Originally Posted by Gerik
well im worried about the the cpu and gpu temp coz im planning to get a eon 17 w/ a i7 desktop cpu + gtx 485m processor .. the reason im planning to buy this laptop is because i will be station in japan and ill be in a cvn (supercarrier) which is i cant bring my desktop to the ship coz its too big and they wont give me a big storage... or prolly if i can find a super small case that can SLI w/ liquid cooling *___*.. btw just wondering is it cheaper to buy pc parts or laptop in japan?? thx
If you're getting individual parts, newegg US store is the way to go... If you're getting a prebuilt system from pretty much anywhere make sure you use your APO for military discount... again that's a US purchase.
I'd recommend avoiding the desktop options, as all the cables and hassle kill it, at least for me. A decent gaming laptop in situations like that is perfect, if you haven't had one before I'm sure you'll love it.
By the way, you mentioned you're getting the one with the desktop processor... There's a few things to consider...
That EON 17 is based on a Clevo x7200 platform and can be had from a variety of retailers. We'll all recommend XoticPC
since they have the best prices and fantastic Military discounts. Good support as well, from what I hear.
I would recommend going with a couple of 6970s, purely for a price reason. They're slightly slower than the GTX485M cards, but better in a lot of games and they come at about HALF the cost of the GTX485Ms. So basically you can save yourself $500 for a negligible difference in performance.
Also: That x7200 platform is for using an X58 chipset with 130w desktop processors.... from last generation. I would say if they had a platform using current 95w sandy bridge processors that supported USB 3 and all the other new fancy bells and whistles, it'd be a no brainer. As it stands, it's a 2.5+ year old platform that wasn't ever designed to be mobile and doesn't really have any performance benefits over current generation mobile
sandy bridge processors. So you can save yourself 75-85 watts, gain sweet sweet USB3, and be current generation, all while actually being able to use your battery by choosing a current mobile sandy bridge over a past generation desktop nehalem.
THAT being said, there's only ONE laptop that fits the bill of the dual mobile graphics cards AND current generation sandy bridge. That's the Alienware M18x, I think with your military discount they're very, very reasonable.
Get ready for a crapstorm of ignorance on the subject of Alienware... I think I make my points very clear though. For me, I'd pass on the frankenstien x7200 based system in favor of the M18x solely for the reason that you're using mobile hardware in a mobile platform, with dual graphics cards and you dont' really sacrifice any gaming performance. The x7200 is an old, unrefined monster that is powerful, sure, but it's a design nightmare. I don't think I'll ever be able to swallow the idea of a 130w processor in a notebook. Ever.
inb4 alienware are for nubs, flashy lights, junk, etc