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Probably buying a laptop soon. Anything to wait for?

#1CardigansFanPosted 10/21/2013 5:02:01 PM
Yeah yeah, always something around the corner, never gonna buy if you keep waiting, etc. Probably looking to buy within the next three months, likely off of Newegg for their no-interest financing that I've used in the past and like. My ex and I split, she's keeping the PC in my sig since she paid for half and needs/uses it more than I do. I still want something for gaming, and don't care about it not being super high end since I have a huge Steam backlog of older/non-demanding games, and don't even have much time for it anymore.


And I'm looking at a laptop because I'm going to be moving all over the place for at least the next year, like the all-in-one design (except for a mouse and headphones), like the less heat and power consumption, etc.

The only requirements are Haswell CPU, nVidia GPU, and 1080p screen no bigger than 15.6". If no SSD is included, then I'd like the ability to add one myself without having to tear apart the laptop completely. And budget is under $1500, the lower the better.

Anyway, anything to look for in the near future? If I were to buy one right now, it'd probably be this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834233025
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#2DerPancakePosted 10/21/2013 5:08:57 PM
AlienWare.
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#3TimePharaohPosted 10/21/2013 5:11:09 PM
CardigansFan posted...
like the less heat and power consumption, etc.


wut
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#4PhilOnDezPosted 10/21/2013 5:29:40 PM
You can get a 14" sager with an i7 and a 765m for about $1000 and I think they have 2 HDD slots so you can just add your own SSD alongside the included HDD, though that may only be in their 17" models (Seems like the 17" ones have 3 HDD slots). You won't be able to buy it through newegg though. Not sure what kind of financing xoticpc offers.
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#5CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 6:15:35 PM(edited)
DerPancake posted...
AlienWare.


As much as I like the quality and looks, they're much more expensive to get the same performance. I just can't afford it right now.


TimePharaoh posted...
wut


Hopefully I'm not completely stupid and wrong, but...lower TDP parts in a laptop = less power being used = less heat being produced.


PhilOnDez posted...
You can get a 14" sager with an i7 and a 765m for about $1000 and I think they have 2 HDD slots so you can just add your own SSD alongside the included HDD, though that may only be in their 17" models (Seems like the 17" ones have 3 HDD slots). You won't be able to buy it through newegg though. Not sure what kind of financing xoticpc offers.


To be honest, I don't even care about the extra HDD slot - I could do with one ~250GB SSD for all of my usage. I'll look into it though, thanks.



EDIT:
So I can get this with the i7-4700, GTX765M, and a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD for $1300 - not including the cost of a new OS:
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7330-clevo-w230st-p-6163.html

Or get the i7-4700, GTX760M (a slower-clocked 765M), 128GB SSD/1TB HDD combo, Windows 8, and shave a 1lb in weight for $1400 for that Gigabyte laptop I linked earlier:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834233025

I dunno, just seems like the Gigabyte model is still the better deal >.>
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#6PhilOnDezPosted 10/21/2013 6:16:07 PM
A laptop will use less power typically, but unless you're worried about the heat it's putting into your room the internal temps are a lot higher than a comparable desktop part. For example, a 680MX is a full GK104 just like a desktop 680. It's underclocked to ~660 speeds yet there was never a laptop with sufficient cooling to house one. It only shipped in AIO prebuilts (Mac only as well I believe).
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#7CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 6:22:43 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
A laptop will use less power typically, but unless you're worried about the heat it's putting into your room the internal temps are a lot higher than a comparable desktop part.


Eh, I'll just get a cooling pad if anything. I keep my room pretty cool (below 70F) anyway so usually it's not a big deal until I'm playing a game for more than three hours straight - which I don't have the time for anymore.
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#8CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 7:14:04 PM
The more I look at this laptop, the more I'm thinking I should get it. Any reasons I shouldn't?
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#9ConkerPosted 10/21/2013 7:52:37 PM
I know it's not 1080p, but for the value, performance and size, it's pretty good if you get the upgraded Y410 with 1600x900 resolution for $810. I'd upgrade to an SSD myself if I got it, though:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/
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#10CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 8:26:06 PM(edited)
Conker posted...
I know it's not 1080p, but for the value, performance and size, it's pretty good if you get the upgraded Y410 with 1600x900 resolution for $810. I'd upgrade to an SSD myself if I got it, though:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/


It is a pretty good deal, but the combination of sacrificing graphics, screen resolution, and size/weight...I dunno...I'll have to think about it and see if the GT750M is enough for me, especially compared to the GTX765M.



EDIT: Hmm, I've heard of people managing to get good deals on Dell/Alienware laptops by calling...I wonder if I call and mention that Gigabyte laptop, whether they'd be able to bump me up to some SSD option for the same price or something close to that $1400, for a M14x.
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