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post #21 of 26
You should watch for Lenovo to have their thanksgiving sale

Last year they have a SLI 650m with i7 for ~$700

This year, I could see the SLI y500 with 750m for ~$800
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mals View Post

Hi guys. I am moving to a new position and they have offered me a $1k budget to choose my own work Laptop.

With a $1,000 budget here are my thoughts:
-I want something discrete (not gaming branded) but gaming capable.
-I need a SSD.
-I don't want onboard graphics, need discrete card.
-I want the ability to run HDMI/Displayport to my home TV for netflix, etc (including sound)

I currently have a Lenovo Thinkpad T420 for my current work. It has a nice displayport out cable that transfers sound.
Gaming-wise, the thing is a joke. It is sandybridge i7 graphics and they suck. The processor itself is great, it really keeps up. No SSD in this one.

Another thing I am interested in is a very "well built" machine. I want good screen quality, a nice feeling keyboard and a good mouse (although I plan on having a usb mouse at work/for gaming).

The Lenovo ThinkPad is a decent build quality, but I am not sure who makes the best. Any suggestions of Brand would be welcome and I can pick through their varying options.

Please throw suggestions at me!

Those bolded parts are the ones that are going to give you trouble. Someone suggested a y510p. I agree that it's the best gaming laptop you can get for around $1000, but I also disagree that it's a "well built" machine. It has issues some times. I'm not saying it's a badly built machine but it's definitely a budget system and the battery life is ABSOLUTELY atrocious. It gets about 1.5-2 hours with real use and WiFi on. So take those into consideration. That being said, it's a beast around $1000. I would avoid Alienware or Dell Outlet machines. For around $1000, the GPU won't be that great.

Sager has around the same build quality but maybe you can get a refurbished Clevo model around that price? I would consider the Sager NP8235 - It has a 770M which performs better than the 750M SLI plus you don't have to deal with SLI issues. It's a user-upgradeable GPU slot so you can upgrade to a 780M with the same slot later on if you find one on Ebay for cheap.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by TrollingThunder View Post

Those bolded parts are the ones that are going to give you trouble. Someone suggested a y510p. I agree that it's the best gaming laptop you can get for around $1000, but I also disagree that it's a "well built" machine. It has issues some times. I'm not saying it's a badly built machine but it's definitely a budget system and the battery life is ABSOLUTELY atrocious. It gets about 1.5-2 hours with real use and WiFi on. So take those into consideration. That being said, it's a beast around $1000. I would avoid Alienware or Dell Outlet machines. For around $1000, the GPU won't be that great.

Sager has around the same build quality but maybe you can get a refurbished Clevo model around that price? I would consider the Sager NP8235 - It has a 770M which performs better than the 750M SLI plus you don't have to deal with SLI issues. It's a user-upgradeable GPU slot so you can upgrade to a 780M with the same slot later on if you find one on Ebay for cheap.

Fair enough. Please do keep in mind the i7 (or quad of some kind) and an SSD are "more" important to me than the quality of the graphics cards. In some ways I'd prefer a 755M and an i7/SSD compared to an i5/no SSD and a 765M as the graphics. It is a work laptop as a priority with hopes of being able to run League of Legends and such for when I am on a vacation or something.
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post #24 of 26
my vote XMG P303

13.3" IPS 1080p
backlit keyboard
Haswell CPU
765m (yes really !)
8gb ram

the chassis is also configurable as its a sager base platform.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by phill1978 View Post

my vote XMG P303

13.3" IPS 1080p
backlit keyboard
Haswell CPU
765m (yes really !)
8gb ram

the chassis is also configurable as its a sager base platform.

Interesting. I don't care one bit about backlit keyboard.. dislike that stuff. 13.3" is interseting.. I assume tenkeyless? looking at it now.

edit: err are they EU only? I am in the states
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OCZ Solid 3 128GB SSD Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD Caviar Crucial M500 980GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Standard DVD-RW Corsair A70 CPU Heatsink, All Air Windows 7 64-bit Planar SA2311W 120hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BL Cherry-MX Blacks Corsair TX750 Bronze Corsair Obsidian 550D Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 w/ Hyperglides 
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post #26 of 26
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I think I've found it:

http://slickdeals.net/f/6442386-eurocom-shark-2-0-15-6-with-gtx-765m-i5-4200m-8gb-ddr3-matte-1080p-screen-for-680-no-os

Pretty much the same as the Sager I was getting but by Eurocom, and they have it would appear a 10% discount.
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OCZ Solid 3 128GB SSD Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD Caviar Crucial M500 980GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Standard DVD-RW Corsair A70 CPU Heatsink, All Air Windows 7 64-bit Planar SA2311W 120hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BL Cherry-MX Blacks Corsair TX750 Bronze Corsair Obsidian 550D Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 w/ Hyperglides 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Solid 3 128GB SSD Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD Caviar Crucial M500 980GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Standard DVD-RW Corsair A70 CPU Heatsink, All Air Windows 7 64-bit Planar SA2311W 120hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BL Cherry-MX Blacks Corsair TX750 Bronze Corsair Obsidian 550D Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 w/ Hyperglides 
AudioAudio
SoundBlaster Z SBX - Yamaha RX-V375 - Pioneer S... Audio Technica ATH-D700X Headphones 
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