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Looking for laptop portable workstation/gaming for around $1600 DIY build options or reputable prebuilt ?

Hello everyone. I'm looking for a portable workstation/game/ripping/entertainment machine (laptop). The machine will be primary used for work with numerous VM images running, JAVA IDE, SQL utilities,websphere,oracle to name a few . For play it will be a htpc running plex and xbmc, ripping dvd , transcoding for streaming boxes then some gaming .

I would love to build my own laptop but I haven't found a good site that appears reputable to me that I can order parts from in order to build my laptop. I would love a pcpartpicker.com option that would do laptops?

I was contemplating a digitalstorm laptop but I'm a little weary of their reputation as I have never done business with them and some of the reviews I have seen here and other sites. In addition there website home page bottom left says they have a A+ BBB Rating. However going to the BBB website they have no rating due to "This business has no rating because it is in the process of responding to complaint(s) previously closed as unresolved. " and they have 30 complaints.

So digitalstorm,Cyberpower are out for me due to the reviews and complaints about them.


Laptop I'm looking for:
Screen: 14" - 17" led backlit 1920x1080 with or without matte (prefer matte). I plan to use it as a workstation primarily at my house so I will have access to bigger 24+ screens. The matte will be nice when working outside.

TouchScreen: Yes please.

CPU: Intel Core i7 4th generation

Mem: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz would consider less as long as its upgradable to 16 or 24 GB down the road.

HD: 500gb 7200RPM (SATA 3Gb/s) at minimum with option to upgrade to SSD in the future

Network: Wireless dual band AC

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4GB or comparable. I'm don't do any gaming now on pc but would like the option if possible. I also plan to do transcoding,ripping, and streaming HD content from this pc as a HTPC. Would prefer the card to be upgradable in the future but not hard set on it if its decent enough.

questions:

1. Is their a reputable builder that can provide something similar to listed configuration above for around $1,600?

2. Is their a reputable website or place that you can order the parts from to build your own laptop from screen ,case, and components (MB,CPU,GPU,MEM,etc)? And have you used them before?

3. Would the 860M let you play Crysis in Ultramode?

thanks in advance for your comments,remarks, and criticism.
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    http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-n550jkds71t-touch-p-7083.html
    right there is about as close to specs as I could find. you kind of limit yourself with the touch screen.

    1. Is their a reputable builder that can provide something similar to listed configuration above for around $1,600?

    2. Is their a reputable website or place that you can order the parts from to build your own laptop from screen ,case, and components (MB,CPU,GPU,MEM,etc)? And have you used them before?

    ^nope not going to happen, laptops are not like desktops you can just buy the parts you wont and build your own. Really its what you buy is what you get, even changing the cpu can be a pain in the butt. for a laptop about all you can do is add more ram and change out the harddrive.

    3. Would the 860M let you play Crysis in Ultramode?

    ^not a clue they aren't even out yet.
  2. logainofhades said:


    Thanks for the recommendation .

    I was considering cyberpowerpc.
    However even though they have a A+ BBB credit report as of now they have had 63 complaints closed with the BBB since March 10, 2013. [39] have been closed while [24] customer weren't satisfied despite good faith on Cyberpc part. I don't want to buy a costco or bestbuy PC but I also don't want the aggravation of being un pleased with a $1600 product that is not easily returnable.

    Have you purchased things from them in the past?
  3. No, I have not. Normally I recommend Asus or Lenovo for laptops, just didn't have time to look for one.
  4. faalin said:
    http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-n550jkds71t-touch-p-7083.html
    right there is about as close to specs as I could find. you kind of limit yourself with the touch screen.

    1. Is their a reputable builder that can provide something similar to listed configuration above for around $1,600?

    2. Is their a reputable website or place that you can order the parts from to build your own laptop from screen ,case, and components (MB,CPU,GPU,MEM,etc)? And have you used them before?

    ^nope not going to happen, laptops are not like desktops you can just buy the parts you wont and build your own. Really its what you buy is what you get, even changing the cpu can be a pain in the butt. for a laptop about all you can do is add more ram and change out the harddrive.

    3. Would the 860M let you play Crysis in Ultramode?

    ^not a clue they aren't even out yet.


    Thanks that is pretty close to what I'm looking for. What about xotic PC reputation? Have you bought from them before?

    BBB has them listed as an A- , cyberpc as a A+ , and digitalstorm as not rated. Although, online most reviews that I have read regards exoticpc as a higher quality builder but their are still plenty of negative experiences in sending products back when they don't work?

    " 3. Would the 860M let you play Crysis in Ultramode?
    ^not a clue they aren't even out yet."

    The digitalstorm laptop I was looking at had it listed?
    https://www.digitalstormonline.com/configurator.asp?id=957709

    and gpuboss has a release date of Jan 2014.
    http://gpuboss.com/graphics-card/GeForce-GTX-860M
  5. faalin said:
    http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-n550jkds71t-touch-p-7083.html
    right there is about as close to specs as I could find. you kind of limit yourself with the touch screen.

    1. Is their a reputable builder that can provide something similar to listed configuration above for around $1,600?

    2. Is their a reputable website or place that you can order the parts from to build your own laptop from screen ,case, and components (MB,CPU,GPU,MEM,etc)? And have you used them before?

    ^nope not going to happen, laptops are not like desktops you can just buy the parts you wont and build your own. Really its what you buy is what you get, even changing the cpu can be a pain in the butt. for a laptop about all you can do is add more ram and change out the harddrive.

    3. Would the 860M let you play Crysis in Ultramode?

    ^not a clue they aren't even out yet.



    Thanks. I'm going with the N550JK-DS71T as you suggested but I don't feel comfortable on buying through those online laptop vendors that modify the hardware. I have seen to many negative reviews and the hassle with trying to get your money back when something goes wrong .

    I think I'm going to buy it through Amazon then upgrade upgrade the mem to 16gb , add 500 gb ssd and make the 1gb 5200 drive as a data drive.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IAA5BSS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2495TETEDZ1LJ&coliid=I21ULVZ4OHSZDS
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