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Extreme laptop needed, no clue where to start!

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February 21, 2009 9:43:32 AM

there's really no budget, money isn't a problem for me at the moment!

i'm thinking something around the 17in (if that's what your asking!)

anything that'll make movies and games look as good as possible

battery life will be anything between 5-15 hours, (longer if it can be!) and at least a few days on standby ( you know, with it being on but not used)

THIS WILL NOT REPLACE A DESKTOP. (probably didn't need to be capps'd)

GAMES I WILL BE PLAYING:
counter strike source
dead space
battlefield 1942
left for dead
FEAR 2

i'll be doing flash animations, creating little flash clips ( just funny stupid stuff)
and creating flash games, using adobe flash cs4
also be photo editing ( just basics, to copy and paste into cs4)
will be watching movies, music and online flash games


storage will be anything from 300gb to at least 500gb, if i can go higher, then so be it.

Mostly from newegg.com, thats the only site i know of to buy parts from!

i'd like to keep it as long as i can,

basically, i'd be using this laptop for when im sitting at my couch and to lazy to get up,
traveling,.. at other people's houses, at work, and anywhere else i can't take a pc

don't really have any brand preferences, or dislike any, ( i have no clue as to who makes what or who makes the best parts)

CANADA(woo hoo)

ordering online, being shipped from the states isn't a prob either, just to let you know.

February 21, 2009 9:45:23 AM

forgot to mention, if it could be compatible with my desktop, that would be great!
windows vista 64 bit, but that's currently in the making still
so this could take a while to put together, time is not a factor!
February 21, 2009 2:39:34 PM

5 hour battery life and powerful, 17 inch gaming notebook really don't go together. I'd be surprised if you could find something to fit those criteria.
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February 21, 2009 8:20:34 PM

hmm, ok, what would you suggest then?
as i said before, i honestly have no clue how all this goes together!
all i can do is put the pieces together, i don't know anything of the parts im putting together though!
February 22, 2009 1:00:36 AM

cmon any ideas at alll?!
someone anyone help!!
February 22, 2009 1:39:25 AM

Ok first of all, if you want a powerful gaming machine, it's not going to have a great battery life. Simply put, a good video card and more powerful CPU will drain more power.

Now as for extreme laptops, each manufacturer usually has their line.
I'm guessing that despite no "budget" issue, you're not going to shell out over 3k for an Alienware.

Dell has their XPS series.
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/xpslt_...

HP has some laptops aimed at entertainment.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/series_can.d...

Now if you're doing gaming, nothing short of a Core 2 Duo will suffice. If you dont mind spending, get a faster one with more cache.
Also, NO INTEGRATED GRAPHICS. Get a decent video card, a good amount of RAM, and a decent sized HDD.
February 22, 2009 2:03:04 AM

hmm, interesting, im liking the hp HDX 18t premium, it looks nice, and from what i know about this stuff, but when i click on specs, it says i can choose my own parts for it, and this is where i am a dunce,
third, if you could, take alook over the parts, and tell me which is better, then i'd be extremely extremely grateful!!
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can...

and alienware, i've hheard of it, if you think it would be better for me, i have no prob shelling out 3k's !
February 22, 2009 12:04:17 PM

They are meant to be high performance gaming laptops. Let me tell you - 3k will be the bare minimum. Those things (Alien ware laptops) can go up to 5-6k+.

As for the HDX 18t, I recommend getting a high-end Core 2 Duo, which should be more than enough for gaming. Get the 1gb Video Card, 4gb RAM, 64-bit Vista, and at least 320gb HDD.

a b D Laptop
February 22, 2009 2:02:27 PM

^not necessarily true. Gateway's FX P-7805 has decent hardware (P8400 @2.24 and an 9800M GTS) for under $1500. Sager has a similar system with a blu-ray drive for just a little more and you can get that system with a 9800M GTX for around or just over 2K.
February 22, 2009 4:28:49 PM

I was talking about the Alienware laptops.
February 22, 2009 9:07:22 PM

oh cool, well, the highest i could go up to with the alienware would be 5k, maybe 5 1/2, i'll check those out,
and i'll do more research into the HDX 18t, but really im leaning more to the alienware actually, i'll keep you posted!

that's interesting lost, is there a site i could look into that more?(both those laptops?)
a b D Laptop
February 23, 2009 3:09:27 AM

shadyattackk said:
oh cool, well, the highest i could go up to with the alienware would be 5k, maybe 5 1/2, i'll check those out,
and i'll do more research into the HDX 18t, but really im leaning more to the alienware actually, i'll keep you posted!

that's interesting lost, is there a site i could look into that more?(both those laptops?)


Sager:
#1 http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=5...
#2 http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=1...

Gateway:
http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668231.php
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