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nyscinderella08
11-21-2011, 10:28 AM
what are the diffrences from the a1 to the a2?

xm or qm?
when I see it listed on asus it says qm but I was told by a site that sell asus that xm is better.

also where do you feel is the best web site to buy one from?

Any sugestions on what to get or not get?

please help

JRd1st
11-21-2011, 01:12 PM
Get the A1 at Amazon.com. It's going for $1499.

The only difference I can tell between A1 and A2 id that the A2 has 16GB RAM and the A1 has 12GB. you could do that upgrade for $29 yourself.

ALSO, according to CDW the A2 is discontinued . . .

nyscinderella08
11-21-2011, 04:11 PM
on the fb asus site I was strongly suggested by others to go with the a2 not the a1 so thank you very much for the info.

can you explain to me the diffrences between the DH & TH
I don't know if I come off completly stupid asking all these questions or..... But I've been reading and trying to learn what I can with many diffrent stories depending on sites but really want to feel i'm making the right choices when i finally find a site and hit buy.

JRd1st
11-21-2011, 04:18 PM
I suppose DH and TH are part of model numbers? I have no idea about that but if you your notebook from Amazon; a normal G74SX-A1 you'll know exactly what you're getting. You really have to do your homework with these other models. People feel ripped off all the time because they thought they were getting a bargain . . .

I guess googlle those DH and TH models and compare.

And no, you don't sound stupid, only as confused as all these model numbers are designed to make you. ;)

BrodyBoy
11-21-2011, 07:55 PM
on the fb asus site I was strongly suggested by others to go with the a2 not the a1 so thank you very much for the info.

can you explain to me the diffrences between the DH & TH
I don't know if I come off completly stupid asking all these questions or..... But I've been reading and trying to learn what I can with many diffrent stories depending on sites but really want to feel i'm making the right choices when i finally find a site and hit buy.
As JR said, I think all those model numbers are supposed to confuse you! Asus has the most obtuse model naming "system" I've ever seen.

That said, my answer to one of your original questions also addresses this one. I recommend buying this laptop through Amazon. Unfortunately, people do get units with hardware issues, so in case you're so unlucky, you really want a seller with a generous return policy. Amazon gives you 30 days to try the computer and return it for any reason.

Amazon sells many of the various model configurations. If you scroll down on their product pages to the "What's in the box" and "Specifications" sections, you see a detailed list of their hardware specs, so you can easily compare them.

4426 (Example product spec listing on Amazon)
Even though there seems to be lots of models, there are really only about five basic hardware differences, and all these model configurations are just different combinations of these:


Display option: 3D or non-3D (most models are 1920x1200; a few base models have a 1600x900 display)
Processor speed: 2.0GHz or 2.2GHz
Optical Drive: DVD/CD combo, DVD/CD/BD combo, or BD Burner
RAM: 8Gb, 12Gb, or 16Gb
Hard Drives: there are a variety of hard drive combinations, the differences being one or two drives, size(s) of drive, and sometimes the speed (most are 7200rpm drives, some base models have a single 5400rpm drive)

nyscinderella08
11-22-2011, 01:12 AM
Thank you that list is great. I know the basics but it's all the little things

this is one on e-bay that I saw http://www.ebay.com/itm/290625498367?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

I'm going to go check out amazon again right now

I wish I would of just opened an account on here right away instead I tryed FB for a few weeks now and got almost no responses so thanks so very much

fixitchris
11-22-2011, 01:18 AM
If I were to rebuy mine again, I would have gotten 3D.

BrodyBoy
11-22-2011, 01:31 AM
Thank you that list is great. I know the basics but it's all the little things

this is one on e-bay that I saw http://www.ebay.com/itm/290625498367?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

I'm going to go check out amazon again right now

I wish I would of just opened an account on here right away instead I tryed FB for a few weeks now and got almost no responses so thanks so very much
Glad you found it helpful. :) One way to help narrow your focus is to go through that list and decide on your preference in each category. Then it's just a matter of finding the configuration that best matches your list. (Both RAM and hard drives are very easily changed later, if you want, so don't let those be a deal-breaker.)

A couple thoughts: (1) That G74SX-A1 listing on eBay is WAAAAY overpriced, and (2) I would be very reluctant to buy a G74SX on eBay. As I mentioned, I highly recommend you buy your G74SX from a seller that will take back the laptop without question, should you have any problems with it. I've had to return two of these, so I can't emphasize enough how important that is.

nyscinderella08
11-22-2011, 02:10 AM
Really? why didn't you if you don't mind me asking? also what would make you get 3d now?

I wanted 3d but everyone keeps telling me it's not worth it

nyscinderella08
11-22-2011, 02:14 AM
did you get yours off amazon or....?

i was hoping for 16g ram
I want an ssd drive
and sadly i'm not finding that on amazon

nyscinderella08
11-22-2011, 02:16 AM
also for Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium?? some say yes others say if your getting a gaming computer to upgrad that also

fostert
11-22-2011, 03:57 AM
I picked up my G74SX-CST1 at Staples here in Canada for a great price ($1349), and they have a decent return policy too. Their model (CST1-CBIL) has the 1920x1080 Backlit LED screen, 8 GB of 1333MHz DDR3, the i7 2630QM (2.0 GHz ->2.9 GHz Turbo), and 1TB=2x500 GB HDDs, plus Win7 HP and a 1 year warranty. I must have got a good one too cause I haven't had any of the common issues that I've seen reported on these forums. An upgrade to 16GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 (2 extra sticks of the same manufacturer & model# RAM installed) cost me an extra $50. http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?webid=343099&CatIds=67%2C68%2C3366&AffixedCode=WW&=&=&=

Seems like a better deal than the DH71 carried by the US Staples, which has a smaller 1600x900 screen, a 750 GB drive, 12 GB of RAM and costs $1800.

BrodyBoy
11-22-2011, 06:04 AM
did you get yours off amazon or....?

i was hoping for 16g ram
I want an ssd drive
and sadly i'm not finding that on amazon
Yeah, I got them all through Amazon....and they didn't balk in the least when two consecutive laptops were returned for exactly the same problem. They paid for UPS shipping and refunded the full price within a day or two after they got them back.

Adding RAM is the easiest and cheapest upgrade you can to on these. (Well, okay....a new WLAN card is cheaper.) So really, that's not worth considering if you find one that meets your other criteria. There are G74SX configurations that include one SSD and one HDD, but I've gotten the impression that they overcharge for the SSD. You'd have to research that and decide how it breaks down and whether it's a good deal for you.

also for Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium?? some say yes others say if your getting a gaming computer to upgrad that also
Unfortunately, Win HP is pretty standard on manufacturers' pre-configured computers these days. With some makers like Dell and HP, you can customize your laptop order and get OS upgrades when you order from their sites. But most machines, including Asus laptops from major retailers, are going to be pre-configured with Win 7 HP. I think the upgrade to Win Pro is about $69 via Windows Anytime Upgrade.

There are custom resellers, BTW, that will configure your machine exactly how you want it....for a price. That might be an alternative worth considering, though I personally think their buying and return options are somewhat restrictive.