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post #11 of 33
Hey man,

Unfortunately for me I've never been able to get use from my desktop rigs so I've been forced to move to portable gaming.

Right now, I bought myself the best portable / gaming laptop mix out there. Its the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 (581TG). 640m, i5, 500gb w/ 20gb Caching SSD. This thing set me back 630 euro but I've checked Amazon.com/Ebay.com and neither have the M3. Only the more expensive M5.
Its an ultrabook so its thin and reasonably light. Well built as wel.

For laptop GPUs, to really get your moneys worth you want to get a 7970m. Best bang for buck. Its on par with a 680m which is $300-500 more. It also beats the 675MX by around 20% and the 675m by 30-35%
The Sager NP9170 with 7970m is around $1500. This might affect your budget a bit but really give the 7970m a chance. Its a very powerful GPU (7870 desktop equivalent. When overclocked it competes with a 670)
post #12 of 33
Alrighty good thing I got here in time! biggrin.gif

The Samsung isn't the best choice at the moment. If you budget is up to $2,000 then it's best to take into consideration of how well you'll be able to upgrade the GPUs down the road. Remember, the further you can upgrade a laptop, the better the value for your money is.

I'd consider the Sager NP9170 from XoticPC.com. The 670MX is actually faster than the 7870M and overclocks extremely well. Sure the Sager has no OS as a baseline model, but they do that for people who don't need one... plus they've got the second best cooling setup on the market. wink.gif

The setup I'd go for would be thus:

3630QM
16GB RAM
7970M
128GB mSATA
750GB HDD
BluRay Drive (the reader option)
Killer Wifi
Windows 7 Prem

Should total about just shy of $1,900.

I gotta say that the 7870M isn't any faster than my 6970M. It's based off the 7770 GPU die and really... you want a machine that'll keep putting out in the future. Since the 7970M is so cheap by comparison to the rest of the high end GPUs, there's no real reason not to go for one. You can't upgrade the Samsung, but you CAN upgrade the Sager down the road if wanted. wink.gif
     
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post #13 of 33
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Sorry I meant $2000, for the total budget.

Another option turned up for the 15.6in.. Acer Aspire V3-551G-X419 for $599 with dual 7670 gpu's.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post

Sorry I meant $2000, for the total budget.

Another option turned up for the 15.6in.. Acer Aspire V3-551G-X419 for $599 with dual 7670 gpu's.

It's actually an A10 APU in hybrid Crossfire with a 7670M. They aren't bad for gaming though.

Also, if you wanted to support the "underdog", and are rather strapped for cash, why not try to go for something like the MSI GX60? :3

A10 APU and a 7970M for $1,200. The APU holds the GPU back a little but it's not THAT terrible from what I can see. Really, in games that use a quad core, you won't have any real problems. tongue.gif
     
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post #15 of 33
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Generally I play games like Borderlands 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, L4D2.....most of the rest of the gaming I do is less demanding than that.

That samsung is $1249.99 right now....so I think I want that way.
post #16 of 33
If you're dead set on the Samsung, then at least humor me and look at the Sager NP9170. The Stock configuration on XoticPC.com is faster than the Samsung you're looking at. I'm not trying to get you to spend any more than you need to now, just trying to get the best machine for your money. The Sager can be upgraded later if it's wanted and it has the second best cooling in a laptop on the market. wink.gif
     
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post #17 of 33
Thread Starter 
Does it have a backlit keyboard? I know the Sager 6370 w/660 does not.

What has better cooling?
post #18 of 33
I just got a brand new Sager NP9170 and it is a great machine. I got mine with a GTX675MX and the 3630QM. This machine is fast and runs pretty cool for a laptop. The keyboard is backlit and has color options that you can change using the software. Windows 7 HP is an $80 option or for the same price you can get Win 8. I am running Win 8 on mine and everything works fine. You will need to download the latest drivers from the Sager website, but I always do that anyways as a matter of habit.

The keyboard has 8 color options for the backlighting. They are Black, Blue, Red, Purple, Green, Turquoise, Yellow, and White. There are 3 lighting zones on the keyboard and they can all be set to a different color.
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post #19 of 33
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I just got a brand new Sager NP9170 and it is a great machine. I got mine with a GTX675MX and the 3630QM. This machine is fast and runs pretty cool for a laptop. The keyboard is backlit and has color options that you can change using the software. Windows 7 HP is an $80 option or for the same price you can get Win 8. I am running Win 8 on mine and everything works fine. You will need to download the latest drivers from the Sager website, but I always do that anyways as a matter of habit.

The keyboard has 8 color options for the backlighting. They are Black, Blue, Red, Purple, Green, Turquoise, Yellow, and White. There are 3 lighting zones on the keyboard and they can all be set to a different color.

Except for the thread next to mine where a guy has issues with a week old one. I am torn, but to add an os brings the sager to $120 more, ideally I should be spending $1200. Back and forth I go, lol.
post #20 of 33
Well if it was me I would not spend more than $400-$500 on the second machine. That will leave you with $1500 for your gaming machine. You could go with something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131444 and still be able to play some games on the go then give yourself a better budget for the gaming machine. One thing to consider when buying a laptop is that it is not like a desktop. Sure you can upgrade the CPU and GPU, RAM, HDD, SSD and all that, but the longevity of a laptop will ultimately be decided by its base hardware and construction. The most important things are going to be the chassis for cooling and the motherboard. I don't want to push you towards Sager since it sounds like you want something that is more store bought. If I were you these would be my shortlist for the gaming laptop:

Lenovo Y500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312439
MSI GT70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152366
MSI GX60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152372
ASUS G75: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230602
Sager NP9170: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-gaming-laptop-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html

I realize that some of those are 15.6" machines, but keep in mind they are all 1080P and if you need a bigger screen you could always pick up a external monitor later. One other thing I think you should consider is whether or not it makes sense for the gaming machine to be a laptop at all. If space is the issue and that I why you want a laptop, you could always build an SSF. I have seen some mini-ITX builds that have been beastly and will surely outperform any laptop you could buy for $1500.
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