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Going to buy a laptop. Recommendations.

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July 7, 2008 3:18:31 AM

I'm soon going to buy a new laptop, but I'm stuck on what to buy. What I really want is a M1730 dell XPS with 4 gb dual 8700 and x9000 processor. But i have started to look around and I've found that in places like Ibuypower and Cyberpowerpc and so on, have better prices, although I don't have an inch of confidence on those kind of places. So if anyone knows where to buy a nice laptop or if those places are safe or if the dell is alright, please post. Thanks in advance, no flaming please.

Note: also wanted to know if 8700 256mb in sli are worst than 8800gtx.
a b D Laptop
July 7, 2008 4:37:41 AM

Yes they are worse than the GTX. A system like the Sager NP5793 with a single 8800mGTX will be able to outperform the dual 8700 cards.

I would recommend you take a look at the 17'' models from Sager either at their site, www.sagernotebooks.com, or at www.xoticpc.com.
a b D Laptop
July 7, 2008 5:49:48 AM

I also recommend you take a serious look at the high end sager models. They'll blow any dell system away.
What kind of budget do you have?
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a c 244 D Laptop
July 7, 2008 6:16:25 AM

8800MGTX>SLI 8700MGT
As logan and frozenlead said go for a SAGER model like NP9262 or 5793,the difference between these 2 is that the first one has Inte desktop CPUs with 2 8800MGTX in SLI and the second one has Intel mobile CPU with 1 8800MGTX
July 7, 2008 7:05:04 AM

frozenlead said:
I also recommend you take a serious look at the high end sager models. They'll blow any dell system away.
What kind of budget do you have?

Well, not if you bump the Dell up to dual 8800M GTXs. Of course, the Sagers are great too, especially on a slightly lower budget than a 1730 with dual 8800s requires.
a b D Laptop
July 7, 2008 4:48:50 PM

The sager np9262 is cheaper than the dell 1730 with dual 8800m GTX's by several hundred dollars. With that, you can upgrade the sager to a quad-core, which dell doesn't even offer. (or you can always go dual and save what battery life you have...)
July 7, 2008 4:51:18 PM

I would not go quad core on a laptop - the battery life (already short on a system like this) will go to basically nothing. Plus, I'm not sure how much I would trust a laptop cooling system with a quad core.
a b D Laptop
July 7, 2008 7:00:54 PM

I'm not sure how much I'd trust it either, especially considering it'd have to be a desktop class core.

But, it does say Sager on top. Most people complain about how their gaming notebooks get scorching hot.

My sager doesn't know what heat is.
July 8, 2008 3:07:25 PM

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I work at M80, a social media company in LA, and we're working with Toshiba to help spread the word about the Laptop Experts site.

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CaroonM80
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July 9, 2008 3:51:37 AM

Thanks
July 9, 2008 4:42:58 AM

frozenlead said:
I'm not sure how much I'd trust it either, especially considering it'd have to be a desktop class core.

But, it does say Sager on top. Most people complain about how their gaming notebooks get scorching hot.

My sager doesn't know what heat is.

Do you mean the temp of the components, or the temp of the outside of the computer?

My XPS M1710 runs on the hot side by the temp sensors on the components (at full overclock T7600 @ 2.83GHz + 7950GTX @ 650/740) - about 80C for both CPU and graphics at full load, but aside from the actual fan outlets, the outside stays perfectly cool at all times - the keyboard and bottom never get significantly warm.
a b D Laptop
July 10, 2008 4:10:51 AM

I meant both, but on the outside, for the greater part.

My Sager runs cool - only the video card ever spits out hot air, the cpu is barely warm. I don't have temps available yet. The outside never even gets above room thep.
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