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January 29, 2011 6:02:04 AM

So, I am looking for a gaming laptop under my short budget. >.< I would buy a desktop, but unfortunately, I have divorced parents and I getting a desktop would be sort of lame because I don't want to have to lug it back and forth.

1. What is your budget?
-Somwhere under $1,000 USD(After S&H) If not possible, $1,200 USD

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
-Size doesn't really matter to me.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
-1280x800 or higher
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
-Either or, just as long as it doesn't weigh like 8 lbs.

5. How much battery life do you need?
-I will probably keep it tethered to the wall so this doesn't matter.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
-I really want to play Guild Wars 2 when it is release
-I also want to play RIFT.
-Both of which I want to play at HIGH or MEDIUM/High settings.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
-Type papers(oppenoffice), transfer photos.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
-I could probably survive with anything under 300GB HDD Space.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
-http://www.xoticpc.com/
-www.alienware.com
www.bestbuy.com

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
-I would want to keep it for at least 4-7 years.
-I want to be able to play games that are released in 2013.(MMORPGS)
-I will probably only play MMORPGS like Lineage II, AIKA, Guild Wars 2, etc....

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
-Any opical drive that can burn music, install games from discs, and read pictures and music from CD's.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
-ASUS(I hear good things about their cooling)
-Alienware
-msi
-Not sure what else....

13. What country do you live in?
-Unites States of America

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
-I want the Optical Drive to not be external.
-Please let me know if the laptop is going to get HOT or not. I don't mind warmth, but if the laptop is spitting out hot ait constantly, then I don't want it.
-Being able to upgrade the hardware inside the laptop would be a plus, but not needed.

Thanks and I hope to see some great responses. And if you can, you may just post the specs I would need and I could search myself if you can't find a laptop within my standards. :p 

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January 29, 2011 4:23:24 PM

Do you happen to know how well the cooling is on this laptop? If anyone knows, let me know. :D 
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January 29, 2011 4:43:24 PM

It's great.Sager gaming laptops have always had a decent cooling solution.
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January 29, 2011 5:18:39 PM

Okay. I'll keep this in laptop in mind! Thanks! but should I pay extra for the IC Cooling thingy?
And how about the dead pixel warranty?
I just noticed, it doesn't already come with the Windows 7? It costs extra to get that?
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January 29, 2011 8:07:02 PM

I don't think its worth to pay more for IC cooling.
As for dead pixel,well it's worth it but not for $100 more because you most likely won't have any dead pixels.
And no,it doesn't come with a pre-installed OS so you have to buy it from them or install it separately(if you have a copy)
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January 29, 2011 8:46:42 PM

How about the Sager NP5160 / Clevo W150HN? Would this suffice? It's cheaper too. :D 
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January 30, 2011 10:03:46 AM

It has GT 540M which is significantly slower than GTX 460M.
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January 31, 2011 3:05:26 AM

Maziar said:
It has GT 540M which is significantly slower than GTX 460M.

How significant? I'm all new to this stuff and if it's just a tad slower, I would rather save my money. :D  Please collaborate. Thanks. =)
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January 31, 2011 7:28:40 PM

There are 2 laptops that come to mind that I think would be great for you. The ASUS U43JC Bamboo ($999) and the Sony Vaio EC ($1200).

The ASUS is great with a i-5 processor. It has NVIDIA® Optimus technology helps save battery life and enhance performance. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 delivers a data transfer rate 10 times faster than USB 2.0. It also has blu-ray on top of that. Here are some specs:
Screen
14" WXGA (1366x768) HD
Processor
2.4 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-450M Processor
RAM
4 GB DRAM 1066 MHz
Storage
500 GB HDD 5400 RPM
Operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Optical drive
Blu-ray R, CD R/W, DVD R/W

The other is the Sony Vaio EC for $1200. Measuring 17.3" for an expansive workspace, this VAIO® EC Series laptop is ideal for movies, casual gaming, or work. ATI Mobility Radeon™ dedicated graphics, built-in Blu-ray Disc™ technology, and 1 GB of VRAM on select models ensure outstanding picture quality and sound for your digital photos and high-definition movies. Definitely, a monster of a machine that should do everything you need it to. It also has blu-ray. Here are some more details:

Screen
17.3" (1920x1080) HD
Processor
2.53 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-460M
RAM
4 GB DDR3 1000 MHz
Storage
500 GB HDD 7200 RPM
Operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Optical drive
Blu-ray R, CD R/W, DVD R/W

What do you think of these? Good luck on your search for a new laptop!

Kevin
Windows Outreach Team
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January 31, 2011 7:35:13 PM

WindowsTeam_Kevin said:
There are 2 laptops that come to mind that I think would be great for you. The ASUS U43JC Bamboo ($999) and the Sony Vaio EC ($1200).

The ASUS is great with a i-5 processor. It has NVIDIA® Optimus technology helps save battery life and enhance performance. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 delivers a data transfer rate 10 times faster than USB 2.0. It also has blu-ray on top of that. Here are some specs:
Screen
14" WXGA (1366x768) HD
Processor
2.4 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-450M Processor
RAM
4 GB DRAM 1066 MHz
Storage
500 GB HDD 5400 RPM
Operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Optical drive
Blu-ray R, CD R/W, DVD R/W

The other is the Sony Vaio EC for $1200. Measuring 17.3" for an expansive workspace, this VAIO® EC Series laptop is ideal for movies, casual gaming, or work. ATI Mobility Radeon™ dedicated graphics, built-in Blu-ray Disc™ technology, and 1 GB of VRAM on select models ensure outstanding picture quality and sound for your digital photos and high-definition movies. Definitely, a monster of a machine that should do everything you need it to. It also has blu-ray. Here are some more details:

Screen
17.3" (1920x1080) HD
Processor
2.53 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-460M
RAM
4 GB DDR3 1000 MHz
Storage
500 GB HDD 7200 RPM
Operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Optical drive
Blu-ray R, CD R/W, DVD R/W

What do you think of these? Good luck on your search for a new laptop!

Kevin
Windows Outreach Team


Thanks for the suggestions. However, the Sony Vaio laptop is a bit more than what I want to spend after tax + S&H. How well does the first laptop ventilate the hot heat? I don't mind warmth, but I don't want a hot laptop that's going to hurt or make me sweat. D: Thanks for reading. =)
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January 31, 2011 8:41:22 PM

If NP8130 is out of your price range,then go with NP5160 instead.
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February 1, 2011 3:14:02 AM

Maziar said:
If NP8130 is out of your price range,then go with NP5160 instead.

I'm pretty sure this will be what I'll end up with. But it all depends how much money I have Mid February. :D 
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February 2, 2011 7:48:51 PM

Maziar said:
If NP8130 is out of your price range,then go with NP5160 instead.

The only thing is... that laptop isn't even ready for shipping yet. A support team member and I were having a conversation through e-mail and he told me that it will not be ready until April. So although this is a good choice, I'd prefer to have a laptop I can buy before the end of this month. So, any more suggestions? =)
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February 3, 2011 7:25:25 AM

Yep,it's delayed due to Intel recall of Sandy bridge CPUs/MB's/Notebooks etc. Don't you want to wait for it to come out? (it'll be out at the mid-end of April I think)
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February 3, 2011 3:27:30 PM

The Bamboo design on the notebook represents strength and is a superior heat resistance. This product is so well made that the fan sound is minimal, barely to be heard, usually because the laptop doesn't get hot enough to use.

However, I have heard that its left side-vent heats up a bit when running heavy applications.

Kevin
Windows Outreach Team
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February 3, 2011 7:39:36 PM

Maziar said:
Yep,it's delayed due to Intel recall of Sandy bridge CPUs/MB's/Notebooks etc. Don't you want to wait for it to come out? (it'll be out at the mid-end of April I think)

To be honest, my friend is going to buy my current laptop for 300$ sometime this month. I don't want to go without having a laptop to use. Yes, I do want to wait. I just wont allow myself to. So far, I have gone like 4 months without being able to play MMORPGS. I think this is the longest I have ever gone. And I'm ready to start playing again but I can't because my laptop isn't made for gaming. Bad gfx.... >.<

@WindowsTeam, The bottom of the laptop does not heat up right?
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February 4, 2011 7:57:32 AM

So you're open to the current Core i notebook options ?
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February 5, 2011 1:43:48 AM

Maziar said:
So you're open to the current Core i notebook options ?

By current, you mean the non-sandy bridge technology? Sure. As long as it can play MMORPGS well. :D 
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February 5, 2011 2:02:27 AM

I think you might the the Qosmio x505 for $1200.

CPU: Core i5-450M
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
GPU: Geforce GTS 360M
Screen: 18.4" 1680x945

Price: $1200

I just really, really dig the 18.4 inch screen. A little bit more ($80) will get you an upgraded GPU to the 460M. It's pretty nice looking to me, but it's large - 2 lbs over your limit (10.1 pounds) but hey, it's still nice.

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February 5, 2011 2:04:02 AM

krazeedocta said:
I think you might the the Qosmio x505 for $1200.

CPU: Core i5-450M
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
GPU: Geforce GTS 360M
Screen: 18.4" 1680x945

Price: $1200

I just really, really dig the 18.4 inch screen. A little bit more ($80) will get you an upgraded GPU to the 460M. It's pretty nice looking to me, but it's large - 2 lbs over your limit (10.1 pounds) but hey, it's still nice.

I've looked at this laptop and I don't think I would like it all that much. D:
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February 5, 2011 4:43:59 PM

The problem in your case, is, that your looking for a gaming laptop for only $1000 that wil last you 4-7 years, as if able to play all the latest games.
Which ever laptop you end up with (hopefully) will be satisfactory. But if you thin of computers made about 4-7 years ago. You will notice that you would not be wanting to game on something like that, They will just not be adequate for the gaming in a couple of years. But either way, there are laptops today, that will last longer than many others. But not for $1000. Maybe $1200, but most likely they will be very expensive. But from what I can show you, here are some computers that you may like, I must warn you, the graphics cards are not the best on the planet or anything, but they are adequate for good gaming today, and tomorrows gaming, but will most likely not be useful for gaming in 4-7 years. Anyways, Here are a few...

HP ENVY 14"
http://www.frys.com/product/6505643?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
It has a 5650 in it, it's not the best, its actually very medium. But it is fairly adequate for gaming.

Before I continue, here are a few links to sites that have a good inventory of cheap high performance computers.
www.amazon.com - navigate to the computer & office section, and just find you way to the laptop area, it would be better not to tweak any settings to show laptops between so and so prices... just look at the prices, and if anything looks interesting click on it, and get back to us if you want and ask about it.

ASUS K52
http://www.amazon.com/K52JT-B1-15-6-Inch-Versatile-Ente...

This laptop has a 1366x768, which isn't a favorite for gaming, but the rest of the specs should be looked at.
It has a Radeon 6370, which is 1 of the brand new GPUs from AMD (ATI discontinued) which is part of a new 6000s series card.
it also has a core i7.
It isn't very large, so weight will not be an issue, and fairly confortable for use.

HP has some cheap laptops which might be worth looking at, but they all are known to have a bit of a heat problem, except for the new HP ENVY 17 3D, which amazingly, has not recieved any complaints, except for an issue with the touchpad, but I won't get into that, since it cost about 1600 dollars.

Another thing to look into, are more ASUS computers, they are very reliable, and they have state of the art cooling from ASUS, since they are very skilled in motherboards, they always crank out something, cheap, cool, and fast.
i have an ASUS G73, and I love it! i bought it for 850 dollars from BestBuy (it was refurbished, but i assure you, that the only difference between a new and used one is the box that it comes in).
Now, the vesion that i bought (and that im typing on now) has been discontinued, i guess it was sold out, but there is another one for 999. And it is just screaming fast!
it has a 5870, which is just about the best single GPU from AMD. you can play any game on high and get no lag.
I highly recommend it.
The conflict between you and the G73, is weight. It does weight about 8 pounds or so. But to tell ou the truth, i feel like im holding a Macbook Air when I carry it, it's not heavy at all, but it does weight 8 pounds :D 
What I do want to say, is that, technology is doubling every 6 months.. they always have something new coming out, and it goes the same for gaming, so i would like to remind you, that 4-7 years for a laptop, is unreasonable, you have to think clearly about if you want to attempt to game on a 7 year old laptop, it doesn't matter if it was the most expensive or one of the cheaper laptops of it's prime time. but do not expect a laptop to last that long, for one, it will be severely outdated, and secondly, laptops aren't physically built to last that long, the ASUS G73, looks like its going to last me awhile, since i pamper it, and it doesn't get hot at all... so life isn't shortened.. but i will most likely not be typing on it in 4 years... unless it was it's desktop cousin... but thats different when it comes to desktops.
If you really want something that will last that long, then look at Falcon Southwest, they build laptops with Desktop grade hardware, of course they cost 5000 dollars, and they weight a ton... but they will last that long, atleast for gaming :D 

btw ASUS has a smaller seris of the G73, called the g5? (i cant remember if it was g52, or 51... etc.). And it is much lighter, but i don't expect to get any discount from the price, and the cooling probably isn't as cool as the g73..
Choose, wisely, laptops can be a blessing if your smart when picking.
I hope you find something you like,
and God Bless you all.
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February 6, 2011 11:01:05 PM

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