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Hi, guys. Living stipend for school finally came in, so it's laptop time! This will be used primarily for school work, viewing powerpoints, doing word processing, so forth, but I was planning on doing a bit of light gaming, as well (nothing major, that's what the rig is for). Primary games I play are FFXIV ARR, TOR, Skyrim, and a few indie titles, mostly through Steam.

You can view the laptop here; specs I've chosen for the laptop are in the spoiler box below.

Pre-coupon price comes out to $1309.01; cash discount reduces it to $1269.74, and I get another $~30 or so off of that because of a student discount.
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- FREE!!! – U.S. UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout) [U.S. Lower 48 ONLY / Restrictions Apply]
- NO - FREE PC Game (Make selection below & request in comments box during checkout)
- 14.0" FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare Matte-Type Screen
- 30 Day No Dead Pixel Warranty (On any Sager Screen)
- NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
- 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4750HQ (2.0GHz, 6MB Intel® L3 Smart Cache)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds)
- Intel® Iris Pro 5200 Graphics
- No Video Adapter
- No External Mobile Display
- 8GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4S423P)
- Remove All Branding
- Standard Laptop Finish
- No Laptop Laser-Sketch™
- No Custom Laptop Painting
- No Custom Laptop Painting
- NO mSATA Solid State Drive
- 240GB Crucial M5 Series SSD [SSD2 - SATA III] (SKU - SSD098)
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- External USB 2.0 Slim DVD±R/RW Drive
- Bluetooth Included *With select wireless cards only* (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Sager - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 + Bluetooth 4.0 (SKU - WIFI93) [It was $15. Might as well.]
- No Network Accessory
- Internal 6-in-1 Card Reader
- Integrated Digital Video Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- No Carrying Case
- No Car Adapter
- No Spare AC Adapter
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- No Fingerprint Reader
- No Headset
- No External Keyboard
- No External Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- No Operating System Redline Boost
- ~Windows 8.1 - 64-Bit (64-Bit CD Included) + MS Office 2013 Trial
- None
- No Antivirus Essentials Software Bundle
- No Back Up Software
- No Unlimited GB Cloud Backup
- - No Microsoft OFFICE Software
- No Software Bundle
- No Global Anti-Theft Protection (Options below require an operating system)
- LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support (Labor through XPC)
Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Parts Warranty Repairs (SKU - WTY099)
- * 24/7 LIFETIME U.S. based technical support
* Extreme QA testing by dedicated technicians
* 24-72 Hour stress testing and benchmarking to ensure top performance and stability
- Standard Production Time
- No Outside of US Shipping Coverage
- No thanks, standard double boxed packaging is okay with my order
- No XOTIC PC Gear

Questions/comments:
1) I've chosen the dead pixel guarantee and the IC Diamond mostly out of an abundance of caution. Are either/both of these worth it, or can I remove these to save a few bucks?
2) I'm OK with Win8.1. It's not my first choice, but I tested out the 8 RC, so I'm more or less used to it.
3) Anything else around this price/spec point that would be cheaper and/or better?

Thanks for your help! smile.gif

EDIT: Second attempt: an Asus N56JR-EH71; I'll manually swap the hard drive with an SSD on my own.
Edited by PiOfPie - 3/7/14 at 5:17pm
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
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Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
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Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
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AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
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post #2 of 8
Go with the NP7330.

Dedicated GTX 765M and a 400Mhz faster i7 for a very similar price.
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Looks to me like that model was deleted off of both Sager and Xotic's website, so I don't know if it was discontinued or what.
Claire
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Claire
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
PowerCaseAudio
Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Asus Xonar DG 
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post #4 of 8
Desktop!
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Spare Gaming Rig
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
R7 1700X 3912 Mhz @ 1.375v BIOSTAR X370GT7 eVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0  CORSAIR Vengeance White LED 3200 Mhz (4x8GB) 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
256GB Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 Evo NZXT Kraken X52 Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1440p G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Ornata Corsair 750 RM Phanteks Evolv ATX Logitech G602 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k @ 4.6Ghz Asus MAXIMUS VII GENE GTX 980 Ti @ 1400 Mhz 4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair LPX DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
240GB Seagate 1TB RAID HDD Cosair H240 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPower
Asus P278Q Razer BlackWidow Corsair 650W 
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Desktop!
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Spare Gaming Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
R7 1700X 3912 Mhz @ 1.375v BIOSTAR X370GT7 eVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0  CORSAIR Vengeance White LED 3200 Mhz (4x8GB) 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
256GB Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 Evo NZXT Kraken X52 Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1440p G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Ornata Corsair 750 RM Phanteks Evolv ATX Logitech G602 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k @ 4.6Ghz Asus MAXIMUS VII GENE GTX 980 Ti @ 1400 Mhz 4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair LPX DDR3 
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240GB Seagate 1TB RAID HDD Cosair H240 Windows 10 
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
404'd. Jeeze. Is everyone buying a laptop all of a sudden? sad-smiley-002.gif

What do you think of that Asus that I edited into the original post? Newegg and B&H have it for a flat thousand ATM.
Edited by PiOfPie - 3/8/14 at 1:05pm
Claire
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Asus N56JR
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Die "Neue" FXe
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
PowerCaseAudio
Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Asus Xonar DG 
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Claire
(8 items)
 
Asus N56JR
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Die "Neue" FXe
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Asus Xonar DG 
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post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by PiOfPie View Post

404'd. Jeeze. Is everyone buying a laptop all of a sudden? sad-smiley-002.gif

What do you think of that Asus that I edited into the original post? Newegg and B&H have it for a flat thousand ATM.

Thats a pretty good deal for 1k.
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256GB Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 Evo NZXT Kraken X52 Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1440p G-Sync 
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Razer Ornata Corsair 750 RM Phanteks Evolv ATX Logitech G602 
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i7 4790k @ 4.6Ghz Asus MAXIMUS VII GENE GTX 980 Ti @ 1400 Mhz 4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair LPX DDR3 
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240GB Seagate 1TB RAID HDD Cosair H240 Windows 10 
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Desktop!
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Spare Gaming Rig
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
R7 1700X 3912 Mhz @ 1.375v BIOSTAR X370GT7 eVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0  CORSAIR Vengeance White LED 3200 Mhz (4x8GB) 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
256GB Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 Evo NZXT Kraken X52 Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1440p G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Ornata Corsair 750 RM Phanteks Evolv ATX Logitech G602 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k @ 4.6Ghz Asus MAXIMUS VII GENE GTX 980 Ti @ 1400 Mhz 4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair LPX DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
240GB Seagate 1TB RAID HDD Cosair H240 Windows 10 
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post #7 of 8
http://www.microcenter.com/product/421115/N56JR-MH71_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black_Aluminum

This is the same laptop with better specs for cheaper. My friend Kyle just got it and he LOVES it. Great machine. Reviews were pretty solid too on Notebookcheck.net when I was researching it for him.

But yeah the N56JR is the one laptop I would buy if I was on a budget. Grants killer performance in DX11 environments, about on par with a GTX 580M, and has decent enough battery life. biggrin.gif

Overall, there's not much else out there that does better than this machine.
     
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256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
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Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
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120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Awesome, guys. Thanks for your help. Rep to both of you! smile.gif
Claire
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Die "Neue" FXe
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
PowerCaseAudio
Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Asus Xonar DG 
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Claire
(8 items)
 
Asus N56JR
(5 items)
 
Die "Neue" FXe
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock X370 Taichi MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz CL14 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB Solus Seasonic SSR-550RM NZXT S340 Elite Matte White 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveOS
Intel Core i7-4700HQ GeForce GTX 760M Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB Microsoft Windows 10 Education 
Other
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8G G. Skill Ripjaws (DDR3-1600) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO 250 Asus DRW-21B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 
PowerCaseAudio
Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Asus Xonar DG 
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