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I'm looking for a budget gaming laptop to get me by when i'm not at home on my desktop. So far, from what I can tell, my best bet is a trinity based notebook w/ crossfire such as the HP DV6 with the A10 4600 and 7670. Are there any better sub 1k solutions? I want to be able to play all modern games at a playable frame rate, which to me is 30+ minimum. This notebook will be strictly for media and gaming, all the productivity tasks will always be done from my desktop.


This is the configuration i've come up with on HP's site for the DV6 i'm looking at

HP Pavilion dv6z-7000 Entertainment Notebook PC


Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor (3.2GHz/2.3GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
FREE Upgrade to 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7670M Graphics
750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
No additional security software
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
15.6-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
HP TrueVision Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone + HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
Backlit Keyboard

$934.99 as configured
Edited by Shiveron - 9/4/12 at 9:30am
post #2 of 22
I'd much rather go for the Sager NP6165.

But either way it's a good deal. I know for a fact that the i5/650M combo will perform better in games.
     
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The difference between the 7670 and gt 650 is <1%.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-650M.71887.0.html

Essentially even. The sager is also a pound heavier and half an inch thicker. Add in the matte screen, blu-ray drive, and an OS and the sager's price goes up to 1,100 before tax and shipping.
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The difference between the 7670 and gt 650 is <1%.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-650M.71887.0.html
Essentially even. The sager is also a pound heavier and half an inch thicker. Add in the matte screen, blu-ray drive, and an OS and the sager's price goes up to 1,100 before tax and shipping.

The GPU is <1% when compared to Hybrid CrossfireX, which doesn't work half the time. The GT 650M is faster than the 7670M. wink.gif There isn't any Tax or Shipping on XoticPC at the moment with Sager machines. Notice the Sager free shipping deal at the top? tongue.gif

Sager will run cooler, more efficiently and will last longer than the HP. Just sayin'. You came to brag, but you're waaay over your head with this one. You can't compare an HP laptop with a Sager machine with the same specs.
     
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This guy right here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246630

And if i am not mistaken you can look @ slickdeals and they have a link to it from Lenovo for 850$. you care going to have to search for it ... but the 660GTX KICKS BUTT!!! WORTH IT!!!
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post #6 of 22
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The GPU is <1% when compared to Hybrid CrossfireX, which doesn't work half the time. The GT 650M is faster than the 7670M. wink.gif There isn't any Tax or Shipping on XoticPC at the moment with Sager machines. Notice the Sager free shipping deal at the top? tongue.gif
Sager will run cooler, more efficiently and will last longer than the HP. Just sayin'. You came to brag, but you're waaay over your head with this one. You can't compare an HP laptop with a Sager machine with the same specs.

Brag? I pointed out what I saw. The sager is fat, heavy, and nearly 200$ more when configured at the same spec's as the HP. I don't care if the sager runs cooler (which the one review on there states that it's between 50-60 at startup and idle, which I don't call very cool), because I won't be overclocking either of them and they wouldn't be on the market to begin with if they couldn't handle their heat within safe limits. I see you preaching sager all over the place for a long time, yet your sig says you own an alienware and a qosmio. Both worse deals than any of the sagers you've talked about. The clevo based machines are good machines but they're not the god send you seem to think they are. I owned a Malibal Satori for about 6 months and trust me, it wasn't all that. For nearly 2 grand it barely ran a few fps in games better than my buddies 1100 dollar MSI GT680. It was NOT worth the premium I paid on it, and I didn't think twice about selling it for 1300 when someone offered to buy it.
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This guy right here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246630
And if i am not mistaken you can look @ slickdeals and they have a link to it from Lenovo for 850$. you care going to have to search for it ... but the 660GTX KICKS BUTT!!! WORTH IT!!!

Yeah that would have been a pretty sweet deal but I looked it up and it links to this amazon page http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-20994KU-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B0084C2ZR2/?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20 which is no longer on sale and only has a $15 dollar rebate now. Judging by the ships in 1-2 months message on there it got gobbled up pretty well. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.
post #7 of 22
You might be able to pick up a Lenovo y580 in that range

Highly recommended thumb.gif
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I would stay away from Dell/HP/Acer laptops. The build quality, design is just not up to par. Not to mention horrible track record. Sager makes good stuff, the cooling on their laptops are great. I got myself a Asus G73 with the i5 + 460m about 2 years ago for around 1.1k CDN. Love it more and more daily, what a beast.
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Again, you did come to boast. You're bashing down what my recommendations are and act a little too condescending for my tastes. It's a solid machine. Your choice definitely has most of ours beaten, if not all which is what it appears to be. But again, what you say in your post and what smilies you pick tend to send a message the wrong way.

Go with what you want. HP just happens have a long standing of being a less than perfect machine as far as I recall. It's your money in the end. rolleyes.gif
     
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post #10 of 22
I would personally look out for another Y580 Sale. One of the configurations here on newegg could do well for you. You may be able to increase other specs if you would be willing to sacrifice the 1080p screen,

My brother in law as an amd A series APU with 7670m and hates it, he can't seem to get it to run properly, were talking slide show in LoL. I think his is similar spec to the hp you have configured. Not to mention, nvidia is on its 2nd generation optimus gpus, and amd is on its 1st (and some of the higher end GPUs are causing serious headaches, and the drivers are pretty awful).

Personally I would never buy an HP home notebook again, the business line elitebooks are a different story, but I would prefer a toshiba/asus/sager/lenovo to an HP personal computer.

Imglidinhere's recommendation is a good one, but if you are not a fan of the Sager/clevo line ( i know you have owned one, they design has changed for the better from older ones) then you've got plenty of other options.

What about an MSI? Ive never been a fan of the brand, but i saw their notebooks at pax and was relatively impressed. I haven't seen this model in person but the MSI GE60 is new and seems to be well received.
     
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