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Maverik1666
05-28-2009, 08:06 PM
I already am set to buy a Sager NP9280, but what should I get for my girlfriend? I'm hoping to cap it around $1500-$1600 and I want her to have at least a 15" screen and ba able to play Spore. Other then that, she needs Microsoft SBE and Vista 64 Bit. Suggestions?

Anewbus
05-28-2009, 08:43 PM
I already am set to buy a Sager NP9280, but what should I get for my girlfriend? I'm hoping to cap it around $1500-$1600 and I want her to have at least a 15" screen and ba able to play Spore. Other then that, she needs Microsoft SBE and Vista 64 Bit. Suggestions?

If you could be a little more specific by filling out the form that would really help us in getting the best for the budget for your girlfriend. After all, you do want her to be delighted and if anyone can do it XoticPC can.
I'm personally not familiar with Spore, and it's requirements, but I'm sure somebody here is.

TiPpA5
05-29-2009, 09:46 AM
I am familiar with the requirements for spore however it would help a ton if you filled out the form. At the same time just glancing over all of them it seems that really any of the mid-to- lower high end gaming laptops are able to play it at least on medium settings

Maverik1666
05-29-2009, 11:56 AM
1) What is your budget?
$1600

2) What size notebook would you prefer?
a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
Mainstream

3) What country are you buying this in?
USA

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
Sager is good, but any will work.

5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Light gaming, and used for school/college.

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
Will be carrying it around during college.

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Spore and Sims 3 among others of the same caliber

8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
3-4 would be awesome, but 2 is fine

9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
Not a problem

10) What OS do you prefer? (more details below)
-Windows XP Home SP3
-Windows XP Pro SP3
-Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit or 64-Bit
-Windows Vista Business 32-Bit or 64-Bit
-Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit or 64-Bit
Vista Home 64 bit

Screen Specifics

11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)
Widescreen
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
Doesn't make a difference

12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen?
Glossy preferably

Build Quality and Design

13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
Not too much, she wants the custom back case picture

14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
Buying in a month or so, last 5 years? If possible.

Notebook Components

15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 1TB, or 1.5TB?
320 or 500, 7200 Rpm

16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
Yes, Blu-Ray isn't necessary.

17) What speed CPU/Processor would you like? Dual core or Quad Core CPU?
Dual Core is perfectly fine. 2.4 GHz is what I'm looking for

TiPpA5
05-29-2009, 12:33 PM
MSI GT627 - 218 (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2555%7B76%7D650%7B94% 7D1074%7B92%7D1987%7B88%7D1067%7B186%7D1532%7B93%7 D1645%7B112%7D656%7B98%7D1797%7B96%7D1969%7B168%7D 1453%7B116%7D696%7B117%7D707%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D1 747%7B169%7D1449%7B119%7D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D 1441%7B107%7D2259%7B106%7D1688%7B121%7D694%7B108%7 D710%7B109%7D711%7B170%7D1492%7B173%7D1175%7B167%7 D1452%7B103%7D2020%7B113%7D1413%7B111%7D1414%7B69% 7D2552)
- 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050) `
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- -Intel® P8600 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.40GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 25 watt - ENS
- nVidia GeForce 9800M GS 1024MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10
- No Video Adapter
- ~ 4,096MB DDR2 800 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory -
- Standard Finish
- - 2X Blue-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive
- - 320GB 7200RPM WD or Seagate (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default Hard Drive
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- No Floppy Drive
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in 802.11 Wireless A/B/G/N
- No Network Accessory
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- MSI Matching Backpack
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- No Car Adapter
- None Standard*
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- No Fingerprint Reader
- No External Keyboard or Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- -Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- No Office Software
- No Software Bundle
- 3 Year MSI Parts & Labor Limited Warranty with Lifetime Tech Support

^ is a little below at $1423 comparatively it is lighter than the others so easier for carrying and has 2+ hours of life

Another choice a little above the price range is
Sager NP8662 (Built on Clevo M860TU) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2564%7B76%7D768%7B187 %7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2421%7B88%7D1925%7B186% 7D1532%7B93%7D2431%7B193%7D657%7B112%7D656%7B98%7D 1295%7B96%7D2434%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D696%7B117%7D 705%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119%7D 1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D689%7B106%7D 1696%7B121%7D694%7B108%7D710%7B109%7D711%7B170%7D1 591%7B173%7D1175%7B167%7D1452%7B103%7D1889%7B113%7 D1413%7B111%7D1414%7B69%7D714)
- 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® P8700 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.53GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 25 watt
- nVidia GeForce GTX 260M 1,024MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10 (User Upgradeable)
- No Video Adapter
- ~ 4,096MB DDR3 1066MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires Vista 64-Bit to utilize Full 4GB)
- None Standard--
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
- No Back Up Hard Drive
- No Floppy Drive
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- No Network Accessory
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- No TV Tuner
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
- No Car Adapter
- None Standard*
- No Dock/Hub/Adapter
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- No External Keyboard or Mouse
- No Notebook Cooler
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- No Office Software
- No Software Bundle
- 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Based Toll Free Telephone Tech Support (Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)

This one will be able to play really any game such as spore and SIMS on higher settings but it is a bit above your price range at $1624

I hope this helps :)

Maverik1666
05-29-2009, 09:37 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. It does need the SBE Offiice software though.

TiPpA5
05-30-2009, 12:17 PM
Then id say go with the MSI and get whichever version of office you will need

Joseph@XoticPC
06-02-2009, 01:14 PM
Tipp has made a great suggestion. Get the MSI and then the SBE office would be in your budget. If you have any questions feel free to open a chat on our website or shoot over an email.