My laptop display died a few months ago, and I've been getting by just using my Android-based tablet since then (and anything that required an actual computer I did on my desktop at work). I've been fine with this setup, but now my tablet is having some issues too. So I've been thinking about either getting a new laptop or maybe building a desktop. I'm leaning toward the laptop. I would also like to get back into playing FFXIV, which I haven't played for about the past year.
Is anybody aware of a better laptop for a similar price, or a similar laptop for a better price, than this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230141
In addition to the good hardware etc, one of my favorite things about this particular laptop, according to the reviews at least, is that it apparently has a very good cooling system. The reason I quit playing FFXIV was because my last laptop, while it could play the game on decent settings, would get so ridiculously hot while playing that the game would become unplayably slow while the graphics card cooled itself down for about 1 minute at a time every 2-3 minutes.
This seems like the best deal I'm gonna find without spending a fair bit more money. Any thoughts?
I would also be interested to hear if anybody has an opinion of the Sager NP8130. For a little less money, I could configure it to have the same specs as the Asus above, except that the 560M on the Sager would be 1.5gb with 192 bit bandwidth while the Asus has 2gb with 128 bit bandwidth.
To further complicated matters, I also just discovered the MSI 16F2-012. I can configure that to have the exact same specs as the Sager but with a GTX570M instead of GTX 560M, but it will cost a couple hundred more.
So the 3 options (unless somebody suggests something better) are:
1. Asus with the worst GPU - $1199+$15 shipping
2. Sager with better 560M - $1129+free shipping
3. MSI with 570M - $1308+free shipping
I think I can eliminate the Asus. But do you think the 570M is worth $180 over the $560M? Or I could get the Sager and upgrade the CPU to a i7 2760 instead of i7 2670 for about the same price as the MSI. Edited, Feb 27th 2012 1:23pm by KaishenRamuh