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Laptop advice 15inch, 1800$ budget Alienware or something else?

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Okay so I'm looking for a new laptop for college and I want it to be fairly portable around 15 inches or 14 inch laptop. I want the laptop to be able to game very well and I want it to be portable enough to take it to class.

The current laptop I have in mind right now is the m14X with these specs:
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2820QM 2.3GHz (3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
Memory8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
A/C AdapterAlienware M14X 150W A/C Adapter
Display Panel14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
Video Card3.0GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology
Hard Drive750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s

Another laptop that i have looked at and found to be pretty nice is the MSI GT683R-242US 15.6" Gaming Notebook and it has these specs:
MSI GT683R-242US Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM (2.0GHz) Processor, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display, 12GB (4GB x 3) DDR3 1333MHz Memory, 1TB (2x 500GB 7200RPM) RAID-0 Hard Drive, DVD Super Multi Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 Graphics Card, USB 3.0 & Bluetooth Ready

I really need help deciding which one to go with, if you have any advice to give me or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated, or any other laptops that come to mind. Thanks.
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If possible I would split your budget up and get a nice portable laptop and then build a desktop.
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Unless your in programming (not a course like math or engineering where you do a couple programming classes) you really never end up taking your computer to class. Its always too heavy, and you really don't gain anything from having one with you. At least that is what I found.
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I would have to agree with Lt.JD I owned a gaming laptop and never ended up taking it to school because it was a hassle to carry around I just used my DSi in between classes or borrowed a laptop from the library to surf the web.

But if your looking for a portable gaming laptop the only one I can think of is the M11x.
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post #5 of 7
Sager NP8130. The GPU is 40-50% more powerful than the one in the M14x and the stock configuration is only like $1200. 1080p screen, 15.6 inch display, matte display, 8GB RAM, etc.

XoticPC, PowerNotebooks, and MALIBAL are fantastic resellers of this notebook. If you live on the East coast or midlands go with XoticPC, and west coast go with XoticPC.
post #6 of 7
M14x does have a good battery, up to 4 or 5 hours. But I would agree with Lt.JD.
post #7 of 7
Sager np8130 for sure. There is no real benefit to going with the np8150 unless you are getting a really upgraded graphics card or an extreme cpu with unlocked multipliers
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