I really like the Alienware brand!
I haven't seen how big the 18.4 screen size laptops are, not a lot of 17.6 ones either unsure how much of a difference it makes.
I care how nicely things look on screen hence the choices I have listed
I don't think I'm going over 4 Gigs of Ram
I don't know how big the difference in gaming that a 5400RPM vs 7200RPM HDD will make. don't usually care unless it actually makes a bigger difference than I realize xD
Battery life isn't really a concern of mine
Buying these from dell outlet refurbished/used/scratch dent
Anything I should know about?
M18x vs M17x R2
-I want the dual GPU option in both
-In a M18x I would get the NvidiaGTX 460M x2 VS AMD/ATI 5870M Crossfire
-->They don't look too far apart on notebook check: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-460M-SL...
I'm asking because there might be something I don't know about them (FPS looks pretty close like within a 5-10 fps range of each other on the first few games I looked at.
Probably won't be going into 3-D unless you guys think its really worth it, but also I heard it gives you a headache idk, costco sales guy told me passive 3-D waay better should I wait for that) since the ones Nvidia makes are active right? I really want to try it too, but I don't know if its worth gaming in with my set-up (of just one 460m on a R3 or if its really good I'd get m18x 460m SLI 3D)
Also Screen Res:
M17x R2 (1920x1200) RGB <-- heard its great!
Do I really need that kinda screen res anyway on a laptop? I want it to look nice but at those res is it just pointless?
Will I really even need that much GPU power (if its actually a lot...)
I am just really CLUELESS how much processing power I need M17x R2
Will probably get an I7-720 FIRST GEN (2nd gen is like 20% increase in performance per GHz right?) or something around there. M18x
Will probably try to grab a I7 2630
Honest I'm just going to playing games mostly looking forward to running Battlefield3, and CoD:MW3 In the highest settings
Do games really even take full use of processors? Am I (I think the term is) bottle-necking it?
Also if any of you often game on a laptop does the keyboard get uncomfortable? I'm going to play it on a desk not on my lap.
M18x M17x R2
1920x1080p 1920 x 1200 RGB
460m SLI (possibly 3-D? in future?) vs 5870 Crossfire
i7-2630QM $1600+ i7-720 (1st gen) $1200-1400 depends if I grab Blu-Ray
I do have netflix would get HD plan if
I got the blu ray player too!
idk if the increase in price is really worth the upgrade
dude if your number is correct of a 20 percent increase clock for clock you still have to account for the additional .4ghz the 2630 gives you over the 720 and with sli gpus you will run into a cpu bottleneck prolly in games. i have two games that cpu bottleneck with a 540m so with two 460m that number will grow.
also the 460m and 5870m are both outdated and i hate recommending outdated parts to people. look for a laptop with a 560m or 6970m those both are crazy fast.