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I'm in the market for a new laptop and was looking for some advice. I came here because I was on DIY Street a while ago (was a member when it was DFI support) and liked the community there; wanted to go back but found that they have integrated here, where I already had an account but never really visited. But back to the point.

 

Want to get a laptop and not spend a lot of money. I currently have a rig with a 3800X2, 1GB of RAM, and a 7900GT on a DFI SLI-DR. This system is still good enough for me, but I want portability for school. So I'll be happy with something comparable in performance, or hopefully slightly better. The most hardware intensive program I run is probably VMWare (running Virtual Machines for school). I'd like to be able to play some games but don't need the best. I play Age of Empires III and that's about it.

 

So far, in my limited searching, I've found this to be the seemingly best option: Battalion 101 CX-5 II

 

http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=371

 

So, opinions on the CX-5, will it meet my needs, suggestions for other options?

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I'm in the market for a new laptop and was looking for some advice. I came here because I was on DIY Street a while ago (was a member when it was DFI support) and liked the community there; wanted to go back but found that they have integrated here, where I already had an account but never really visited. But back to the point.

 

Want to get a laptop and not spend a lot of money. I currently have a rig with a 3800X2, 1GB of RAM, and a 7900GT on a DFI SLI-DR. This system is still good enough for me, but I want portability for school. So I'll be happy with something comparable in performance, or hopefully slightly better. The most hardware intensive program I run is probably VMWare (running Virtual Machines for school). I'd like to be able to play some games but don't need the best. I play Age of Empires III and that's about it.

 

So far, in my limited searching, I've found this to be the seemingly best option: Battalion 101 CX-5 II

 

http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=371

 

So, opinions on the CX-5, will it meet my needs, suggestions for other options?

I was going to recommend Sager notebooks, but some of ibuypower's laptops are the same as Sager's. That's a good choice! I love my Sager! But i must also warn you that the 8400gs is a horrible graphics card. (ranks weaker than ati 9800pro)

 

what's your maximum budget, I will help you find the perfect laptop!

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I was going to recommend Sager notebooks, but some of ibuypower's laptops are the same as Sager's. That's a good choice! I love my Sager! But i must also warn you that the 8400gs is a horrible graphics card. (ranks weaker than ati 9800pro)

 

what's your maximum budget, I will help you find the perfect laptop!

 

I can spend $700 max. Like absolutely max.

 

So looking at Sager I could afford this one:

 

http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=144485

 

Its about the same as the one from iBuyPower, a weaker processor(which $50 could solve, but I really don't want to spend more than I have to), but a few nicer features: larger screen, HDMI. How is the Intel

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I can spend $700 max. Like absolutely max.

 

So looking at Sager I could afford this one:

 

http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=144485

 

Its about the same as the one from iBuyPower, a weaker processor(which $50 could solve, but I really don't want to spend more than I have to), but a few nicer features: larger screen, HDMI. How is the Intel

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Thanks for the link, I was looking for something like that but couldn't find it. It shows that the Intel 4500 is worse than the 8400GS.

 

So, the Sager is $40 more, for a larger screen and less graphics capability. I think I'll be going with iBuyPower but I'm not sure yet.

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Thanks for the link, I was looking for something like that but couldn't find it. It shows that the Intel 4500 is worse than the 8400GS.

 

So, the Sager is $40 more, for a larger screen and less graphics capability. I think I'll be going with iBuyPower but I'm not sure yet.

i'd try to get a laptop with either a 8600gt m or 9600 gt m. They are pretty capable graphics cards, I am running 1680x1050 resolution on my Sager and my 9600gt runs games quite well with it. Of course you can select a laptop with an AMD/ATI card that performs equally well if the computer you are looking at has one of them. That list of mobile graphics cards has been bookmarked since I don't know how I found it, all I know is that it's amazing. Post up some more potential buys and I'll help ya pick the best one. Remember though, when building a laptop the CPU, graphics card, and monitor resolution are decisions that will always stick with you over the lifetime of the laptop since you can't change them *easily*. Sometimes you can get laptop harddrives or laptop memory cheaper than a manufacturer will offer for an upgrade package. (often nice upgrade components offered on ebay or an online retailer)

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Thanks for your advice, IVIYTHOS. But price was the main factor here, and I don't need 9600 anyway. I ordered the CX-5 from iBuyPower, I think I'll be happy with it.

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Thanks for your advice, IVIYTHOS. But price was the main factor here, and I don't need 9600 anyway. I ordered the CX-5 from iBuyPower, I think I'll be happy with it.

alrighty, glad to of helped. The 8400 is ok then...just not one of my favorite's lol. It's hit or miss with gaming performance.

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Hit or miss? Based on what? Individual games? I saw quite a variance in 3DMark scores, but figured it was due to the rest of the system. (CPUs most likely.) Is that what you mean?

 

But I don't play many games anyway, I'm sure it will be sufficient.

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Hit or miss? Based on what? Individual games? I saw quite a variance in 3DMark scores, but figured it was due to the rest of the system. (CPUs most likely.) Is that what you mean?

 

But I don't play many games anyway, I'm sure it will be sufficient.

it's literal graphic power is equal to about a 9800pro radeon from the stone ages, but some games can still be played decently if you the graphics to an absolute low.

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