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#1 PonsAsinorem

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

Am thinking about buying this http://www.msimobile...px?cid=8&id=338 unless a cheaper deal for a similar computer comes along. Never had a MSI, so I might get a Dell XPS 14z instead.

My main requirements are:
Laptop, 14ish in screen (I travel a lot and had a 15.6 computer which was a hair too big).

Intel Core i7 (quad, >2.0ghz). Trying to future proof it for a couple of years, and this is going to be, among other things, compiling android from source.

At least 4gb, preferably 8gb, of ddr3 ram. Not too high of a priority since I can upgrade it, but if it comes with 6-8, I don't have to upgrade for a little bit.

Linux compatible Wifi b/g/n card for pen testing.

Budget of $1200 or so. Cheaper is obviously better.

Any ideas/suggestion? Once I get closer to mid-July, I'll start looking around ebay for a good deal, probably refurbished.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 02:21 PM

MSI is okayish... better than Dell. I'd honestly go with ASUS. They're a nice brand. :)
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

Ive got a Samsung 14" that I really like. It meets all the requirements you have except its an i5. Runs linux great. I've had several versions of ubuntu, linux mint, and arch on it.

Heres a link to samsungs page of it.
http://www.samsung.c...NP-QX411-W02UB?

6GB ram, Intel HD3000, 1TB HDD, 14inch screen, intel core i5 2450M @ 2.5GHz Windows says its a dual core but linux says its a quad. I dont know what the deal is with that bit of info though.

Best Buy sells it for 650 here so might be a good idea to look around. Also, I may be interested in selling mine for something more PC Gaming friendly if you're interested in that too!

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:51 AM

View Postmbobino, on 08 July 2012 - 05:06 PM, said:

Ive got a Samsung 14" that I really like. It meets all the requirements you have except its an i5. Runs linux great. I've had several versions of ubuntu, linux mint, and arch on it.

Heres a link to samsungs page of it.
http://www.samsung.c...NP-QX411-W02UB?

6GB ram, Intel HD3000, 1TB HDD, 14inch screen, intel core i5 2450M @ 2.5GHz Windows says its a dual core but linux says its a quad. I dont know what the deal is with that bit of info though.

Best Buy sells it for 650 here so might be a good idea to look around. Also, I may be interested in selling mine for something more PC Gaming friendly if you're interested in that too!

It's a duel core. With 2 hyper thread cores I have the same chip as you in my laptop.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:30 PM

View PostSynisterWolf, on 09 July 2012 - 06:51 AM, said:

It's a duel core. With 2 hyper thread cores I have the same chip as you in my laptop.

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That makes sense. It's still an awesome proc.

#6 PonsAsinorem

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:45 PM

Customized this Sager from  PowerNotebooks.com so far this is the lead candidate. Anyone have any experience with that Site or Sagers? I'd prefer to order direct from Sager, but they only stuck this laptop with an i5, while PN let's me upgrade to an i7, and a nice one at that.

Sager NP2240 Custom Built Gaming Laptops
Display: 14" HD (1366x768) LED LCD w/Intel HD Graphics 3000
Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3~3.3GHz) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores -8 Threads
Thermal Compound: IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
System Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Seagate XT NCQ Hybrid w/4GB SSD
Optical Drive Bay: 6x Blu-Ray Burner/Reader/8x Super Multi Combo Drive
Wireless Networking: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Card
Battery: 6-cell Smart Li-ion Battery (48.84Wh)
AC Adapter: Full Range 90W Auto Switching AC Adapter
Sager Limited Warranties: 1-Year Parts & Labor, Lifetime Sager Toll Free Support

Regular price: $1,219.00
Cash discounted price: $1,182.43

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:50 PM

I have no experience with either but thats a pretty awesome spec'd lappy. Good price too.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:56 AM

View PostPonsAsinorem, on 09 July 2012 - 05:45 PM, said:

Customized this Sager from  PowerNotebooks.com so far this is the lead candidate. Anyone have any experience with that Site or Sagers? I'd prefer to order direct from Sager, but they only stuck this laptop with an i5, while PN let's me upgrade to an i7, and a nice one at that.

Sager NP2240 Custom Built Gaming Laptops
Display: 14" HD (1366x768) LED LCD w/Intel HD Graphics 3000
Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3~3.3GHz) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores -8 Threads
Thermal Compound: IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
System Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Seagate XT NCQ Hybrid w/4GB SSD
Optical Drive Bay: 6x Blu-Ray Burner/Reader/8x Super Multi Combo Drive
Wireless Networking: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Card
Battery: 6-cell Smart Li-ion Battery (48.84Wh)
AC Adapter: Full Range 90W Auto Switching AC Adapter
Sager Limited Warranties: 1-Year Parts & Labor, Lifetime Sager Toll Free Support

Regular price: $1,219.00
Cash discounted price: $1,182.43

The only thing that worries me is the intergraded gfx chip. Most games won't run because they don't like shared memory systems. But other then that, the specs are mind blowing for a laptop.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

View PostSynisterWolf, on 11 July 2012 - 06:56 AM, said:


The only thing that worries me is the intergraded gfx chip. Most games won't run because they don't like shared memory systems. But other then that, the specs are mind blowing for a laptop.

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I know. They don't have an option for a different graphics card. With budget cuts, you have to cut something. I don't really play many computer games, and those I do play are not very intensive (Altitude). I would like to play Diablo 3 though. Still looking at different computers and keeping my options open.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:28 AM

View PostPonsAsinorem, on 11 July 2012 - 01:25 PM, said:


I know. They don't have an option for a different graphics card. With budget cuts, you have to cut something. I don't really play many computer games, and those I do play are not very intensive (Altitude). I would like to play Diablo 3 though. Still looking at different computers and keeping my options open.

D3 needs a deticated card. They have a system checker during install, although people found away around it. :)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:59 PM

Yeah I dont think the HD3000 will run D3. It barely runs minecraft lol

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

I think I found a winner. The important specs:

Alienware M14X R2, manufacturer refurbished

3rd Generation Intel® Quad Core™ i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™ (@Synister so now D3 can shove that in it's pipe and smoke it; also, I should be able to reallocate this if I need to hash something)
14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight
750 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
8X DVD +/- RW Drive
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0
8 cell primary battery

Price: $1200
List Price for same specs new from dell.com: $1424

A little down the road, I'll probably upgrade the RAM to 16 GB, then the wifi card, then the hdd to a 256 or even 512 GB SSD. A ways down the road (hopefully this laptop will last me that long) is the CPU then GPU.

Not too fond of the fact that it is Alienware. Don't mind the fact that it's technically a Dell either, despite z3ro's dislike for them. I used to work on Dell's and HP's. Never had a problem with the Dell's; the HP's were occasionally tricky. But Alienware's are too flashy, and people get interested when you whip it out just to play free cell. Plus, the Linux support is bound to be not exactly stellar, since they are primarily for gaming, which is mostly done on Windows. But the specs are amazing, especially for the price. Won't need to upgrade any components for awhile.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

NNNNNNNNNNnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I'm To Late!!!!!! Am I???
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

View Postusagi-pire, on 24 November 2012 - 09:37 PM, said:

NNNNNNNNNNnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I'm To Late!!!!!! Am I???

Yep, too late. Got the M14x R2 from my previous post about 5 months ago.