Alienware M17x R1 motherboard

I have a Dell Alienware m17x R1 with the GTX260m gfx card. I was being dumb and flashed the bios with the laptop in my lap sitting on my couch when my 1 year old dog decided she wanted to play and closed the lid on me shutting the laptop off midway through the flash process.

I called Dell to find out how much for a new motherboard since my laptop is out of warranty, and they are telling me $650. Also, I had been having nothing but problems with it overheating and all I used it for was to play World of Warcraft. I found a couple of sites where I can get gaming laptops for around $1000, but my wife thinks it is better to get my alienware fixed.

Which way should I go?
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