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January 1, 2013 8:39:32 AM

I am considering purchasing the following laptop. I would like a top of the line gaming experience. Is this a good deal on this system, price with discount is $1,443? GPU is radeon 7970M, also OS is included.

Tundra P1-701M Gaming Laptop
1 x Case ( Tundra P1-701M 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, Programmable Illuminated Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic Black - 4947 )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.4GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - 5491 )
1 x Memory ( 8GB [8GB x 1] 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - G.SKILL - 5277 )
1 x Video Card ( AMD Radeon HD 7970M 2GB GDDR5 Video [P1-701M] - 5226 )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE] - Travel Power Adaptor - Exchage Exclusive - FREE with ALL Laptop - 5294
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - DiRT Showdown - Free with purchase of AMD Processor / Radeon video card - 5111 )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - Far Cry3 + 20% OFF code for Medal of Honor Warfighter - Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7770 or above - 5608 )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - Sleeping Dogs - Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7870 or above - 5318 )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE Game Download] - Sleeping Dogs + Hitman: Absolution + FarCry3 + 20% OFF code for Medal of Honor Warfighter - Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7900 series video card - 5514 )
1 x Intel Smart Response Technology ( None - 0 )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 750 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive - 4202 )
1 x Data Hard Drive ( None - 0 )
1 x Optical Drive ( 8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [P1-701M] - 4951 )
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( Built-in 9-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop] - 3611 )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard - 284 )
1 x Network Card ( Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop] - 679 )
1 x Fax Modem ( Built-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Laptop] - 632 )
1 x Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo - 3973 )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit - 3536 )
1 x USB Ports ( Built-in 1x USB 2.0 + 2x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 3.0 / eSATA Combo Ports [Laptop] - 4940
1 x Carrying Case ( None - 0 )
1 x Video Camera ( Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera - 1842 )
1 x Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support - 4600 )
1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 15 Business Days - 5622 )
Qualified Coupon
5% Off on Systems over $999 for Tundra P1-701M Gaming Laptop -75.95
Total Savings: -75.95
Coupon Code (Optional): Estimated Total: USD $1,443.05
January 1, 2013 5:43:25 PM

I will be traveling a lot the next year so a desktop is not practical right now. There is no i5 option, this is the lowest processor option. Believe it or not I think I might have found a better deal from CyberPower, check this one out please. It is a 15.6 inch so may be better for me as far as portability. Also it has an SSD, I can configure with 750gb 7200 rpm traditional drive for 17 dollars less. Thanks a lot for the help.

*Price with discount is $1,357.
ADAPTER: Full Range AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, 180W AC Adapter, DC output 19V, 9.47A
BAGS: Free Deluxe Carrying Bag for 15.6 Inch Notebook
BATTERY: 8 Cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 76.96Wh
BLUETOOTH: Built-in Bluetooth
CD: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X + DL Super-Multi Drive (NB-368-DVDRW)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Mobile Processor 2.40 GHz 6M Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.40 GHz
FLASHMEDIA: Built-In 9in1 Media Reader
HDD: 250 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 250MB/s Write [+17]
HDMI: Built-in HDMI Port
INVERTER: None
KEYBOARD: Built-in Keyboard
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3-1600 SODIMM Memory [+0] (Corsair Vengeance Gaming)
MONITOR: None
MOTHERBOARD: Mobile Intel HM77 Express Chipset Mainboard
MOUSE: BUILT-IN TOUCHPAD
NETWORK: Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Network Card
NOTEBOOK: Clevo P150EM Gaming Notebook 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 Display w/ Built-in 2.0 MP Webcam, Fingerprint Sensor, HDMI Port, Li-Ion Battery, & Universal AC Adapter
NOTEBOOK_COVER: Xplorer X6 Gaming Notebook Cover - Original Black
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
SECURITY: Built-in Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
SERVICE: STANDARD 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY AND LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]
SOUND: Built-in 3D Premium Surround Sound
SPEAKERS: Built-in Stereo Speakers System
TABLET: None
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in 1x USB2.0 Ports + 3x USB3.0 Ports
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7970M 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Video (NB-368-104) [-23]
VIDEOCAMERA1: Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixel Webcam
WNC: Wireless 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Card
WTV: None
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January 1, 2013 7:27:30 PM

So does anyone know a better set up for less than the second laptop I posted. Or is this pretty much the best price I can find. I'm looking for the cheapest laptop possible that has a GTX 680m or AMD 7970m and components that will not bottleneck the GPU. I think this laptop at $1,357 gives me just that but I would like to make sure, still a big investment for me.
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January 1, 2013 8:14:05 PM

I am leaning towards the CyberPower because it is 15". They seem pretty reputable and they also work with my military exchange which means free shipping and NO TAX, which saves a whole lot more on top.

A few questions though.
- I can upgrade to windows 8 for free but i'm not sure about that, I have seen it and I really prefer windows 7, what do you all think?
- This is some pretty powerful hardware, how is the cooling/ventilation on the Clevo P150EM (Sager9150)?
- As far as ram I can get 1x8gb or 2x4gb for same price, same speed and brand. Any difference?
- Every benchmark and review site has the AMD 7970m card as the fastest or second fastest (second to Nvidia 680M) GPU made for laptops, however the Nvidia 670MX (3gb) and 675M (4gb) are actually a little more for these laptops. Why is this and should I still go with the 7970m (680m is significantly more)?
- Someone has mentioned that this particular SSD is a low end model and 250gb is a little low seeing as it is my only drive, with that said I do not usually use a ton of space and performance is most important. From what I have heard an SSD helps load times etc. but does not effect fps, I have a 7200rpm HDD now and load times are not bad. Should I go with a 750gb 7200rpm traditional hard drive just to be safe (17$ cheaper also)?

I know that is a lot of questions, thanks a lot for the help. I will be living off this thing for about 9 months so I want to make sure it is good.
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January 1, 2013 8:21:38 PM

Seems pretty good for the price.
The Samsung drive is pretty nice and I would keep it.
Stay with the 7970.
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January 1, 2013 11:41:47 PM

I'm almost decided on most of the components, which wireless card should I go with? First one is included in price.

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Card
Intel® Centrino™ Advanced-N 6235 Wireless 802.11 a/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [Intel WiDi Ready] [+9]
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 a/b/g/n Wireless Adapter [Intel WiDi Ready] [+26]
Killer Wireless-N 1202 802.11 n + Bluetooth [+20]
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January 1, 2013 11:50:51 PM

You should only need the default one, but I would go for the advanced because Intel Wireless adapter have a really good range, and Bluetooth is nice for only $9 more.
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January 1, 2013 11:55:49 PM

Keep in mind as well that you NEED an i7 - a mobile chipset i5 is an underpowered dual core - you want the "q" i7's, which are quad cores.

As for the wireless card, unless you REALLY want bluetooth, then the standard one should be fine - they're all n-band wifi capable, so they'll all give the same level of performance.
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January 2, 2013 4:24:52 AM

I believe I have decided on a final build. Believe it or not I found another $100.00 off coupon bringing the price down to $1,266 (free shipping and NO tax). I have spent days looking at tons of websites configuring every option and I believe this is the cheapest I can possibly find a gaming laptop of this caliber. Can anyone offer any possible better deal on a high end gaming laptop, if you can please let me know? I welcome comments on any individual component or the system performance/price as a whole. Thanks a lot.

- CyberPowerPC Frigate T6-9600 (Clevo P150EM) -

ADAPTER: Full Range AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, 180W AC Adapter, DC output 19V, 9.47A
BAGS: Free Deluxe Carrying Bag for 15.6 Inch Notebook
BATTERY: 8 Cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 76.96Wh
BLUETOOTH: Built-in Bluetooth
CD: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X + DL Super-Multi Drive (NB-368-DVDRW)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Mobile Processor 2.40 GHz 6M Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.40 GHz
FLASHMEDIA: Built-In 9in1 Media Reader
HDD: 250 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 250MB/s Write
HDMI: Built-in HDMI Port
INVERTER: None
KEYBOARD: Built-in Keyboard
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3-1600 SODIMM Memory [+0] (Corsair Vengeance Gaming)
MONITOR: None
MOTHERBOARD: Mobile Intel HM77 Express Chipset Mainboard
MOUSE: BUILT-IN TOUCHPAD
NETWORK: Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Network Card
NOTEBOOK: Clevo P150EM Gaming Notebook 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 Display w/ Built-in 2.0 MP Webcam, Fingerprint Sensor, HDMI Port, Li-Ion Battery, & Universal AC Adapter
NOTEBOOK_COVER: Xplorer X6 Gaming Notebook Cover - Original Black
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
SECURITY: Built-in Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
SERVICE: STANDARD 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY AND LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]
SOUND: Built-in 3D Premium Surround Sound
SPEAKERS: Built-in Stereo Speakers System
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in 1x USB2.0 Ports + 3x USB3.0 Ports
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7970M 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Video (NB-368-104) [-23]
VIDEOCAMERA1: Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixel Webcam
WNC: Intel® Centrino™ Advanced-N 6235 Wireless 802.11 a/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [Intel WiDi Ready] [+9]
WTV: None
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January 2, 2013 8:05:06 PM

Good to me. That's a really good value. You can only usually get a GTX660M or GTX670M at that price.
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January 2, 2013 8:36:29 PM

Yup...nice build.If you think you'll need it, add an HDD as a data drive (though not sure if this clevo has 2 drive bays). Of course you'll already know the battery charge lifespan will be fairly short but then again you're getting good gaming performance here.
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January 12, 2013 12:30:07 AM

Thanks a lot guys, I ended up purchasing this laptop.
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