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What is your maximum budget?
- $1,500

What country are you in?
- U.S.A.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
- Gaming - Coding - School Work

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
- I have a had Acer and Asus and loved both. I am open to any. (best bang for the $ + quality where I want to sit.)

What screen size do you require?
- 15.6" to 18"

What screen resolution do you require?
- 1920 x 1080 or higher ...

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
- New, Custom, I would do a referb or used with 2+ year warranty on them ... (or can be bought on them)

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
- I plan to have it plugged in most of the time

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
- DOTA 2, LOL, CS:GO, any fps or strategy game I want...

What operating system do you need? (if any)
- I got windows 8 or 7 already under my name so I am covered.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
- Gaming preferred, or matts of some type .. i dont like glass if i can get away from it.

How much hard drive space do you need?
- HDD must be a 7200, and I will put a 128gb SSD in for OS.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
- i dont use cd/dvd/br because i use thumb drives now ...

Is there anything else we need to know?
- been looking @ the G75 those are cool ... but for the price i feel like i can get something better? Hence why I am here ...
**** WARRANTY is going to cost me 184$ off the price as it sits.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002I05W2Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A1B45FIBP2TU2
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Just an FYI, out of the two companies you mention, Acer warranty is much easier to deal and get stuff done than with Asus.
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it does not matter if it from those guys ...
I just want a over all exelenta laptop smile.gif
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Take a look at the MSI notebooks, the gt60 and gt70 gaming notebooks, or a Sager NP8130/8150/8170. You can definitely get better hardware for less money than an Asus. If you shop on the boutique vendors like XoticPC, Malibal, Mythlogic, etc... you can get the notebooks without an OS Saving you $80-$100


Could try a refurbed alienware m17x, off of the dell outlet. Very often there are 20% or 30% off coupons, that make them very affordable, and extended warranties can be purchased for them.

I know it says 15-18" is there a size you prefer? are you going to be carrying it daily? or looking for space savings with the capability to move the computer around when needed?
     
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post #5 of 9
for the games you've mentioned, the GTX 660M in the Y580 will be excellent.
Do you want the fastest for 1500$? (including warranty)

the Y580 is now sold for 900$ (100$ less than usual):
http://goo.gl/n6cmX
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Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post

Take a look at the MSI notebooks, the gt60 and gt70 gaming notebooks, or a Sager NP8130/8150/8170. You can definitely get better hardware for less money than an Asus. If you shop on the boutique vendors like XoticPC, Malibal, Mythlogic, etc... you can get the notebooks without an OS Saving you $80-$100
Could try a refurbed alienware m17x, off of the dell outlet. Very often there are 20% or 30% off coupons, that make them very affordable, and extended warranties can be purchased for them.
I know it says 15-18" is there a size you prefer? are you going to be carrying it daily? or looking for space savings with the capability to move the computer around when needed?

Big screens are welcome. But if there is a very good deal for a 15inch. I would take the 15 inch over the 17 or 18 ...

but right now i feel like I want a 17 or 18 with a 1080 or 1200 screen and then a 660gtx or 7950 or higher for the video card ...

Edit:
unless u can find me a super good deal from dell i stay away from them because there support sucks hard core.
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Originally Posted by amigamerlin View Post

for the games you've mentioned, the GTX 660M in the Y580 will be excellent.
Do you want the fastest for 1500$? (including warranty)
the Y580 is now sold for 900$ (100$ less than usual):
http://goo.gl/n6cmX

Please post full links ... but this is a great looking deal ... still 100$ less then I want to spend on this lapot p(the microsoft deal was 800$ bad not 899$)
Edited by Jackeduphard - 11/7/12 at 12:14pm
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Originally Posted by Jackeduphard View Post

Big screens are welcome. But if there is a very good deal for a 15inch. I would take the 15 inch over the 17 or 18 ...
but right now i feel like I want a 17 or 18 with a 1080 or 1200 screen and then a 660gtx or 7950 or higher for the video card ...
Edit:
unless u can find me a super good deal from dell i stay away from them because there support sucks hard core.
Please post full links ... but this is a great looking deal ... still 100$ less then I want to spend on this lapot p(the microsoft deal was 800$ bad not 899$)

Np9170 Here: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html?wconfigure=yes


If I had a $1500 budget:

Np8170

Stock screen
3610/3630QM CPU
GTX 675m (free right now)
8gb DDR3 1600mhz
128gb mSATA Drive (for operating system)
750gb Sata 3 HDD
No 3rd drive
Intel Ultimate N6300 wifi
Windows Home Premium (or none if you have you own

Right now the 9170 has a free upgrade to the 675m in preparation for the new ones im sure and $100 a configuration of $1350 or more... all that should keep you under your $1500 budget and provide for a great notebook.


Edit***

Those lenovos are a great deal for the money, but the sagers have dual fan cooling solution, and are upgrade able..

Also Alienware support is handled on its own, and even some of the precision models can be loaded with catalyst drivers for their firepro cards, and it runs the same as a 6970m or equivalent.
Edited by identitycrisis - 11/7/12 at 12:39pm
     
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the 675mx is one of the new ones frown.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackeduphard View Post

Big screens are welcome. But if there is a very good deal for a 15inch. I would take the 15 inch over the 17 or 18 ...
but right now i feel like I want a 17 or 18 with a 1080 or 1200 screen and then a 660gtx or 7950 or higher for the video card ...
Edit:
unless u can find me a super good deal from dell i stay away from them because there support sucks hard core.
Please post full links ... but this is a great looking deal ... still 100$ less then I want to spend on this lapot p(the microsoft deal was 800$ bad not 899$)

if you want something like the Y580 for 800$ you'll either have to watch for 3-hours deals or wait a long time
But the question is if that is what you want
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