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#1 trashcan7

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 01:38 AM

I'm looking for a laptop for college next year, so I would like one that is both portable and moderately powerful. I don't have a strict budget, but a good guideline would be under $1000. I'm planning on doing some light programming for CS and light gaming (Starcraft II and TF2 at the moment). Hard drive space isn't too important to me, as I'm currently using slightly over 100GB on my desktop. Portability is also important, so I would like to have a 13-15" screen (gonna get an external monitor anyway).

I posted a similar thread a couple months ago, and ended up liking this Asus N53SV-XV1. However, I'm wondering if I can get similar specs for under 15" screen.

So what are your suggestions?

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 05:15 AM

ASUS K53 Series K53SV-B1

This one is the 2nd gen i7, so this will fly when you use it.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:07 PM

Lenovo y560p has an intel core i-7 6gb ram ati6750, that's the one I'm using and it's great.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 12:50 AM

Asus's quality is a lot better then the Lenovo in comparison.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:02 PM

killerx525 - the laptop you suggested is already pretty similar to the one that I linked, with only minor differences (slightly lighter is definitely a plus). I was wondering if there's a similar spec laptop, but with under 15" screen.
Zestypanda - that was actually a laptop I had been previously considering, but I chose the Asus over it

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:10 PM

TOSHIBA Satellite M645-S4118X

Review 1
Review 2

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:05 AM

Thank you for the suggestion! Now just comes the question of deciding between the two...

Edit 1: Btw, I don't know if it matters, but I may be planning on getting an external 21-23" monitor. So both graphic cards should be able to handle it, right?

Edit 2: Ok, nevermind, looks like my original Asus is out of stock or something and won't be returning. I may consider the K53SV, or what do you think of this N53Sn? Strangely, there are very little reviews on this series...

Edited by trashcan7, 06 July 2011 - 03:02 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:24 AM

That N53Sn is a very nice laptop and very modern! I basically like that design and the speakers are really nice since i have used those speakers before.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 04:50 PM

I just went to Microcenter to see the N53Sn, and at 6.4lbs, I found that much heavier than I had expected! So, I am probably going to go for the Toshiba Satellite. Thanks for your help!

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:37 PM

No problems mate!

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:06 PM

Just out of curiosity, ignoring the price limit, is there something that can play SCII and TF2 easily, and be under 5 lbs?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:12 PM

Those 2 games can be easily played, that Toshiba i suggested can do the job!

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:29 PM

I've no doubt that the Toshiba can play those two games, but I'm wondering if it's possible to get below 5 lbs. For example, the Toshiba Tecra R840 has really good specs, is 4.2 lbs, but I don't know anything about the Radeon 6450M.

Edited by trashcan7, 14 July 2011 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 08:23 PM

MSI FX420-001US

It's bit hard to find a laptop that is under 5lbs, that has i5 or above and that has dedicated graphics.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 10:37 PM

Or you could get the lenovo y560p, it can play crysis 2 on all high settings with 40+ fps

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