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Hello,

I just ordered a new EON 17 SLX this morning. The specs are pasted below.

One of my biggest concerns is about the new chips + video cards coming out this quarter.

I feel like I wasted almost 2.7k on a laptop that will not be cutting edge in a few months.

Please please let me know what you guys think. Do I wait for a couple more months or is this purchase good enough to last me a long time.

Specs:

Details

Laptop Platform: EON17-SLX

Laptop Exterior: NO PAINT

The ORIGIN Difference: Truly Custom PC's. Want a component that is not on our site? Call or email us and we will include it in your system.

Display Type: 1920 x 1080 17.3" SLX FHD LED Backlit Matte Display

Customizable Backlit Keyboard: Customizable Backlit Keyboard Software with Three Lighting Zones and Seven Color options

Graphic Cards: Dual 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7970M

Processors: Intel Core i7 3740QM Quad-Core 2.70GHz (3.70GHz TurboBoost), 6MB Cache

Memory: 16GB DDR3 1333MHz (4 X 4GB)

Operating System: Genuine MS Windows 8 64-Bit Edition

Optical Drive: 8X DVD+/-R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Slim Drive (No DVD Playback Software for Windows 8 Included)

Hard Drive One: 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache

Hard Drive Two: 120GB ORIGIN PC Approved Solid State Drive

Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy : None

Audio: Integrated High-Definition Audio with THX TruStudio Pro and up to 7.1 Channel support

Networking: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 Wireless dual-band module - Up to 450 Mbps

SuperSpeed USB 3.0: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports

Media Card Reader: Media Card Reader

Finger Print Reader: Integrated Biometric Fingerprint Reader

Web Camera: Built-in 2.0 Megapixel Video Camera

Warranty: 1 Year Part Replacement and 45 Day Free Shipping Warranty with Lifetime Labor/24-7 Support

ORIGIN Recovery: ORIGIN Recovery USB Flash Drive

No Dead Pixel Guarantee: 45 Day No Dead Pixel Guarantee Free

Free ORIGIN T-shirt: ORIGIN PC T-Shirt Small

Security Software: Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7 Only)

Cloud Power: Dropbox - Online Storage (Windows 7 Only)

Cloud Power: Steam (The Ultimate Online Game Platform)

Cloud Power: Origin PC NEXUS In-Game Support Chat Client

Web Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer

Web Browser: Google Chrome

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Well its a nice notebook but Origin does overprice their stuff due to the fancy paint job. Also the 700M series is coming soon which should have additional shader cores vs the current 680M. Personally I would advise against getting 7970M Crossfire because Crossfire has latency issues and it also drops frames (runt frames) so you essentially see high frame rate on your counter but in reality its nearly half that in many cases. I'd advise you to cancel it and strongly consider going nvidia.

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Yeah the biggest problem is the crossfire. If getting just 1 card then a 7970m is fine, but 2 is no go (oddly though 3 works fine in desktops).

I'm not expecting the next graphics card refresh to be significant, and haswell doesn't seem to be that much faster than ivy bridge from leaked results so far. In my opinion it depends on what you have now. As long as you at least have a fermi based card and a high end 1st gen i7 quad I would wait. Any worse though and I would just get something now.

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Yeah, frankly, the only reason I just bought a new laptop was because it was $1500. Got a 3630QM, 16GB RAM, 680M, on the FHD 3D screen for freaking nothing. If you plan on paying closer to $3000 for a laptop, wait until the next generation. Origin hasn't lowered their prices on them and it's quite sad to get one now.

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I say you better spent the money on something like a Lenovo Y500 with a i7 and SLI setupt. It's probably faster than that laptop you bought and only costs 1200$.

Even Alienware is cheaper I think :)

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