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June 17, 2012 2:17:41 AM

225-2945
1 Alienware M17X R4 with Soft Touch - Direct $1,855.12 $1,855.12
317-9735
1 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
317-9740
1 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
331-6912
1 English Keyboard, 101 Key, M17X R4
320-3275
1 17.3-inch WideFHD1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED
317-9893
1 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M
342-4414
1 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s
331-1350
1 Custom Nameplate
330-6106
1 Personalized Nameplate Trigger
331-6862
1 AlienFX Color, Mars Red
421-7439
1 Alienware Command Center Software, M17X
421-5789
1 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1, English, w/Media
318-2314
1 Stealth Black with Soft Touch Finish
410-0548
1 Adobe Acrobat Reader
318-2006
1 Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
421-5106
1 Power DVD 9.6, 3D
318-0424
1 Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
430-4712
1 Killer Wireless-N 1103 a/g/n 3x3 MIMO for Gaming and Video and Bluetooth 4.0
430-4706
1 Internal Wireless Bluetooth 4.0
331-7193
1 Alienware M17x 240W A/C Adapter
331-6865
1 Alienware Documentation
331-6868
1 Placement, M17X R4
331-6867
1 Shipping Material, M17X R4 - Black
461-8389
1 NO VIRUS PROTECTION REQUESTED
331-6909
1 Resource DVD, M17X R4
331-8045
1 Windows 7 OS Label, Alienware Notebooks
420-9691
1 DataSafe Local BackUp
420-9956
1 PC Restore
421-0092
1 DELL-DOWNLOAD-FLAG
421-3874
1 Camera Software 2.X, Factory Install
421-4289
1 Dell Support Center Software 3.0
421-7440
1 Quickset, M17X R4
312-1334
1 90WHr 9-Cell Primary Battery
995-6083
1 Dell Hardware Warranty Plus On-Site Service, Initial Year
995-6103
1 In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis, Parts and Labor On-Site Response, Initial Year
950-3337
1 1 Year Limited Warranty
950-9797
1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3
421-1723
1 Soft Contracts Dell In-Home Hardware Agreement for Alienware
994-3730
1 Warranty Support, Initial Year
421-1586 1 Alienhead Chrome Red
421-1596 1 Alienhead Chrome Red

I would like an honest opinion on this. I really want a laptop for the mobility, but I definitely want the performance to handle today's games and up to 3 or 4 years later. Is this a great set up?

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June 17, 2012 2:22:48 AM

If someone can somehow give me a setup that is more than enough, I would definitely entertain that too. I'm not sure if this is overkill.
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June 17, 2012 2:27:11 AM

Or if I can find something other than an alienware laptop... I heard that it's overpriced for the parts that are included.
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June 17, 2012 2:45:55 AM

alienware is almost always far too much for what you get.

compare Sager
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June 17, 2012 2:50:22 AM

The M17x has absolutely amazing construction. With that said, it's not really worth it to buy one unless you're able to drop at least $2500 bucks on it. I have an R3 and trust me, the price premium on the Alienware products is completely justified by the build quality. Ever since Dell bought Alienware they've been outstanding.

With that said, a couple of suggestions:

1. Buy it with the cheapest RAM possible. You can get some solid DDR3-1600 SODIMMs for half the price from Kingston. This will give you 16GB of DDR3-1600 for less than what Dell will charge you.

2. Same deal with the hard drives. I'm assuming that the R4 supports 2 hard drives like the R3 does. Buy the least that you possibly can and replace it with 2 Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drives. Hybrid hard drives combine a standard 7200RPM platter drive with a hardware controlled SSD cache. This offers an amazing improvement that is doubled by putting two of them in RAID. The old Momentus XTs have 500GB platters with 4GB of cache, the new ones have 750GB platters with 8GB of cache. The net effect of this is that everything which is accessed constantly gets cached.

3. Don't bother with BluRay, it's obsolete

4. If you want components that aren't available on the selection page you can call them up and ask for them. I used this to get a better graphics card

Good luck!

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June 17, 2012 3:22:11 AM

Pinhedd said:
The M17x has absolutely amazing construction. With that said, it's not really worth it to buy one unless you're able to drop at least $2500 bucks on it. I have an R3 and trust me, the price premium on the Alienware products is completely justified by the build quality. Ever since Dell bought Alienware they've been outstanding.

With that said, a couple of suggestions:

1. Buy it with the cheapest RAM possible. You can get some solid DDR3-1600 SODIMMs for half the price from Kingston. This will give you 16GB of DDR3-1600 for less than what Dell will charge you.

2. Same deal with the hard drives. I'm assuming that the R4 supports 2 hard drives like the R3 does. Buy the least that you possibly can and replace it with 2 Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drives. Hybrid hard drives combine a standard 7200RPM platter drive with a hardware controlled SSD cache. This offers an amazing improvement that is doubled by putting two of them in RAID. The old Momentus XTs have 500GB platters with 4GB of cache, the new ones have 750GB platters with 8GB of cache. The net effect of this is that everything which is accessed constantly gets cached.

3. Don't bother with BluRay, it's obsolete

4. If you want components that aren't available on the selection page you can call them up and ask for them. I used this to get a better graphics card

Good luck!


Is the M17x much better than the M14x?
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June 17, 2012 3:39:38 AM

lee_orn said:
Is the M17x much better than the M14x?


The M17x and the M14x target two separate markets.

The M17x targets the full sized laptop / mobile workstation market. When decked out it is a fully loaded mobile PC and performs very well at this task.

The M14x targets the ultra mobile notebook/netbook market. It is decent as an entertainment / time killing machine but it's not something that I would actually want to perform any real work on.

I am somewhat biased against smaller mobile PCs though because I find the smaller keyboards to be uncomfortable and hard to use. The M17x has keyboard spacing similar to that of a regular keyboard and a discrete numpad which is missing in some laptops (although this is mostly a matter of preference, I've owned both types and have no preference to either one).
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June 17, 2012 3:46:45 AM

Pinhedd said:
The M17x and the M14x target two separate markets.

The M17x targets the full sized laptop / mobile workstation market. When decked out it is a fully loaded mobile PC and performs very well at this task.

The M14x targets the ultra mobile notebook/netbook market. It is decent as an entertainment / time killing machine but it's not something that I would actually want to perform any real work on.

I am somewhat biased against smaller mobile PCs though because I find the smaller keyboards to be uncomfortable and hard to use. The M17x has keyboard spacing similar to that of a regular keyboard and a discrete numpad which is missing in some laptops (although this is mostly a matter of preference, I've owned both types and have no preference to either one).


Okay. I'm not a student anymore. I'm basically working as an accountant. Anyways, I'm looking for a mobile pc. haha I need the performance because I play games like Tera online or shooters. I'm a little weary about spending the money on these things because I have no idea what is truly enough and capable of running for years ahead. If it can run everything on max settings and is sustainable without hiccups, then this is the machine that I want. Is Alienware reliable and the only brand out there? Do any others match its performance?
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June 17, 2012 3:56:48 AM

lee_orn said:
Okay. I'm not a student anymore. I'm basically working as an accountant. Anyways, I'm looking for a mobile pc. haha I need the performance because I play games like Tera online or shooters. I'm a little weary about spending the money on these things because I have no idea what is truly enough and capable of running for years ahead. If it can run everything on max settings and is sustainable without hiccups, then this is the machine that I want. Is Alienware reliable and the only brand out there? Do any others match its performance?


Ah yeah. The M17x makes a great gaming platform, there's no mistaking that. However as has been pointed out here and many other places it is quite expensive. Despite what others may say, I do feel that you get what you pay for.

I do have one more suggestion though. The GTX660M is "okay" but it is still behind last year's flagship cards by a good amount. The GTX 680M would demolish it all around. Other cheaper alternatives are the HD 6970M (rebranded and downclocked HD 6850) and HD 6990M (rebranded and downclocked HD 6870). I have an HD 6970M and it handles everything just peachy

Aside from Alienware, Sager is a good alternative for gaming notebooks. They're not as flashy but the construction is good and the price is right
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June 17, 2012 4:25:38 AM

Pinhedd said:
Ah yeah. The M17x makes a great gaming platform, there's no mistaking that. However as has been pointed out here and many other places it is quite expensive. Despite what others may say, I do feel that you get what you pay for.

I do have one more suggestion though. The GTX660M is "okay" but it is still behind last year's flagship cards by a good amount. The GTX 680M would demolish it all around. Other cheaper alternatives are the HD 6970M (rebranded and downclocked HD 6850) and HD 6990M (rebranded and downclocked HD 6870). I have an HD 6970M and it handles everything just peachy

Aside from Alienware, Sager is a good alternative for gaming notebooks. They're not as flashy but the construction is good and the price is right


Could I actually purchase the GTX 680M and replace it later? Is the laptop easy to open and switch hardware out? I was thinking that I could just upgrade when i need to? I'd rather do this than get everything from them. newegg sells parts cheaper anyways.
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June 17, 2012 4:28:04 AM

I meant the GTX 660M
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June 17, 2012 4:30:38 AM

lee_orn said:
Could I actually purchase the GTX 680M and replace it later? Is the laptop easy to open and switch hardware out? I was thinking that I could just upgrade when i need to? I'd rather do this than get everything from them. newegg sells parts cheaper anyways.


Most of the time yes you can purchase and replace laptop video cards. However, laptop video cards are always OEM components and thus have OEM firmware that could result in incompatibility or vendor lock-in. It's possible, but I don't recommend it.
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June 17, 2012 4:33:42 AM

Pinhedd said:
Most of the time yes you can purchase and replace laptop video cards. However, laptop video cards are always OEM components and thus have OEM firmware that could result in incompatibility or vendor lock-in. It's possible, but I don't recommend it.


Could I have them upgrade things at a later date?
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June 17, 2012 4:37:06 AM

lee_orn said:
Could I have them upgrade things at a later date?


I'm not sure. The answer is most likely yes but you would be paying full price for two cards. Better to just pay for one imo.
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June 17, 2012 2:53:16 PM

laptops are not enthusiast build capable. buy the gpu you actually want and just use it for 2-3 years
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June 17, 2012 9:00:47 PM

Best answer selected by Lee_Orn.
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