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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
Ok so budget for the total is probably give or take $2000 for both machines, but lower would be much much better. (See Post #4 for what I have found so far)

Up first is my gaming laptop, this is a must upgrade since mine has taken a dive. I expect this will cost 60%-70% of the budget and the other to cost 30%-40%.
This is replacing my sig rig.
Must have:
17in or larger screen
1920x1080 resolution
i7 quad core
660 or high video card
8gb ram or more
Operating system
500gb 7200rpm drive or more
Backlit keyboard
Max Price of $1250(Ideally $1050)



Next up I would like to replace my netbook(AMD E450/ Radeon HD 6320), I have a spare 320gb WD black hdd with Win7 and 8gb dddr3 Corsair ram, so I could upgrade or not need those for this build.
Must have:
14.1-15.6 in screen
635 or higher gpu(if AMD APU, then 7660 might work)
Max Price of $750

Would like to have:
1920x1080
i7 quad core(willing to go AMD)
Backlit keyboard

Idea's(I know I asked a similar question before, but budget was going to be higher before), hopefully I will be ordering on Wednesday 20th.
post #2 of 33
Take a look @ the Lenovo Y580 they are worth the look, My cousin has one and its a huge step from the old lenovos
Best options are the Sager NP6370 or the lenovo Y580 if you are temped by the toshiba for 1200 go with the Sager NP 9130 for $1199.00 with i7 3630qm ,GTX 670mx which faster than the GTX675,1920x1080,750GB 7200RPM for $1084.00 with 8GB 1333mhz or for $1119.00 with 8GB 1600mhz

I understand that the Lenovo and the Sager NP9130 are 15 inchers but you gotta consider them

Cheers
Edited by Awsan - 2/16/13 at 4:12am
     
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i7 3630qm Lenovo HM76 Nvidia GTX660m 8GB 1600mhz 
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Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1tb Samsung EVO 250 GB Corsair H100i [With Dual SP120 fans] Windows 10 
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Blu-Ray reader  Sager Cooling + CM SF-19 USB 3.0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 18.4 1920x1080 Glossy 16:9 Plastic covered  
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Gigabyte wirless 300W+8 cells battery SagerNP8180 Gigabyte wireless 
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post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
I added it to the second laptop option, on the main gaming one, I want no less than 17in and lenovo has zero options for that. In fact if they still made 18.4 in laptops I would be ordering one of those lol.

I actually got my wife a y series laptop last year with an i7 and 555GT in it.
post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 
Here is what I am looking at so far....(Updated)

Laptop #1
Toshiba Qosmio X870-BT3G23- i7, 670M, backlit keyboard, 1920x1080 - $1199 <-Top pick right now

SAMSUNG Series 7 NP700G7C-T01US - i7, 7870, backlit keyboard, 1920x1080 - $1249

Sager NP9170- i7, 670MX, Backlit keyboard, 1920x1080(NO OS) - $1289

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230580&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146846&SID=s67yjbvvhxej Asus G75 (refurbished) i7, 660M - $1099

Sager NP6370 - i7, 660M, 1920x1080, 12gb Ram - $1071 <-Right now this is my top pick. <-No backlit keyboard, I just don't want to give that up.

Laptop #2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131393&Tpk=Samsung%20Series%203%20NP355V5C-S01US Samsung 15.6in, AMD A10 Quad, Dual gpu solution - $689

HP Pavilion g6z-2200 - AMD A8 Quad, 15.6in, 7670 gpu, 7200rpm drive - $554 <-Right now this is my top pick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312510 Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 REFURBISHED- i5(not sure I want a dual core or that i can handle the 650M), 650M, 14in screen. $559+$139warranty(wouldn't buy it without one being refurb)- $698

HP ENVY dv6z-7200 - AMD A10 Quad, 2gb 7670 gpu, 1920x1080, backlit keyboard - $890 Overbudget

Clevo W150ERQ, 15.6" Barebone Laptop, i7, 650M, 1920x1080, NO hdd/Ram/OS - $869 Overbudget

Compal QAL51- 15.6in, 650M, i7, No Hdd/OS, 1920x1080 - $842 Overbudget

IdeaPad Y580 - i7, 660M - $849 Overbudget
post #5 of 33
Why not just go with one that better covers all your needs? :-)
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post #6 of 33
Toshiba Qosmio X870-BT3G23- i7, 670M, backlit keyboard, 1920x1080 - $1199 is your best option for now or see this refurbished Asus ASUS G75 Series G75VW-BBK5 Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM(2.30GHz) 17.3" 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Double-layer DVD+/-RW/CD-RW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1tb Samsung EVO 250 GB Corsair H100i [With Dual SP120 fans] Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 24mg77 144hz TVS E-GOLD keyboard Cherry Mx Blue Corsair AX860 860Watts Corsair Obsidian 250D 
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Intel Core i7 Extreme 2920XM/Intel Core i7 2860QM P180HMx AMD Radeon HD 6990M AMD Radeon HD 6990M 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Samsung  Samsung  Samsung  Seagate 750GB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Blu-Ray reader  Sager Cooling + CM SF-19 USB 3.0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 18.4 1920x1080 Glossy 16:9 Plastic covered  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Gigabyte wirless 300W+8 cells battery SagerNP8180 Gigabyte wireless 
Mouse PadAudio
Table ultrasone pro 550 + FiiO E7++ on board 5.1 soun... 
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i7 3630qm Lenovo HM76 Nvidia GTX660m 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue 750GB Blu-Ray Reader Stock Windows 7 
Monitor
1366x768 Internal Screen 
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i7 6700k @4.7 1.44v Asus Z170 MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT  GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200Mhz  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1tb Samsung EVO 250 GB Corsair H100i [With Dual SP120 fans] Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 24mg77 144hz TVS E-GOLD keyboard Cherry Mx Blue Corsair AX860 860Watts Corsair Obsidian 250D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime  ATH-M50xDG 
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Intel Core i7 Extreme 2920XM/Intel Core i7 2860QM P180HMx AMD Radeon HD 6990M AMD Radeon HD 6990M 
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Samsung  Samsung  Samsung  Seagate 750GB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Blu-Ray reader  Sager Cooling + CM SF-19 USB 3.0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 18.4 1920x1080 Glossy 16:9 Plastic covered  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Gigabyte wirless 300W+8 cells battery SagerNP8180 Gigabyte wireless 
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Table ultrasone pro 550 + FiiO E7++ on board 5.1 soun... 
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i7 3630qm Lenovo HM76 Nvidia GTX660m 8GB 1600mhz 
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post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snoopy83 View Post

Why not just go with one that better covers all your needs? :-)

I have considered it, but I really think I want the large laptop for home, and I need something portable for everywhere else. I used to drag my 17in laptop everywhere and it just gets to be a pain.
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Originally Posted by awsan View Post

Toshiba Qosmio X870-BT3G23- i7, 670M, backlit keyboard, 1920x1080 - $1199 is your best option for now or see this refurbished Asus ASUS G75 Series G75VW-BBK5 Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM(2.30GHz) 17.3" 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Double-layer DVD+/-RW/CD-RW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M

I will add that Asus, not sure if it has a backlit keyboard or 1920x1080?
post #8 of 33
I HAVE FOUND IT the perfect match for less than 2k the winner is the Asus Zenbook with GT 650m ASUS UX51Vz-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop i understand its a 15.6 but it has i7 GT650m 8gb ram back lit keyboard and the 1920x1080 res you asked for so give it a thought if you want
     
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i7 6700k @4.7 1.44v Asus Z170 MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT  GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200Mhz  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1tb Samsung EVO 250 GB Corsair H100i [With Dual SP120 fans] Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 24mg77 144hz TVS E-GOLD keyboard Cherry Mx Blue Corsair AX860 860Watts Corsair Obsidian 250D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime  ATH-M50xDG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 Extreme 2920XM/Intel Core i7 2860QM P180HMx AMD Radeon HD 6990M AMD Radeon HD 6990M 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Samsung  Samsung  Samsung  Seagate 750GB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Blu-Ray reader  Sager Cooling + CM SF-19 USB 3.0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 18.4 1920x1080 Glossy 16:9 Plastic covered  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Gigabyte wirless 300W+8 cells battery SagerNP8180 Gigabyte wireless 
Mouse PadAudio
Table ultrasone pro 550 + FiiO E7++ on board 5.1 soun... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3630qm Lenovo HM76 Nvidia GTX660m 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue 750GB Blu-Ray Reader Stock Windows 7 
Monitor
1366x768 Internal Screen 
  hide details  
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k @4.7 1.44v Asus Z170 MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT  GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200Mhz  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 1tb Samsung EVO 250 GB Corsair H100i [With Dual SP120 fans] Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 24mg77 144hz TVS E-GOLD keyboard Cherry Mx Blue Corsair AX860 860Watts Corsair Obsidian 250D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime  ATH-M50xDG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 Extreme 2920XM/Intel Core i7 2860QM P180HMx AMD Radeon HD 6990M AMD Radeon HD 6990M 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
Samsung  Samsung  Samsung  Seagate 750GB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Blu-Ray reader  Sager Cooling + CM SF-19 USB 3.0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 18.4 1920x1080 Glossy 16:9 Plastic covered  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Gigabyte wirless 300W+8 cells battery SagerNP8180 Gigabyte wireless 
Mouse PadAudio
Table ultrasone pro 550 + FiiO E7++ on board 5.1 soun... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3630qm Lenovo HM76 Nvidia GTX660m 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue 750GB Blu-Ray Reader Stock Windows 7 
Monitor
1366x768 Internal Screen 
  hide details  
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
If i was going to buy just one I think I would look at a Sager with like a 670M or above....I just don't think that will make me happy when I watch movies and play games at home(the only things I do on the home machine).
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 
So I think I have decided on laptop #1 I am going to go with, SAMSUNG Series 7 NP700G7C-T01US - i7, 7870, backlit keyboard, 1920x1080 - $1249. The sager is going to cost the same amount and won't come with an OS(No I won't download one, even if I could). The Toshiba is great, but with limited cooling at least on the surface I think the $50 extra is worth the samsung....also love to try to support the underdog, so buying an AMD gpu feels good too.

Since hardly anyone is looking anyways, I will soon update laptop #2. In answer to your next question, yes I have put in probably 8 full hours doing research on laptop over the last 30 days lol.


Any other solutions that are very close in price or options I would happily take though.
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