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Which seems like the better buy between these MSI and Sager laptops?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by JDK, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. JDK New Member

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    How are you doing? I'm looking to buy a new laptop and could use your opinion on which one these two machines seems like the better of the two.

    Just for some quick background info. The laptop will be used daily to run Google Chrome with an average of 6-10 tabs open at a time, Photoshop CS6 with several large files being worked on (sometimes files that are multiple gigs), Media Monkey media player, Microsoft Word, FilaZilla, IrfanView, Tweetdock and a few other programs that I believe don't require much memory. I'm not a "big" gamer, but that's not saying I don't play a game here and there (Age of Empire, Company of Heroes, Black OPS). It will be used to edit photos and graphics in Photoshop, 85% of which are for web use and not print. Being able to deal with heat issues is something that's big in my book since I've always had problems with laptops overheating. I also need Photoshop to run smoothly with little to no lag. I've always had issue with lag in photshop, where I would wait for PS to initialize the type tool or where I would try and drag things across the screen and they would only move part way before stopping and starting again after a few seconds.

    It's been suggested before that I go with a Quadro or Firepro or 7970m GPU, and said that they would make Photoshop run more efficiently, but since I'm not ruling out games entirely, I don't know if that's the wisest idea. Thoughts on that?

    All that being said, here's the two machines I put together. If you could please take a look at the specs and let me know which you feel is the better buy for my needs, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you see anything I could change to improve the performance for my needs, please, don't hesitate to suggest a recommendation. Take note though, these two machines are pretty much at my budget level. I could maybe spend $100-$200 more.

    I've never owned anything aside from a store bought Dell or HP. I've heard great things about both Sager and MSI and was told that one of these brands would be the way to go for my needs. Just not sure which of the two are better.
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    i would stick to the big brands like dell/HP/Acer they are much easier to get parts for if anything ever goes wrong.

    msi/sagem/asus are very difficult to get parts for and hard to find information on because if their rarity.

    its like buying a car you don't get a ford because its the best you get it because its common and has lots parts available.
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    Dont buy a Dell. I'd go for the MSI.
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    the sager has an upgradeable cpu and gpu socket, so if you plan on upgrading one of those in the future, the sager is a good choice...

    but..

    if you don't plan any upgrades, the MSI is good choice, and they have good after sales services too (well at least in my country, lol)...
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    Why not a DELL ?, i could say that about MSI as i have nothing but terrible experiences with there mobo's lol. At least say your reasons.

    Ours after 3 years is still going strong.. Although you might want to keep their none dell techs away as the last one wanted to use a whole tube of thermal paste.
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    I have had good customer service with sager so I would tend to go with them over MSI. MSI's RMA service is a joke. It took over a month to get a motherboard back from RMA. GRRR
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    just the fact that the GPU and CPU are upgradable would make me lean towards the Sager, that and i know they are a great laptop maker.
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    Over here Dell are like apple, they charge you a fee to have their name on the hardware, and everything they sell tends to be largely more expensive for an identical laptop/desktop. Dell UK customer service is also a joke, and nobody ever hopes for them to achieve anything.
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    O please you pay for a name of most things.. I never had a DELL in the UK for the 30 years i lived there but here in the US you get them send a tech they bee at your door in a day or so..BUT because they suck in the UK don't mean they do every were how ever i do feel like they are getting worse as they seem to not use there own techs any more.

    UK''s a ripp off anyways 1 of the reasons i left.
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    Both laptops have the same CPU and GPU, so aren't both upgradeable?:confused:
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    This was what i was thinking...
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    Possibly one uses sockets, while the other has CPU & GPU soldered to the mainboard...

    At any rate, I'd personally go for a Lenovo.
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    im pretty sure the Sager has a MXM nodule for the GFX and i suppose both COULD take a cpu upgrade, but it would depend on what the MSI supports CPU wise.
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    both are mxm
    this is the msi

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  15. JDK New Member

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    So it looks like Sager is in the lead here.

    I don't plan on upgrading to tell you the truth. If anything, I would probably just buy a new computer. Computers are tax write-offs for me, so it's worth my wild to buy a new one every couple years.

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