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HP ENVY 17 customizable Notebook PC

Specs:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM
1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6850M Graphics [HDMI]
6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 2.25 hours of battery life
17.3" diagonal Full HD HP Ultra BrightView Infinity LED Display (1920x1080)


for $1085 + Tax
Total of $1180 for me.

Is an HD 6850m enough for gaming at 1080p? It seems weak. HP never offers a good selection for graphics cards.
Edited by Idra - 7/18/11 at 2:01am
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Don't know about the GPU, but I honestly see no reason to put i7 on a gaming lappy, i5 would do perfectly fine for less $$.
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6850m is OK to me! I think they're on par with the GT550M which is fairly good!
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If this is more for gaming, I would check out ASUS line of laptops. They're really nice for the money.

Here's some on NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...920%20x%201080
Edited by himynamesnoah - 7/18/11 at 8:42am
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Originally Posted by himynamesnoah View Post
If this is more for gaming, I would check out ASUS line of laptops. They're really nice for the money.

Here's some on NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...920%20x%201080
That is not the case when HP has a 30% off sale going on. Asus laptops are almost never discounted and if they are, they're refurbished.

Plus, I care about the aesthetics of the laptop, too.
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
Don't know about the GPU, but I honestly see no reason to put i7 on a gaming lappy, i5 would do perfectly fine for less $$.
The upgrade from i5 to i7 only costs $70 (after discount).

Is it not worth it?
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Thats a pretty good deal since they are normally around $1400 before taxes. How did you get this discount? If your a student sign up for HPA*(HP Academy) and they send out additional discounts as well. A couple weeks ago they had a 14" HP Envy Beats for $845. All you need is a .edu address. And yes for $70 i would get the i7 SB well worth the money, it'll take some stress off the GPU if you can i would downgrade the memory save a few bucks there and they purchase some memory from newegg maybe get a 8gb kit at 1600 or 1333mhz.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Idra View Post
The upgrade from i5 to i7 only costs $70 (after discount).

Is it not worth it?
No. The only difference is Hyper Threading, which sometimes affects performance negatively, especially in games, and only benefits you if you use heavily threaded apps (using more than 4 cores).
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Thats a pretty good deal since they are normally around $1400 before taxes. How did you get this discount? If your a student sign up for HPA*(HP Academy) and they send out additional discounts as well. A couple weeks ago they had a 14" HP Envy Beats for $845. All you need is a .edu address. And yes for $70 i would get the i7 SB well worth the money, it'll take some stress off the GPU if you can i would downgrade the memory save a few bucks there and they purchase some memory from newegg maybe get a 8gb kit at 1600 or 1333mhz.
Coupon: GEEKWEEK30 (applicable only to HP Envy 17 with configuration over $1399)

I don't know when it expires.
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No. The only difference is Hyper Threading, which sometimes affects performance negatively, especially in games, and only benefits you if you use heavily threaded apps (using more than 4 cores).
Not exactly, the i7 is a real quad. I'd say it's worth it, easy. The 2630m is turning out to be quite legendary.

Yes, that's a fantastic deal, the 6870m is just a rebadged 5870m, which is to say it's excellent, if only lacking a tiny bit on power. That system is about as powerful as a G73SW, so if you can get it for that price new, you're doing okay.
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