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MSI GT 60 vs Sager NP9150 new build Ivy Bridge

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April 30, 2012 3:05:30 AM

Hello, I am currently trying to decide between these two laptop builds, the main difference being the GPU's and available hard drive locations. Any and all help/suggestions will be much appreciated. Keep in mind I plan on upgrading the HD to SSd at some point after the initial purcharse. My main use will be for night school, work related functions, and gaming, mainly SWTOR. Thank you


MSI GT60 0NC-004US
- FREE!! UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout - U.S. Only, Not Available to Alaska and Hawaii)
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Matte Type Screen (SKU - X1R354)
- NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3GHz - 3.3GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU – X2N300)
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds)
- nVidia GeForce GTX 670M 3,072MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 w/ Optimus Technology (SKU – X3R521)
- No Video Adapter
- 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (3x4GB SODIMMS) – Default (SKU - X4N204)
- Standard Finish
- Standard White Logo Backlight
- 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - X5R205)
- 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - X5R205)
- No Caching Solid State Drives
- Raid 0 - Performance Default
- Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software (SKU - X7R451)
- No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- NO External USB Optical Drive
- Internal 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/ xD-P)
- No Back Up Software
- Bluetooth Included (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1102 (2x2) (SKU - X8R051)
- No Network Accessory
- Integrated Digital Video Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- No Carrying Case
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- No Car Adapter
- No Spare AC Adapter
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- No Fingerprint Reader
- No Headset
- No External Keyboard
- No External Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system
- No Operating System Redline Boost
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Pre-Installed + Drivers & Utilities Disk
- Keep factory installed operating system
$1,575

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Sager NP9150 / Clevo P150EM
- FREE!! Continental (U.S. Lower 48 - UPS Ground Only) Ground Shipping on ALL Sager Laptops (Enter Coupon Code: "SAGERFREESHIP" during order process)
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen (SKU - S1R319)
- NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- Sager - 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3GHz - 3.3GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP) (SKU – S2R174)
- - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
- nVidia GeForce GTX 675M 2,048MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology [User Upgradeable] (SKU – S3R518)
- No Video Adapter
- 8GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4R371)
- Sager Branding
- Standard Finish
- No mSATA SSD
- 500gb 7200rpm (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache) - Default (SKU - S5R207)
- Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software (When selecting a Hard Drive in the Optical Bay, No Optical Drive is Included) (SKU - S7R455)
- Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy (Caddy Only) Used For Installing Your Own Hard Drive (this option includes the removed Optical Drive)
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- NO External USB Optical Drive
- Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
- No Back Up Software
- Bluetooth Included (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Sager - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 (3x3) (SKU - S8R056)
- No Network Accessory
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
- No Car Adapter
- No Spare AC Adapter
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- No Headset
- No External Keyboard
- No External Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system (Overclocking will add 3-6 business days to build time)
- No Operating System Redline Boost
- ~Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's + Microsoft Office Starter 2010 - Included with OS Purchase
$1,639
April 30, 2012 10:22:22 PM

Any opinions or suggestions?
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May 2, 2012 12:00:02 AM

MSI GT60
-12GB RAM
-500GB HDD x2 in Raid 0 config
-SteelSeries backlit keyboard
-cheaper

Sager NP9150 / Clevo P150EM
-GTX 675M GPU
-Fingerprint Reader

That's about it... I believe it all boils down to what GPU suits you best. If you think the GTX675 is worth the extra bucks, then go for that.

I actually got the GT60 since it fits my budget more ($1499), plus it already packs the performance I really need, and I get more of the other "add-ons" that are not found in most gaming laptops this size (see above). Personally, I didn't think the GTX675 is worth the extra $$$.
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May 9, 2012 10:51:05 AM

Thank you very much, that makes sense to me.
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