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June 7, 2014 12:10:09 PM

Hello!

I am looking to replace my 5 year old gaming acer with a brand new alienware. I am well aware that I am paying a lot for that alien head but I don't really care as I really wanna have that alien head :p  Now, I initially wanted to buy an alienware m18x with an sli 860m 4gb gddr5 and an i7 4810Mq Quad Core, 6MB Cache, up 3.8GHz. Has a 256GB mSATA SSD Boot + 1TB 5400RPM SATA 6Gb/s and 16gb ram. I can totally afford that (and then starve in a month but that's totally acceptable ) and was already gonna order it on the alienware site when I read that the sli system has problems with a lot of games and that the 860m is just plain terrible. So I went ahead and built an m17x with an 880m 8gb gddr5, i7-4710MQ and a 1TB 5400 + 80 mSATA HDD. It has about the same price (give or take a few hundreds...) but I do not know what I should get. I know almost nothing about computers so please explain like you would explain to a 5 year old :p . These are the things I built with a very low knowledge of computers, so if I did everything wrong please feel free to build some other alienware choices for me.

Here are the specs of the 2 laptops I built:

The m18x:

Processor
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4810MQ processor (Quad Core, 6MB Cache, up 3.8GHz)
Operating System
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit, English
Display
18.4" WLED FHD (1920 X 1080) TrueLife Display
Video Card
Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M graphics with 4GB total (2x 2GB) GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI® Enabled
Memory
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
Hard Drive
1TB/5400 RPM + 80G caching mSATA
Optical Drive
Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVDR/RW) (Standard)

The m17x:

Processor
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor
Operating System
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit, English
Display
17.3" WLED HD+ (1600 x 900) Anti-Glare Display
Video Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 880M graphics with 8GB total GDDR5
Memory
8GB DDR3L at 1600MHz (2 x 4G)
Hard Drive
1TB 5400 + 80 mSATA HDD
Optical Drive
Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVDR/RW) (Standard)

Which one should I get? Are they any good? If not, can you please build another alienware for me that is priced around 2200-2500 usd?

Thank you in advance, Gonzo.

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June 7, 2014 12:15:43 PM

You built an alienware laptop ? How ?
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June 7, 2014 12:16:23 PM

I highly recommend against a gaming laptop. For $2500 you could build a high end desktop that will put any gaming laptop to shame and also buy a laptop or tablet for your mobility needs. I spent $1500 on a gaming laptop for college and after a few minutes once the heat built up, my $400 desktop at home performed better.
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June 7, 2014 12:19:39 PM

I used the official alienware homepage, it lets you customize your alienware. Also woltej, I realize that, but I can never see myself using a desktop :p  It is just too much work keeping it clean and it takes so much space and I tend to move around a lot (from desk to desk, or to the tv to watch a movie). I have already made my mind about that, and about the alienware part, well lets say that I am that kind of person that chooses an iphone over a samsung because of the apple. Thanks for your opinion though :p 
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June 7, 2014 12:22:17 PM

Alienware and their influential marketing traps...
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June 7, 2014 12:25:23 PM

I know, right? Still the prettiest laptops out there.
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June 7, 2014 12:28:04 PM

So you need to be able to game while watching a movie or tv or while jumping around to random desks?

Out of those two the 860 sli will perform better in games.

I suggest you drop your brand whore way of thinking though as you are letting alienware bend you over a table and in return getting a sub par gaming experience.
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June 7, 2014 12:32:59 PM

Well neither actually, I just already made up my mind about the pc vs laptop thingy :p  And thanks for the answer, that is exactly what I wanted to know.
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