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April 9, 2011 4:50:29 AM

hey everyone new to forums but not the site. need some help in deciding what to do either a new laptop or new rig so maybe i could get some advice

heres the laptop i was looking at:

SAMSUNG RF Series RF511-S02 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

looking for something good for traveling with the ability to play games "if i ever get into it" like diablo 3 or various RTS games, dont want anything bigger than 15'6, 14 would be preferred, but i couldn't find one with sandy bridge budget is flexible look below

Approximate Purchase Date: in about a week give or take a few days

Budget Range: $2000 after rebates/shipping less is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: i game but not a lot but would like the ability to do so, CAD sometimes, photoshop, music movies, just for kicks really

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: mainly newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: open to any recommendations

Overclocking: Yes but not that much

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: im building this out of boredom and just for kicks, also current laptop i have is mainly for school, long battery life, slow cpu/gpu etc...


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SAMSUNG Black 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 4X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE SG07-BW Black Aluminum / SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 600W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam 300 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 9, 2011 5:20:37 PM

Hello iyaayas;

At the top end of your budget range in a laptop: Sager NP8150-S1 ~$1900 configured with GTX 485M GPU
Core i7-2630QM, 2.0Ghz (2.8GHz turbo), 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GTX 485M graphics card. (without Win7)
In desktop terms of performance you'd get something less than GTX 460 performance with that notebook GTX 485M.
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April 9, 2011 5:57:12 PM

WR2 said:
Hello iyaayas;

At the top end of your budget range in a laptop: Sager NP8150-S1 ~$1900 configured with GTX 485M GPU
Core i7-2630QM, 2.0Ghz (2.8GHz turbo), 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GTX 485M graphics card. (without Win7)
In desktop terms of performance you'd get something less than GTX 460 performance with that notebook GTX 485M.

looked at the sager ooptions for 6970 or 485 what would produce less heat and noise? i think im going all out and gonna do both a build and laptop and brought my budget up ~$3600 total for build and laptop
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April 9, 2011 6:10:04 PM

If you have a great gaming desktop (excellent 'bang for buck) I'd actually recommend getting a laptop with the GTX 460M (or GTX 560M shortly) or the HD 6870M. The cost savings are pretty significant and the performance is still really quite good. IMO its a good trade off for better portability, less heat and noise (and lower cost).

The HD 6970M / GTX 485M performance is, for all practical purposes, nearly identical (10-12% or there abouts). And the power/heat/noise issues are pretty much inline with the performance values.

AMD Radeon HD 6970M Graphics Card review
Nvidia Geforce GTX 485M graphics card review
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April 9, 2011 6:26:44 PM

another question, the board im getting only has 1 pci-e on it, would it be ideal to get a more powerful card as i wont be able to sli/xfire in the future?
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April 9, 2011 6:27:34 PM

I really like your mini-ITX build and see no reason to hold off on that.
It's well thought out and I don't think there will be anything changing enough in the near future to want to hold off there.

The notebook world is just getting started on the Sandy Bridge rollout and refresh.
It should be finished up this summer before the 'back to school' rush.

Right now they're working on reducing the inventory of the 'older parts' is my guess.
IMO - If you can wait... you could be well rewarded with a nice upgrade with almost no difference in overall price.
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April 9, 2011 6:31:07 PM

I think that 6950 2GB unlocked to 6970 is plenty of GPU power for 1920x1080.
Anything else and you're starting to look at changing the form factor.

I actually like the idea of swapping out the at 27" monitor with one of the 21.5" 1920x1080 models to keep things 'small, but deadly'.
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April 9, 2011 6:35:25 PM

WR2 said:
I think that 6950 2GB unlocked to 6970 is plenty of GPU power for 1920x1080.
Anything else and you're starting to look at changing the form factor.

I actually like the idea of swapping out the at 27" monitor with one of the 21.5" 1920x1080 models to keep things 'small, but deadly'.

i have a 24" 1920x10180 at home already im getting a second to use with movies and xbox and other stuff and it has a cam
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