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What is your maximum budget?

$1500

What country are you in?

USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Adobe CS5.5 master collection, AutoCad, Video encoding, College work, VMware, Visual Studio 2010, Programming, Maybe gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

No

What screen size do you require?

14" or smaller

What screen resolution do you require?

Doesn't matter

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

New

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

At least 4 hours, although i will have access to outlet 90% of the time

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

Hopefully BF3, Crysis 2, Mostly FPS

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Doesn't matter

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

Doesn't matter

How much hard drive space do you need?

Doesn't matter

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Webcam

Is there anything else we need to know?

I currently have Asus U45JC and it doesn't work to well with Adobe, cad. Need something with more power. I found the m14x for $1450 with the following specs.



Any Suggestions?
Edited by ali7up - 8/12/11 at 11:17am
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Bump!
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picked up a lenovo Y570 with similar specs, just lower resolution last night for $800. It is a 15.6" though =/
 
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That's a good deal, but i really think the 15.6 is just too big for me. Even though the m14x is a gaming rig, i will hardly play games on it.
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post #5 of 8
There really aren't 14" gaming laptops other than an M14x. You're gunna have to go with 15.6". Sager NP 5165 is great.
post #6 of 8
Get this:

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-...wconfigure=yes

with an i7-2630QM instead of the i5 and you're golden. $1199.00

better graphics are available-- sig rig is an 8150 w/ a 6990m. necessary i think because A) resolution; B) gfx will only expand come skyrim
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCJP View Post
Get this:

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-...wconfigure=yes

with an i7-2630QM instead of the i5 and you're golden. $1199.00

better graphics are available-- sig rig is an 8150 w/ a 6990m. necessary i think because A) resolution; B) gfx will only expand come skyrim
I suggest you call them or email (the OP) them about the availability of the i7-2630QM. I was interested in ordering a laptop from them a week ago and they didn't have them in stock and the guy emailed me that they wouldn't get them until 2-3 weeks or so bringing the approximate building and shipping time to 2 months.

If they got that issue worked out though they seem quite reliable. I ended up getting my laptop from powernotebooks though.
post #8 of 8
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Thanks for the replies, ill check out those laptops.
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