I am new to this site and to computer-customizing in general, and I am looking to buy a new Sager NP9270 notebook as my graduation gift. My price limit is $3,100, and I will use this laptop in college for multi-tasking, homework and projects, GAMING, and various other applications. I chose this computer because the processor is very fast, the RAM is good, and I like the option to include multiple HDD's. Here is the system I have set up so far (and the link to the customization):
First and foremost, this laptop has been put on delay due to the motherboard being "unstable," whatever that means. There is currently no ETA for when it will be re-released, but people speculate that it will be at least 3 months.
As far as your questions go:
If you have the means, an SSD is a great improvement over HDDs.
If you choose to have a raid setup,
Then raid 0 is for performance over everything.
Raid 1 is for safety; use it if your work is critical and you want to always have
a safety net to protect your data.
And for raid 5, that is a compromise of the above, where you're 3 drives will perform better for writing data, would suffer from reading, but it will have a safety, where raid 0 doesnt.
Sager makes a great product, but realize that the kind of gaming you can do on it will still not touch whatyou can do on a desktop. I did the same thing as you and bought a Sager gaming notebook for college. Considering that it cost me $2,300, I could have just built a nice desk top from scratch and bought a think pad for the work horse school computer. Still, as far as laptops go, they are king. Get it through a reseller, not Sager. You will save $$.
Thank you both. I would absolutely love to build a desktop from scratch, but it is an issue of whether or not I could actually fit it in my dorm room with the particular set up that it has. Now is this particular the same or similar to a Clevo P270WM?