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Advice for new laptop?

#1special_saucePosted 6/6/2012 9:23:17 AM(edited)
(reposted from elsewhere)

My parents offered to buy me a computer customized anyway I want for ~$2000 as a graduation present. I really want to be able to game on it at a high level.

General advice is welcome

Specific questions:
Solid state drives are sexy. Is it worth ~$800 extra (sacrifice other stuff) to get a solid state, or is a merely "caching Solid State Drive" (only $125 extra) good enough
Alienware is sexy. Would I be paying mostly for name brand if I got one, or does it live up to the price
I have some more but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

THANKS
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#2ShubPosted 6/6/2012 9:27:23 AM
What the hell kind of SSD costs $800 extra?
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#3boochyPosted 6/6/2012 9:29:46 AM
You need to get either a Sager from xoticpc.com or a Republic of Gamers laptop from ASUS.

Do not buy Alienware, you are only paying for the name and the flashy lights.
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#4KingsofroninPosted 6/6/2012 9:38:06 AM
boochy posted...
You need to get either a Sager from xoticpc.com or a Republic of Gamers laptop from ASUS.

Do not buy Alienware, you are only paying for the name and the flashy lights.


I don't agree about Alienware, but I would go Msi or sager.
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#5_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/6/2012 9:53:11 AM(edited)
I recommend alienware if you like the look of them. They are built very well and are not really that overpriced. You pay a couple hundred more for it. Here are two laptops I reccomend both from xoticpc. A sager and an alienware. Both will be the same performance wise. If you get the sager make sure to add in windows 7 and the AMD 7970m.
http://www.xoticpc.com/alienware-m17x-p-4581.html
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html
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#6special_sauce(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 9:57:39 AM
When I'm customizing these computers, though, it's hard to tell whether I'm getting the best things. For example:

This Alienware M14x has:

Software & Services
PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
MEMORY 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
HARD DRIVE 750GB 7,200 RPM SATA + 32GB mSATA Caching SSD
VIDEO CARD 2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™
LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
WIRELESS CARDS Killer Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)

For $1639. Plus it looks sexier.

Whereas the Sager has this:

- 15.6" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Anti-Glare Screen w/ 95% NTSC Color Gamut (1920x1080) (SKU – S1R205)
- Sager - 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3820QM (2.7GHz - 3.7GHz, 8MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU - S2R203)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds)
- nVidia GT 630M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology (SKU – S3R519)
- 16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4R206)
- 256gb Crucial M4 Series Solid State Drive (SSD2 Serial-ATA III) (SKU – S5R062)
- 6x Blu-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive - Special! (SKU - S7P557)

For $1,879. Some things are improved here, but not all.

I guess my main question is, what kind of drive should I be looking for? The drive on that Sager is smaller, but SSD. The drive on the Alienware is way bigger, but only does SSD caching.
???
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#7boochyPosted 6/6/2012 10:00:30 AM
Both of those video cards suck btw.
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#8special_sauce(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 10:02:18 AM
From: boochy | #007
Both of those video cards suck btw.

Good to know.

Going to the AMD 7970m, is that good?
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#9special_sauce(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 10:03:35 AM
And I have no idea what Memory card to get
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#10Fade2black001Posted 6/6/2012 10:04:02 AM
In high class systems such as that. They should have t least 2 HDD bays in them. Didn't they and an option for a 2nd HDD if you wanted one?
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