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Old 03-01-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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So this is what I ended up going with...........for $999

Let me know what you think, its backordered so i have 2 weeks to cancel my order.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...&skuId=9718895


Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor
Features a 6MB cache and 1.6GHz processor speed.
The all new 2010 Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc.
17.3" bright LED high-definition plus display
With TrueLife technology showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
Features 1GB dedicated video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. Built-in stereo speakers with JBL and SRS Premium Surround support.
Built-in 2.0MP webcam
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
8-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital Input/Output, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, High Speed Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell 1520 wireless LAN card
To wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 7.6 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Microsoft Works and more.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:13 PM   #2
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Not a bad Price for a Mobile i7, there is only 1 other i7 you could move up to in a laptop (without going to the i7 mobile extreme series) and I haven't seen it in any flyers yet.

Did you compare the same system with Dell? I wonder if they are the same price or cheaper. I bet they build like 1000 of these with the above specs and sell them to the box stores for a cheaper price than if someone built their own on their site. just wondering since you have 2 weeks until it comes out.

BTW I was wrong about the 3 ram sticks on the i7 series, that is only in the desktops, on laptops they are still only in a dual config. But you should check out the speed difference and capabilities of a desktop processor, it is off the hook!

I bought Quad core Xeon CPU's a couple years ago that couldn't touch the i7 desktops with their quad core and 8 way threading!
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Not a bad Price for a Mobile i7, there is only 1 other i7 you could move up to in a laptop (without going to the i7 mobile extreme series) and I haven't seen it in any flyers yet.

Did you compare the same system with Dell? I wonder if they are the same price or cheaper. I bet they build like 1000 of these with the above specs and sell them to the box stores for a cheaper price than if someone built their own on their site. just wondering since you have 2 weeks until it comes out.

BTW I was wrong about the 3 ram sticks on the i7 series, that is only in the desktops, on laptops they are still only in a dual config. But you should check out the speed difference and capabilities of a desktop processor, it is off the hook!

I bought Quad core Xeon CPU's a couple years ago that couldn't touch the i7 desktops with their quad core and 8 way threading!


yeah i tried it on dells website, they dont let u custom build anymore (AT LEAST I COULDNT FIND IT) but for one comparable, it was closer to 1800. I like the fact this one has the 9 cell batery too instead of the 6. Thanks for the help!
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That looks like a badass machine.
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I've sold a few of these at the store (on backorder), a really nice setup!
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys
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my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys
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haha forget internet porn, this has a bluray player.........hidef porn baby!
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I work for Geek squad, this is a good buy. getting a mobile i7 and dedicated graphics for $1,000 should cover most needs for years (even if they are pretty advanced needs). Good find, wish we carried those.
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Watch out for Dell monitor **** up. I will never own Dell Laptop because after a year I have always experience problem with screens.
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Meh. It is a Dell.
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I'll never spend more than $500 for a laptop.....you need to figure that you will be in the market for another one as soon as the manufactures warranty expires.
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I'll never spend more than $500 for a laptop.....you need to figure that you will be in the market for another one as soon as the manufactures warranty expires.
I agree with this. I go cheap on TV's and Laptops because they will either brake by then or be rendered obsolete.
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see i gues im lucky, ive never had a problem with a single laptop ive owned. Had a dell for 4 years, an acer for 4, another acer for 4, and now this one. All the rest i have gotten from compusa for under 500, so this is the most expensive that I have paid..........and im not real big on dell either, but after getting this thing I can tell you its worth every penny so far.

The speakers are amazing, sound better and louder than an external pair for my desktop.

other than me screing up my last one (forgot to unplug it before i changed the keyboard and the next thing i know sparks are coming out the side) DOH all of them still work to this day. So i guess ive been lucky.
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Dell machines are like Cutler. You look at the numbers and wonder why they don't seem to perform better...

Anyways, seems like a solid rig. I just distrust Dell is all.
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wow that is a great laptop for the price.. I just ordered 1 myself. thx for sharing!
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wow that is a great laptop for the price.. I just ordered 1 myself. thx for sharing!
says it on backorder for a week or 2, however i got mine in the mail 3 days after ordering it.
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my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys
it looks exactly like your old one from here
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my first post with this bad ass computer..........this thing is awesome! ive already sone some stuff that on my old computer would take forever, the cpu on this never even got above 20%! Thanks for the help guys
it looks exactly like your old one from here
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NICE Bleeder ... sounds like it was fun. The i7 is cutting edge right now, so you're set for a long while. Get a really good case to carry it around in ... and you'll probably want to get a portable mouse to tote around too. Are they gonna let you spend the rest of the money on software, printer, peripherals, maybe a home monitor to plug into? You should still have a sizeable balance if I remember right.

After about 6 months, I just last week completed building my new desktop, piece by piece. I spent about the same money as you, even though I kept my monitor and HDDs.

  • Intel Quad Core Q9400S (2.66 ghz, 6M Cache, 1333 FSB) link.
  • EVGA nVidia 790i SLI ready chipset motherboard - Socket 775, ATX link.
  • 4 GB 1800 mhz DDR3 SLI ready ram memory link.
  • EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ SLI graphics card, 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, Dual DVI, 1080 HD link.
  • Cooler Master nVidia branded SLI certified tower. Very cool actually, check it out.
  • Logisys 600 watt SLI-certified power supply. Even that's green link.
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM (just $129) link.

The common thread is all the nVidia SLI certified parts of course. They must really have suppliers wanting that certification, even case and power supplies pay for the privilege. Sad part is I'm not even a gamer, which is the whole point of SLI. In fact, this whole project was probably a misallocation of funds on my part. I could've got a pre-made Dell, with extra software and the i7 processor for about $300 or 400 less.

But it was major fun, first new one in five years. And it gives me the false, but nonetheless gratifying notion that I am mechanically inclined.
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Once Civ 5 is near completion it will be time for me to get my next desktop. A little overkill perhaps for a strategy game but entirely worth it.
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So this is what I ended up going with...........for $999

Let me know what you think, its backordered so i have 2 weeks to cancel my order.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...&skuId=9718895


Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor
Features a 6MB cache and 1.6GHz processor speed.
The all new 2010 Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc.
17.3" bright LED high-definition plus display
With TrueLife technology showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics
Features 1GB dedicated video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. Built-in stereo speakers with JBL and SRS Premium Surround support.
Built-in 2.0MP webcam
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
8-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital Input/Output, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, High Speed Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell 1520 wireless LAN card
To wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 7.6 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Microsoft Works and more.
Why are you buying this from bestbuy instead of going directly to dell? Did you do a price comparison?
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Bought our laptop from Costco.com over a year ago (just before the kid was born, figured I'd never get on the desktop anymore with him running around). If you're a Costco member, be sure to check them out.
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i7 is very coo.
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