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A laptop to replace the one I'm typing on

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately this laptop is on its last legs. It's been giving me electric shocks when I put it on my legs, and its performance is degrading by the second. So I'm going to follow the Looking for a Laptop sticky religiously.

What is your maximum budget?
Absolute maximum would be 1000 euros = 1323 dollars. However if there's something lower that can still fulfill the requirements I'd rather save money.

What country are you in?
Portugal. I have family in the US that could take a delivery for me though.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming, heavy Internet usage, document editing, programming, streaming and uploading. If possible recording footage, editing video. Basically everything. I'm in a CS course.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
None at all. I might be slightly biased towards Asus, Toshiba, and HP. But it won't keep me from buying a lesser known brand if it's worthy and safe.

What screen size do you require?
15" and above.

What screen resolution do you require?
1366x768 and above.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Whatever, as long as it's still in operating condition and the battery isn't shot.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
More than one hour. Four is already a dream come true. I don't really plan on ever using it out of range of a power socket though. The college I'm at is filled with them.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Minecraft, League of Legends. Indies(all of them). Starcraft 2, Civ V, Planetary Annihilation. The last three don't need to be maxed out but I can't go under a Medium/High mix.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 Home premium

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Anything. It can have a bezel made out of cement and driftwood if it's fast. Also, no weight limit, size limit, nothing.

How much hard drive space do you need?
At least 200 GB

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
HDMI, webcam, mic. Sacrifice them for performance, if necessary.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I'm only looking for performance. Everything else I mentioned is fluff, to be added only to break ties. I own a laptop cooling pad by Targus. Two fans, USB.
Edited by Cheeseless - 7/25/13 at 1:20pm
post #2 of 18
Performance wise this is one that will fit in your budget and gives you the option of customization.


If you don't mind switching to a 15.6" screen this will give you much better performance for gaming for about $100 over your budget


If you can scrounge up an extra 300 bucks or so this offers a great amount of performance as well.


Each of these systems will be comparable to an Asus that usually retails on bestbuy for 1300 to 1400 bucks. Or an alienware with similar specs for about 1500-2000.

I ordered a computer from xoticpc.com a couple years ago to take with me on my last deployment. It worked wonderful, came with a backlit keyboard, and customer service was excellent. Since you have family here in the States it would be easy to have them deliver it to them and they can ship it to you. Build time depends on what you upgrade.

The build is good quality with performance on par to alienware for a much smaller price tag. The only real upgrade i would throw on would be the wireless upgrade to the intel or bigfoot networks card. This way you can have bluetooth on the laptop plus much a much better wifi card for an extra 35-50 bucks. Also you have to pay for the windows install or you can install yourself. If you have a product key you can e-mail it to them and they'll charge 20 bucks to throw the operating system on and ensure everything is functioning properly. All the upgrades are not really necessary for the performance you are looking at.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
I think your third link isn't right. The URL is the same, and it leads to the same page. It seems a very interesting computer though. Also, I looked at the specs for both of them and the only thing that would change the gaming performance is the graphics card, which doesn't look like it does much of a jump anyway.

Can anyone else give me confirmation on this store?
Edited by Cheeseless - 7/24/13 at 12:41pm
post #4 of 18
Sorry about the link, this should be the correct one.


The graphics card is best price/performance without being too crazy overpriced unless you're playing Crysis 3, Metro Last Light, or a few more select titles the 770 card is a great card.

Here is a link that discusses the 765m vs the 770m


They also discuss the models that are upgradeable. Pretty much the lowest end model the one near $1000 has the graphics card integrated into the motherboard while the other two models have the option to upgrade.

The notebookreview forum is where I did most of my research before purchasing a gaming laptop.


They have multiple resellers there I just chose xotic for the discounts (some for being part of the NBR forum) and the reviews that I read at the time.
post #5 of 18
Just from my experience if your going to get a sager make sure to get a cooling mat/pad with it. I, along with 2 other friends, got sager gaming laptops and 2/3 have failed due to overheating.

Just make sure to cool the laptop, it will get very hot.
post #6 of 18
Originally Posted by Gbruenin View Post

Just from my experience if your going to get a sager make sure to get a cooling mat/pad with it. I, along with 2 other friends, got sager gaming laptops and 2/3 have failed due to overheating.

Just make sure to cool the laptop, it will get very hot.

I didn't have any heat issues with mine although it did get quite hot. I did opt out for the ICD7 upgrade on the CPU and GPU ($35.00). They have a new option for copper heatsink solution that might also help. Other than that like he stated invest in a good laptop cooling pad.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hmm. This seems trouble some. Unless i can make some good money this summer i don't think i'll be able to afford any of these. If I can though, I'll most likely go for the NP82--, either of the two models seems fine. Thank you very much.

Now I'm gonna try and beg for a job at the local computer shops. How hard is it to get an entry-level job in a company in the 'Configure your PC and we'll build it for you/Buy parts here' style of business?
post #8 of 18
You mean like walk in, tell them the computer, and pick it up? Do those even exist anymore?
post #9 of 18

Heat issues? What heat issues?
It's not the latest and greatest, but for 1.1k (barely over your budget) this thing packs a punch and can handle anything you throw at it.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Nah. I meant an online shop. The common kind that sell parts and build rigs.

dizfunction, that laptop doesn't really seem to compete with the sager ones I've been shown in this thread. I'm really trying to get the best bang for my buck here.
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