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So my SIG rig is my pride and joy but I'm thinking about getting a laptop to bring with me to friends houses and when I travel. I was wondering if alien ware is really worth it or if there is any alternative. Is it even possible to build my own laptop. I want the performance close to or the same as my SIG rig. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks in advance
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There are tons of laptop companies that build gaming PCs.

Big thing is budget though, gotta know what you want to spend in order to make a decent recommendation.

Would you want something small, like a 13.3" or as large as an 18"?

There are lots of brands:

Alienware (pricey, but you can call and haggle, and there are always coupon codes)

Then there are Clevo based vendors: Xoticpc - sells sager branded clevos (used them, and liked the experience) Malibal, Mythlogic 9does lots of extra testing of the machines and offers lots of customization, and the list goes on.

MSI and Asus are also sold by Xoticpc, or can be purchased preconfigured on Newegg/Amazon, etc...


Lenovo offers a great and inexpensive solution as well.

you can build your own laptop, you can buy barebones notebooks at a place like RJTech, but the lack of warranty and the cost of used parts doesn't totally make sense to me.

I have owned Asus, Sager, and and 2 alienware notebooks. I would definitely buy Sager or Alienware again, I have heard really bad things about Asus' warranty support. I have no hands on experience with MSI or lenovo.


I would poke around on xoticpcs site and take a look at these options here:

http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html

Particularly the 8275 and 8255.

I'm not sure where a 7950 lies in comparison to mobile GPUs, but I would say if you plan to keep the desktop, you can get a reasonably priced laptop that will handle its own in games.
     
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http://www.originpc.com/gaming/laptops/

All of those have 1080p IPS panel screens, even the 13. If you want a gaming laptop i would suggest origin for it. Damn good prices for what you are getting too.

If you want a long lasting portable with insane battery life 2013 Haswell MBA 13 in September. Take a look at anands review with the alpha build.
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I got about $1500 to spend. Tho if I can avoid spending it all without compromising quality and performance that would b ideal
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OriginPC sells Clevos for thousands more than other vendors. Why do people recommend it over LPC-Digital or Mythlogic?

Alienware sells for high sticker prices but offers plenty of discounts: it gave out 10-30% coupons that stacked with rebates from haggling a few days ago. I would say that Alienware is worth a small premium for the warranty, because I've had good experiences with it. From what I've read, the Alienware 17" and 18" have best-in-class build quality and cooling too. My main complaint is quality control.

ASUS's ROG laptops seem to match Alienwares in cooling, but you cannot buy them with high-end CPUs, and I have not seen anyone overclock a flagship mobile GPU by 50% in any ROG. I have little faith in ASUS's warranty too.

Clevos and MSIs tend to be cheaper and have more customization options than Alienwares and ASUS models. Most resellers have decent customer service.
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OriginPC sells Clevos for thousands more than other vendors. Why do people recommend it over LPC-Digital or Mythlogic?

Alienware sells for high sticker prices but offers plenty of discounts: it gave out 10-30% coupons that stacked with rebates from haggling a few days ago. I would say that Alienware is worth a small premium for the warranty, because I've had good experiences with it. From what I've read, the Alienware 17" and 18" have best-in-class build quality and cooling too. My main complaint is quality control.

ASUS's ROG laptops seem to match Alienwares in cooling, but you cannot buy them with high-end CPUs, and I have not seen anyone overclock a flagship mobile GPU by 50% in any ROG. I have little faith in ASUS's warranty too.

Clevos and MSIs tend to be cheaper and have more customization options than Alienwares and ASUS models. Most resellers have decent customer service.

Can you provide another link to a 13" 1080p IPS laptop with a gtx 765m for ~$1400 if origin is so overpriced?
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Can you provide another link to a 13" 1080p IPS laptop with a gtx 765m for ~$1400 if origin is so overpriced?

http://www.lpc-digital.com/sager-np7330.html
http://www.mythlogic.com/configure.php?id=147

Also, XoticPC and PowerNotebooks, but I don't recommend them.



Alienware's 14" (which, in truth, is more like a 15") also has a 765m and a 1080p IPS screen. Getting it for less than $1400 is not difficult if you have any patience at all.
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Can you provide another link to a 13" 1080p IPS laptop with a gtx 765m for ~$1400 if origin is so overpriced?

http://www.lpc-digital.com/sager-np7330.html
http://www.mythlogic.com/configure.php?id=147

Also, XoticPC and PowerNotebooks, but I don't recommend them.



Alienware's 14" (which, in truth, is more like a 15") also has a 765m and a 1080p IPS screen. Getting it for less than $1400 is not difficult if you have any patience at all.

That sager/clevo in the first link is really awesomely priced! $1032 fo that setup.
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I got about $1500 to spend. Tho if I can avoid spending it all without compromising quality and performance that would b ideal

Do you have a size preference?

If you wanted to come in under budget, and a 15.6" laptop is ok you could go with this:

Sager Np8235 for $1182 this is a sort of lower end option from the others, it has a slightly lower power PSU, and historically, GPU upgrades are limited in wattage. Plenty of people run higher end GPUs in them though.

The Sager NP8265 is a similar model that supports higher wattage GPus and has a higher wattage PSU but otherwise is mostly the same, I think this one is a rubbery finish where as the previously mentioned one is plastic, there are other small differences, but nothing outrageous).

Then there is the 8255 and 8275 which might have a different chipset and are a 15 and 17" option, cost a little more too. I haven't been keeping up on the differences as of late.

Any of these in the relatively stock configuration will give you solid performance. The 770m that most of these feature scores 5187 in 3dmark11 according to Notebook Check's GPU ranking

One thing with the prices, they are a cash discount, meaning a wire transfer which could cost you a few bucks from your bank, and may negate the savings. Xotic also does not include windows with the default configuration. It needs to be added for about $80, unless you have it.


I know mythlogic sells the notebooks with windows configured, that in addition to the additional testing makes their slightly higher base prices worth it I would think. I would consider a slight extension of warranty too, never hurts on a notebook, parts are much more expensive to replace down the road.

As you can tell several of the vendors mentioned here almost all sell Clevo chassis' configured similarly. and then some carry all the other brands too.

with a pricetag of $1500 alienware limits you a bit, I wouldn't recommend the m14 to get close to desktop performance. and the m17 is lacking at the base price of $1500.

If I were to buy a notebook right now, with a budget of $1500 I would go with the Sager NP8275 in a stock configuration, with windows.

If you wanted a bit more portability Sager also has the np7352 and the np7370 which are a 15 or 17" notebook with a 765m which is a dedicated card, but is not an MXM card so it cannot be upgraded. Its cheaper though!

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That sager/clevo in the first link is really awesomely priced! $1032 fo that setup.

that is a very standard price for that model of clevo notebook. Most of the vendors start around their, and go up based on configuration. But it is good horsepower for the money, and in a small form factor.
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so i just went on alienware and i found the mx17 that normally goes for $2200 for $1700. plus tax its about $1900. is that a good deal? im honestly thinking aobut just sacking up and taking the dive for this baby. she looks so beautiful
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