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I believe I've found a suitable trade for my sig rig (an Asus laptop) which will promptly be sold to finance a Sager/Clevo type system.

I've had a few Sagers in the past, but am still oblivious to their naming nomenclature...can anyone help me?

Looking for:
  • 15" screen
  • Highest resolution possible...1920x1080 will suffice but would love if there were any rare models they made at 1920x1200
  • Average gaming capabilities
  • Screaming processor


My favorite games are rather limited to online flash based games, or Valve Source type games...Portal series, HL series, etc

Looking forward, I want to be able to max out Diablo 3 and Half Life 3 should it ever be released in the next decade on the stock resolution, or ideally on my external 1920x1200 Dell at my desk.


Priced less than $2500.


What's out there?
post #2 of 7
The alienware laptops get good reviews and offer a pretty nice set of features,

check out this one........

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-m18x/fs

That's to your specifications I would say.
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Originally Posted by mothrpe View Post

The alienware laptops get good reviews and offer a pretty nice set of features,
check out this one........
http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-m18x/fs
That's to your specifications I would say.

Thanks for the quick reply, but an 18" screen is utterly enormous and a definite no...I'm looking for a 15" screen.

Additionally, I did not state this in the original post, but I am trying to go with something that can be passed off as business professional as well. Aluminum over plastic preferred (thus Clevo over the Asus I have/am getting).
post #4 of 7
Sager you say? There's 3 models to consider: NP5165, lower-midrange graphics, non-EE quad, good battery life
NP8130: midrange graphics, non-EE quad, a couple hours battery life
NP8150: high-end graphics(optional), up to i7-2960XM (unlocked multiplier), couple hours battery life

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5165-clevo-w150hr-p-3063.html?wconfigure=yes
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8150-clevo-p150hm-p-2972.html?wconfigure=yes
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-clevo-p151hm1-p-2973.html?wconfigure=yes

My only recommendation, get the most expensive screen option (and make it matte, but matte v. glossy is personal preference). The screen quality difference is pretty big, in terms of brightness, color accuracy, and viewing angle. The 2960XM is pretty expensive but people have OC'd it to 4.5ghz. I can't really say if that's common, but I'd imagine at least 4.0ghz since they're binned insanely (pretty much, they're all "golden chips", which is part of why the MSRP is $1000 for the CPU).
 
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D3 is crap you shouldn't get a system built to play it. Just my 2 cents though.
It's not worth the wait/hype.
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Originally Posted by TwiggLe View Post

D3 is crap you shouldn't get a system built to play it. Just my 2 cents though.
It's not worth the wait/hype.

And that's all you post? Man, you're a huge help. rolleyes.gif

I say go for the Sager NP8150. Best deal you can get. Make sure to go through XoticPC though since I've heard that tech support through Sager directly isn't that great...
     
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post #7 of 7
At this point in the SB life cycle I find it hard to recommend dropping $2500 on a laptop. Why not just wait until the Ivy Bridge laptops come down the pike? DIII isn't even out yet, so perhaps when that drops in Q2, Ivy Bridge will be making it's way to the retail market. Maybe not, but just a thought.
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