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So I've been looking at laptops, and I'm looking at one from Sager.

Questions though.

I'm only into the 2nd gen I5/I7's. Or if AMD comes out with something in the summer.

Will the I7 kill battery life compared to a I5? How much faster is the I7?


Graphics.

5650m, 5730m, 540m, or what?
Looking to max out Leauge of Legends, Minecraft, run PS2 Emulator fine.

Trying to find a balance of power and battery life. Not sure where to go. Sager doesn't really offer the 5650, but other manufactures do. I was hoping 5hrs battery life.

14.4" screen, or 15.6".

And most importantly, whats coming out this summer? Anything new?
Edited by kaivorth - 3/13/11 at 8:22pm
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Well, I want to convince you not to waste money on a laptop and instead put that money into building your own PC desktop. You'll get MUCH better results, and it'll be much more satisfying. Anyhow, if you're going to stick with a laptop, I'd say i5 for gaming, i7 for rendering. If you're going for a powerful laptop gaming wise, don't expect much battery life - it's always the trade off. As for graphics cards, the 485m is a good one. Not sure about the rest really! Best of luck with the laptop!
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Well, I want to convince you not to waste money on a laptop and instead put that money into building your own PC desktop. You'll get MUCH better results, and it'll be much more satisfying. Anyhow, if you're going to stick with a laptop, I'd say i5 for gaming, i7 for rendering. If you're going for a powerful laptop gaming wise, don't expect much battery life - it's always the trade off. As for graphics cards, the 485m is a good one. Not sure about the rest really! Best of luck with the laptop!

My Desktop is my sig rig. I rather leave this one at home, and just bring a laptop that can play the same games fine. Maybe not at the same settings, but reasonable. Will also be using for school and such, so I would like a longer battery life as well.
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Originally Posted by kaivorth;12722188 
So I've been looking at laptops, and I'm looking at one from Sager.

Questions though.

I'm only into the 2nd gen I5/I7's. Or if AMD comes out with something in the summer.

Will the I7 kill battery life compared to a I5? How much faster is the I7?


Graphics.

5650m, 5730m, 540m, or what?
Looking to max out Leauge of Legends, Minecraft, run PS2 Emulator fine.

Trying to find a balance of power and battery life. Not sure where to go. Sager doesn't really offer the 5650, but other manufactures do. I was hoping 5hrs battery life.

14.4" screen, or 15.6".

And most importantly, whats coming out this summer? Anything new?

The 5650/6550 should be your benchmark , I found the performance gain to be minimal performance/price ratio wise unless you start looking at a 550m or above , but then most of the time its bundled with a i5-2630m so you might as well chain it to the power block for life support.

Total power consumption are mostly equal when comparing i5/i7(from my sample , i5-480m vs i7-640m) duo cores , how frequent do they hit max TDP of 35w? no clue.

There is around a 800 point difference between the 2 samples in Cinebench , nothing very significant.

Personally i went for the Acer Aspire 5820TG with the i5-480m and the 6550 , the price i paid for converts to around $910USD. (We don't have massive rebate discounts or discount coupons here frown.gif ) From this setup , i can realistically game for 4 hours on full load , but probably does 6 hours with light gaming by underclocking and using its integrated graphics.This setup powers Minecraft and LoL fine.

Nothing much i can recommend on upcoming laptops , just check up on reviews of new ones on notebookcheck.
    
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Originally Posted by kaivorth;12722188 
So I've been looking at laptops, and I'm looking at one from Sager.

Questions though.

I'm only into the 2nd gen I5/I7's. Or if AMD comes out with something in the summer.

Will the I7 kill battery life compared to a I5? How much faster is the I7?


Graphics.

5650m, 5730m, 540m, or what?
Looking to max out Leauge of Legends, Minecraft, run PS2 Emulator fine.

Trying to find a balance of power and battery life. Not sure where to go. Sager doesn't really offer the 5650, but other manufactures do. I was hoping 5hrs battery life.

14.4" screen, or 15.6".

And most importantly, whats coming out this summer? Anything new?

I would go for the 2630+540m it will max out all those games, and still have a great battery life when you dont need the gpu, its 5+ hours I believe running on the IGP. (im not quoting the battery life off the manufacturers numbers, but a reseller of sager actually tested it with a 2630)
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