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http://www.powernotebooks.com/PowerPro-R-11-36-gaming-laptop-notebooks-sys-4070.html

I would get it pretty much with the standard configuration (i7-2630QM, 6GB (I can later add another 2GB or 8GB down the road), no 2nd HD, regular DVDRW drive) plus the IC Diamond Thermal compound for $35 and a $10 boost to increase the first drive to 750GB. With those 2 options the full price would come to $1140.

I already have a Crucial c300 64GB SSD that I plan to use as my boot drive on this notebook.

I'd be grateful for any advice regarding this purchase and if there are better options available with similar specs or better quality at a comparable price. Would a clevo based notebook with similar hardware be a better purchase overall?

I plan to call PowerNotebooks.com on Monday before I place the order and I'm in no particular rush so I'm quite open to any suggestions.
Edited by Peremptor - 8/7/11 at 4:29pm
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Originally Posted by Peremptor;14499683 
http://www.powernotebooks.com/PowerPro-R-11-36-gaming-laptop-notebooks-sys-4070.html

I would get it pretty much with the standard configuration (i7-2630QM, 6GB (I can later add another 2GB or 8GB down the road), no 2nd HD, regular DVDRW drive) plus the IC Diamond Thermal compound for $35 and a $10 boost to increase the first drive to 750GB. With those 2 options the full price would come to $1140.

I already have a Crucial c300 64GB SSD that I plan to use as my boot drive on this notebook.

I'd be grateful for any advice regarding this purchase and if there are better options available with similar specs or better quality at a comparable price. Would a clevo based notebook with similar hardware be a better purchase overall?

I plan to call PowerNetbooks.com on Monday before I place the order and I'm in no particular rush so I'm quite open to any suggestions.



I don't really have much to say about the notebook, except that it certainly has good specs, but I would advise you to change the title of the thread from "netbook" to notebook" and the site is called "powernotebooks.com", not "powernetbooks.com".

It's just that some people here on OCN might not care too much about this thread if you are saying you want a gaming netbook LOL
Edited by tpi2007 - 8/7/11 at 3:50pm
 
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Originally Posted by Peremptor;14499683 
http://www.powernotebooks.com/PowerPro-R-11-36-gaming-laptop-notebooks-sys-4070.html

I would get it pretty much with the standard configuration (i7-2630QM, 6GB (I can later add another 2GB or 8GB down the road), no 2nd HD, regular DVDRW drive) plus the IC Diamond Thermal compound for $35 and a $10 boost to increase the first drive to 750GB. With those 2 options the full price would come to $1140.

I already have a Crucial c300 64GB SSD that I plan to use as my boot drive on this notebook.

I'd be grateful for any advice regarding this purchase and if there are better options available with similar specs or better quality at a comparable price. Would a clevo based notebook with similar hardware be a better purchase overall?

I plan to call PowerNetbooks.com on Monday before I place the order and I'm in no particular rush so I'm quite open to any suggestions.

If you get 6GB make sure you know that two RAM slots are under the keyboard, and unless you know the trick for getting them out, you will probably damage your machine doing a RAM upgrade. Thermalpaste upgrade is a waste of money, your better off doing it yourself.
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If you get 6GB make sure you know that two RAM slots are under the keyboard, and unless you know the trick for getting them out, you will probably damage your machine doing a RAM upgrade. Thermalpaste upgrade is a waste of money, your better off doing it yourself.

So, he'll probably damage his notebook if he removes the keyboard, but he's ok changing the paste...confused.gifconfused.gif

Yeah change the title to notebook. Net=/=note.
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Sorry about that. Changed the title to notebook.

Is it that complex to change the memory on this particular notebook chasis? I mean if I follow an online guide I should be ok... and how difficult/easy is it to apply the thermal paste yourself?
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If you've done laptops before, you're ok. If you haven't, get an el cheapo and practice before playing with the new one.
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If you've done laptops before, you're ok. If you haven't, get an el cheapo and practice before playing with the new one.

I fully agree. Rep+

I have just recently opened my notebook (from 2008), and I really had to do it with care, feeling in a completely strange land, not knowing what to expect next; a notebook is really different from a desktop; there may be wires all over the place (wi-fi going into the screen, etc), screws of different lenghts (but equal otherwise) you should take note what goes where, the keyboard/touchpad interface connections, etc, and then you have to be careful with the motherboard (in case you have to remove it), because all the ports normally have a tight fit with the chassis and it can get difficult to remove it and put it back in place.

I even had to look up a video on Youtube to know how to remove the keyboard first, because there is a little plastic strip covering the screws that only comes out one way.

One of the best things to do is look on Youtube for a video of someone opening a laptop, preferably as close to, if not equal to yours.

After opening my notebook, I opened my netbook and replaced the thermal paste, and while it wasn't objectively as difficult, I felt much more confident because I had done it before.

Actually changing the thermal paste is easy. From my experience the heatsinks have a very simple, yet effective mechanism to be held in place were you don't really have to worry about overtightening the screws thinking whether the pressure will damage the CPU or GPU, it just screws in place, when the screws won't move anymore with slight force, it's secure.
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Thank you for all the advice on how to modify the notebook once I get it but does anyone have any alternative suggestions for laptops that are fairly equal in specs and price that for some reason or another trump this one in your respective opinion?
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Have you considered Sager?
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Originally Posted by CreepyDan;14500136 
So, he'll probably damage his notebook if he removes the keyboard, but he's ok changing the paste...confused.gifconfused.gif

Yeah change the title to notebook. Net=/=note.

If you actually took apart an MSI laptop, you will see they are not built the same way as most computers, don't make ignorant statements. Everything is accessible from a backplate cept the two RAM sticks under the keyboard.
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