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I'm looking to move out in a few months, away to another state, so taking my rather old but still pleasant sig rig seems like a bit of trouble (too far to drive to). I've spent hours upon hours looking for the best price for performance laptop with a max price tag of $1200, In the end it easily came down to building a sager/clevo or getting a lucky break on an open box item. The laptop would ultimately be a replacement desktop getting a little bit of travel time here and there. But now after spending all that time hunting for the best deal, I'm having second thoughts. $1200 would buy an amazing desktop.. Heck I could probably trim the fat off that and use part of the money to upgrade my htc touch pro phone to an evo, or buy a netbook for traveling. Sure it would be nice to have such a powerful and yet mobile system, but do you need all that power away from home? I dont even think i'd use it at its full potential (gaming) besides when im home..

Obviously in the end its my decision to make, but If people can help me with my decision (by giving their personal experiences, as im sure others have had to make the choice before) I would be grateful as right now i have mixed feelings on both using a laptop or a desktop 24/7..
post #2 of 10
High end Lapys are the worst bang for buck and the last like an hour or two if you are careful on bats, Go the second option, get a desktop of your choice a little netbook (second comuter is good if you OC) and if you still have change go the upgraded phone.

You could even delay the desktop till after the move (just keep your hard drives).

It's your choice but thats what I would do.
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I was in the same dilemma about a year ago. I got a powerful laptop which I hated to lug around.
Now I have gotten rid of the laptop, got myself a nice desktop at home, and a small/light Asus U35JC which can actually play TF2 thanks to the switchable graphics, and gives me like 5 hours of battery on normal use!
Couldn't have dreamed for more
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Just build a mATX/mITX box that can rape/kill anything you throw at it.

My
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Just build a mATX/mITX box that can rape/kill anything you throw at it.

My
I was just gonna say that, honestly $1200 you can get a decent "travelling" laptop and a good PC for gaming. But of course you would want to spend it all on a desktop if you can.
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just read your post and came across this Sager NP5160 lappy for less then $900. Maybe something to think about?
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post #7 of 10
high end maybe have the high performance,but not so sure
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check out my sig laptop. High end and only cost me around $1120. Sure gaming laptops are bad bang for buck, but if u travel a lot and want to game as well then its ur only option i guess. If u need any benchies just ask away
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I was in the same dilemma about a year ago. I got a powerful laptop which I hated to lug around.
Now I have gotten rid of the laptop, got myself a nice desktop at home, and a small/light Asus U35JC which can actually play TF2 thanks to the switchable graphics, and gives me like 5 hours of battery on normal use!
Couldn't have dreamed for more
What is playable to you? I used to play TF2 competitively (esea,cevo,cal-died) but because of my nature settling for less then 60 fps on low(or an fps config) wont cut it. So i'm rather curious how well a mid range laptop plays it.

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Just build a mATX/mITX box that can rape/kill anything you throw at it.

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I've never built a mATX/mITX based computer, whats your reasoning for going that instead of a full desktop? Size? Price? If its size, Im not sure thats much of an advantage, as I dont think it would ever leave my place except if something happened and I needed to go back home, only then could I see it being better as shipping it from one state to another, or heck bringing it in a case and flying home.

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I was just gonna say that, honestly $1200 you can get a decent "travelling" laptop and a good PC for gaming. But of course you would want to spend it all on a desktop if you can.
The problem with a cheap laptop and decent PC is that I'm going to have a smart phone, and besides [bad] gaming, a full browser, screen size, and an os I dont think I see much of a need for a cheap laptop. As smartphones can cover most of what a netbook/cheap laptop can, you know?

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just read your post and came across this Sager NP5160 lappy for less then $900. Maybe something to think about?
Yeah, when I first was looking at laptops the np5160 seemed great, especially since it has optimus, but then I looked around at the performance of the 540m and shy'd away from it. (ps. i hate this renaming scheme, as I have to double check things and cant rely on names) What I came up with before this post was buying a sager NP8150 shell and buying the parts myself (some resellers allow you do to that) and it gave me a 2720qm, 460m, 8 gigs ram, momentus xt, 1920x1200 15", and all the other less important things for my price range. I think thats quite a steal, and after typing out this post seems almost like a good idea again Dammit.
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What is playable to you? I used to play TF2 competitively (esea,cevo,cal-died) but because of my nature settling for less then 60 fps on low(or an fps config) wont cut it. So i'm rather curious how well a mid range laptop plays it.
Well, it is play-able in the sense that I'm still getting 75-80% of the headshots I get on my desktop
I do have to settle for medium settings/no AA -- native res though (I cant settle for anything below native ) and I can play without any noticable 'lag'.


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The problem with a cheap laptop and decent PC is that I'm going to have a smart phone, and besides [bad] gaming, a full browser, screen size, and an os I dont think I see much of a need for a cheap laptop. As smartphones can cover most of what a netbook/cheap laptop can, you know?
I couldn't agree more. I find myself reaching my android for email/chat/facebook/browsing OCN etc. which I would otherwise be using a computer for a year ago
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