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post #1 of 21
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I was looking at the Sager NP6165 and just set up to whatever, I have no clue about laptops. It came to around $1200.
Anyways I'm looking for a gaming laptop but nothing too fancy. Here's what I want:

-$1500 max. Don't feel like spending more than that.
-15" 1080 display. (what does "95% NTSC Color Gamut" mean?)
-best graphics available
-preferably i7 if price permits
-80~120GB SSD as primary drive, 500GB~1TB may be for backup but not necessary.

Is there a new 3rd generation i7/i5 cpu coming out soon? I'm moving to Detroit for a few months and will have to get by with this laptop.
Will probably play Diablo 3 (and BF3 if it's possible lol) and lots of photoshop so display is important.

Before I didn't think there were many brands out there, I thought Dell was about the only option I'd consider but from what I've been reading the Sager/Clevo are decent. Asus has some nice ones too I think?
I wish there were more laptops out there with sleek/clean designs like Macs.

So what can you guys recommend me?
Edited by calavera - 4/18/12 at 12:23am
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post #2 of 21
Yep, Ivy Bridge due out probably by end of May... desktop chips seem imminent, but laptop, maybe a bit longer? who knows, Sager and Clevo laptops (custom) and their custom building sites do sometimes get chips before-hand so who knows
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Yep, Ivy Bridge due out probably by end of May... desktop chips seem imminent, but laptop, maybe a bit longer? who knows, Sager and Clevo laptops (custom) and their custom building sites do sometimes get chips before-hand so who knows

Ivy bridge will be available April 30th and most if not all notebook resellers will have them listed at least a few days before that. Most are already taking orders for it...there is a nda that will lift on the 23rd and all will be revealed. To give you an idea of price the the 3610qm will be priced similarly to the 2670qm. Good luck thumb.gif

Sager/Clevo 9150
MSI GT60
Force 16f2 or 16f3

The Clevo would be my recommendation but the MSI and the Force (barebones model of the GT 60) are also fine choices. The real plus with the MSI/Force is it offers 2 HD bays in the 15" form. If you wanted ssd/hd in the Clevo you would have to use the cd drive bay and get an external cd drive ($20) XoticPC
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post #4 of 21
Read this please. It might help you out a bit. thumb.gif

Gaming Laptops Info Thread

If you have any questions, please post them there too. biggrin.gif I check there every half minute it seems. tongue.gif

Also, I'd like to note that the mobile CPUs from Intel tend to hit stores within the first two weeks of the desktop CPUs. That's how it was with Sandy Bridge. wink.gif

Edit:

The 95% Color Gamut refers to the overall color that the screen produces and how accurate it is. Most colors will seem brighter and more vibrant with the 95% screen. Also, it means that you can tilt the screen and get little to no color shift. Good stuff. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 21
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+rep to all. I've read that thread actually. I'll definitely wait until early May to make a purchase. I'm gravitating towards the MSI GT60 and Sagers so far. I just wish the designs were more sleak.
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post #6 of 21
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9130-clevo-p151em1-p-4340.html

Wait for Ivy Bridge. The sagers dont look bad man. Super sexy and clean. Look up some videos on youtube. I am getting mine once IB comes out. Ill be using it for school.
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post #7 of 21
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Yeah I'm waiting for IB, but that's it. Once they're out I'm gonna have to buy one. Can't wait til late summer for the next gen. graphic cards unfortunately.

Personally, the MSI GT60 looks tacky. Sager 9150 seems dated but more clean so I'm leaning towards it. Currently the way I want it looks like I'm gonna go over my budget a little. $1700ish.
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post #8 of 21
If you want graphics, go for a Sager or a Malibal. Go for the lowest quad core available, and get the best graphics you can fit into your budget. They offer the 670m (or 675m?), that's probably the one to go for for that price range.
They offer those 95% ntsc color gamut displays. What that means is that the screen is capable of producing 95% of the colors in the ntsc color spectrum. It just means colors will look better. I think it's only a $100 upgrade, it's well worth it in my opinion. Usually you'll pay a lot more for that kind of screen upgrade.
Also, as far as SSDs go, don't get one pre-installed. With Sager and Malibal, you can select to have it shipped with an empty drive caddy instead of an optical drive. I would do that and buy your own SSD, it'll be cheaper and you can select whichever one you like. The only downside is you'll have to reinstall Windows.
The same goes for RAM, it's cheaper to buy after market. Don't pay more for higher clocked RAM, it won't make much of a difference on a notebook platform. If you can do something like a single 4 GB dimm, get that and then add your own later, it'll cost $20-30 for a second 4 GB dimm. If you get a quad core I believe it can have up to 4 slots.
Finally, you said you wanted 500 GB or hard drive space. The only thing I'd recommend is to make sure you get a 7200 rpm drive. It might not be as much of an issue if you have an SSD, but 5400 rpm is just kind of pitiful to me nowadays.
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post #9 of 21
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yeah, I've been looking at those as well, tried a configuration I like and it's always around 1500~1700 total. That's doable.

Does anyone know if any 15" laptops have 7970M for graphics available? I've not seen one.
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post #10 of 21
The 7970M isn't out yet. Not due until ~May time frame. tongue.gif

Figures... but hey... the GTX 680M, the Kepler based GPU, is due about the same time... later in that month I believe.

The best you can get is a GTX 675 at the moment.
     
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