New Laptop Computer Suggestions

legodude83089

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I'm looking for a new laptop and would like some advise so I figured why make a new thread. Here's what I want.

17" 1920x1200 screen
Penyr 2.5 Ghz+
2 GB+ RAM
Blu-ray ROM drive
NVIDIA 8700m GT or 8800m GTX :)
Wireless N (Is it worth it?)
High Capacity Battery

I looked at Sager as mentioned previously and configured one up and it's $2500 with a blu-ray burner and the 8700m GT. I'd prefer to cut some of the cost by getting a blu-ray read only drive and get the 8800m GTX but Sager apparently doesn't offer blu-ray read only drives.

I also looked at Dell and configured one for $2300 with a blu-ray read only drive and the 8700m GT but I'd really like to get the 8800m GTX. Do you think I can find a laptop that meets my specifications for $2500 with the 8800m GTX?

I don't necessarily need to get the laptop now so is there is anything new that I should wait for until early August?

I've decided it's probably better for me economically to get a decent 15.4" laptop and then build myself a new gaming desktop. Do you think an 8600m GT can handle games such as Starcraft II at 1680x1050 or should I just settle with 1280x800 for the laptop?

I made a wishlist on Newegg for the gaming rig. Here's what it has.

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-11
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

All together it's $1114.22 with shipping. A much better value compared to a laptop equivalent.

Any recommendations are welcome.
 
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Re: New Laptop suggestion!!??

That's much more reasonable in my opinion. As far as Starcraft 2 goes, I have no idea and nor does anyone else. The games official requirements have not been released yet... or the game for that matter.

I think you are going the right direction, if you are still willing to spend $2500+ total, you can spend the remaining (minus the $1114.22) to a really nice 15.4" laptop with a decent ATI or Nvidia mobile card in it and you will be more than set.
 

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Re: New Laptop suggestion!!??

Is ibuypower a good place to go to get the laptop? I configured one up on their website. Heres what it has.

1440x900 screen
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5Ghz)
Nvidia 8600m GT 512MB
2 GB of RAM
Wireless N

Cost is $1,265.00.

Which brings me to $2379.22 for both systems. I don't really need the systems until August and even then I could do without a new desktop for a while so are there any new developments from Nvidia, Ati, Intel, or AMD that I should be aware of. I know the 9800 GTX has the same core as the 8800 GTX (G92) and the 8800 GTX was launched 17 months earlier than the 9800 GTX so I don't know if this is just me speculating but surely Nvidia has something in development not too far off.
 

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Re: Computer Suggestions

Systems seem decent and iBuyPower has mixed reviews, but mileage may vary.
 

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Re: New Laptop suggestion!!??

I've never heard of that site, but that doesn't mean much. Are they selling Sager, or are you going another route?
 

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Re: Computer Suggestions

Ugh.. this was started in another thread and then he started a new thread on saz's request but the old thread was still active.

Posts merged.. and thread move to general hardware.
 

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I'm not trying to push Sager on you, but here are some resellers that I know of that have a good reputation.

http://www.powernotebooks.com/ (Dont mind the terrible site design, they are great guys)

http://www.discountlaptops.com/ (Purchased my Sager from here)

http://www.pctorque.com/



And finally, here is a good resource if you looking to learn more about Sager. I know a lot of people might not "trust" a non name brand like this, so hopefully this can help you educate yourself and help you make a decision. Also there are more resellers listed at the end of the post.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=91510
 

legodude83089

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Thanks fitz.

This Sager looks like a good deal. http://www.discountlaptops.com/index.php?section=configurator&regular_model_id=1525&model_id=1526 I might just opt for the 1680x1050 screen and just run some games at non-native resolutions. Thanks Aprox.

The 17" HP's are nice and cheap but they only offer the 8600m GS graphics card. So I think I'll go with the Sager for $1324 at xoticpc.com which has 4 GB of ram instead of 2 GB like discountlaptops had. Here's the URL http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np2092-custom-laptop-built-compal-jfl92-p-2347.html?wconfigure=yes. Thanks everyone.
 
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Umm, the display in the link you posted says Glossy. That means it may have really bad reflections making it hard to read in bright lighting conditions. I found glossy display finishes really bad when gaming because the overall display is often dark.
I'd do the Matte finish.

It only comes with 2 gig RAM. Get 4 gig when running Vista.
 

legodude83089

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Thanks for the input. I'm not sure if I want matte or glossy. I always thought the glossy made the picture more vibrant and colorful at the cost of reflections. The one I'm getting will have 4 GB of RAM. Here's the full specs.

SAGER NP2092 Custom Laptop (Built on Compal JFL92)
- 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050) 2092
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- ~Intel® T9300 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo 2.5GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB - 2092
- 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce 8600GT DX10
- ~ 4,096MB DDR2 667 PC2 5300 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 200GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache) - 2092
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Internal Bluetooth
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11 a/g/n
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Carying Case Optional (Select if desired)
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- None Standard - Drivers & Utility Software Only
- 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll Free Tech Support
 

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I got the laptop in and I'm very impressed. It plays better than my desktop which I was pretty surprised about considering it's a laptop. I've got some pics of it. Thanks all for the suggestions.
 

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I'm glad you like it! I'm happy you went with Sager, I'm sure you wont be disappointed. Those things are built very well huh?
 

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