labtop.

The other reasons is simply how it looks and that it's not a lightshow which is pretty common on gaming labtops. Instead there is white light under the keyboard and a discrete blue light at the edge of the screen pointing downwards, both of which can be disabled separately.

Consoles are a nice way of being able to play games (you only need a TV and an internet connection) but I prefer a computer. I do have a game (can't remember the name, bought when looking for something different to try out) that is ported from console to computer but its controls are unusable with keyboard and mouse. I bought a controller but I have given up learning how to use it. One thing is having to learn how to use the controller instead of keyboard and mouse, another is the ergonomics. I simply can't find a good way to hold that thing.
  13:15:34  10 April 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PCDania~

I like the styling and big vents of your Laptop. Seems like a wise choice that has lasted you a long time and you've gotten your money's worth. Asus makes quality products.

https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/ROG-G73Jh/

Sorry to hear about your health problems. I'm glad you have found a happy place to be with your difficulties by playing PC Games. I enjoy PC Games because I can stay at home, have a lot of fun without spending a lot of money and are a good value for replayability. PC Games allow you to explore virtual worlds where you can engage in risky and dangerous activities but always do it in a safe environment that you can start or stop anytime.

Real Life is quite different. I know few people that I work with that play any PC Games, but those that do are mostly some Console ones and I've never been able to get anyone to play the Stalker Games. However people I've met through the internet, I have more in common with and can share many things no real person in my everyday life would understand. So in effect I've met more people around the world, exposed my self to more countries, cultures and made more friends with like minded interests that I hold in high value. I'm trying to get my friend to play Stalker on his new Laptop but he has two teenage sons that consume all his time. He's buying them Laptops ( they have Xbox ) and now they are both thrilled with the MMO Fortnite. He said this is the first time in many years they have both been playing together doing this. Now all their friends with Play-station & Xbox want Laptops. I jokingly said that a boy becomes a Man when he goes from Consoles to PCs.

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  13:21:01  9 April 2018
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There are at least 2 versions of that labtop. I know of a 1A version and a 2A version with different specs (CPU, RAM and HDD) and then those models are also different depending on the market they are meant for. As far as I remember, my model as version 2A (which is a little newer) comes with a DVD-Combi drive so no Blu-ray support.

Original specs for my Asus G73JH version 1A:

Win7 Ultimate 64-bit
CPU: i7-720QM (1.6-2.8Ghz)
GPU: Ati Mobility Radeon HD 5870
RAM: 6GB DDR3-1066
Storage: 500GB Seagate Hybrid HDD
Optical drive: Blu-ray ROM (Read Blue-Ray, Read/Write DVD)
Screen: 17" 1920*1080

I have upgraded to Win10 Pro 64-bit
Installed a second 500 GB HDD (from WD)

I already had a Blu-ray drive (Blu-ray ROM/DVD Burner) in my PC (back then everyone talked about Blu-ray being the next black so I bought one to be future proof. Cost only a little more than a DVD burner), reason it is in the labtop is it had one. I only buy movies on Blu-ray if the price is the same or lower than DVD. I have about 120 movies, about 20% are Blu-ray. Reason I go for Blu-ray (when price is same or lower) is they take up less space in my cabinet and they are way less likely to get scratched.

Unfortunately Microsoft does not support Blu-ray (think the excuse was something about royalties and codecs) so after trying out some freeware software which only gave me problems I ended up buying Corel WinDVD Pro which have worked flawlessly except for a minor hickup (fixed with a patch) when I upgraded to Win10 Pro.

Well, I could just get a Home Entertainment Center with Blu-ray support or build a HTPC but then my labtop would just sit there collecting dust as a backup for my PC.

Until I moved back in 2016 I had very little space so I watched my movies on my PC monitor. Reason I have a TV now is simply for watching my movies. My apartment is up under the roof in an old former station building so it's a bit difficult to furnish. I'm hoping some day to get an apartment in an apartment building so I can get a better sound system.

Have had a bad economy for many years as I got problems with my back in 1993 leading to me living on various forms of public support while fighting for getting accepted for Flexicurity. This I got in 2003 and finally landed a job under Flexicurity in 2007. In February 2017 I got a blood clot in my brain, I did return to my place of work but in December I had to go on sick leave caused by a mix of stress and the damage in my brain caused by the blood clot. According to my doc he thinkgs the it is the cognitive area of ​​the brain that got most damaged. I had some problems with my eye sight in the first 3-4 weeks but fortunately that healed so I may still drive a car. Currently on sick leave I can just make ends meet. Luckily I have a little money in the bank.

Enough whining for now.

*********

Yeah, RealLife™ has a way of getting in between.
  05:51:52  9 April 2018
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PCDania~

I watched the video take-apart on your laptop. I attempted to find more on the specs but came across several versions over the time frame when it came out and continued to be sold with variations. So what exactly are the specs on your Asus and what upgrades to it have you done?

So you jumped on the Blu-Ray bandwagon pretty early...compared to me at least. I own two Blu-Rays at the moment. I'm already hearing people talk about how that's being replaced by HD or 4K or whatever it is called. Came across this opinion which explains things well:

If DVDs have completely replaced VHS, why hasn't Blu Ray Discs begun to replace DVDs?
https://www.quora.com/If-DVDs-have-completely-replaced-VHS-why-hasnt-Blu-Ray-Discs-begun-to-replace-DVDs

I actually bought a couple of used Asus external USB Blu-Ray Players on E-Bay last year or so. Unknown to me at the time is the huge pain in the ass difficulty of not getting the software with them to play Blu-Rays. I tried to find something on the internet but did not have any luck. That also may explain why Blu-Ray is not more common for other than big TVs with a dedicated player in the living room. Do you have any software to recommend?

In your case wouldn't it be easier just to get a dedicated Blu-Ray player now since they are so cheap? I mean if you have at least been doing this since 2007, I imagine you have way more Blu-rays over that time.

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Thought I would get back to my SoC game after the Laptop upgrades, however life itself says hey you gotta do this other stuff instead.

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  20:36:26  8 April 2018
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I have a Blu-ray drive in my labtop, made sure the model I ordered back then had one. Last year when I moved I bought a cheap 49" flat screen TV so I could see my movies on the TV. I use my labtop for this. I also have a Blu-ray drive in my PC which I originally build back in 2007 and have upgraded several times. I'm currently waiting on a Retail version of Win10 Pro so I can upgrade it again. Reason for the upgrade is a faulty PSU that have damaged the mainboard rendering it slightly unstable. So, I have a new mainboard and a new CPU and RAM laying in the waiting. That is the downside of the speed we get new tech, when things break there is a high risk having to buy more parts than anticipated.
  14:02:14  8 April 2018
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I still have hundreds of Games on CDs/DVDs that always aren't available on Steam or GoG. Plus hundreds of movies on DVD. I haven't made any effort or a desire to replace all my movies with Blu-Ray even though I am putting a Blu-ray drive in my new desktop build. I think old Games and Movies are just fine for the small screen of laptops without having to worry about having the highest resolution like on big screen TVs.

For those still wanting to find an optical drive on a Laptop:

11 Laptops That Still Come With DVD and CD Drives
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptops-with-disc-drives

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  13:37:16  8 April 2018
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Yeah, internal optical drives in labtops are getting rare. Today you can even download the OS and install it using a USB stick. No optical drive means thinner and lighter labtop and more focus on making sure the cooling is optimal.
  12:33:50  8 April 2018
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Yeah, I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's harder and harder to find models with an optical drive, especially in the lower price range of the Gaming laptops and I've done all the upgrades I wanted to do. At first I had hesitation about wanting to wait for the 8th generation series Intel CPUs, especially with more cores but after reading this article I'm glad I didn't:

Is Intel's Coffee Lake Worth It for Gaming Laptops?
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/intel-coffee-lake-gaming-performance

Just like desktops computers, it's really more important to get a good GPU over worrying if the CPU is the latest. However unlike a desktop, once you decide on your laptop, it's not an option to upgrade anything ( CPU or GPU ) unless it's basic stuff like I already did: memory, hard drive or a new M.2 SSD. Hopefully I won't ever have another reason to crack my laptop open again and play with the innards.

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  15:07:50  3 April 2018
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So you have to remove the whole underside of it to get access to the innards. Looks nice and tidy in there

Here is a video by some guy about how to take apart and reassemble my Asus G73JH:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JbEJlm6PdY
As you can see I only have to remove a small cover on it to gain access the HDD, RAM and NIC.

Back when I assembled labtops I had to install Keyboard, CPU, RAM, HDD, Optical Drive and a few times the GPU, NIC and Cooling + assorted covers. Screws were just thrown into a singe bag so first thing was sorting the screws. Connecting the flat cable for the keyboard could be quite tricky on some models because of very little space and the connector on the mainboard breaks easily as it's made of flimsy plastic.
 
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