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May 2, 2012 8:42:22 AM

Alright so I'm planning to buy a 2nd hand laptop which I'll pay for and also trade in my desktop for it.

The Laptop specs are as follows:

DELL, Alienware M17x - R2 17`` UltraSharp WUXGA (1920x1200) RGBLED Display Laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-840QM Processor (1.86GHz, 4Core/8Threads, 8M cache)

Memory: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB)

Hard disk: 2 x 640GB SATA Hard Drive

Graphic: Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Optical drive: Slot Load Fixed DVD + /-RW Drive

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The Desktop specs are as follows:

Processor: AMD Phenom IIx6 1055t
OS: Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
Video Card: Radeon HD 6850
Hard Disk: 1TB
RAM: 4GB

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So what do you think? Is it worth it? I'm also throwing in another 350 bucks for it.
Was wondering if I could also connect a 1920x1080 monitor to the laptop and play games from there?
Would it support a 24inch monitor? And around what FPS could a pair of 5870 Crossfires play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 at?

Thanks alot guys!

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May 2, 2012 9:10:18 AM

cjmain said:
Alright so I'm planning to buy a 2nd hand laptop which I'll pay for and also trade in my desktop for it.

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So what do you think? Is it worth it? I'm also throwing in another 350 bucks for it.
Was wondering if I could also connect a 1920x1080 monitor to the laptop and play games from there?
Would it support a 24inch monitor? And around what FPS could a pair of 5870 Crossfires play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 at?

Thanks a lot guys!


It should have more than enough ways to connect to your monitor, and should have no trouble using it.

You can find a lot of information on crossfired mobility 5870s here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-587...

-> It's basically a desktop 5770.

It should have no problem playing Skyrim, and BF3 should run well enough (but don't expect magic).

It should be ~1 - 1.5 times the graphical performance of your desktop (based on the shader count / clocks and depending on crossfire scaling per-game).

I can't say much for the heat or noise it will generate (expect a lot), or the battery life and mobility (don't expect much).

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I would like to point out that, unless you specifically like the form-factor, you may be better served spending your money on a second 6850.
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May 2, 2012 9:15:11 AM

Whats the point of buying a laptop just to plug it into a monitor anyway?
If i were you I'd get another 6850 and crossfire it. That should give you a nice boost.
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May 2, 2012 9:15:45 AM

No way!!! That desktop is fine, I would stick with it. For 350 bucks you could buy another 6850 and then it would be way better graphically and you would get more output slots.
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May 2, 2012 9:22:27 AM

You need a laptop if you are mobile or want something while travelling.

I agree with other guys.
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May 2, 2012 9:27:05 AM

I guess the laptops overall performances isn't worth the trade? I was thinking of having something that I can play on the monitor and carry it around with me etc.

But I might just sell my currrent desktop for and use a few more bucks for this

This PC only is $2500NZD which is 2,032.93 USD

AMD next-generation CPU "Bulldozer" is coming!

* Hardware

- CPU: Unlocked AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition, FX- 8150 Eight-Core 3.6GHz / Max turbo 4.2Ghz Socket AM3 16MB Cache

--Cooler: Top brand Corsair High Performance Hydro H60 Liquid Cooler

- MB: Asus AMD 970 Chipset EVO ATX Full size, Super Stability, 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors! CrossFireX & Raid & USB 3 & SATA 3 Ready.

-RAM: Top brand G.skill Gaming Ram 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual-channel ( 4GB x4 )

-Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB ( 2000GB ) SATA3 7200 RPM, 6.0 Gb/s

-VGA: The very latest ATI beast: HD7970 3GB GDDR5, 28nm, DirectX 11 Ready, DVI & HDMI & VGA & Display port , the most powerful single chip GPU in the world .

-Case: Top brand Cooler Master HAF-912 Gaming Case comes with front USB3 & USB2 , Mic & Audio ports, Side Window .

-PSU: Top brand Thermaltake 700W 12cm quiet cooling fan Power supply.

-Sound: Integrated High Definition Audio 8-channel

-Lan: integrated Ethernet (10/100/1000) controllers

-Optical: LG 24X Double Layer SATA DVDRW.

-USB: 12 ( 2 in the front, 10 at back, Include 2 x USB3.0 ) ~ True USB 3.0 supports: transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.


Seems pretty good haha, what do you guys think? Cause I can't be stuffed upgrading my power supply, RAM etc.
I only have 4GB ram, I only get around 35-40 FPS on Medium on BF3 and if i go ultra i get about 13 - 15 FPS.
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May 2, 2012 9:34:35 AM

cjmain said:
I guess the laptops overall performances isn't worth the trade? I was thinking of having something that I can play on the monitor and carry it around with me etc.

But I might just sell my currrent desktop for and use a few more bucks for this

This PC only is $2500NZD which is 2,032.93 USD

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Seems pretty good haha, what do you guys think? Cause I can't be stuffed upgrading my power supply, RAM etc.
I only have 4GB ram, I only get around 35-40 FPS on Medium on BF3 and if i go ultra i get about 13 - 15 FPS.


This thing? http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/desktops/no-monitor/...

I'd imagine that, if you wanted you /could/ build your own for less money.

Also, you would be well-served to go for an intel platform, rather than AMD (it's just better right now).
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May 2, 2012 9:58:06 AM

Estix said:
This thing? http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/desktops/no-monitor/...

I'd imagine that, if you wanted you /could/ build your own for less money.

Also, you would be well-served to go for an intel platform, rather than AMD (it's just better right now).



Your from New Zealand? And yes that was the one i was looking at, and yea custom building should costless but I'm bad with it. Could you help me out?
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May 2, 2012 10:03:13 AM

cjmain said:
Your from New Zealand? And yes that was the one i was looking at, and yea custom building should costless but I'm bad with it. Could you help me out?


I'm not from NZ, I just Googled the first line of the description :-)

I really don't know how I could help, unfortunately.
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May 2, 2012 10:12:52 AM

cjmain said:
Your from New Zealand? And yes that was the one i was looking at, and yea custom building should costless but I'm bad with it. Could you help me out?


The critical part is choosing compatible hardware. This site (forum) is rich with experience, tutorials and experts who would be able to assist you, step by step if required.
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May 2, 2012 10:18:41 AM

^+1 build your own pc.
If you want one thats portable, why not a your own matx build?

Quick build (i know your not from UK but it'll give you an idea what to look for)

Asus Maximus V Gene
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-maximus-v-gene-inte...(x16)-displayport-hdmi-micro-atx

Intel 3570k
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

EVGA gtx 680
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-680-28nm-pc...

Corsair Vengeance
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Crucial M4 120GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-crucial-m4-new-sli...

Western Digital Caviar green 1tb
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10...

Silverstone 850w 80+ gold
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-silverstone-tec...

Silverstone SG04B
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-sg04b-fh...

Antec KUHLER H2O 620
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-kuhler-h2o-620-cpu...

Sony Optical DVD-ROM
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sony-ddu1681s-0b-18x-dvd...

This should be about your budget, be portable and be able to play any game on top settings for years to come.

Edit: Just noticed you've already got a HDD so you can reuse that to save money. You might be able to reuse your OS if its retail.
You can sell your 6850 for a bit of cash towards the build.
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May 3, 2012 5:28:15 AM

Devastater6194 said:
^+1 build your own pc.
If you want one thats portable, why not a your own matx build?

Quick build (i know your not from UK but it'll give you an idea what to look for)

Asus Maximus V Gene
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-maximus-v-gene-inte...(x16)-displayport-hdmi-micro-atx

Intel 3570k
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-...

EVGA gtx 680
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-680-28nm-pc...

Corsair Vengeance
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Crucial M4 120GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-crucial-m4-new-sli...

Western Digital Caviar green 1tb
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10...

Silverstone 850w 80+ gold
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-silverstone-tec...

Silverstone SG04B
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-sg04b-fh...

Antec KUHLER H2O 620
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-kuhler-h2o-620-cpu...

Sony Optical DVD-ROM
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sony-ddu1681s-0b-18x-dvd...

This should be about your budget, be portable and be able to play any game on top settings for years to come.

Edit: Just noticed you've already got a HDD so you can reuse that to save money. You might be able to reuse your OS if its retail.
You can sell your 6850 for a bit of cash towards the build.



Thanks a Heap! I'll definitely have a look at that. Seems pretty legit haha.
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