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Laptop CPU and Build Question

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February 26, 2010 9:59:00 PM

For a gaming laptop, what would be better?

Nine Series

Display: 17" 1920 x 1200 WUXGA LCD Active Matrix Display


Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-920, 8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz (Desktop CPU)


Memory: (6GB) 6144MB, PC3-10660/1333MHz DDR3 - 3 SO-DIMM


Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 285M 1GB GDDR3


Hard Drive: 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA-300


Hard Drive 2: 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA-300
$75.00

Hard Drive 3: 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA-300
$75.00

RAID: 0 High Performance (Three Hard Drive Configuration)


Optical Drive: 8X Multi DVD+/-R/RW RAM Dual-Layer Drive


Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium; 64-bit
$90.00

Wireless: Internal 802.11A/B/G/N LAN and Bluetooth Card


Cooling: IC Diamond 7 Thermal Compound, CPU & GPU
$40.00

Warranty: 3 Year Ltd. Parts and Labor Warranty with 24/7 USA-Based Support
$269.00

Extras: Integrated 3.0 Megapixel Web Camera
Extras: Standard Black Carrying Case
Extras: Microsoft Windows 7 DVD-ROM


Reconfigure Nine Series
Product Subtotal: $2,733.00



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Veda Series (LAP-012)

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Customizations:

Display: 18.4" 1920 x 1080 WUXGA LCD Active Matrix Display


Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-720QM, 6MB L3 Cache, 1.60-2.80GHz


Memory: (6GB) 6144MB, PC3-10660/1333MHz DDR3 - 2 SO-DIMM
$160.00

Graphics Card: Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 285M 1GB GDDR3


Hard Drive: 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA-300


Hard Drive 2: 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA-300
$75.00

RAID: 0 High Performance (Two Hard Drive Configuration)


Optical Drive: 8X Multi DVD+/-R/RW RAM Dual-Layer Drive


Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium; 64-bit
$90.00

Wireless: Internal 802.11A/B/G/N LAN and Bluetooth Card


Cooling: IC Diamond 7 Thermal Compound, CPU & GPU
$50.00

Warranty: 3 Year Ltd. Parts and Labor Warranty with 24/7 USA-Based Support
$269.00

Extras: Standard Black Carrying Case
Extras: Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Web Camera
Extras: Microsoft Windows 7 DVD-ROM


Reconfigure Veda Series
Product Subtotal: $3,023.00


Not sure if the Desktop I7 is worth it over the CPU I7? or would Dual gfx be worth the couple hundred more?

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February 26, 2010 10:18:56 PM

The dual gfx will be much better for gaming then a desktop CPU in a laptop... and id be willing to bet the first one will be very bulky and very hot... go with the veda series laptop, will be much better for gaming, easily worth the extra couple hundred :) 
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February 26, 2010 10:48:20 PM

Nah, dont need any Blue Ray. Hm, would the 2nd gfx be worthwhile on 1920x1080 gaming? And what exactly IS the difference between the cpu's?

Thanks for the input so far guys

Edit - I did notice that the Mobile version has less cache and its turbo maxed out is only slightly better then the 920 desktop is at all times, ghz wise. Is there anything else?
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February 27, 2010 3:25:27 PM

I read the desktop CPU is alot more power hungry, but seeing as I'm going to be plugged in most of the time is that another factor for going for it?
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February 27, 2010 5:34:51 PM

The Desktop CPU is not designed to be housed in such a tight space that the laptop restricts it too. Better off to go with the Mobile CPU- less power draw, heat generation, and longer life. So long as the CPU is not soldered to the board, your better off getting a cheaper CPU, with the dual graphics, since its A LOT easier to upgrade laptop CPU later than GPU. Especially if the GPU(s) is/are built into the motherboard, aka Mainboard.

Maybe call the company and ask if the video card/GPU and CPU can be upgraded later?
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February 27, 2010 9:32:43 PM

Hm, would a one of those laptop fans(that you rest the laptop on) Seriously reduce the heat of it? Seems the Mobile CPU's might be a bottle neck for 2x gfx, and i cant see myself spending the 300$ for that tiny bit of upgrade to the next CPU(if its upgradeable)
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February 28, 2010 2:07:47 AM

Coolers do help a bit, but the main thing is to keep it on a well-ventilated area, preferably at room temperature.

Would the quad core really be a bottleneck? I would think the multiple cores + hyperthreading would take care of it.
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February 28, 2010 1:31:12 PM

I was more so concerned with the much lower clock speed on the Mobile version and adding in a second gfx to it. I guess i juts really wanna know if that Mobile CPU would bottleneck 2x gfx and if 2x gfx would even be worthwhile on the 1920x1080 screen.


Sorry for all the questions :)  Just want to make sure im getting the best i can get, spending 3k on a laptop is no joke lol


Sidenote - I could get a I7 960 for just about the same price as the Veda laptop series, with the 2x gfx.
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March 1, 2010 2:10:50 AM

The 960m or desktop series? wait must be laptop... umm what 2gfx has it got in it? youre much better off with the dual cards and the 720qm, it may be mobile, but its no slouch...
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March 1, 2010 3:39:51 AM

Also, as long as you keep the system well-cooled, it should be able to give you a kick in speed with Turbo Boost.
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March 1, 2010 11:00:55 PM

Ok, well thanks guys. Guess ill be goin with the bigger screen and 2x gfx!
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March 2, 2010 2:29:53 AM

No prob, thats what were here to do anyways xD
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