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Here's a pic of one of the options I was considering. I have 800 bucks from my old laptop which died recently so I need a new one for classes. It needs some good to it too.



But I didn't know if I should wait for more Sandy Bridge laptops Sony's are .... um... expensive adding a BD-Burner to the 13" adds 500 bucks lmao. There is an ASUS at Best Buy that I might buy if it had a BD-Burner. I have the warranty at best buy so the 800 bucks is there but I have something else that I can pay off with the money. I like Best Buy's warranty usually if I take it in they are forced to replace it cuz I know more than them lol.
It also needs to be under 6-6.5 pounds as I don't want to break my back. If it's larger than 15.6" I need to see if Logitech makes a bigger Kinetik backpack
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wait for SB if you can, i know its hard but i am forcing myself to wait as well. they really are worth the wait.
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The reason for the picture is to show you what type things I want. And how much I can spend on it. That'd be almost definitely a maximum.
This is the ASUS I was talking about. It's quite a bit expensive for me though.The Sony I customized is about 50-250 bucks cheaper after tax and warranty.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+L...=1218306950115
$1978.4886 is how much the ASUS would be after tax and all if it costs nothing for ship to store that is >v< and it doesn't have a BD-Writer and it's heavy to have to carry for long periods.
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page not found and the sony pic has no specs.

If you want gaming, just buy a sager np8150 or 8170 with the 485m or wait for the 6970.
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Do you want a laptop you can game on or a good portable one with a lot of battery life? For one you could game on Check out the Sager NP8130 http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-...ch-p-2973.html its a 15.6" 1080p laptop with the new sandy bridge processors, its listed at 6.83lbs.
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O.O must have posted wrong pic

Well I need to be able to encode on it X264 mainly, edit photos and videos, and gaming would be a nice bonus. Never heard of Sager before I started my search today for custom laptops . Never heard of xoticpc either
I also need it to be at a reputable place where I can use the warranty as well... I have bad luck lol my laptops always meet unsavory ends
My favorite warranty service is Best Buy even if they are useless for tech support and diagnostic. Cuz if I take it in there it's usually just a formality and I get the cost of the laptop - the warranty.
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For the love of god dont buy that. 425m is ****. 740qm looks slow compared to any of the sandy bridge cpus.

If you dont need a super fast GPU, and would like a few hours of battery life get the np5160, and the 2720qm. If you want a complete beast, get the 8150 with 485m+2720qm.

If you want the middle road and DONT plan on upgrading your GPU, get the 8130+ 2720qm, if you do plan on upgrading later, get the 8150+2720qm 460m.

Basically the 2630qm (lowest quad core sandy bridge) > i7-740
But since you want to spend more, the 2720qm is the best money/performance upgrade for the mobile cpu's.

np5160- entry-mid range gpu with optimus, so it's the mobilest version ( beats the 425m) Cant upgrade GPU
np8130- midrange-high gpu, potentially cant upgrade the gpu, as the power supply isnt too strong
np8150-same as the 8130 except it has a rubber coating (good and bad) but a much better power supply, allowing gpu upgrades.

540m- optimus based gpu, good for light gaming (aka low settings)
460m- will play games pretty well on medium+ settings
485m- best you can buy atm without crossfire/sli will play games at max
Edited by s-x - 3/8/11 at 5:31pm
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Well I'd prefer not to spend that much money (still licking my wounds from Desktop upgrade). Like I said I have 800 bucks at Best Buy. I'm most comfortable ~$1000-$1250 1800 is the absolute max atm though.
As far as GPU I will not accept any ATi trash they are too buggy for my tastes (drivers mainly) from past experiences.
     
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Leaves the 5160 and 8130 really. Difference being if you want better batterylife or better gpu performance.
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