Buying a notebook ASUS-G50V, HP-dv5t, Gateway-7811FX or Saget

madmaxz

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well after Alot of research i think i have it down to these. main use will be for games/movies/multmedia for travel and collecting music, surfin the net.

Price range ~$1300-$1400

CROSS OUT THE HP

SAGER NP2096
- Display: 15.4" WSXGA+ LCD with Super Glossy Surface (1680X1050)
- Processor: 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8600 / 3MB L2 Cache, 2.40GHz, 1066MHz FSB
- Video & Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT Graphics with 512MB DDR2 Video Memory
- Operating System: Genuine MS Windows® VISTA Home Premium 32/64-Bit Edition
- Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 X 2048MB
- Primary Hard Disk Drive: 200GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
- Optical Drive: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
- Wireless Network Card: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN - 802.11A/B/G/N WirelessLAN Module
- Bluetooth: Internal Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR Module
- Primary Battery: Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (9 Cells)
- Integrated Security Device: Fingerprint Reader
- Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office Ready with Free 60-Day Trial
- Warranty: Sager 1 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty with Three-Day Shipping Both Ways Paid

$1,349.00

ASUS G Series G50V-X1 from NEWEGG (different specs then bestbuy)

Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26G
CPU FSB 1066MHz
Screen 15.4" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050
Memory Size 4GB DDR2
Hard Disk 200GB 7200rpm
Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT
Video Memory 512MB VRAM DDR3

$1399 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220379


Gateway - P-7811FX

Processor 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Memory 4GB, 667MHz DDR3
Hard drive 200GB 7,200rpm
Chipset Intel P45 1066MHz fsb
Graphics Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS
Operating System Windows Vista Premium (64-bit)
Dimensions (WDH) 15.7 x 12.2 x 1.6 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 17.1 inches WUXGA TFT widescreen (1920 x 1200)
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 9.0/10.5 pounds

$1449 bestbuy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp;jsessionid=HWZHSVANBSHKDKC4D3NFAFQ?skuId=8892825&type=product&id=1211587727985


ASUS G50V-A1 - too much ive set the cutoff at $1400

Processor & Cache Memory Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9400 2.5 GHz, 1066 FSB, 6MB L2 Cache
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit
Chipset Mobile Intel PM45 Chipset - 1066MHz FSB + ICH9M
Main Memory 4GB DDR2 800Mhz (2GBx1 + 2GBx1) up to 4GB
Display 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050)
2nd Display ASUS Direct Messenger for In-Game system information
Video Graphics & Memory nVidia GeForce 9700M GT w/ 512MB
Hard Drive 500G (250GB x 2)5400RPM SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti w/ LightScribe

$1600 http://store.redbarncomputers.com/Itemdesc.asp?ic=884840298007&eq=&Tp=
 

madmaxz

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First questions is Which one of the four is the BEST (quality/warranty/support/durability/speed) im guessing the most expensive asus.

and second question is which i the best bang for the buck or value.

I also looked into dells and would go with an xps if it had the newer intel cpus and better graphics. but i can get a kited out XPS for under $1000 after rebates.
 

madmaxz

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-- i went to best buy and the HP feels cheap, too much plastic and i dont like the touchpad, my finger seems to stick to it makes it hard to slide around.

So its between the Sager from say xotic pc, Asus g50v-x1 from new egg, and the Gateway 7811fx from bestbuy
 

Dangman

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I'm ignoring the G50V-A1 since its out of your budget:
1)
Best in quality: Either the Sager NP2096 or G50V-X1 from NEWEGG
Best in warranty: The Asus G50V-X1 from NEWEGG for its two year global warranty
Best in support: No idea
Best in durability: The Asus or Sager
Best in speed (CPU): The Sager
Best in speed (GPU): The Gateway
Best in speed (Overall): The Asus G50V-X1

2) The Asus Asus G50V-X1 IMO. It's already built so you don't have to wait for it to be built and shipped to you like with the Sager laptop. the 9700M GT that it has is a bit faster than the 9600M GT that the Sager has. At 15.4", it is a significantly more portable than the Gateway laptop.

However, if you don't mind the extra weight and somewhat reduced mobility of a 17" laptop and want the fastest GPU possible, then definitely get the Gateway laptop.
 

madmaxz

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Good reply thanks! and i just noticed the asus comes with a backpack and a gaming mouse so thats a $50+ value and i didnt figure windows vista into the sager price so that adds another $140 to the price of the sager.
 

Enlefo

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I am currently considering the asus g50v a2 because of the dual hard drives. I find it odd that red barn computers lists the ram as DDR800 when other sources list it as DDR667. Also on the A2, it lists the hard drives as 2x200gb 5400rpm while the egg lists them at 7200rpm.... my ONLY qualm with the g50v is the 667ram vs 800mhz so I am pretty curious. I called Asus earlier today to ask them but the guy I spoke with after 20 minutes of hold time was neither helpful, knowledge or had a good understanding of english.
 

madmaxz

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all my research points to 800mhz ram in all 3 models x1/a1/a2 and single 200mb 7200rpm hd in the x1(newegg model only, BestBuy x1 has single 250gb 5400rpm), dual 250mb 5400rpm drives in the a1, and dual 7200rpm 200mb drives in the a2. and one other thing the A2 comes with a Blu-ray Disc player

i dont know 2 much about this website but it has the a2 for $1,772.00 after $70 instant rebate http://www.lagoom.com
 

Enlefo

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Cool! I wonder why the egg has it listed as 667... oh well, I thought it had said 667 on the asus site but I went back and it says 800.
 

CooLSpoT

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I am going to pick up the G50V-X1,

I just got done playing on the G50V-A2 at Nvidia's Lan party Nvision. These were the tournament systems. For $500 isnt worth the extra Drive option. Just thinking of battery life as well. 2x7200rpms = maybe an hour?

Played COD4 and TF2 fine at 1680x1050. Had to turn down some settings to get 120fps but it looks great still. Systems do have some sound/mic issues. 2 of the machines I played on were very low volume for .35mm headsets and a 3rd machine had a bad Mic input (loud buzz sound) but I am sure Asus would fix that if this came that way.

Anyone know where to get the G50V-X1 cheater then newegg?
 

WarlordOne

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I've been looking at getting one myself. Newegg is by far the best price but Best Buy has them cheaper except only with a slower 2Ghz processor and apparently a lower screen resolution.
 
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