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jackflash1991

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My cousin wants a new laptop but I do not know which manufacture to go with. I was going to just make him a desktop but he needs something portable because he lives at his moms during the weekdays and fathers on the weekends. His budget is nothing too much higher then $2,500. He wants something that is semi-upgradeable, like a desktop, for the future. The main use is gaming.

Options I have looked at:
Alienware - http://www.alienware...ode=SKU-DEFAULT
Sony - http://www.sonystyle...552921665300946
Dell - http://www.dell.com/...g...;l=en&s=dhs
Really just looking for laptop manufacture recommendations. Kind of annoying because some of the stuff is clearly overpriced; like Alienware, the RAM is an extra $150 for 1GB more of DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz when on Newegg it is like $30 for 1GB. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231069

Edited by jackflash1991, 10 January 2008 - 08:27 PM.

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Theres also Voodoo(http://www.voodoopc.com/)

And you could also try googling "gaming laptops" or "customizable gaming laptops"
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Yeah I have a little but just wondering if anyone knew of any companies that stand out.
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They all have their ups and downs. I wouldn't touch Sony, they don't even offer a discret GPU, that alone kills the deal.
I'd take a look at what Asus and LG offers as well, I'm quite impressed with their build quality for laptops and the warranty is also better.
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One from Asus looks ok but I think it is probibly going to be either Dell or Alienware. Probably going to go with a 8700M GT maybe in SLI because of complications with upgrading.

SLI 8700M GT
Core 2 Duo
2GB or more RAM
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Sounds good to me, in my opinion, everyone of them are roughly the same.
Be warned, don't expect a long battery life.
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Be warned, don't expect a long battery life.

Yeah. It is basically just a portable desktop so he can transport it to each house and plug it in when he gets there.

Edited by jackflash1991, 13 January 2008 - 12:45 PM.

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problem #1 you even pondered the idea of putting Dell on that list. (twice) (alienware)
alienware is just overpriced and makes you look like a 12 year old when you're carying it around.
dell is a horrible company and they make even worse computers, you'll spend more time trying to get rid of their 3rd party software than you will playing games. sorry about the rant, just trying to save you the trouble

ASUS is by far my favorite and I've also heard good things about voodoo.
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problem #1 you even pondered the idea of putting Dell on that list. (twice) (alienware)

While I'd agree in the desktop arena, Dell isn't a terrible laptop manufacture in the high end.

alienware is just overpriced and makes you look like a 12 year old when you're carying it around.

He won't look like a 12 year old and please tell me what high end laptop isn't over priced.

you'll spend more time trying to get rid of their 3rd party software than you will playing games

You will with any laptop manufacture, my HP laptop was terrible. Nothing reformating won't fix.

and I've also heard good things about voodoo.

You say Alienware is overpriced and then mentioned Voodoo......?

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ASUS is by far my favorite and I've also heard good things about voodoo.

Asus is not powerful enough and yeah voodoo is just too much money.

Quick question: What is better, SLI 8700M GT or single 8800M GTX? I am guessing the SLI but unless the 8700M GT acts more like the 8600 in desktops then I would get the 8800M GTX.


PS: I looked through like 40 or so laptop manufactures and I have narrowed it down to 3 notebooks:
*Alienware - http://www.alienware...ll_default.aspx
*Dell - http://configure.us....n...CWM90&s=dhs
They hold strong.

Edited by jackflash1991, 21 January 2008 - 10:44 PM.

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I was in the shop today and saw the ASUS G1S, it has to be the best-looking notebook I've seen to date :)

Also, the specs were good :) Or were you looking for something better than that? SLI in a notebook? :)

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Or were you looking for something better than that? SLI in a notebook? roflmao.gif

Well yeah :) He needs something that can play games well, almost as good as a desktop. His budget is around $2,500 and I was thinking of a good Core 2 Duo, an 8800M GTX or SLI 8700M GT, buying the lowest amount of RAM from them and getting 4GB from Newegg Because they jack up the prices so much.

Are SLI notebooks that bad?

Edited by jackflash1991, 22 January 2008 - 11:24 AM.

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Get the 8800M GTX if you guys can affrod it. These benchmarks will convince you.
http://www.anandtech...aspx?i=3155&p=4
No, SLI notebooks are not bad at all, same thing as what you see on a desktop but in a compact form.
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I never meant they are bad, I just think it's a funny concept to be throwing into a notebook :)
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