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M17x or m18x?

Hello everybody, long story short I cant decide whether to get the AMD 7970M in an M17x or to get the 7970M crossfire with an M18x. I plan on using this computer for about 3 years - or the normal life of a laptop. I like all games but my old laptop struggles with some MMO's like Aion and Rift, and struggles with BF3. The choice of these laptops ive chosen the same CPU and RAM etc the only real difference is the model and the crossfire. The price of the M17x the way I want it is $2300 and the price of the M18x the way I want it is $2950.

I can afford either one but im not sure if I can justify the price difference if there wont be much difference with the games, as from the bench marks ive seen there is a difference, but it isnt massive. Will the crossfire help me lots in the long run, or will the 7970M single be able to keep up fairly well?

I realise the single card will run all the games in the next 3 years but I like to turn up the graphics to high or ultra.
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  1. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

    neither. for 2300 dollars you are getting ***. consider a cheaper laptop and getting a 1500 desktop that would run circles around those laptops.

    or this
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9150-clevo-p150em-p-4341.html?wconfigure=yes
  2. I dont want a desktop computer, I work in a mine site and need to be able to take it on a plane with me if i decide to take it to work for a few weeks, and Id prefer alienware thanks
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    I have an M17x R3. The m17x is a large laptop as is, the M18x is even larger. If you plan to use this laptop and only this laptop then I would go with the M18x if the price and weight are not excessive.
  4. ok thanks, I think long term the crossfire would probably be better for me anyway
  5. Best answer selected by Hello Kitty.
  6. Before Dell, you could have bought an Alienware laptop made from Clevo components or a Clevo one for 2/3 the price..... Dell has since bought Alienware but little else has changed.

    Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor
    8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
    Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit
    750GB/7200rpm 16MB Cache
    2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 7970M
    17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz
    Intel Wireless Lan N2230
    6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive
    Carrying Case
    3 Year Warranty
    Unlimited 3 year tech support

    Alienware MX17 - $2,683
    Clevo P170EM - $1,963
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