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MSI GX700 $699 at Newegg

Discussion in 'MSI' started by lavnya, Nov 19, 2008.

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  1. lavnya

    lavnya Newbie

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    The MSI GX700 lists on newegg a few hours ago for $ 699

    Stunning. Maybe too stunning to be really good (quality) ?

    www dot newegg dot com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152082

    Brand MSI
    Model GX700(9S7-171948-225)
    Color Black Piano
    OS Windows Vista Home Premium
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 2.4G
    Screen 17" WSXGA+
    Memory Size 3GB DDR2
    Hard Disk 320GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512MB
    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T8300(2.40GHz) 800MHz FSB 3MB L2 Cache
    Chipset Intel PM965
    Display 17.0" Wide SXGA+ 1680 x 1050
    Battery 6-cell lithium ion


    Of course, the MSI GX630 was listed a few days ago on newegg (there is already a thread about it on the forum) for $ 799

    www dot newegg dot com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152073

    Brand MSI
    Model GX630(9S7-165212-028)l
    Color Black w/ Red trim
    OS Windows Vista Home Premium
    CPU Type AMD Athlon X2 QL-62(2.0GHz)
    Screen 15.4" WXGA
    Memory Size 4GB DDR2
    Hard Disk 250GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512MB
    Communication Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Dimensions 14.73" x 9.69" x 1.05-1.40"
    Weight 5.6 lbs.
    CPU AMD Athlon X2 QL-62(2.00GHz) 1MB L2 Cache
    Display 15.4" Wide XGA 1280 x 800


    I'm looking to get myself a laptop for moderate gaming for now and some 3D artwork as a hobbyist for later. Right now these two laptops and the ASUS N80Vn-X1 (also on newegg) are my picks to pick from.

    Before I even weigh in the pros and cons of Intel vs AMD, not-portable size vs somewhat portable size, screen resolution, graphics card etc, can someone answer this question please ? I take it that a few people who visit this section of the forum own MSI laptops, would know first hand about the build quality and reliability of MSI's notebooks and a few of those may have some experience with MSI's customer service.

    Firstly, how is build quality and reliability of MSI's laptops in your opinion ?

    Secondly, how is MSI's customer service when things do go wrong ?

    Please save someone from wasting $700-900 in this bad economy and help me out with these questions. :p If the quality of MSI's laptops or their customer service is not up to par, I'm going to go with an Asus. Asus's NA and Asia customer service at least is supposed to be very good.

    Thank you for your input. =)
     
  2. FatMangosLAWL

    FatMangosLAWL Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, the only MSI notebook I've come into contact with was a MSI Wind. Which had pretty good build quality, didn't get too hot, and a comfortable keyboard - for a netbook anyway. Sorry, I don't know about their other lines though. :(
     
  3. 1timedeal

    1timedeal Notebook Consultant

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    Hello lavnya,

    The GX700/600 series are on the earlier models, while GX730/630 are the newer batch, and more stable.

    While the majority of 700 users don't have problem with them, some of the 600 users have bad experience with them, you can take a look at page 2 to 5 of this subforum to find out more.

    It really boils down to if you are going to use this for heavy gaming, or not. As the 700's GPU is less superior than the 630, however the 17" screen would be better for watching DVD, and your routine work(WSXGA+)

    Also if you are not gaming, then the overheating troubles posted by other users, would be less of a worry for you in this case.
     
  4. Maniatiko

    Maniatiko Notebook Consultant

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    im gonna buy that lappy in about 6 days, so Ill be posting some nice pics, and info, asap

    in anycase, im gonna buy a cooling pad to prevent if it, indeed, overheats.
     
  5. thebeesknees

    thebeesknees Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hrm, won't the benefits of a 2.4 C2D outweigh the bad video card?

    Basically, my questions is this: which offers better performance?
     
  6. lavnya

    lavnya Newbie

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    Depends on where you need performance.

    For gaming depends on which quality you like to play at, the GX630 should be better, especially for MMOs and RPGs. The bottleneck is games is usually the GPU. This holds except for RTS games, where CPU power can make a noticeable difference to playability (case in point: supreme commander)

    For 3D design, the GX700 should win the day, with a higher resolution and much better processor. 1280X800 resolution on the GX630 may be acceptable for a casual hobbyist, likely not for a student or professional of 3D design.

    Of course, you can do better for both with several options for higher cost.
     
  7. din0

    din0 Newbie

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    with regards to stability, how stable is the GX700? Battery wise, how good is it? Compared to Dell and HP laptops, how durable is this? I am also planning to buy this lappy because it's a pretty good deal. What do you guys think?
     
  8. din0

    din0 Newbie

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    hey guys, any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  9. Maniatiko

    Maniatiko Notebook Consultant

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    it is out of stock 4 days prior to my order
    O M G
     
  10. Tinselworm

    Tinselworm Notebook Deity

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    *pats head*
     
  11. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    lol are we sure this thread isnt the reason it went out of stock?
     
  12. Maniatiko

    Maniatiko Notebook Consultant

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    now it says I can add it to the shoppong cart, when I do it, it removes it from the cart cuz its out of stock, hopefully they fix it by tonight so I can buy it tomorrow :D
     
  13. din0

    din0 Newbie

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    which one are you guys interested in?
     
  14. alexoor

    alexoor Newbie

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    I have got this laptop. However, I felt it was refurbished because the package has obviously been opened before and the mouse is dirty and all other stuffs are with their separate packages opened. My question is whether I should ask Newegg to clarify this.
    Additionally, the woofer amplifies the sound on left side. and the front two speakers never work if there are two.
     
  15. Maniatiko

    Maniatiko Notebook Consultant

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    you SHOULD ask Newegg to clarify it!
    OBVIOUSlY!
    And ask for refund because the speakers dont work
     
  16. prax

    prax Newbie

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    Okay, so newegg has the GX700 back up (item #N82E16834152083), but downgraded as follows:
    • 70GB less HD space
    • no Memory card reader (or lack of confirmation of one)
    • T8100 CPU (vs T8300)
    • no fun pack (ie backpack, mouse, headphones, etc) known w/o pic

    (I ordered N82E16834152082 and pick it up tonight. Sure hope it is all I am expecting!)
     
  17. Maniatiko

    Maniatiko Notebook Consultant

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    D4MN YOU NEWEGG
    D4MN YOU NEWEGG X2
    D4MN YOU NEWEGG X3
    D4MN YOU NEWEGG X100000^10000

    I was going to buy it, but it ran out of stock :mad:

    Now my GX630 is comming tomorrow @ 100 dolars more :mad: and a horrid processor :mad:
     
  18. Micaiah

    Micaiah Notebook Deity

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    But you get a considerably better GPU. From a day-to-day basis, you probably can't tell the difference between the Intel and AMD CPU outside of synthetic benchmarks.
     
  19. prax

    prax Newbie

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    :D :D :D :D :D
    Got my GX700 last night. Woot!
    Seriously -- so worth more than $699
    I had worries that it was a refurb -- nope, 100% new.
    So new in fact, that I left that protective vinyl layer over the piano black cover. I am also overly impressed with the sound this thing has. For a mere laptop, having 4.1 sound is fun. I use my own laser mouse and headphones, but this came with them too, as well as a Vista DVD (rather than HD backup).
    Any questions, toss my way. But I am VERY happy. :D :D :D
     
  20. Joe Schmoe

    Joe Schmoe Notebook Enthusiast

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    In the MSI GX600 Review (newsID 4094 here on notebookreview.com), Kevin O'Brien says
    Is this true for the GX700 as well? I would really like to have 4GB (or more :D) of RAM in it instead of the 3GB that it comes with.
     
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