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G51VX-X3A or a refurb'd G51VX-RX05?

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December 10, 2009 2:33:39 PM

Hey everyone! I was originally going to build my own desktop, but I finally decided I need a shred of mobility and decided to go with a gaming laptop. I don't want to spend anymore than $1200 so the G51J-A1 is out.

I've narrowed my 2 choices down to a refurbished RX05 for $800 with a 9-cell battery from buy.com OR a X3A from newegg.com for $1200 with a 6-cell battery.

The issues I'm mulling over are:

RX05
$800
P7350 2.0 CPU 3MB cache
1366 x 768
No Bluetooth
Refurb

X3A
$1200
P8700 2.53 CPU 3MB cache
1920 x 1080
Bluetooth
Brand New!

Has anyone bought one of these refurbs from buy.com and does it still have the warranty and do we even know what the general issue with the RX05 is? Is the CPU clock and sreen res difference worth the extra $400 and a smaller battery? What's the battery like on the 9-cell RX05 vs the 6-cell X3A????

Any and all advice will be taken seriously! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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December 10, 2009 2:48:14 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
I myself never buy a refurbished laptop but that's my opinion,i say the second one is worth it because,you will get bluetooth,faster CPU and a better screen res and finally its brand new,i would go for it,however what are the conditions of the Refurbed one ?
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December 10, 2009 3:00:53 PM

Maziar said:
Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
I myself never buy a refurbished laptop but that's my opinion,i say the second one is worth it because,you will get bluetooth,faster CPU and a better screen res and finally its brand new,i would go for it,however what are the conditions of the Refurbed one ?


Thanks for the welcome!

I don't know if ASUS has an additional warranty, but Buy.com only lists a 30-day warranty, which firghtens me, especially since I don't know what was causing the failures in the first place. If it's something easy to replace I don't mind.
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December 10, 2009 4:24:51 PM

I just went out to Best Buy during luncha and saw a G60 or 50 with a 1366x768 screen and it didn't look bad, but I can see why everyone was suggesting the 1920x1080 when I compared it to other laptops with a 1600x900 screen.

But if I've got a game running on X3A with a native 1920x1080 and turn it down to 1366x768 is it going to look better worse or the same? Does the 1920x1080 screen have a better refresh rate??????
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December 10, 2009 7:00:46 PM

Well 1920x1080 is clearly better and 1366x768 is lower,so games will look better than on a 1920x1080 screen with the cost of lower FPS though
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December 10, 2009 7:14:21 PM

Maziar said:
Well 1920x1080 is clearly better and 1366x768 is lower,so games will look better than on a 1920x1080 screen with the cost of lower FPS though


What I meant was, if I was to play a game on the X3a @ 1366x768 would it look any different than it would on the RX05 simply because it's not the native resolution?
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December 11, 2009 11:59:04 AM

I don't think so
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December 11, 2009 1:59:29 PM

Maziar said:
I don't think so


I ended up going with your sentiment to stay away from the refurbished one and went with the X3A through newegg.com.

Thanks for all the help. I'm sure I'll be back when it comes time to start tweaking and modding!
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December 11, 2009 4:24:05 PM

No problem :)  post some benchies too if you had time :D 
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