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  1. strader New Member

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    Hey guys, this is my first post on Bit-tech's love the site btw.

    I have a problem dont know what I should get. Perhaps you guys can help me out.

    Here's what I had in mind-
    1.Alienware M17® Total = £2350

    Graphics Processor : Dual 512MB ATI® Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 – CrossFireX™ Enabled!
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X9100 3.06GHz (6MB Cache 1066MHz FSB)
    Display: 17-inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p) with Clearview Technology
    Fingerprint Reader: Integrated Biometric Fingerprint Reader
    Keyboard Options: Non-Illuminated Keyboard - English
    Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SO-DIMM at 1067MHz - 2 x 2048MB
    System Drive: Extreme Performance - RAID 0 - 500GB 7200 RPM SATA (2 x 250GB) with Free Fall Protection
    Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit - English
    Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
    Optical Drives: 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW) with LightScribe Technology
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® Ultimate N 5300 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card with MIMO Technology
    Sound Hardware: Internal High-Definition Audio with Surround Sound
    Essential Christmas Bundles: Gaming Bundle
    • Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    • Logitech Digital Precision PC Gaming Headset
    Save £30
    Warranty: AlienCare 1-Year Free Phone 24/7 and Collect & Return
    AlienContact: Added Bonus with any AlienSupport Selection
    AlienContact - Remote Alienware Support
    Port Adapters : HDMI to DVI-D Adapter
    Mobile Transport: Alienware® Orion Backpack
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mobile Binder
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Owner Identification Card
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mousepad
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Sticker
    Alienware Extras: M17 Keyboard Diagram Overlay
    Alienware Extras: M17 Protective Cloth Sleeve

    2.XPSTM M1730 (N11X7304)
    Date & Time: Wednesday 5 November 2008 10:17 PM
    SYSTEM COMPONENTS
    XPSTM M1730 (N11X7304) Qty 1
    Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Processor X9000 (2.80GHz, 800MHz FSB, 6MB L2-cache), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English Unit Price Incl. VAT £2,733.77
    Get Free upgrade to 640GB Hard Drive until 12/11/2008
    Expires 12 November 2008
    Save £250 (Inc Vat) until 12/11/2008
    Expires 12 November 2008
    - £250.00
    Get 5% off!
    Expires 05 November 2008
    - £124.19
    Catalog Number: 20211 N11X7304
    Module Description Show Details

    Base Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Processor X9000 (2.80GHz, 800MHz FSB, 6MB L2-cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English
    Memory 4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]
    Keyboard Uk/Irish Internal Keyboard (QWERTY)
    Video Card DUAL SLI 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GTX card
    Hard Drive 640GB Free Fall Sensor Raid 0 Stripe - 2 X 320GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive
    Mouse Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse - Adjustable sensitivity, interchangeable grips, weight tuning
    Optical Devices Blu-ray Disc Combo (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM)
    Wireless Networking Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-PCI Card, EUR
    Cables UK/Irish Additional 220V AC Adapter Power Cord
    Shipping Documents English Documentation
    Gedis Bundle Reference N11X7304
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
    Standard Warranty 1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support
    Enhanced Service Packs 1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support
    Protect your new PC McAfee® Security Centre™ 9.0 - 15 Month Protection - English
    Power Supply AC Adapter 230W
    USB Memory Keys Lexar 8GB Jumpdrive Firefly
    Bluetooth Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3 Mbps) with Enhanced Data Rate EUR
    Placemat Eng, Frn, Ger, Spn Placemat XPS M1730
    Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
    Primary Battery Primary 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (85 WHr)
    Carrying Cases XPS M1730 Backpack Carrying Case
    Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD XPS M1730 - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Colour Choice Crimson Red with White LED Backlights
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    TV Tuner and Remote Control Dell™ Travel Remote Control
    Online Promotion Option for GEDIS Configs Dell Internet Order
    ISP Software UK Internet Service Provider (Orange & Tiscali)
    LCD 17.0" UltraSharp™ WUXGA (1920x1200) TFT with TrueLife™ with Integrated 2.0MP web cam

    TOTAL Incl. VAT:£2,359.58
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    Additional Discounts and Coupons
    Get Free Shipping until 12/11/2008
    Expires 12 November 2008
    Total excl. VAT VAT Rate Total incl. VAT
    Sub-total £2,008.15 17.50 % £2,359.58
    Total Delivery Charge £17.02 17.50 % £20.00
    Delivery Charge Discount -£17.02 17.50 % -£20.00
    Total Price Qosmio X300-13W £2,008.15 £2,359.58

    No Payments Until May 2009*
    More information on financing


    3.Toshiba Qosmio X300-13W total = £2299

    Processor type : Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor QX9300
    clock speed : 2.53 GHz
    Front Side Bus : 1066 MHz
    2nd level cache : 12 MB
    Operating system Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery)

    System memory standard : 4,096 (2,048 + 2,048) MB
    maximum expandability : 8,192 MB
    technology : DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz)
    Hard disk capacity : 640 (320 + 320) GB
    certification : S.M.A.R.T.
    DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
    maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 24x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 6x DVD-R (Double Layer), 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 6x DVD+R (Double Layer), 8x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
    type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
    Display size : 17 "
    type : Toshiba TruBrite® WSXGA+ TFT High Brightness display
    internal resolution : 1,680 x 1,050
    Graphics adapter manufacturer : NVIDIA®
    type : NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GTS with NVIDIA® SLI™ technology supporting TurboCache™ technology
    memory : 2x512 MB dedicated VRAM (up to 1,791 MB total available graphics memory using TurboCache™ technology with 3 GB system memory)
    memory type : GDDR3 (800 MHz) Video RAM (resp. Video RAM and system memory combined)
    connected bus : 16x PCI Express
    Internal video modes
    Max External Video Modes Max Resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
    Max Refresh Rate : 85 Hz
    Non-interlaced resolution with max refresh rate : 1,280 x 1,024
    Interfaces 1 x DC-in
    1 x RJ-11
    1 x RJ-45
    1 x i.LINK® (IEEE 1394)
    1 x external microphone
    1 x RGB
    1 x headphone (stereo)
    1 x line-in shared with microphone socket
    1 x S/PDIF-out (optical) shared with headphone socket
    1 x integrated 1.3 Megapixels Web Camera with built-in microphone
    1 x HDMI-CEC (REGZA-Link) supporting 1080p signal format
    1 x line-out shared with headphone socket
    1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD™ Cards up to 16 GB, Memory Stick® up to 256 MB, Memory Stick Pro™ up to 4 GB, MultiMedia Card™ up to 2 GB and xD-Picture Card™ up to 2 GB)
    3 (Left 1, Right 2) x USB 2.0 Sleep-and-Charge
    1 (Left) x eSATA/USB 2.0 Sleep-and-Charge
    1 x DisplayPort
    Expansion 2 x memory slots (1 to configure)
    1 x ExpressCard slot
    Wireless communication Wireless Technology : Bluetooth®
    Compliancy : Wi-Fi®
    Network Support : 802.11b/g/Draft-N
    Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN
    Wired communication topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
    speed : 56 Kbps data and 14.4 Kbps fax
    topology : Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    speed : 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
    Sound system supported audio format : 24-bit stereo
    speakers : built-in Harman Kardon® stereo speaker system with 2 x bass reflex speakers, 2 x tweeter speakers and 1 x subwoofer technology
    manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with Dolby® Home Theater™
    Keyboard keys : 105
    Windows keys : Yes
    special features : Standard numeric keypad
    Pointing device type : Touch Pad
    Battery technology : lithium-ion
    maximum life : currently no official Windows Vista® battery benchmark result available
    AC adaptor input voltage : autosensing AC adapter (100/240 V) for worldwide usage
    Physical dimensions W x D x H : 412 x 306 x 43.2 (front) / 62.5 (rear) mm
    weight : starting at 4.3 kg
    Warranty 1-year international warranty. Upgrade your standard warranty with Toshiba warranty extension, uplift and all-risks insurance packs.
    Bundled hardware AC Power Cable
    AC adaptor
    ExpressCard type Remote Control for Windows Vista®
    Bundled software Toshiba Bluetooth™ Monitor
    Toshiba Disc Creator
    Toshiba User's Manual
    Supervisor Password Utility
    Chicony Camera Assistant Software
    Toshiba DVD Player
    Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® for TOSHIBA
    Toshiba Face Recognition
    McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2008 - Toshiba Edition (includes free Internet updates for 30 days)
    Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator
    Dolby® Control Center
    HDMI Control Manager
    Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (free 60-day trial)
    Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support)
    Google Software (Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Desktop, Picasa)
    Toshiba Bluetooth™ Stack
    Connectivity Doctor
    ConfigFree™
    Toshiba utilities and drivers
    Toshiba Assist
    Toshiba EasyMedia Toshiba TEMPRO Performance Tuning Service
    Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/ Draft-N)
    Google Software (Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Desktop, Picasa)
    USB & USB/eSATA Sleep-and-Charge
    HDMI-CEC (REGZA-Link)
    Bluetooth® 2.1 with EDR
    McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2008 - Toshiba Edition
    Toshiba Face Recognition
    Smart Display Support
    Toshiba Flash Cards
    Easy Keys
    Remote Control
    Fingerprint Reader-Single Sign On
    S/PDIF
    Internal HD 720p support
    5 Harman Kardon® Stereo Speakers (incl. Subwoofer)
    Dolby® Home Theater™
    Dual HDD
    Toshiba ConfigFree™
    Integrated Bridge Media Adapter
    Diversity Antenna
    Built-in camera & microphone
    Security features main battery pack (by sliding latch)
    main memory (by screw)
    supervisor password
    slot for Kensington Cable Lock
    user password
    system password security
    main hard disk (by screw)
    Special features SM BIOS compliant
    integrated microphone for Voice over IP
    Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology
    integrated 1.3 Megapixels Web Camera for Video over IP
    Multimedia Bar with 9 feather-touch Easy Keys (CD/DVD launcher, Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, Forward, Mute, on/off function of white LEDs, Camera, Dolby)
    Certification This product is in compliance with the requirements of the applicable European Directives for CE marking.

    4.Sager 9262 Total = ~ £2250
    Sager 9262 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Desktop Replacement Gaming Notebook (Built on Clevo D901C) Qty: 1
    30 Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee! (Others only give you 15 days) Qty: 1
    No Notebook Skin Qty: 1
    17" WUXGA Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy w/ Wide Viewing Angle (1920x1200) Qty: 1
    2X Dual nVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX w/1gb (1024mb x 2) DX10PCI-Express (User Upgradeable!) Qty: 1
    Intel® Core 2Quad™ Q9550 | 12MB L2 Cache | 2.83GHz | 1,066MHz FSB Qty: 1
    4096MB (4GB) DDR2 800MHz (2 SODIMMs) (Requires 64 Bit Operating System) Qty: 1
    RAID 0 (Data Stripping - Requires 2 Identical Hard Drives) Qty: 1
    200GB | 7200 RPM | SATA II (16MB Cache Buffer) Qty: 1
    Add 2nd 200GB | 7200 RPM | SATA-300 HDD Qty: 1
    No 3rd Hard Drive Qty: 1
    8X DVD±R / RW / 4X + Dual Layer Drive with Software Qty: 1
    Built in Intel Pro Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5300 802.11 A/G/N Qty: 1
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition Qty: 1
    STANDARD SMART Li-ION BATTERY ( 12 CELLS ) Qty: 1
    Standard Full Range Auto Switching AC Power Adapter Qty: 1
    Deluxe Black Business Carrying Case (Free!) Qty: 1
    No Office Software Qty: 1
    Sager 3 Yr Labor, 1 Yr Parts Warranty (Yrs 2+3 paid by PCT) Lifetime 24/7 Domestic Support Qty: 1
    (No Accidental Protection Policy) Qty: 1 $3,858.00 $3,858.00




    Estimate Shipping
    Country [United States \/]
    Shipping Method [Ground \/]
    Shipping Estimate $46.29

    Subtotal $3,858.00
    Shipping $46.29
    Tax *
    Credit Price $3,904.29
    Cash Discount Price ** $3,788.55
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    Savings $115.74

    So what do you guys think ?
    Which one will do the job, it's for gaming mostly, dont need batery life.

    Or do you guys know off something better out there ?

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  2. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Lol wrong forum!!! :laugh::roll::laugh:

    Anyway, welcome to the TechPowerUp!:D

    I've got the 4th one in the list, only mine's with 2 8800GTX whereas now you have the option to have 2 9800GTX.

    Believe me it's a beast of a laptop!

    The Sager 9262 is the only one on that list which can take a normal desktop quad processor (desktop proc's are more powerful than their laptop equivalents).
    It's the one with the best graphics power as well.

    Performance-wise, it's like you have a mobile gaming desktop.
    The only downside is that it's rather heavy at 11.5lbs :laugh: but it depends whether you're planning to lug it around all day on a campus for example....

    Your other options won't be exactly light either.
    Sager 9262 has a battery life (during non-gaming use of ~ 1hour) so it won't be that great if you have to use it during more than 1 hour long lectures or business meetings. But then there exists no gaming laptop with a really long battery life...

    So it boils down really on what you plan to do with this laptop, how you're going to use it.

    Click here to read a good review of the Sager 9262.
     
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  3. ktr

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    Avoid the dell, its has the out dated santa rosa chipset. You want the montevina...like the alienware and the toshiba.

    The toshiba has a 1680x1050...which sucks imo. It should have a 1920x1200/1080 just like the other models. me---> :slap: <---toshiba

    The Sagar (saw one of those the other day) is best in the list for performance. But it is BIG, heavy, noisy, and a poor battery life

    The Alienware is probably your best bet, but if you don't mind the size, weight, noise, and battery life of the Sagar...definitely get that!
     
  4. Exavier

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    I prefer cheap solutions and am looking at the Asus N10/20 series, or the OCZ DIY series..
    less than £600 but still game-able...but then if you have 2 grand to spend go for it! (and send me some too! :D)
     

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