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Get the Sager NP5160 from XoticPC. Please don't get an HP. Their consumer laptops have horrible reliability.

It offers tremendous balance when it comes to components, size, weight, and battery life. If you customize it with a Core i7 2630QM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit it'll come in at $900. It has a MUCH better screen than the HP, much better and longer warranty and service, weights just 5.7 pounds, and has a 4 hour battery life doing web browsing and productivity. Also, the GPU has Optimus, which enables having the decent battery life. The games you listed will run easily on the GT 540M, too. The chassis is mostly matte plastic and the screen is matte, too.

TL;DR: cheaper and better than the HP.

EDIT: also, just wanted to add. Since I don't see any mention of the HP having support for using the IGP, your battery life is gonna be in the neighborhood of 2:30 to 3:00 hours web browsing using the 6-cell.
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Get the Sager NP5160 from XoticPC. Please don't get an HP. Their consumer laptops have horrible reliability.

It offers tremendous balance when it comes to components, size, weight, and battery life. If you customize it with a Core i7 2630QM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit it'll come in at $900. It has a MUCH better screen than the HP, much better and longer warranty and service, weights just 5.7 pounds, and has a 4 hour battery life doing web browsing and productivity. Also, the GPU has Optimus, which enables having the decent battery life. The games you listed will run easily on the GT 540M, too. The chassis is mostly matte plastic and the screen is matte, too.

TL;DR: cheaper and better than the HP.

EDIT: also, just wanted to add. Since I don't see any mention of the HP having support for using the IGP, your battery life is gonna be in the neighborhood of 2:30 to 3:00 hours web browsing using the 6-cell.
The HP has switchable graphics. With ATI you manually turn it on or off I believe. HP also has much better audio quality compared to the Sager. And with the magnesium alloy chassis they have, I think it looks nice and seems durable.
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The HP has switchable graphics. With ATI you manually turn it on or off I believe. HP also has much better audio quality compared to the Sager.
Hmm, I see. That probably means you have to restart to use the other GPU, which can be very annoying. Also, if you want quality speakers, you're better off looking elsewhere. Laptops aren't made for great sound quality, so I think that's not a very good argument. If you want good sound, you're gonna need external speakers no matter what you're looking at.

Of course, you also have higher chances of the HP dying within the next three years, according to the latest reliability prediction studies. I wouldn't get a consumer HP right now.
    
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I was into the asus n73 series, but when I saw the new DV7, for same price you get a much nicer gfx card (helluva performance boost over 540m).

Ill take good sound quality over mediocre any day of the week, not like I want to wear headphones all the time either. Hp has a woofer and 4 speakers in it. Though so does the Asus, infact asus seems to have a better audio solution.

The battery life is rated at 5,5 hours for hp, though id expect something in line with 4 hours in realistic conditions. And "latest" predictions come from the older dv series not the ones that were JUST released.
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Hmm, I see. That probably means you have to restart to use the other GPU, which can be very annoying. Also, if you want quality speakers, you're better off looking elsewhere. Laptops aren't made for great sound quality, so I think that's not a very good argument. If you want good sound, you're gonna need external speakers no matter what you're looking at.

Of course, you also have higher chances of the HP dying within the next three years, according to the latest reliability prediction studies. I wouldn't get a consumer HP right now.
I believe those figures are skewed due to the fact that HP is the largest laptop seller in the world. But yeah, hard to beat the facts of raw numbers.

   
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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.
Ahh, the dilemma. I'd personally gladly go 1080p for 6GB ram. I'll probably buy more ram anyway. Plus, unless you're a heavy multitaskter, I do not think ram will be such a huge issue. This IS a tough choice mate. Granted, if you want to be playing at 1080p always, the 540 will hit its limits so it will be a considerable tradeoff

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I believe those figures are skewed due to the fact that HP is the largest laptop seller in the world. But yeah, hard to beat the facts of raw numbers.

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Ahh, the dilemma. I'd personally gladly go 1080p for 6GB ram. I'll probably buy more ram anyway. Plus, unless you're a heavy multitaskter, I do not think ram will be such a huge issue. This IS a tough choice mate. Granted, if you want to be playing at 1080p always, the 540 will hit its limits so it will be a considerable tradeoff



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I have the DV6TQE and it's amazing... you don't have to shut off the pc to turn switch graphics but you can't have any open applications such as internet explorer. The temperature of the CPU on load is 78-82C while running vantage and encoding. While playing Dirt2 and Shogun 2 the 6770m and processor reach 65C all on high settings!

The Speakers are awesome it's also very light and the keyboard is nice.

Edit: The battery life while playing games is 1 hour 30 mins, when browsing using the built Intel HD battery life is 4 hours 35mins

Speakers are nice but not better than my old Toshiba that had harman/kardon speakers.
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I have the DV6TQE and it's amazing... you don't have to shut off the pc to turn switch graphics but you can't have any open applications such as internet explorer. The temperature of the CPU on load is 78-82C while running vantage and encoding. While playing Dirt2 and Shogun 2 the 6770m and processor reach 65C all on high settings!

The Speakers are awesome it's also very light and the keyboard is nice.

Edit: The battery life while playing games is 1 hour 30 mins, when browsing using the built Intel HD battery life is 4 hours 35mins

Speakers are nice but not better than my old Toshiba that had harman/kardon speakers.
I see. Still wouldn't get it, though. I'm sorry to say, but there's around a 25% chance your HP won't be alive in three years. HP consumer laptop: bad reliability. That's without getting into bad customer service and 3-year warranty on the Sager NP5160 vs. 1 year on the HP DV6 Quad.
    
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I see. Still wouldn't get it, though. I'm sorry to say, but there's around a 25% chance your HP won't be alive in three years. HP consumer laptop: bad reliability. That's without getting into bad customer service and 3-year warranty on the Sager NP5160 vs. 1 year on the HP DV6 Quad.
I've owned 4 HP notebooks and the only one that had an issue was the HP TX1000 due to the nforce chipset that was inside it. The same year I bought an apple mac book pro and it also had the same issue.

Bad customer service? My DV6t was delayed 12 days due to a production problem... HP sent all customers 15% coupons. After talking to HP customer support they added the 15% to my purchase of this laptop. Which I already used a 30% coupon on, I got this laptop for $723.
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