Looking for gaming laptop and 3D moddling.

1. What is your budget?

~@2500

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

most likely a 17

3. What screen resolution do you want?

I want 1080

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Most likely going to be a desktop replacement

5. How much battery life do you need?

Its going to be plugged in most of the time.

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)?

Gaming heavy. Rift, New Vegas, Starcraft 2, Dragon age 2, I want med-High to High settings.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

I want to start doing some 3D modeling, animation video editing and working on Flash

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

Depends on cost of machine, I can go as low as 500G, I can always add more later, + if the machine have multi drive support.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

So far I'm thinking https://www.originpc.com, but any place that has quality work is fine, + if on west coast.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

A few years.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

Blue ray, read only.

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.

Performance over brand.

13. What country do you live in?

USA, Washington State

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Why I want this machine?
I'm looking for a laptop I can do some Indie style game programing on, 3D modeling, Flash and animation.

I'm looking at getting a GeForce GTX 485M. If I can find a place that I can get a single one, then SLI it later on then I'll be happy as a clam.

Man I wish I could just get a laptop case/mobo and just do the rest myself....but desktop mentality has no place in laptop land. Prebult machines frighten me though!
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  1. You can get Sager NP7280 which offers 2 GTX 485Ms
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7280-clevo-x7200-p-2881.html
    But it uses the first gen Core i CPUs.
    On the other hand,you can get NP8170 which has 1 GTX 485Ms but has a faster CPU
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8170s1-clevo-p170hm-p-2982.html
  2. Maziar said:
    You can get Sager NP7280 which offers 2 GTX 485Ms
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7280-clevo-x7200-p-2881.html
    But it uses the first gen Core i CPUs.
    On the other hand,you can get NP8170 which has 1 GTX 485Ms but has a faster CPU
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8170s1-clevo-p170hm-p-2982.html


    it does use the first gen i7 but those are desktop first gen i7's lol. not to mention they are hexacore i7's which is just as good as the 2920xm
  3. Excluding the i7 980,the Sandy bridge mobile CPUs perform better than the first gen desktop i7's(even the 2920XM performs as good as 980x in some apps/games)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-2920xm-core-i7-980x-sandy-bridge,2851.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html
  4. I'd recommend a Clevo P170HM or P170HM-PS1. You will find Clevo laptops sold under various brand names such as Sager, WindowPC, FalcolnNorthwest, etc. Read more about them and find dealers here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo/91510-clevo-guide-v2-0-faq-reseller-info.html

    17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Glare Type Display
    Intel Core i7-2820QM Processor, 2.3 GHz, 8MB Smart Cache
    IC Diamond Thermal Compound on CPU + GPU
    8GB, PC3-10600/1333Mhz DDR3 - 2 x 4GB
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M w/1.5GB GDDR5
    120GB Intel 510 SERIES SATA III Solid State Drive
    500/7200rpm GB Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/4G SSD Memory
    6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive
    Windows 7 Professional Edition 64-bit
    8 Cells Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 76.96WH
    Intel Advance-N 6230 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo
    1 Year Premium Parts Warranty + 3 Year Labor
    Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera
    Built-In Fingerprint Reader
    Built-In Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    Built-In 9-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS DUO/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
    1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire
    2 USB 2.0 Ports
    2 USB 3.0 Ports
    1 eSATA Port
    1 HDMI Output
    1 DVI-I Port
    1 CATV Port
    1 Kensington Lock Port
    Built-in Microphone, 4 Speakers and 1 Sub-Woofer
    4 Audio Jacks for Headphone, Microphone-In, S/PDIF-Out, and Line-In
    1 100/240V Autoswitch AC Power Adapter
    Standard Carrying Case with Strap

    Should run ya between $2470 and $2550 with all those customizations above .... (base price is around $1680
  5. Maziar said:
    Excluding the i7 980,the Sandy bridge mobile CPUs perform better than the first gen desktop i7's(even the 2920XM performs as good as 980x in some apps/games)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-2920xm-core-i7-980x-sandy-bridge,2851.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html


    yes i would agreed with what your saying but that is purely gaming and he states that he is going to start doing 3d modeling and i assume rendering which is where the hexacores will prevail.
  6. Yes but customizing that beast with 980x/2 GTX 485Ms will be out of his price range
  7. If you don't need it in a rush I would wait for a decent Llano powered laptop. While I am no fan of AMD CPUs I do believe mobile bulldozer has a slight edge over the mobile sandy bridge in terms of performance and power consumption. Only downside is that I can't find one on the market to link you.
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