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post #11 of 18
try the clevo w230st; it's an amazing machine.
post #12 of 18
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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.

No, the "copper cooling upgrade" option they promote is them adding on a bunch of $5 ram sinks onto the existing copper pipes. It doesn't actually do anything

If you can shell out for the 8230, you'll be rather happy with that. It's the best bang for buck at the moment for people on a budget. The 8250-S is the best bang for buck for enthusiasts.
     
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Yep, I guess I might have to wait for the Christmas windfall (unless this laptop dies first devil.gif ), but I'm gonna go for that 8230.
post #14 of 18
Just personal experience on the sager heat issues. Me and two friends got sager gaming laptops about 2 years ago.

1 year ago the graphics card gave out on mine (due to overheating). About 6 months ago one friends motherboard started dying so he gets a BSOD every couple days (or hours if he's trying to play a game). The third one is fine but it gets to hot to put on your lap when under use.

Don't know about everyone else but personal experience has told me these get really really hot.
post #15 of 18
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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 800 euros = 1058 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?
17" 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.
The highlited bits are essentially the problem with your desires.... unless you are talking about buying someone's used laptop that meets those criteria.

For under $1100, you probably won't find many 17" screen laptops that are very good gaming laptops. YOu can find a 17 inch laptop that you can do everything else with... but the gaming part will be subpar. Now you can drop down to a 15.6" screen and get a decent gamer... or increase your budget to around $1500.

That's assuming that you are wanting "new" equipment of course.
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post #16 of 18
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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.

It's very difficult to get a position like that. Most are small family/friend businesses and are local to a specific spot. Unless you know a custom builder in your area that has an online shop as well it will be a very slim chance.

The sager component wise is a much better deal, with 4th Gen. Intel Haswell i7, the next gen graphics card 765m vs 660m, and 750GB hard drive @ 7200 RPM all with a lower price point.
post #17 of 18
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You're completely correct. Those two requirements are dumb as they are now. I'm going to raise the budget and lower the minimum screen
post #18 of 18
You don't have to sacrifice the screen. You can get the sager 8270 which comes with a gtx 770m for right around 1350. That has a 17.3 inch screen. They are offering the 8970 upgrade on special for only100 bucks more.
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