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HP is ABSOLUTELY terrible from what people have told me.
Quote from: cyberdude558 on August 14, 2012, 08:26:46 AMHP is ABSOLUTELY terrible from what people have told me.I agree with that. I've had awful experiences with HP's.And Newegg.com does have some of the best prices on laptops from what I've seen. I got one from them and it was a great buying experience.
Alright, for 1600 dollars (yikes), this is what I have put together, so you techies can tell me if this system sounds good, and worth the money I want to spend on it... HP ENVY 17T-3000Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (with applicable system recovery)3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3720QM Processor (2.6 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)...very fast for a laptop...Radeon(TM) HD 7850M Graphics 1GB GDDR5 Memory [HDMI, DP] 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)...meh... FREE 2-year Norton Internet Security subscription (not a huge fan, but it has a 99 dollar value). 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 5.25 hours of battery life +++ 17.3-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920x1080)...awesome looking screen, but it is glossy...Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner 720p HD video streaming webcam supports Skype (I never skype, but it was a piece of candy)Intel 3x3 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard with numeric keypad (really nice looking keyboard)Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 10 MAGIX PhotoStory 10 (easy photo software)2 year limited warranty included HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelopeand finally...Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High-Definition Headphones (Gotta stay hip, and the laptop comes with Beats technology to enhance my listening pleasure))Is this a nice rig fellas? Be honest.I am paying1600 dollars for a laptop (again, YIKES!)...but I want a GOOD one. It is basically replacing my desktop, which I will move elsewhere in my tiny abode. Looking to save space.
http://ecomm.dell.com/dellstore/basket.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&itemtype=CFG&details=undefinedHere is a link with a $500 "coupon" off of this alienware system regulary priced at $2,300..this takes it down to $1,800.Couple of things.Processor speed on paper is a little slower...but the difference wont be felt with this computer. I hvae the 1st generation i7 which is at 1.6...and it's lightning fast. So goings from a 2.6 to a 2.4 with this system is nothing, imo.This alienware has a 2GB Radeon instead of the 1GB video card.This system comes with W7 premium instead of professional...with W8 coming out soon...I would just stick with W7 premium and upgrade to 8 when it hits the market.Same 8GB memory.Has a 750GB HD instead of the TB....only porn addicts need a TB....lol...but even still...every frame from the "booty talk" series will fit on 750 with plenty of room to spare...Also, doesnt have the Dre Beats headphones either...which is sweet...just figured I would pass this along since I was able to get that $500 credit added on there.
A buddy who works at Dell here in Austin is my hookup...I shot him an email to see if there were any alienware deals for the M17x or M18x models and he sent me the link to the system(link I provided earlier) with the coupon code ?W22Z75PB3DT22.Im not sure that code works with the M18x because that is a brand new model and the M17x has been out for some time..so they give better deals on it. Also that deal does have free shipping. Also, I probably wouldnt finance a computer..but they do have good 0% interest for 12-18months.Personally...If I were getting a new computer I would probably supe up the M14x...sometimes my M15x is a little too bulky...the M18x must be a tank of a computer.Edit: here is the link again..http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=EKDVVU1&cs=19&c=US&l=EN&m_29=Q2O2P&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-4328635-
Alright, I am now leaning towards an Alienware, it has a lot to offer, minus the headphones (I know I know). Comes with an i7 processor, clocked at 2.5 ghz, can boost to 3.3.2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6970M (which I have reviewed and seems to pack plenty of puch...don;t want to upgrade to other card, it is 300 more).8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (4DIMMS)And here is where I am struggling.I want to upgrade the drive. I decided to opt out of the standard 7200 drive (which is good), but I am torn between the RAID 0 config that gives me 1 TB. But Ihave heard that if one of the drives bites it, I lose everything. But it is supposed to be quite fast, and the storage is gargantuan.On the other hand, for the same price essentially, I want to get the hybrid SSD with the 7k drive, but it only has 500 Gs. But I have heard it is faster for retrieving info that I require as a result of typical use. But I lose 500Gs of space...Which way should I go?If I have a faster internal drive, couldn;t I just buy like a TB drive (external) if I ever need the extra space?