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post #1 of 24
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What is your maximum budget? $3000 (would like to spend around $2500)

What country are you in? US

What will be the uses of this laptop? Mostly school, but want to be able to game when I'm at my parents house.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Not really.

What screen size do you require? 15-17

What screen resolution do you require? 1080p if possible

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) 4ish hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? WoW - Ultra, Eve Online - Ultra, Second Life - Ultra

What operating system do you need? (if any) Doesn't matter, I'd install windows 7 if it came with 8

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) Gaming

How much hard drive space do you need? either 256gb SSD or 1tb in raid 1

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) Webcam would be good.

Is there anything else we need to know?

I have a gaming desktop so I don't need it to game all the time. I need it to last a good part of my schoolday using Word, skype (text only) and instant messages (and keep a browser open).

I was looking at one of the Retina MBP's, and an alienware (alienware I'd get too overzealous of and spend $4500)

Also, something that doesn't get super hot (I don't need to burn myself anymore)
Edited by matada - 1/14/13 at 1:10pm
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This might be a good site to start looking.
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-gaming-laptops-ct-118_96_98.html

Other then that i wouldn't take an MBP for gaming as not all games are released on it and i wouldn't buy Alienware because its overpriced.
    
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This might be a good site to start looking.
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-gaming-laptops-ct-118_96_98.html

Other then that i wouldn't take an MBP for gaming as not all games are released on it and i wouldn't buy Alienware because its overpriced.

Eve, WoW, and SL are all ok on Mac.
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umm, why not get a non-retina MBP 15" for $1800 and spend the $700 in your rig, or just buy a rMBP and have a very nice screen? GT650M is a very good card anyways.

but, if you are dead set on a laptop, look no further than the M17x. Starts at $1.5k, goes up to $2.3k, and the top model has the GTX680M which is afaik the best mobile GPU.

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just get it like this, i configured the 2nd model from alienware's site, and it totals to $2499.
     
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I should just get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152376 and be done. J/K It's ugly.
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umm, why not get a non-retina MBP 15" for $1800 and spend the $700 in your rig, or just buy a rMBP and have a very nice screen? GT650M is a very good card anyways.

but, if you are dead set on a laptop, look no further than the M17x. Starts at $1.5k, goes up to $2.3k, and the top model has the GTX680M which is afaik the best mobile GPU.

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just get it like this, i configured the 2nd model from alienware's site, and it totals to $2499.

I need a laptop for school, plus I Like being able to play games when I head to my parents once a month.
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okay yeah a MBP is the way then. its my logic, i bought a MBP 13" since i needed something smaller than my 16.4" heavy vaio and since i dont game too much it was no biggie. i said to myself, i'll get a nice desktop, since i dont have to game on the go (most is like a week or two, family vacation anyways so i just didnt see the need for such thing) but i would have someything at home which would run smoothly. basically, get teh 15" mbp and install windows (if you have to, i dont urge you to do it) and play games on it. but, i found out alienware has a smaller model named the M14x. its cheaper than the macs, and it has a better GPU, so you might want to check it out. 14" laptop, probably not more than 3kgs but powerful.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by barkinos98 View Post

okay yeah a MBP is the way then. its my logic, i bought a MBP 13" since i needed something smaller than my 16.4" heavy vaio and since i dont game too much it was no biggie. i said to myself, i'll get a nice desktop, since i dont have to game on the go (most is like a week or two, family vacation anyways so i just didnt see the need for such thing) but i would have someything at home which would run smoothly. basically, get teh 15" mbp and install windows (if you have to, i dont urge you to do it) and play games on it. but, i found out alienware has a smaller model named the M14x. its cheaper than the macs, and it has a better GPU, so you might want to check it out. 14" laptop, probably not more than 3kgs but powerful.

A Macbook Pro isn't the way to go for laptop gaming. rolleyes.gif

I'd look at the Sager NP9150 if you wanted to get a smaller laptop for portability, but still maintained enough firepower for games. Snag one with a mSata SSD for the OS and a 750GB HDD for the other stuff. On top of that, you can snag the GTX 675MX and game to your heart's content. Upgrading to a better i7 probably wouldn't hurt either; the 3840QM is the processor I'd go for in this case. The added 2MB cache will help a LOT in several applications and games.

Lastly, snag a good screen.

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- FREE!! Continental (U.S. Lower 48 - UPS Ground Only) Ground Shipping on ALL Sager Laptops (Enter Coupon Code: "SAGERFREESHIP" during order process)
- SAGER Winter Sale!!! - $50 OFF When you spend $1350.00* or more! (*excludes non-sager parts, accessories, shipping, & taxes)
- 15.6" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Anti-Glare Sager Screen w/ 95% NTSC Color Gamut (1920x1080) (SKU - S1X301)
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
- Sager - 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3840QM (2.8GHz - 3.8GHz, 8MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU - S2R203)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
- nVidia GeForce GTX 675MX 4,096MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology [User Upgradeable] (SKU – S5R521)
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- Remove All Branding
- Standard Laptop Finish
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- 750GB 7200RPM [Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache] - Default (SKU - S5T306)
- 6x Blu-Ray Burner/Reader / 8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (SKU - S7R556)
- No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- NO External USB Optical Drive
- Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
- No Back Up Software
- Bluetooth Included *With select wireless cards only* (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Sager - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 + Bluetooth 4.0 (Dual Band) (SKU – S8R008)
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- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
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- No Spare AC Adapter
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
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- No Software Bundle
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- No thanks, standard double boxed packaging is okay with my order
- No Outside of US Shipping Coverage
- Standard Production Time
- No Xotic PC Gear

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Macbook's disadvantage with gaming:

-You pay around $500 for just the brand name, when laptops with superior hardware and features can be found at less cost (Sager for example). One of the Core 2 Duo macbooks are still priced at $999.

-Macs have considerable more issues with compatibility with games than Windows. Sometimes you'll need a Windows emulator, which will hurt the gaming performance and increase instability compared to running it on a native Windows OS.

-The Retinal Macbook Pros are rated as the least repairable laptops: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iFixt-MacBook-Pro-Retina-Display-Repair-Teardown,15995.html (iFixit: "Apple has packed all the things we hate into one beautiful little package")

Soldered RAM and CPU, glued battery, non-standard hard drive and pentalobe screws, non-repairable monitor (replace the entire laptop case or live with the cracked screen), and the list goes on.
Edited by A Bad Day - 1/14/13 at 3:33pm
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

A Macbook Pro isn't the way to go for laptop gaming. rolleyes.gif

I'd look at the Sager NP9150 if you wanted to get a smaller laptop for portability, but still maintained enough firepower for games. Snag one with a mSata SSD for the OS and a 750GB HDD for the other stuff. On top of that, you can snag the GTX 675MX and game to your heart's content. Upgrading to a better i7 probably wouldn't hurt either; the 3840QM is the processor I'd go for in this case. The added 2MB cache will help a LOT in several applications and games.

Lastly, snag a good screen.

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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Sager NP9150 / Clevo P150EM
- FREE!! Continental (U.S. Lower 48 - UPS Ground Only) Ground Shipping on ALL Sager Laptops (Enter Coupon Code: "SAGERFREESHIP" during order process)
- SAGER Winter Sale!!! - $50 OFF When you spend $1350.00* or more! (*excludes non-sager parts, accessories, shipping, & taxes)
- 15.6" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Anti-Glare Sager Screen w/ 95% NTSC Color Gamut (1920x1080) (SKU - S1X301)
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
- Sager - 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3840QM (2.8GHz - 3.8GHz, 8MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU - S2R203)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
- nVidia GeForce GTX 675MX 4,096MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology [User Upgradeable] (SKU – S5R521)
- No Copper Cooling Upgrade
- No Video Adapter
- No External Mobile Display
- 16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4S822AP)
- Remove All Branding
- Standard Laptop Finish
- 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD - Preconfigured as an OS Drive ( Operating System – Drive C: )
- 750GB 7200RPM [Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache] - Default (SKU - S5T306)
- 6x Blu-Ray Burner/Reader / 8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (SKU - S7R556)
- No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- NO External USB Optical Drive
- Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
- No Back Up Software
- Bluetooth Included *With select wireless cards only* (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Sager - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 + Bluetooth 4.0 (Dual Band) (SKU – S8R008)
- No Network Accessory
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- No Carrying Case
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
- No Car Adapter
- No Spare AC Adapter
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- No Headset
- No External Keyboard
- Standard Sager/Clevo Non Chiclet Backlit Keyboard
- No External Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system (Overclocking will add 3-6 business days to build time)
- No Operating System Redline Boost
- ~Windows 7 Ultimate Premium 64-Bit (64&32-Bit CD Included) + MS Office Starter 2010 -[ Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (Directly through Microsoft)
- No Antivirus Essentials Software Bundle
- No Office Software
- No Software Bundle
- Sager 2 Year Parts & LIFETIME Ltd Labor Warranty w/ Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll Free Customer Support (SKU - S9R206)
- No thanks, standard double boxed packaging is okay with my order
- No Outside of US Shipping Coverage
- Standard Production Time
- No Xotic PC Gear

Tis what I would get if I were in the market for a 15" machine. biggrin.gif


That one wins because it's not gaudy like Alienware and the MSI I linked. 3 or 4 months and it'll be mine biggrin.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i3/i5/i7 TZ77B NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti  Powercolor HD 7770 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G. Skill Sniper Mushkin Chronos SSD Western Digital 640gb SATA Sony Optiarc AD-7280S-0B 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Windows 8 Professional HANNspree 21.5" LED LCD Dell E228WFP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Desktop 400 OCD ModXStream 700 Watt  Coolermaster HAF 912 CM Storm Inferno 
AudioAudio
Creative Labs WoW Soundblaster. Logitech X-140 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i3/i5/i7 TZ77B NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti  Powercolor HD 7770 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G. Skill Sniper Mushkin Chronos SSD Western Digital 640gb SATA Sony Optiarc AD-7280S-0B 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Windows 8 Professional HANNspree 21.5" LED LCD Dell E228WFP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Desktop 400 OCD ModXStream 700 Watt  Coolermaster HAF 912 CM Storm Inferno 
AudioAudio
Creative Labs WoW Soundblaster. Logitech X-140 
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