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Ok so long story short I'm in the market for buying a new laptop and recently went to my local costco and grabbed a pretty cool dv6-6013cl. Pc Mag gave it an editor choice and I got it for less than 700 bucks. it came with a core i3 2310M, 4GB ram, 500 GB hdd, 15.6 (1366x768) and integrated graphics and no bluetooth

As usual after I make a purchase such as this I begin to have buyers remorse. My question do you think its worth 300 bucks to get a core i7 2620M, radeon hd 6770m, 640 hdd 7200 rpm, bluetooth off hp website with a coupon?

What is your maximum budget?
1200

What country are you in?
United States
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Web browsing, photoshop, word and office, occasional gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not really in the past bought hp and dells

What screen size do you require?
15.6

What screen resolution do you require?
1366x768 min

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
new

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) 4 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
portal, sim city,
What operating system do you need? (if any)
doesnt matter I wipe anyway

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
no glossy stuff

How much hard drive space do you need?
500-640
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

wirless n and usb 3.0 and bluetooth
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I would say it is worth it, if nothing else future proofing the laptop by a substantial ammount.
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Definitely worth it. I am eyeing that new DV6tqe that you seem to be looking at as well. The m14x is a nice alternative as well with the GT 555m which is slightly less powerful than the 6770m. ASUS has their N53SV series rocking a GT 540m and the same cpu as well. MSI has their GE620 which is identical to the ASUS. Sager's NP5160 is also something worth checking out. Samsung RF511 is on newegg at a good price as well.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 4/22/11 at 6:40am
   
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Definitely worth it man. Go for it!

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For 1200 you could pick up a better sager/clevo laptop I'm sure.
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post #6 of 40
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I just pulled the trigger for a total of 913.87 plus tax of course....too bad it wasn't a prebuilt that I could have gotten from amazon.




I used this coupon code from notebook review for 30% off.

NB8095
Edited by playboysmoov - 4/22/11 at 7:08am
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For 1200 you could pick up a better sager/clevo laptop I'm sure.
Who is Sager or Clevo? I never heard of them do they make good stuff do you have any experience with their products?
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post #8 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by playboysmoov View Post
I just pulled the trigger for a total of 913.87 plus tax of course....too bad it wasn't a prebuilt that I could have gotten from amazon.




I used this coupon code from notebook review for 30% off.

NB8095
lol, a 6770M is too powerful for a 1366*768 resolution IMO. Anyway, that means more eyecandy and better framerates are possible so ... yeah haha

I think that's a solid deal.
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Originally Posted by playboysmoov View Post
Who is Sager or Clevo? I never heard of them do they make good stuff do you have any experience with their products?
*gasp*.jk. Go to http://www.xoticpc.com/ . Play around and see what you think of the builds.

Basically, for almost anything Alienware has to offer, ASUS, Sager/Clevo match and beat that in a price/performance ratio. You will just miss the blinding light and other features which make the laptop scream "Steal Me!" but I don't expect you will mind that too much ....

I was gonna get myself a Sager but I was kinda forced into getting the studio xps 16 ... so no, i don't have one ... but I wish I did

Check Sager laptop reviews at http://www.notebookreview.com/review...asp?brandID=25 as well just for more input.

have fun searching!

(The HP is a really good deal as well though. I'm just a 1080p addict so its a deal breaker for me )
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lol, a 6770M is too powerful for a 1366*768 resolution IMO. Anyway, that means more eyecandy and better framerates are possible so ... yeah haha

I think that's a solid deal.
I really wanted a full hd display but HP doesn't offer one for 15 displays. I guess that's what you get from a commodity builder like them.

I was looking at Sager NP5160. They seem to have all the specs I want but I don't know if the display is worth losing 6 GB Ram, the larger HDD for a couple hundred bucks more. Maybe I should call and hassle.
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