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  • Trouble deciding on Desk Replacement Laptop

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    3000 to 4000 (of course would like to stay as low as possible but want a laptop to last a while and continue to be relevant )

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen


    3) What country (and state) are you buying this in?
    Texas, USA


    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I like what I see in MSI but can be open though would prefer not to look at Alienware.


    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Gaming, Graphic Art, Music, Movies, Work, etc.


    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    On our laps as well as using it on the desk, with occasional use outside the home


    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    WoW, EQ2, Hitman, Sims3, Sims4, The Phoenix Project


    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Min. 2hrs


    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    Not a Problem


    10) Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 7

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)
    Widescreen
    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1080; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.


    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen?

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, we will be customizing the look of these laptops with wraps and etching.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Being a HUGE purchase and replacing our Desktops keeping the laptop as relevant as possible for as long as possible.


    Notebook Components


    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, or 1.5TB?
    1 TB 7200RPM (SATA III - 6GB/s)
    16) Would you prefer a SSD Hard Drive? How much space do you want?
    No


    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    6x Blu-Ray Burner + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive


    18) What speed CPU/Processor would you like? Dual core or Quad Core CPU?
    4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz - 3.4GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
    4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4800MQ (2.7GHz - 3.7GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
    4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4900MQ (2.8GHz - 3.8GHz, 8MB Intel® Smart Cache)
    ((Depends on if the upgrading is worth the costs))


    19) Do you use wireless, or do you plan on using it? Do you use Bluetooth, or do you plan on using it?
    Wireless an occasionally BlueTooth (Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth 4.0 / WiDi | Up to 300/867Mbps (2x2)


    Below is a work up I have been staring at since before Christmas.

    Thank you in advance for any help.

    MSI GT70 2OD-039US - Dragon Edition 2
    - FREE! - XOTIC PC Tee Shirt! [specify size in checkout / requires component or service upgrade]
    - FREE!!! – U.S. UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout) [U.S. Lower 48 ONLY / Restrictions Apply]
    - FREE! - Batman Origins, SplinterCell: Blacklist & Marvel Heroes Free for PC (Limited Time Offer / While Supplies Last / Must be requested in comments box during checkout)
    - 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Anti-Glare Screen w/ 72% NTSC Color Gamut (1920x1080) (SKU - X1R551)
    - FREE!!! - 30 Day "No Dead Pixel" Guarantee! - ($35.00 Value!) (Limited Time Only / XPC Service)
    - XOTIC PC Professional Monitor Color Calibration (Will add to Production Time) (Operating System is required) (XPC Service)
    - 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4900MQ (2.8GHz - 3.8GHz, 8MB Intel® Smart Cache) (SKU – X2X917)
    - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds) (XPC Service)
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 780M (4.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 w/ Optimus™ Technology
    - No Copper Cooling Upgrade
    - No Video Adapter
    - No External Mobile Display
    - 32GB DDR3 1600MHz [SKU-844AP] (Dual Channel Memory (4x8GB SODIMMS)) - Default
    - 30% OFF - Custom Graphic Wrap [A+B Surfaces] – [Back of LCD Panel + LCD Trim] (Choose from our designs or your own) *Will add 7-13 business days (Was: $129.00 / XPC Service)
    - No Laptop Laser-Sketch™
    - MSI Logo [Purple] - (XPC Service)
    - mSATA Option: Operating System Installed [Default] w/ mSATA(s) selected below
    - 128GB Solid State Drive (Super RAID 2) mSATA - [ In Primary Hard Drive Bay ]
    - 128GB Solid State Drive (Super RAID 2) mSATA - [ In Primary Hard Drive Bay ]
    - 128GB Solid State Drive (Super RAID 2) mSATA - [ In Primary Hard Drive Bay ]
    - 1TB 5400RPM (SATA II - 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - HDD019)
    - 6x Blu-Ray Burner + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (SKU - ODD006)
    - No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
    - No Back Up Hard Drive
    - NO External USB Optical Drive
    - Bluetooth Included *With select wireless cards only* (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
    - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-N 1202 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth 4.0 | Up to 300Mbps (2x2) - Default (SKU - WIFI14)
    - No Network Accessory
    - Internal 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
    - Integrated Digital Video Camera
    - No TV Tuner
    - Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
    - No Carrying Case
    - Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
    - No Car Adapter
    - No Spare AC Adapter
    - No Dock/Hub/Adapter
    - No Fingerprint Reader
    - No Headset
    - No External Keyboard
    - XOTIC PC Backlit Island Style Keyboard
    - No External Mouse
    - No Notebook Cooler
    - No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system
    - No Operating System Redline Boost
    - WINDOWS 8 - 64-Bit (Pre-Installed)
    - Keep factory installed operating system
    - No thanks, do not create backup recovery DVD's
    - None
    - 2013 PC Security Essentials Software (Not Installed) (Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus + Security (2 Year Subscription) & Zemana AntiLogger)
    - No Back Up Software
    - Microsoft OFFICE 2013 Home & Student Edition - [Word/Excel/PowerPoint/OneNote] (OEM/Medialess)
    - No Software Bundle
    - No Global Anti-Theft Protection (Options below require an operating system)
    - 3 Year Parts & LIFETIME Ltd Labor Warranty 24/7 Tech Support w/ LCD Accidental Damage Protection (SKU - WTY009)
    - No Certificate & Binder
    - * 24/7 LIFETIME U.S. based technical support
    * Extreme QA testing by dedicated technicians
    * 24-72 Hour stress testing and benchmarking to ensure top performance and stability

    - Standard Production Time
    - No Outside of US Shipping Coverage
    - No thanks, standard double boxed packaging is okay with my order
    - No XOTIC PC Gear

  • #2
    Since your looking for a desktop replacement, Sager also has some good laptops to look at also. I did two model builds which both offer 120hz screens and going SLI if you wanted too. The 9570 is a pure desktop replacement comes with the new I7 processor and weighs 12 lbs. 9380 is a great bundle put together for the price.

    Sager NP9570 / Clevo P570WM - $2949
    - SAGER Holiday Savings!!! - $50 OFF When you spend $1250.00* or more per system! (*excludes non-sager parts, accessories, shipping, & taxes)
    - FREE!!! – U.S. UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout) [U.S. Lower 48 ONLY / Restrictions Apply]
    - 17.3" FHD 16:9 120Hz "MatteType" 72% NTSC Color Gamut Sager Screen (1920x1080) (SKU - SSC012)
    - Intel® Core™ i7-4930K, 3.4-3.9GHz (22nm, 12MB L3 smart cache - 6 cores / 12 threads) (SKU - S2N123)
    - - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 780M (4.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 [User Upgradeable] (SKU – GPU010)
    - 16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) (SKU - X4Q822P)
    - 1TB 5400RPM (w/ 8GB SSD Memory) Seagate Hybrid 64MB Cache [SATA III - 6GB/s] (SKU - HDD092)
    - 6X Blu-Ray Burner + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (Sager) (SKU - ODD096)
    - Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 (SKU - WIFI98)
    - ~Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit (64&32-Bit CD Included (Supports up to 16GB of RAM)) + MS Office 2013 Trial
    - LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support (Labor through XPC)
    Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Parts Warranty Repairs (SKU - WTY099)


    Sager NP9380-S (Clevo P370SM3) - $2449
    - FREE!!! – U.S. UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout) [U.S. Lower 48 ONLY / Restrictions Apply]
    - 17.3" FHD 16:9 120Hz "MatteType" 72% NTSC Color Gamut Sager Screen (1920x1080) + 1 x NVIDIA® 3D Glasses (*NVIDIA® GTX 780M required) (SKU - SSC014)
    - Sager - 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4800MQ (2.7GHz - 3.7GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache) (SKU – SPU202)
    - - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
    - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 780M (4.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 [User Upgradeable] (SKU – GPU010)y
    - 16GB - DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (SKU - S4S822AP)
    - 1TB 5400RPM (w/ 8GB SSD Memory) Seagate Hybrid 64MB Cache [SATA III - 6GB/s] (SKU - HDD092)
    - 6X Blu-Ray Burner + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive (Sager) (SKU - ODD083)
    - Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 (SKU - WIFI94)
    - ~Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit (64&32-Bit CD Included (Supports up to 16GB of RAM)) + MS Office 2013 Trial
    - No Global Anti-Theft Protection (Options below require an operating system)
    - LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support (Labor through XPC)
    Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Parts Warranty Repairs (SKU - WTY099)

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