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So I am looking for a new laptop to replace my old Samsung laptop that has gotten me through most of school, now I want something more powerful for both light gaming on campus when I am waiting for class and when I travel. The two laptops I am looking at are,

The Sager NP8265-S

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_info&model_name=NP8265-S

Features include:



Highlight:
• 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) LED-Backlit Display features 95% NTSC Color Gamut in Matte Finished Screen
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M GPU with 3GB GDDR5 Memory
• 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor
• 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory
• 120GB Crucial M5 mSATA SSD + 750GB (7200rpm) SATA2 Hard Drive
• 6X Blu-Ray Reader/8X Super Multi Combo Drive
• Intel Wireless-AC 7260, IC Diamond Thermal Compound & 30 days No Dead Pixel Guarantee

I would upgrade the GPU to a 780M and up the HDD to a 1TB Drive but that's really all I would do to it.


The other option is the Auros X7

http://www.aorus.com/x7.aspx


Features include:


Thinnest, Lightest GTX SLI Gaming Laptop

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics
Intel® 4th gen. Core™ i7 processor
Insanely thin & lightweight: 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg)
Innovative AORUS Thermal+ design
Highly customizable Macro functions


As for these 2 the Aorus is lighter and has a bigger screen (Still 1080p though) but doesn't have a disk drive and has to deal SLI Scaling, while the Sager doesn't have to deal with scaling so the 780M would be working at its full capacity and has a Bluray drive. Anyway, what is your guys thoughts?
Edited by funkmetal - 3/4/14 at 10:01pm
 
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Another option is getting a Lenovo Y510P and a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 although I've heard you can't update to Windows 8.1 without 1 of the GT 750M's Disabling. Is this true and is there a way to re activate it?
 
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Thin and light in a gaming laptop is my primary concern. The thinner it is the less height there is for more surface area on the heatsink in the exhaust. This in turn means the laptop will run hotter, which is bad for the components and unpleasant for you. Likewise the lighter it is the less copper there is internally conducting that heat away. Yes the primary weight of a laptop is its battery, but they aren't touting some new battery tech at all so its likely that aside from a smaller battery that the weight reduction comes from internals and construction of the laptop. Anymore most laptops have barely any, if any, metal in the actual construction of the system. This leaves the metal pretty much in the HDD casing (assuming no SSD) and in the heatsink assemblies. Given that they have 2x 128GB SSDs you can call that roughly the weight of a standard HDD.

I'm not saying its going to suddenly go poof and catch fire but I have my reservations until more is seen and tested in real world conditions by normal people. With that said I would stick with a tried and true like the Sager, especially considering its only .5lbs heavier.
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If you really need a disc drive you can just buy an external one usb one for like 20 bucks. In games where SLi is an issue its probably an older game and doesn't need it unless that games name is farcry 3. While blu rays are nice. I'm not going to be carrying a blu ray around with me to watch in my laptop and when i would watch it at home i would be watching it on my tv.

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The important question to ask, so we can narrow down the results is , "OP what kind of light games are you playing?"
     
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The important question to ask, so we can narrow down the results is , "OP what kind of light games are you playing?"

Single Player RPG's such as Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Witcher. The standard fare of RPG's basically.
 
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Single Player RPG's such as Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Witcher. The standard fare of RPG's basically.

Hmm, I think GTX 765m SLI is a perfect GPU for you. I think it is better than Sager.
I mean, it is going to be a really hassle carrying a heavy gaming laptop from class to class. Why not grab Aorus x7 that is thin and has powerful specs?
Not to mention, Aorus x7 has an appealing design that I like, so it is like hitting two birds with one stone.

Forgot Aorus x7 is a 17.3" laptop.

Hmm, go to electronic store and test between 15.6" and 17.3" laptop to see which one is your liking.
To me, Aorus x7 may be thinnest laptop, but is it bulkier than Sager to carry the laptop?
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Another option is getting a Lenovo Y510P and a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 although I've heard you can't update to Windows 8.1 without 1 of the GT 750M's Disabling. Is this true and is there a way to re activate it?

Was the case upon release of 8.1 but after an update this issue is no longer prevalent

Though I believe most of them ship with 755m now
    
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I decided to put a back order-order on the X7 from Newegg
 
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Between the two, the Aorus is MUCH better for what you need it for. Neither the 780M or the SLI 765M support Optimus so the battery life will be the same and the 765M SLI setup is just as fast as the 780M anyway. From what I can see, the Aorus is probably the best option for anyone who wants gaming ultrabook. it makes my M17x look fat... redface.gif
     
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