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--Choices

Macbook Pro 13 inch 2.3 i5
$1199
Pros:
Quality (supposedly)
Thunderbolt (External GPUs soon)

Cons:
Price
little upgradability

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Alienware m14x (Featuring 3GB NVIDIA 555M video card and 750GB hard drive)
$1299
Pros:
Said to be upgradable
powerful
Cons:
Price? Do you know of any?

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iBUYPower custom laptop
xxxx$
Pros:
cheap as hell
Cons:
Cheap case? any opinions?


So can you guys help me?
I'm a high schooler. I don't plan on playing crysis, just things like Portal 2, Assassins creed. I also plan on making a hackintosh with a PC if chosen. My only requirements are upgradability and intel processor.
Edited by shadowtroop121 - 10/17/11 at 2:42pm
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post #2 of 9
ready discussion on hackintosh please its a rule on this thread and throughout the forum....

Intel processor yes all of them are nice...
But what do you plan on doing mostly with the computer i think you can get one a lot cheaper then that..
i mean i have a macbook air core 2 duo with a 320m gpu and it runs portal and portal 2 like a beast..bad company 2 with ease also jsut have to use external keys and mouse to play its a pain

you can just go to macs site and find a refurbished comp

like this
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC...co=MjIwMTAxNjg

and go to newegg to find more ram for cheap and get a larger hard drive for cheap specially an ssd or such like that
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post #3 of 9
I have a late 09 Core 2 MBP that runs Portal 2 fine on integrated graphics. It's too much of a pain to switch between the two.

I usually recommend Apple for laptops because they just work. And they are really solid. Are Alienware sold in B&M? I'd go check them out and see what you prefer. I'd buy a laptop more based on battery life and looks than outright performance.
post #4 of 9
Also for laptops size and weight matter. So again, go check them out in person if you can.

Alienware
Height: 1.49 inches (37.8 mm)
Depth: 10.17 inches (258.34 mm)
Width: 13.27 inches (337.00 mm)
Starting at Weight (8cell): 6.45lbs (2.92 kg)

Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm)
Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg)
post #5 of 9
Just making sure it doesn't turn into a hackintosh thread (http://www.overclock.net/mac/560150-...ou-warned.html)

Have you checked the Asus G series ? Some refurbs G74 for ~950 on Newegg.com, around ~800 for the older model.
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I understand the graphics I'm going for are overkill, it's just a bit of future proofing.
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Originally Posted by shadowtroop121 View Post
I understand the graphics I'm going for are overkill, it's just a bit of future proofing.
No, this is far from overkill. Trust me. OCN is made of the stuff.

The M14x is a nice machine for the price, however, if you want a nice 14"-15" machine the NP8130 is the best for your money.

You can easily upgrade it to an i7 and a bluray drive, comes stock with a 500GB drive and a GTX 560m, and after the drive and CPU upgrade it is still cheaper than the M14x. Not to mention the screens are all 1080p too.

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Jeezus. Do you own it? How is quality?
EDIT: and damn that's fat. lol
Edited by shadowtroop121 - 10/17/11 at 6:40pm
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ya or you could find a sager for a special price and get a 580GTX in there or a 6990m thats the sweet spot for 1300

build a sager machine
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