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asus rog g73sw-xa1.............

Product Features and Technical Details

Intel Core i7 Processor 2GHz
8GB SO-DIMM RAM
750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
17.3-Inch Screen
Nvidia GTX 460M

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM: 8 GB
Max RAM: 16 GB
Memory Slots: 4

Hard Drive

Size: 750 GB
Speed: 7200 rpm

Graphics and Display

Graphics Card: GTX 460M
Graphics RAM: 1536 MB
LCD Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LRO9AK/?tag=tec06d-20

things that arent listed about it on amazon...

dual hard drive capable
up to 4 sticks of ram, 32gb max

what i want is 17" screen, ability to run dual hdds and possibly raid them, ability to hold lots of ram. its going to be used for homework, internet, some games.

questions i have....

1. is gtx460m any good?

2. can you raid with laptop chipsets?

3. anyone ever heard of any problems with ROG laptops?

4. is $600 a good deal for this laptop?
 
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If I had the money I would get it! That thing looks like a monster!
 

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i have dual 500gb seagate momentusXT hybrid drives i want to put in it but i want to know if i can raid them. if not i'll get a ssd for OS and run the 500 for storage.
 

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i have dual 500gb seagate momentusXT hybrid drives i want to put in it but i want to know if i can raid them. if not i'll get a ssd for OS and run the 500 for storage.
I'm Not sure as well I never had a laptop before. They are way out of my price range. :D
 
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well this one is one i found on craigslist. i dont have any more than $600 to spend. im selling my current laptop, that i just got 2 months ago, to get the above mentioned one.
 
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Ah my bad, I was going by the price listed on amazon xD. If that's all you can spend, then I'd go with that one.
 
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haha.... i dont need 32gb no. 16 is fine.. and so is the 8 that comes in it. probably wont upgrade it for a while but the option is there.

dont really need blueray but i suppose its a good addition. wish it had a 3d screen... that would make it better.

anyone know if the gtx460m is decent? i know its the low end of the gtx400m series.
 
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well... im a desktop guy... i know all the high end desktop cards and their performance over the past few years but i dont know anything about laptop gpus at all. i know how this integrated gpu in my i5-2450m does but not much else.
 
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3. anyone ever heard of any problems with ROG laptops?
Quite a few issues listed on the ROG forum, might wanna take a gander over there to see what you think.
 
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First what is your opinion of "lite" gaming... My belief is that if you are going to game get a desktop, I really dont like putting quad core cpus and gpus that should be in desktops in laptops.I will say this, dont go with dell, I have seen to many of them break due to overheating. Also most of the dells now use the stupid slot loads. I have seen that break fairly easily, Dell was good at one time but now they are not.
 
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the GTX460M is quite comparable to the GTS450
give take 5% if I'm not mistaken
 
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if its anything like my old G53V1 you can raid them easily. And as someone who's raided the XT's its screaming fast.

That's about half off retail for that machine, it should have been around 1200-1400 new, so its a pretty good deal. I know that model was well received, despite terrible battery life (common with all gaming machines) and the weight (to deal with the heat)
 
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3. anyone ever heard of any problems with ROG laptops?

4. is $600 a good deal for this laptop?
Idk about current ROG Laptops but I have a G50 from Spring of 2009 and it is still going strong, also if I remember correctly it has a nvidia Geforce 9800m GS in it and I could game quite well on it even playing games like Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Dragon Age Origins with decent eyecandy and high framerates.

G50 Specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo processor @ 2.13 GHz
Nvidia Geforce 9800M GS 512mb GDDR3 vram
4 GB DDR3 Memory
15.4" screen (1680 x 1050 I believe)

At the time I paid around $900-$1000 for my ROG laptop so it looks as if you are getting quite a nice deal :rockout:

Managed to find some benchmarks for the 9800M GS and GTX 460M (all FPS listed are the averages)

9800M GS

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Low detail: 201
Medium detail: 84
High: 47

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
High: 60 FPS

GTX 460M

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

Low detail: 301
Medium detail: 163
High detail: 101

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Low detail: 201
Medium detail: 73.2
High detail: 63
Ultra detail: 45

It seems like you are getting some pretty decent bang for your buck with that GPU especially if you are only looking for "lite" gaming.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-9800M-GS.12932.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-9800M-GS.12932.0.html
 
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well the one in the initial post slipped through my fingers but i sold my old laptop this morning and was able to snatch another great deal on my local craigslist.

asus x53sv-mh71 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373581

i've added my seagate momentusXT 500gb hybrid drive and shes smoking fast now!

sold my old laptop for $450 and bought this one IN MINT CONDITION for only $450!!!

specs if you dont want to dick around looking at the link...

Intel Core i7-2670QM
8GB DDR3-1333
640GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive (swapped out for my momentusXT 500gb hybriddrive)
DVD±RW Drive/CD-RW Drive
15.6" HD Widescreen Display
5-in-1 Memory Card Reader
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540
intel 10/100/1000 lan
intel proset 1000 802.11b/g/n Wireless
 
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close to my laptop, I love mine and its my only gaming pc.