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post #1 of 17
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Need to do the standard stuff: Web, Email, MS Office, Etc... But I also do PLC Programming (Work), Light CAD (Work), and Game (Play). I also travel a lot so a 17" just wont work. I'm thinking of Co-oping this with my work and I wanna keep the price around $1000 ($500 per party). Also, I should mention that because this is to be used at work, a new laptop with warranty is required.

This ASUS unit looks phenomenal - Nearly perfect: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220996

Anyone aware of anything with similar or better specs for about the same price? I like ASUS laptops quite a bit, but other brands are welcome. I generally wont use dell/alienware though.

Thoughts, suggestions, and personal experiences are welcome. I'm no noob, just wanna gather my head and make a well thought out and informed decision.
Edited by Rob0tuss1n - 5/5/11 at 12:56pm
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The asus looks excellent, I'd say you may have answered your own question. It's tough to get an i7 with decent dedicated graphics for a thousand bucks; plus I'm an asus fanboy.
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Thanks for the feedback Aeschylus. I have a tendency to second guess myself, always thinking there may be something better around the corner. You've confirmed my thoughts, Thanks again.
Edited by Rob0tuss1n - 5/5/11 at 2:59pm
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Keep in mind though, theres no point in a machine with a monster spec, if it doesn't have adequate cooling, maybe look into an after market cooling attachment etc. normal laptops are notorious for overheating. and this one's a beast.
post #5 of 17
I'm in the same boat as you. I'm definitely sold on a 2630qm, would like the next step up (2720 I believe) CPU wise but sadly the only place I found where its not a total ripoff are originPC laptops to upgrade but a bit out of my price range.

My only problem with the laptops in this price range is that the graphics card kind of scares me a bit.. For a few hundred more at xoticpc or even newegg a laptop with sandy i7 and GTX460m can be had, which is what I''m contemplating (as much as I would hate to spend excessive amounts of money on something that will be obsolete and not upgradeable)... I'll probably end up with a Sager 8130 but just can't bring myself to pull the trigger on it..

Let us know what you end up getting since we're trying to go in the same price range.
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post #6 of 17
There is a chance that an xotic pc sager 5160 may be slightly cheaper with a better screen, will edit post after checking.

edit: the sager would be slightly cheaper and that would be with the ic diamond TIM. Heres a link to a page where you can build one. http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...wconfigure=yes
Edited by the.FBI - 5/5/11 at 3:17pm
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WAIT. There actually is something new around the corner.

This is shipping out Monday or Tuesday. Right now it is on pre-order.
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5165-...hr-p-3063.html
Has a 3 year warranty, and Sager supports user modifications.

For a little extra, you could bump it up to this one:
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-...m1-p-2973.html
Edited by TEntel - 5/6/11 at 10:28pm
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
The asus looks excellent, I'd say you may have answered your own question. It's tough to get an i7 with decent dedicated graphics for a thousand bucks; plus I'm an asus fanboy.
*cough*

I have something to say about that:

Sager NP5165:
15.6" 1920x1080 Display
Intel Core i7 2630QM Quad-Core
GeForce GT 555M with Optimus
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
500GB 7200RPM HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
5.7 pounds
1"-1.5" thick
4 hour Battery life with IGP
Cost: $1027

There's not a better mix of performance, battery life and mobility you're gonna find for the price. This is better than the laptop in the OP.

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post #9 of 17
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Leaning toward the sager now..... dont know yet guys, I have a few weeks till I Co-Op anything. Ill keep looking and keep posting.
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post #10 of 17
I want to point out that if you get the Sager, you can upgrade most (not the GPU) of the components over time. So if you want a faster processor, the DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, bigger HDD, you can, easily too.
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