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Free Xbox means no Sager... is it worth it?

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I had originally had my heart set on a Sager, but the offer for a free Xbox seems too good to pass up...

Except that I can only get a Dell, HP, or laptop from Microsoft store, right?

How are the new XPS laptops from Dell? Do they run hot?


I have a 3.5 year old HP that is still in pretty good condition, so I suppose I wouldn't mind getting another.

I am really concerned about heat though. The HP quad editions are 30% off, but I've heard they run too hot.


My budget is ideally under $1000, unless there is an exceptionally killer deal. Also, I'm hoping for a 17.3 inch. (But I'll go smaller if it is also good at gaming)


I've also been looking into the Dell Vostro line.

Whatever I get has to be Sandy Bridge.
Edited by TEntel - 5/24/11 at 7:09am
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not sure on the exact buying terms. I owned a vostro laptop for years and it never had any issues. Dells get a bad reputation because the company has no engineering, they basically just build stuff (that sometimes doesnt work well together).

the specs on this one looks promissing:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/p...l_id=xps-l502x

found these at the MS Store:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7200/list.true

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7600/list.true

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7600/list.true

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7600/list.true

Sony, Samsung, and Asus all make decent machines. Most of these come with 7200 RPM HDD and dedicated graphics cards. one would hope they have decent cooling. search the model numbers on sights like newegg and see if they have fans underneath. The Sony and Asus at least appear to have lots of vents for cooling.
Edited by dutchgenius - 5/24/11 at 7:21am
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I'm really liking the looks of the Samsung
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...7200/list.true

Does anyone have any input on this laptop? It seems to be a really good deal for the price, especially with the free xbox.
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look up xoticpc.com, they have excellent deals on laptops with very good hardware, look into the Asus and Sager laptops.
     
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look up xoticpc.com, they have excellent deals on laptops with very good hardware, look into the Asus and Sager laptops.
Read the OP before you make a post.
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The Dv7 quad is not bad at all. I havent noticed excessive overheating, unless your playing somewhere where u block the intake. You actualy get quite nice components, for the money.
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by ChronoBodi View Post
look up xoticpc.com, they have excellent deals on laptops with very good hardware, look into the Asus and Sager laptops.
Xoticpc is not participating in the free xbox promotion. I was originally going to purchase a Sager np5175, but that Samsung is about the same price with a slightly worse gpu and an xbox 360 4G.


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Originally Posted by Krakatau View Post
The Dv7 quad is not bad at all. I havent noticed excessive overheating, unless your playing somewhere where u block the intake. You actualy get quite nice components, for the money.
That is good to know. Do you game on it? Can you run prime95 without melting the bottom of the laptop?


Which is better, the gt540m in the Samsung, or the 6770m in the HP DV7t Quad?
Edited by TEntel - 5/24/11 at 10:46am
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The 6770m is much better than the 540m, its on par with the 555m.

Yes , well I did no run prime, but I did run ibt maximum for 20 min, brought the temps to 82c. And afaik ibt does bring out the high temperatures very fast.

Though I did have a case on crysis 2 with 95c, but that was with me gaming on the bed and covering the intake
Just be sure to put fan profiles to maximum when gaming.
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Krakatau View Post
The 6770m is much better than the 540m, its on par with the 555m.

Yes , well I did no run prime, but I did run ibt maximum for 20 min, brought the temps to 82c. And afaik ibt does bring out the high temperatures very fast.

Though I did have a case on crysis 2 with 95c, but that was with me gaming on the bed and covering the intake
Just be sure to put fan profiles to maximum when gaming.
Thanks. I'm really glad to hear that.
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$1000 won't get you much from the pre-built laptops from HP or Dell if you want to game. Browse the XPS laptops though.
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