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What is your maximum budget? $800 -$1100

What country are you in? US

What will be the uses of this laptop? Gaming, music production/audio editing Adobe Photoshop, Eventually CAD.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? I love Asus. Dell, MSi, HP are acceptable. Not to thrilled about Toshiba, Samsung, or Lenovo. From browsing the other threads It seems like Sagar is a good brand, but never heard of it before.

What screen size do you require? 15.6

What screen resolution do you require? Id love full HD (1920x1080) but something I'm willing to sacrifice for $$$

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): 3-4 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? Play games like Skyrim, ME series, Portal 2 on Medium-High settings.

What operating system do you need? (if any) Windows

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) Well I want a good gaming laptop, but I really don't want to bring a huge laptop to class that looks anything obnoxious like the alienware series. Something relatively portable, that has subtle looks.

How much hard drive space do you need? 500 GB minimum.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) Webcame, at least 1 usb 3.0, hdmi out.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Well the #1 priority for me is a laptop that will be good for school i.e. decent portability and good battery life. After that relatively good gaming. I'm not sure how good of a graphics card I can get with my current price, something that can run most games on my 23.6" 1080 monitor at relatively high settings, maybe some games at medium if they are really demanding. Aside from that I will need to be able to record music and play VST instruments; for this all I really need is a fast processor, and decent amount of ram. The sound card will be an external interface so the sound card on the actual laptop doesn't really matter. I figure if my laptop can do all that, then it will sufficiently be able to accomplish any other task that i need it to do.


Here are some considerations
ASUS N53SV-DH71
SAGER NP5160
MSI FX620DX-256US



I know that's a lot to throw out there at once, but seeing how this piece of equipment will effectively be my entire life, I am picky about it.
Edited by Kopitar - 1/3/12 at 9:37pm
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Sager NP5165.

I got mine on Black Friday so a free upgrade to 8GB of RAM, but with an upgrade to the 2670QM and a 1920x1080 screen it came in at just over $900 and some change.


The GT555M works great on most games. Not sure how it would fare with CAD, but Photoshop shouldn't be a problem for it. It comes standard with a 5400RPM drive, but you can upgrade to 7200RPM for $20 by sacrificing some space (you'll get a 500GB), but they do offer 750GB 7200RPM drives and a whole slew of SSDs.


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Sager NP5165.
I got mine on Black Friday so a free upgrade to 8GB of RAM, but with an upgrade to the 2670QM and a 1920x1080 screen it came in at just over $900 and some change.
The GT555M works great on most games. Not sure how it would fare with CAD, but Photoshop shouldn't be a problem for it. It comes standard with a 5400RPM drive, but you can upgrade to 7200RPM for $20 by sacrificing some space (you'll get a 500GB), but they do offer 750GB 7200RPM drives and a whole slew of SSDs.
Build quality is fantastic. thumb.gif

I like it, but by the time I add windows and make any customization I'm pushing the top of my price range; the lower the better. Is there really that big of a difference between the GT 540m vs. the GT555m? I think I'd rather spend the money on an i7 rather than graphics.

Right now I'm leaning toward the ASUS. But Sager definitely looks good. Just making a $1000 dollar purchase from a brand I've never heard of makes me a little uneasy, no matter how many good reviews they get.
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