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Sager NP9130 vs Sager NP9150 vs Alienware m17x-r4

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ssfblue, Jun 1, 2012.

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Which system would you pick based on my background?

  1. XoticPC Sager NP9130 @ $1366.01

    3 vote(s)
    21.4%
  2. XoticPC Sager NP9150 @ 1651.01

    8 vote(s)
    57.1%
  3. Alienware m17x-r4 @ 1837.12

    3 vote(s)
    21.4%
  1. ssfblue

    ssfblue Notebook Guru

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    I am in a bit of a pickle regarding which laptop I should get...

    I already have three systems in mind, each with their own unique configuration. I do not plan to make any changes to the system configurations, with a couple of noted exceptions. Actually, I've already purchased an Alienware m17x; however, it is still "In Production" and I have a few days to decide. Of course, if the Alienware gets shipped early, I will try to get this thread closed and just stay with what I got! :)

    I would have used the general template but since I already have narrowed it down to three systems...

    My Background

    I currently play on a Dell 30" Monitor that has an extremely high resolution at 2560x1600(?). My desktop system that I got 2 years ago will soon be going away (w/ i7 920 & ATI 5970) because I want to game with some mobility! I currently play all the games I play at full resolution on my big monitor so moving over to a smaller monitor will be a bit of a rough transition, but I am prepared!

    I also go to school full time. I have a laptop that is just for school and it's a 13" so it's much more portable than the selection below. If I get the 15.6", I might consolidate but lugging around an extra 4-6lbs is not appealing on top of all my books. I definitely won't go to school with a 17.3-incher. I just like the idea of a larger screen in the 17.3-inch and the Alienware design.

    Games I Play
    #1: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    #2: Star Trek Online
    #3: Already-released Real-Time Strategy Games (Sup Com, SC, SW:EAW)

    Note 1: I do not plan on playing other new games in the future as there are no releases I am interested in.

    Note 2: I want to play at maximum resolution (1920x1080) for all games and can live with medium settings; though it would be nice to play at High/Ultra.

    Note 3: I plan to keep the system for 2-3 years.

    Note 4: I probably won't notice the difference between a screen with or without 95% Color Gamut, but I slightly prefer matte over glare.

    Note 5 [BUDGET]: Though I would like to be frugal, sometimes going for the big kahuna makes it worthwhile, LOL!

    THE SYSTEMS

    Xotic PC Sager NP9130
    "The economical approach with better screen."

    Main Specs:
    Display: 15.6" Matte w/ 95% NTSC Color Gamut [+$95] (If you think this is useless to me, I can downgrade & save.)
    Processor: i7 3610QM [+$70]
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 670M [Standard]
    RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz [-$50]
    Primary Hard Drive: 500gb 7200RPM [Standard] (I will self-upgrade to 128gb Crucial M4)
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium [+80]
    Keyboard: No Backlighting
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    Self-Upgrade: 128gb Crucial M4 [+122.00]
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    Discounts: $50 NBR Discount [-50]
    TOTAL: $1244.01 + $122.00 + $0 Tax = $1366.01


    Xotic PC Sager NP9150
    "The more expensive approach with lesser screen but more raw power."

    Display: 15.6" Matte [+$30]
    Processor: i7 3610QM [Standard]
    GPU: ATI HD 7970M [+$200]
    RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz [-$50]
    Primary Hard Drive: 500gb 7200RPM [Standard] (I will self-upgrade to 128gb Crucial M4)
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium [+80]
    Keyboard: w/ Backlighting
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    Self-Upgrade: 128gb Crucial M4 [+122.00]
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    Discounts: $50 NBR Discount [-50]
    TOTAL: $1529.01 + $122.00 + $0 Tax = $1651.01


    Alienware m17x
    "The vanity approach. Sometimes, ya just gotta go broke!"

    Display: 17.3" Glossy 1920x1200 [+$150]
    Processor: i7 3610QM [Standard]
    GPU: ATI HD 7970M [+$170]
    RAM: 6GB 1600Mhz [Standard]
    Primary Hard Drive: 500gb 7200RPM [Standard] (I will self-upgrade to 128gb Crucial M4)
    mSATA: 32gb mSATA Caching Drive [+75]
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium [Standard]
    Keyboard: w/ Backlighting
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    Self-Upgrade: 128gb Crucial M4 [+122.00]
    Self-Upgrade: 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz [+50.00]
    <>
    Discount 1: 2% Student Discount [-$37.88]
    Discount 2: $50 off Alienware Systems over $1499 [-$50] - Haggled
    Discount 3: 5% Dell Advantage Gift Card [&#8776; -$90]
    Discount 4: $200 Gift Card - EPP [-$200] - Haggled
    Incentive: No Interest Financing for 12 Months
    TOTAL: $1806.12 + $172.00 + $149 Tax - $290 Gift Cards = $1837.12



    Thank you all for your input!!!
     
  2. truekiller28

    truekiller28 Notebook Consultant

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    Sager NP9150 bro, weight is really much bearable than M17x. I don't know what you mean by "lesser screen" but the OEM 1920*1080p screen on Sager is nice. Fingerprint Security (factory option) is really nice. The look of Sager is less "Geek" and as you said it's raw power. Also this model of clevo is less noisy than alienware. Im not really fan of alienware for thoses points above.
     
  3. ssfblue

    ssfblue Notebook Guru

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    Hey! Thanks for your input!

    When I said "lesser screen" I was comparing it to the option I picked in the NP 9130, which was with the 95% Color Gamut.

    Do you think I will be missing much if I pick the 15.6" Screen as opposed to the 17.3" screen? I dunno, I guess I just am worried about the transition from a 30" 2560x1200 Rez down to 50% of original screen size. I was hoping peeps with experience on both screens can give me an idea of how much screen real estate an extra 1.7-inches will give.

    I also understand that there is an NP9170, but I just hate the way it looks for some reason. I just figured that between the NP9170 and m17x, I will get pretty close in price, so I picked the m17x as my 17-inch option.
     
  4. _Axcel_

    _Axcel_ Newbie

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    Believe me once you game on a 17" laptop you'll just laugh over the idea that you ever considered a 15". Besides you have a 13" to lug around with you at school so why settle for less seeing size isn't an issue.

    The only debate should be between the Sager NP9170 and the m17x but you said so yourself you hated the way the 17" Sager looks. Not to mention the discounts you managed to score on the Alienware make it alot more attractive price wise.

    The Alienwares screen has an insanely glossy look to it however if its really an issue anti-glare screen protectors can help with this. I will point out I am a fan of glossy over matte though so I am slightly biased.

    Personally I think you would be crazy to switch over to the 15" Sager. The m17x is just such a hot looking laptop, not to mention dells customer service etc is just amazing. If however you do end up switching over to ANY of the Sagers, I highly recommend that you fork out the extra $95 for the 95% NTSC Color Gamut screens....100% worth every penny.

    FYI after weeks of tossing up between the NP9170 and m17x, and countless hours of reading reviews.....I went with the m17x and couldn't be happier with my decision.
     
  5. Mr_Mysterious

    Mr_Mysterious Like...duuuuuude

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    Seconded. You made a lot of good points. :)

    One thing I will always disagree with AW owners is :p CS. I agree that it's good, but I'll always contest if it's better than a Sager reseller's, lol. That doesn't really matter though, both AW and Sager are tops in the industry.

    Mr. Mysterious
     
  6. gkrules

    gkrules Notebook Consultant

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    I second the NP9150. I'd also recommend getting a hard drive caddy, so you can have both the SSD (in the main bay) and the 500gb hard drive (in the caddy).
    If you need the DVD drive, you can always swap them out, or you can buy an external drive for around 30 dollars.
     
  7. Mr_Mysterious

    Mr_Mysterious Like...duuuuuude

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    I think you mean external enclosure, which would house the optical drive that ssfblue may remove in lieu of the HDD caddy.

    That's what I have as my setup anyways.

    Mr. Mysterious
     
  8. xXxPykexXx

    xXxPykexXx Notebook Consultant

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    Just bought an R4. I think they're great. However, I would go with either Sager given your needs. The more expensive Sager might make more sense since the 7970m will be good enough to run games for the entire time you intend to own the laptop on the off chance something does come out that interests you.

    EDIT: If you want the R4 just because, that's completely legitimate too.
     

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