So I'm just about to buy my new gaming laptop. My sights are set on the Battalion 101 P150EM (2) from Ibuypower. I have it configured with an i7 3820QM, Radeon 7970 2gb Video Card, 16 gb RAM, and 750gb Hybrid HDD with 8gb SSD. I want this thing to last for at least 7 years without needing to be replaced. I will be using it for gaming, 3d modeling/rendering, programming, video editing, and everything in between. My question is can I afford to drop the i7 down to a 3720QM without sacrificing performance, it would save me an extra $200 but I don't know if its worth it in the long run. I want this thing to be a gaming beast and be able to handle all my other activities with ease. What do you think of the setup and can I downgrade the card without worrying?
EDIT: so clueless me didn't know the battalion 101 was a rebrand. I decided to go to the source and get a sager N9150 from xotic.
processor: downgraded to the 3720QM
video card: stuck with the Radeon 7970 since its infinitely better than the Nvidia 675
HDD: dropped to a 7200rpm 750gb and lost the SDD altogether
RAM: went in between with 12gb at 1600
I know it wont last at the top for 7 years but it should at least survive that long... right?
Last edited by BulletReign; 07-09-2012 at 11:29 PM.
.1Ghz won't make a world of difference. Save the $200 and get 3720QM. See if you can get a separate SSD and HDD instead of a hybrid drive. Upgrade the SSD to something larger. 120GB-128GB at least, more if you can afford it.
What kind of software do you use for video editing? If it supports CUDA, get a GPU from Nvidia. If it supports OpenGL, then getting either will be fine (AMD GPU will be better in this case since their compute power is huge).
7 years is a long time in hardware world. Things improve for the better at a really fast pace.
I'm worried mostly about how fast things improve in the technology game. Thats why I initially opted for the higher-end processor. Would buying it allow my machine to be effective longer? if so its worth the expense to me. Also I took your advice and got a 7200rpm 750gb drive and a 120 ssd. Also brought RAM down from 16gb to 8 since 16 is overkill and unnecessary. Any other tips?