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Old 11-20-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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buying a new laptop

was thinking about buying a new laptop for xmas. i will be using it daily at work, but i will also be gaming on it a bit (diablo 3).

what do you think of the following:

ASUS G53SW-XA1
Gaming Notebook (Black)
Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0GHz, Quad-Core)
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080)
LED-backlit
8GB RAM
500GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5
DVD-writer
802.11b/g/n
Gigabit LAN
Bluetooth v3.0
HDMI
2.0M Webcam
EAX HD 5.0
THX TruStudio
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$999 CAD

was also considering this one:

ASUS G53 Series G53SX-XN1 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6"8GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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Re: buying a new laptop

I just bought a new sager 17 inch gaming laptop off of xoticpc (reseller with great feedback). Did a lot of research on notebookreview.com forums, they have lots of helpful people there that can answer questions.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:46 PM   #3
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I just bought a new sager 17 inch gaming laptop off of xoticpc (reseller with great feedback). Did a lot of research on notebookreview.com forums, they have lots of helpful people there that can answer questions.
thanks Nchabazam.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #4
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Re: buying a new laptop

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was thinking about buying a new laptop for xmas. i will be using it daily at work, but i will also be gaming on it a bit (diablo 3).

what do you think of the following:

ASUS G53SW-XA1
Gaming Notebook (Black)
Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0GHz, Quad-Core)
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080)
LED-backlit
8GB RAM
500GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5
DVD-writer
802.11b/g/n
Gigabit LAN
Bluetooth v3.0
HDMI
2.0M Webcam
EAX HD 5.0
THX TruStudio
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$999 CAD

was also considering this one:

ASUS G53 Series G53SX-XN1 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM(2.00GHz) 15.6"8GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
I got the g73sw same specs. It's really well built except apparently for the fail thermal paste on both the GPU and CPU. The GPU hits 93C and I assume throttles down dropping fps below acceptable. It's apparently a common problem on asuses Gx series. Not a big deal if you're ready to send it for a repaste after a ~hundred hours of usage (it takes like 30 minute for an experienced tech to repaste). Even considering a mandatory repaste I'd get another asus right now if I was on a buy.

If you can spare for the one with a 560gtx definitively get the latter, way more powerfull and possibly the paste issue was fixed by asus on these 560gtx'es by now - you can ask on http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/

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Old 11-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
 
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Re: buying a new laptop

I was given this as a loaner from Fry's when my other laptop was in the shop for repairs. I logged about 200-300 hours of SC2 in Extreme mode. I never saw an issue, it was rarely turned off. I only had it for like 2 months, but it handled whatever I threw at it.

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/lapt...770/X775-Q7380

I know, lol toshiba. This wasn't the exact model, but the specs are pretty close. I know it was a Qosmio and X7xx series.


Processor*
Intel® Core™ i5-2430M processor
Operating System*
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), SP1
Graphics Engine*
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M w/NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Graphics Memory*
1.5GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory

Memory and Storage

Memory*
6GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
Hard Drive*
640GB HDD (7200rpm)
Optical Drive*
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)

Audio and Video

Display Size
17.3" widescreen
Display Type*
HD+ TruBrite® LED Backlit display
Display Resolution
16:9 aspect ratio, 1600x900, Supports 720p content
Audio
Microphone input port with Sleep and Music, harman/kardon® stereo speakers, Headphone jack (stereo), Built-in microphone, Waves MaxxAudio® 3
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:17 PM   #6
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Re: buying a new laptop

Why lol toshiba?
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #7
 
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Why lol toshiba?
Pricey and they do have a few fail issues, at least my satellite does. Overheats a lot. Faulty power connector. I mean, I feel these were addressed in the Qosmio series, but never know.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:54 PM   #8
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Re: buying a new laptop

OP, I just bought the Asus G53SW, the SW is better than the SX. The SX comes with a gimped 128 bus GTX560m graphics card compared to the SW 192 bus card..

you can read all about it on the link maybeyesmaybeno provided..


edit: here's a link where they talk about the gimped gpu

http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...ming-asus.html
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:56 PM   #9
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I just bought a new sager 17 inch gaming laptop off of xoticpc (reseller with great feedback). Did a lot of research on notebookreview.com forums, they have lots of helpful people there that can answer questions.
I'll recommend xoticpc too. I bought a Sager off them a little over 4 years ago. It was a good computer, but finally kicked the bucket due to video card problems (not Sagers or xoticpc's fault) about a year and a half ago.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:55 AM   #10
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Re: buying a new laptop

thanks for all the comments everyone!

i will for sure look into all your suggestions and i'll definitely use notebookreview.com forums as it seems to be the place to go for this info.

cheers.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:06 PM   #11
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Re: buying a new laptop

That's crazy, I was looking to buy this exact model off of Amazon right after Christmas:

ASUS Republic of Gamers G53SX-DH71 Full HD 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

and now I find out it's gimped. Well, I thought it was too good of a deal to be true. SIGH...
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #12
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I just bought a new sager 17 inch gaming laptop off of xoticpc (reseller with great feedback). Did a lot of research on notebookreview.com forums, they have lots of helpful people there that can answer questions.
I know I'm a little late but +1 for XoticPC and Sager.

I did a ton of research after some help getting started from 2+2's Le Gonso in the "Computer Technical Help" forum. These 2 names just kept coming up over and over.

If you want a 15" I don't think there is a better deal out there then the Sager NP8130 (what I got). You could also upgrade to the 8150 which is advertised as the fastest 15" on the planet, but can get quite expensive depending on what you add.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:34 PM   #13
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lol gaming laptop.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #14
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:16 PM   #15
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