First, for clarification, the i7 3720 is a 4 core processor with hyperthreading which allows 8 threads, it is not an 8 core.
Rating it as a laptop only, 9+. Those specs are very nice for a mobile computer, one year ago, the specs would've been nice for any computer
Rating as a computer in general 9. Still respectable specs for general computing since I would give most laptops a lot less.
Rating it as a gaming computer, 7. Although it has one of the best mobile graphics cards available, those card still lack compared to their full size brethren - It will game but you probably won't be using the highest settings. I could be underrating this aspect as I could find limited information about the graphics.
I really like the dual hard drive aspect, definately a monster of a laptop I'd say.
Yeah its the alienware m17x r4 2012 edition? 2gb of dedicated graphics. It also comes with the ATI Radeon 7970M option, which i read performs that bit better but ah well. High end games like Skyrim, BF3, need a bit of tweaking for that smooth frame rate but i dont mind i like to learn a bit here and there. Max payne runs brilliant. The only thing in my opinion that isnt ready is the 3D.
Might even dabble in a bit of overclocking if i ever have the guts lol