I'm currently looking at 2 different notebooks, 1 from Dell, and 1 from Acer. The Acer I will be getting from Newegg.com, and the Dell from Dell's website.
I'm not really concerned about money since I will be doing a payment plan either way. I'm just wondering which of the two will be better. It will be used for gaming, converting movie files, and ect. Basically a desktop replacement.
The Acer's hardware:
Model: Aspire AS7750G-9621
CPU: Intel Core i7 2630QM 2GHz to 2.9GHz
RAM: 8GB of DDR3 1066mhz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6650M 1GB VRAM
Screen: 17.3" at 1600x900
ODD: BD Combo
Battery Life: 3 Hours
The Dell's hardware:
Model: XPS 15
CPU: Intel Core i7 2820QM 2GHz to 3.4GHz
RAM: 8GB of DDR3
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT540M 2GB VRAM and tv tuner
Screen: 15.6" at 1080P
ODD: BD Combo
Battery: 9 Cell
There are other little things, like the XPS 15 has a backlight keyboard and such which is nice. But I'm wondering what would be a better buy. Cause I play my games on high settings, and my movies are usually going from one blu-ray format to another so they're pretty large files. I think I'm getting better hardware with the Dell but I just want a second opinion.
Since you're looking at the 17" Acer do you want to look at the Dell XPS 17 also?
With that choice you can upgrade your graphics to the GT 555M graphics card to go with the 1600x900 resolution. Dell XPS 17 17.3-inch Laptop with 2nd gen Quad Core i7 Laptop
Configure the left most option to include:
2nd generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus
92 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 and Bluetooth 3.0
Configured price = $1,324.99
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$924.99 before taxes
Just noticed the BD combo drive.
You can add those options and still get the $400.
Going from the 1600x900 LCD screen to the 1920x1080 and adding the BD drive would add $200
Going from 4GB to 8GB is $120 - an upgrade you could do yourself for about $45
A 8GB kit of laptop RAM is going for $80
And a CPU upgrade past the i7-2630QM isn't needed IMO.