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August 8, 2009 8:53:04 AM

I've spent hours configuring the badass laptops of my dreams (at around a $1500 price range) but can't decide which one is the best! It seems like they all have similar specifications but I'd like some feedback, particularly on these 5 areas. As a sidenote, I need my laptop to be a gaming monster, so if any of these won't be able to play games like crysis let me know!

1) If this will hold on for for 5 years until I'm out of college.

2) Which is the rigs is the most bang for the buck.

3) The respective companies and their reliability.

4) How the graphics cards compare. (REALLY IMPORTANT!)

5) How the processors compare.

ALSO, if you can direct me to better deals that would also be of interest, but overall I really just want to know which is the best laptop.

Dell Studio XPS 13:

SYSTEM COLOR Obsidian Black High Gloss Finish
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P9600 (6MB cache/2.66GHz/1066Mhz FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 3Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
HD DISPLAY Edge-to-Edge 13.3" HD WXGA Slim WLED LCD with 1.3 Megapixel Camera
MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms)
HARD DRIVE 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA® GeForce® 9500M - 256MB
BATTERY Additional 9-Cell Battery
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0

Total: $1,666

ProStar KHLB2:

Screen 15.6" 1366 x 768 WXGA LED Backlit GlassView LCD , Super-Wide Viewing Angles
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P9700 2.80GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB
Thermal Compound N/A
Memory 4GB, PC3-8500/1066Mhz DDR3 - 2 DIMM
Graphic Cards ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4650 w/512MB GDDR3
Hard Drive 500/7200rpm GB SATA-300
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit w/Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Microsoft Office Free Microsoft Office 60 Days Trial (Operating System Required)
Optical Drive 8X Max. DVD±R/RW Burner/4X Max. +DL Super-Mulit Drive
Battery Li-ION
Integrated Wireless Lan Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN 802.11a/g/n
Integrated Bluetooth Internal Bluetooth Card
Floppy Drive N/A
Accidental LCD Damage Protection N/A
Warrany Service: 3 Year Premium Parts and Labor Warranty
Priority Service: Ready to ship in 1 business day
Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera
Built-In Fingerprint Reader
Built-in 56K V90 Fax/Modem
Built-In 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN Card
Built-In 3-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/MS/SD)
1 Express Card 34/54 Slot
4 USB 2.0 Ports
1 HDMI Output
1 RGB, VGA outport
1 Kensington Lock Port
2 Audio Jacks for Line-Out and Microphone-In
100/240V Autoswitch AC Adapter
Additional Accessories KHLB2 Series Battery Pack (BAT-KHLB2)

Sub Total: $1,499.00

Sager NP7682:

Display: 15.4" WXGA LCD with Super Glossy Surface (1280X800)
Processor: 45nm Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P9700 / 6MB L2 Cache, 2.80GHz, 1066MHz FSB
Video & Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce G 105M Graphics with 512MB DDR2 Video Memory
Operating System: Genuine MS Windows® VISTA Home Premium 64-Bit Edition
Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 X 2GB
Primary Hard Disk Drive: 500GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
Wireless Network Card: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
Bluetooth: Internal Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR Module
Primary Battery: Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (6 Cells)
Integrated Security Device: Fingerprint Reader
Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office Ready with Free 60-Day Trial
Warranty: Sager 3 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty[+$129.00]
Additional Battery Pack: BAT-7682, NP7682 Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (6 Cell)
Carrying Bag: BAG-1560, Carrying Bag

Total: $1,478.00

Sager NP2098:

Display: 15.6" WXGA WLED Display with Super Glossy Surface (1366x768)
Processor: 45nm Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P9700 / 6MB L2 Cache, 2.80GHz, 1066MHz FSB
Video & Graphics Card: ATI MOBILITY RADEON HD 4650 Graphics with 512MB DDR3 Video Memory
Operating System: Genuine MS Windows® VISTA Home Premium 64-Bit Edition
Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 2 X 2GB
Primary Hard Disk Drive: 500GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
Wireless Network Card: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
Bluetooth: Internal Bluetooth V2.1 Module
Primary Battery: Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (6 Cells)
Integrated Security Device: Fingerprint Reader
Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office Ready with Free 60-Day Trial
Warranty: Sager 3 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
Additional Battery Pack: BAT-2098, NP2098 Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (6 Cell)
Carrying Bag: BAG-1560, Carrying Bag

Total: $1,488.00

The same Sager laptops from factorgaming.com, they have better processors but I'm wondering if I should just buy from Sager.

Factor Gaming NP7682:

# Display 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050)
# - Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 "Montevina" 3.06GHz w/ 6MB L2 Cache - 1066MHz FSB - 35watt
# - Memory (RAM) 4,096MB DDR2 800 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
# - Intel Robson Turbo Memory None Standard
# - Video Card 512MB nVidia GeForce G 105M DX10
# - Disk Drive Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Software
# - Hard Drive 500GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
# - Wireless Network Built-in Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
# - Fingerprint Reader Integrated Fingerprint Reader
# - Bluetooth Bluetooth EDR Card
# - Camera Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
# - Memory Card Reader Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
# - Sound Card Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
# - Carrying Case Basic Black Business Case
# - A/C Adapter Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
# - Battery Spare Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
# - Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit) + Free Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
# - Microsoft Office No Thanks
# - Documentation Binder Order Details, Elite DVD, Warranty Info, and Support Contact Line
# - Warranty Complete Care: 3 Year Labor + 1 Year Parts Warranty + Lifetime U.S. Based Toll Free Tech Support

Total: $1,619

Factor Gaming NP2098:

# Display 15.6" HD 16:9 WXGA Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy LED Screen (1366x768)
# - Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 "Montevina" 3.06GHz w/ 6MB L2 Cache - 1066MHz FSB - 35watt
# - Memory (RAM) 4,096MB DDR3 1066MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
# - Intel Robson Turbo Memory None Standard
# - Video Card 512MB ATi Mobility Radeon HD4650
# - Disk Drive Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Software
# - Hard Drive 500GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
# - Wireless Network Built-in Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
# - Fingerprint Reader Integrated Fingerprint Reader
# - Bluetooth Bluetooth EDR Card
# - Camera Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
# - Memory Card Reader Internal 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
# - Sound Card Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
# - Carrying Case No Thanks
# - A/C Adapter Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
# - Battery Spare Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
# - Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit) + Free Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
# - Microsoft Office No Thanks
# - Documentation Binder Order Details, Elite DVD, Warranty Info, and Support Contact Line
# - Warranty Complete Care: 3 Year Labor + 1 Year Parts Warranty + Lifetime U.S. Based Toll Free Tech Support

Total: $1,574

Avadirect (All 3 below are custom models from avadirect.com):

# COMPAL, KHLB2 (KHLB2120002) Core™2 Duo Notebook Barebone, Socket P, Intel® PM45, 15.6" WXGA TFT Glossy, FPR, ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 GT 512MB Graphics
# INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo P9600 2.66GHz Processor, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache, 25W, 45nm, OEM
# KINGSTON, 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL7, Non-ECC
# SEAGATE, 500GB Momentus 7200.4, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, OEM
# COMPAL, 8x Super-Multi Dual-Layer DVD±RW Optical Drive for Compal KHLB2 Series Notebooks
# NOTEBOOK ACCESSORY, Built-in 3-in-1 MMC/SD/MS Media Card Reader (Included)
# INTEL, Wireless WiFi Link 5100, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, 11/54/300 Mbps, Internal PCIe Mini Card
# NOTEBOOK ACCESSORY, Internal Bluetooth Module for Compal HL90/HL91/HT00/HT01/KHLB2 Series Notebooks
# ACCESSORY, Built-in Fingerprint Reader (Included)
# COMPAL, Extra 6-Cell Primary Battery for Compal KHLB2 Series Notebooks
# MICROSOFT, Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 4000, USB
# MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1, w/ Free Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon, OEM
# WARRANTY, Assembled and Tested (1 Year Parts, Lifetime Labor Warranty, Express/Priority Service)

Total: $1511.06

# MICROSTAR, MS-165141-015 Core™ 2 Quad Notebook Barebone, Socket P, Intel® PM45, 15.4" TFT WSXGA+ TFT Glossy, SATA, DVD±RW SM, BT, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 160M 1GB Graphics
# INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo P9600 2.66GHz Processor, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache, 25W, 45nm, OEM
# CRUCIAL, 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL7, Non-ECC
# SEAGATE, 500GB Momentus 7200.4, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, OEM
# MICROSTAR, 8x Super-Multi DVD±RW Optical Drive (Included)
# ACCESSORY, Built-in 4-in-1 MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro Media Card Reader (Included)
# INTEL, Wireless WiFi Link 5100, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, 11/54/300 Mbps, Internal PCIe Mini Card
# NOTEBOOK ACCESSORY, Built-in Bluetooth Module (Included)
# LOGITECH, FREE SBF-96 Optical Mouse 400dpi, Black, USB, OEM
# MICROSTAR, Extra Black 9-Cell Primary Battery for MS-1034/1039/1432/1632/1633/1613/1636/1637/163K/1642/1651/1721/1722 Notebooks
# MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1, w/ Free Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon, OEM
# WARRANTY, Assembled and Tested (1 Year Limited Parts, Lifetime Labor Warranty)

Total: $1658.82

# OCZ, OCZDIY15A2-DM86 Core™ 2 Duo Notebook Barebone, Socket P, Intel® PM45, 15" TFT WXGA TFT Glossy, SATA, DVD±RW, BT, FPR, Integrated ATI® Radeon™ HD 3650 512MB Graphics
# INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo P9500 2.53GHz Processor, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache, 25.0W, 45nm, Retail
# G.SKILL, 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL5, Non-ECC
# SEAGATE, 500GB Momentus 7200.4, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, w/ G-Force Protection, OEM
# ACCESSORY, Built-in 4-in-1 MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro Media Card Reader (Included)
# INTEL, Wireless WiFi Link 5300, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, 11/54/450 Mbps, Internal PCIe Mini Card
# NOTEBOOK ACCESSORY, Built-in Bluetooth Module (Included)
# ACCESSORY, Built-in Fingerprint Reader (Included)
# MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1, w/ Free Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon, OEM
# SERVICE, OEM System Recovery (secure HDD partition only)
# SERVICE, System Binder
# WARRANTY, Assembled and Tested (1 Year Limited Parts, Lifetime Labor Warranty)

Total: $1488.30

HP DV3T:

* Moonlight White
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
* FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
* 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
* 13.3" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED BrightView Infinity Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
* LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
* [For BrightView Infinity Display] Webcam + Fingerprint Reader
* Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
* No Included Mobile Broadband
* HP Color Matching Keyboard
* 50% OFF!! One 6 Cell and One 9 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries
* Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
* 4-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PC

Total: $1,640.33

I really love the warranty and the size of the HP laptop but I'm concerned as to whether or not the processor and graphics card are lacking

Thanks in advance!



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a c 244 D Laptop
August 8, 2009 9:58:30 AM

u said: "I need my laptop to be a gaming monster"
Sorry none of those can be a monster gaming laptop since they have a mid-range video card,the best option for $1500 is SAGER NP8662 which leaves all of those laptops in dust and it has a GTX 260M:
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8662-built-clevo-m860tu-...
August 8, 2009 10:14:52 AM

Maziar said:
u said: "I need my laptop to be a gaming monster"
Sorry none of those can be a monster gaming laptop since they have a mid-range video card,the best option for $1500 is SAGER NP8662 which leaves all of those laptops in dust and it has a GTX 260M:
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8662-built-clevo-m860tu-...


Perhaps I was a little too liberal when I said "gaming monster", rather more of a gaming capable machine XD.

The computer you linked me too seems a little too pricy for me :( . Are there any other comparable yet lower priced suggestions?
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August 8, 2009 10:46:53 AM

Also your thoughts on the difference between these two:

HP DV6T

* Moonlight White
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9900 (3.06 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
* FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
* 1GB ATI Radeon(TM) HD 4650 Graphics
* 16.0" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Infinity Display (1366x768)
* LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
* [For BrightView Infinity Display] Webcam Only
* Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
* No TV Tuner w/remote control
* HP Color Matching Keyboard
* 50% OFF!! One 6 Cell and One 12 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries
* No Modem
* Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Total: $1,441.99

* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9900 (3.06 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
* FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
* 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 130M
* 16.0" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1366x768)
* Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
* Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Fluid)
* Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
* No TV Tuner w/remote control
* Full Size Backlit Keyboard
* 50% OFF!! One 6 Cell and One 12 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries
* No Productivity Software
* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Total: $1,789.99
a c 244 D Laptop
August 9, 2009 11:09:42 AM

Between those i would go for the second model since it has a better VGA
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