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 Post subject: Can you recommend a laptop for college use and gaming?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:03 pm 
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Hey guys, I'm wondering if you could recommend a laptop that I could use for schoolwork, programming, watching dvds, browsing the web, and the occasional game. I have looked at Sager and IBM, and I was wondering if there was anything else respectable out there. Please do not amuse me by suggesting a Dell or similar.

The Santa Rosa Refresh platform is something I have been looking at, however I don't really know any details on this. A penryn processor is something relatively high on my list of priorities.

The graphics card must be at least an 8600, or a quadro.

Finally, the price must be less than 1600. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you recommend a laptop for college use and gaming?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:32 pm 
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wiskitbiscuit wrote:
A penryn processor is something relatively high on my list of priorities.

The graphics card must be at least an 8600, or a quadro.

Finally, the price must be less than 1600. Thanks.



Current Penryn processors available right now are strictly the desktop variety, which would limit you to the rather expensive desktop replacement type laptop.

The mobile versions of Penryn scheduled for release around May 2008.


This leaves you with three choices: revise your priorities, hold off buying for several months, or increase your budget.


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Hi Flytrap,

Doesn't this 15.4" Sager laptop featuring a Penryn count as a non-desktop replacement notebook? Specifically the T8100, 8300, 9300, and 9500?

http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_cu ... ?pid=46090

Are you waiting for low voltage Penryns?

Wiskitbiscuit, if you're okay with Flytrap's caveat, you can get the 15.4" with your budget. We [my brother and I] did the research and it seems like Sager gives you the best bang for your buck on Penryn.

Thinkpads only seemed to come with Quadros, which would require you to use modified drivers to get them to work like geforces in games (speed over accuracy) versus how they're designed to work for 3d graphics professionals. This made my brother dismiss thinkpads.

This is the laptop my brother ordered. It should arrive today. I'll let you know if it's flawed in some way or if it is good as it seems.


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You might want to consider making a $1200 badass gaming desktop, and then buying an Asus Eee for your mobile needs.


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That's interesting, as that is exactly the notebook I was looking at. Please tell me how you like it.


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nam112381 wrote:
Hi Flytrap,

Doesn't this 15.4" Sager laptop featuring a Penryn count as a non-desktop replacement notebook? Specifically the T8100, 8300, 9300, and 9500?



Yup.

Looks like I gotta dump my current source for CPU information.

It's too bad the BalusC Server Hardware server is gone, that thing was a library of CPU information. Haven't found anything that comes even close to the amount of detail they had.


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Flytrap7 wrote:

It's too bad the BalusC Server Hardware server is gone, that thing was a library of CPU information. Haven't found anything that comes even close to the amount of detail they had.


What happened to it?


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The guy running it moved to South America or something like that


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Flytrap7 wrote:
The guy running it moved to South America or something like that


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Your battery life playing a game is going to be amusing? Buy a cheap $500 notebook (one that you can afford to loose) and build a decent desktop? Would you rather play a game on a 24" screen or a laptop?

If you get behind in studies (which can happen) you won't have time for games, especially with the price of books and classes. I would rather have a $500 desktop, with two wide screen 19" monitors, than a laptop that I will sometimes use like an X-Box.

College is not about price, it is about time, and how you use it. Maybe 3 monitors, come to think of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you recommend a laptop for college use and gaming?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:10 pm 
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wiskitbiscuit wrote:
Hey guys, I'm wondering if you could recommend a laptop that I could use for schoolwork, programming, watching dvds, browsing the web, and the occasional game. I have looked at Sager and IBM, and I was wondering if there was anything else respectable out there. Please do not amuse me by suggesting a Dell or similar.

The Santa Rosa Refresh platform is something I have been looking at, however I don't really know any details on this. A penryn processor is something relatively high on my list of priorities.

The graphics card must be at least an 8600, or a quadro.

Finally, the price must be less than 1600. Thanks.


I know this isn't going to be usually recommendation, but you can get the older generation Macbook Pro (The low end model) for only around $1500 in their refurbished store (but they are probably just repackaged new machines that they had to relabel because of the new introductions).

I personally think it's good value. You get the nice computer, you get decent performance, you can still run Windows if you want, it's got an 8600, though you won't have the Peryn.


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What's wrong with Dell? Although I'm not sure if they're price competitive right now...

And there ARE mobile Penryns, though I haven't seen too many in inexpensive notebooks.

Asus has a model I'm looking at right now, regular price $1000 with a 1.66Ghz/667Mhz/2MB L2 with a Geforce 9500GS (basically an 8600GT). They have a pricier unit with the same GPU and a Penryn 2.5Ghz CPU, but I'm not sure if it's really worth it. (I have NO idea if Asus is any good.)

Toshiba's x205-s9800 has a 1.83Ghz Core 2 and an 8700GT for $1350-1400, and that Gateway/Acer with an 8800GTS (basically a 9600GT) and a 1.66GHz Core is $1350ish if you can find it. (No idea if Gateway/Acer is any good either).

Dell's XPS m1530 could probably fit into that price category, though doesn't yet ship with Penryn, and an Inspiron 1720 would be worth looking at too.


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Have you looked at Asus? I have a F3SV A2 and love it, price should be below 1500 by now.

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