Originally Posted by mush332
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!
Originally Posted by Gnomepatrol
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.Edited by identitycrisis - 8/1/13 at 10:46am