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#1201 DPsycho

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:36 AM

I understand, but I'm not planning on staying in a single location. Not only am I really set on having the ability to move my computer around through out the day, I will probably be moving around in the near future. I may end up flying to another state to stay with some family friends for an untold amount of time, etc. Moving around with a desktop PC just isn't going to work for me.

I don't mind a laptop being "big", needing too much power, etc. I just really need a mobile all-in-one machine, even if it's clunky-mobile. That's a dealbreaker for me, even though I know how much smarter it would be to build a desktop PC.



OK, so now we're onto something. You don't want a gaming laptop per se. You want a gaming PC with a focus on portability. That is, easy to pack up as opposed to being able to use it while on a flight. Is this accurate?

Would a system with a small profile and output to a television as a display device or a smaller monitor suffice, then?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:39 AM

OK, so now we're onto something. You don't want a gaming laptop per se. You want a gaming PC with a focus on portability. That is, easy to pack up as opposed to being able to use it while on a flight. Is this accurate?

Err, no. xD I'm probably 99% set on a laptop.

Sorry if I'm being confusing, I never meant to derail the topic either. I was just wondering what is the most popular cost effective graphics card to have in gaming laptops nowadays.

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#1203 Kaltic

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:40 AM

My advice: none.

A laptop is meant to be portable; everything is designed to be more compact at the cost of power and performance. A gaming laptop will be a burden to lug around due to its size (at least if you want something decent) and will cost a lot more than its desktop equivalent. And you will blaze through battery power if you game without an outlet nearby.


I always want to tell people to buy the desktop equivalent of a gaming laptop and then a cheap laptop which I would assume would probably round out to being the same or even cheaper than a gaming laptop. That way you have mobility and something to game on without hating yourself with getting a laptop for gaming.

And I can truly be of no help with laptops because I don't look at them... ever. Though if you were to get a laptop for gaming, remember how much I hate them, you might as well get the most expensive one out there because you will already be spending an absurd amount as is.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:44 AM

I was just wondering what is the most popular cost effective graphics card to have in gaming laptops nowadays.


This just confuses the shit out of me honestly. You want a cost effective graphics card but are choosing the most (or one of) over priced laptop manufacturer.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:01 AM

This just confuses the shit out of me honestly. You want a cost effective graphics card but are choosing the most (or one of) over priced laptop manufacturer.

I guess I'll just say never mind then; I don't seem to be explaining myself well enough to get any help.

I want to buy an expensive laptop. That doesn't mean I want the most expensive, top of the line version of that laptop. You can buy a top of the line Alienware for an absurd amount of money, and you can buy a not quite so top of line Alienware that still runs games fine for a not quite so absurd amount of money. I'm not sure what's so confusing about that.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:03 AM

I understand, but I'm not planning on staying in a single location. Not only am I really set on having the ability to move my computer around through out the day, I will probably be moving around in the near future. I may end up flying to another state to stay with some family friends for an untold amount of time, etc. Moving around with a desktop PC just isn't going to work for me.

I don't mind a laptop being "big", needing too much power, etc. I just really need a mobile all-in-one machine, even if it's clunky-mobile. That's a dealbreaker for me, even though I know how much smarter it would be to build a desktop PC.


You can peruse notebookcheck.net for mobile graphics benchmark comparisons/reviews.

But . . . you really are looking at this purchasing decision the wrong way. Spending $2000+ plus on a luxury laptop is a joke - I don't care what your situation is. First, you really should consider the rapid leaps in cpu, gpu, storage, and other related technology that we've seen in recent years and will continue to see. Second, in addition to the aforementioned weight, fan noise, and crap battery life mentioned by others . . . get this . . . your fancy gpu (the one that's generating all that heat and noise) will be going to waste on a mediocre display panel.

I think a gaming laptop in your situation is a great idea - but, at a price of $1100 or less. At that price you'll be able to play all games at a min. of medium settings and can always hand it down/sell to someone in your family in two/three years and buy another laptop for $1100 with specs comparable to/better than that $2000+ machine. Plus things happen when you live with people . . . pepsi spills, accidental drops, etc.
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#1207 Kaltic

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:05 AM

I guess I'll just say never mind then; I don't seem to be explaining myself well enough to get any help.

I want to buy an expensive laptop. That doesn't mean I want the most expensive, top of the line version of that laptop. You can buy a top of the line Alienware for an absurd amount of money, and you can buy a not quite so top of line Alienware that still runs games fine for a not quite so absurd amount of money. I'm not sure what's so confusing about that.


I don't think most people are confused, but have for some reason decided to use the word instead of saying they think the idea is silly, or for me dumb. It is just the idea of a gaming laptop in my mind is silly, but then again I am not the one that said I was confused so for all I know other people could truly be confused.

Now I missed the beginning of this conversation, but it would probably best if you haven't go to the the PC hardware thread in the PC forum. I would assume they may be a bit more helpful for this sort of situation because I think most people here think a gaming laptop tis silly and will try to dissuade you more than be of help.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:18 AM

You can peruse notebookcheck.net for mobile graphics benchmark comparisons/reviews.

But . . . you really are looking at this purchasing decision the wrong way. Spending $2000+ plus on a luxury laptop is a joke - I don't care what your situation is. First, you really should consider the rapid leaps in cpu, gpu, storage, and other related technology that we've seen in recent years and will continue to see. Second, in addition to the aforementioned weight, fan noise, and crap battery life mentioned by others . . . get this . . . your fancy gpu (the one that's generating all that heat and noise) will be going to waste on a mediocre display panel.

I've used notebookcheck.net a lot, but generally their reviews are pretty by the book, and when you look around elsewhere you'll actually find the little quirks and real issues that people have with any given card. That's why I just figured I'd ask here what's a good card to have on a laptop that won't absolutely break the bank, and will still run things great.

And I totally understand the idea behind NOT getting a high end gaming laptop. That said, I don't want to play something like Skyrim, Witcher 2, etc on medium/low settings. I don't really mind if the next gen of games comes out and I can't play those games on the highest settings, but I do want something that will play current high end games very well, even if that means I'll probably be spending too much money on the system.

I think a gaming laptop in your situation is a great idea - but, at a price of $1100 or less. At that price you'll be able to play all games at a min. of medium settings and can always hand it down/sell to someone in your family in two/three years and buy another laptop for $1100 with specs comparable to/better than that $2000+ machine. Plus things happen when you live with people . . . pepsi spills, accidental drops, etc.

In contrast to what I said above, I still very well might end up going this route and buying something pretty good, but not amazing. I found a Lenovo once that apparently could be playing Skyrim on med-high settings and the laptop was only $799. If I happen to find a deal on something, I may jump on it, but if I have the money to spend, I would like to buy from a company that makes really really high quality machines, like Alienware. Still, we'll see.

I don't think most people are confused, but have for some reason decided to use the word instead of saying they think the idea is silly, or for me dumb. It is just the idea of a gaming laptop in my mind is silly, but then again I am not the one that said I was confused so for all I know other people could truly be confused.

Now I missed the beginning of this conversation, but it would probably best if you haven't go to the the PC hardware thread in the PC forum. I would assume they may be a bit more helpful for this sort of situation because I think most people here think a gaming laptop tis silly and will try to dissuade you more than be of help.

Well, yes. When I have money in hand and am seriously looking to grab something, I was going to post a topic to get more in depth info. All I asked was what was a good laptop graphics card to play current gen games though, lol. I never asked for laptop advice, people just decided to go off about that. xD

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#1209 DPsycho

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:21 AM

Half a day remains on the current Indie Royale bundle. The price has kept around the $5.50 mark for the entirety of the offer, so if you get it at that price now... you're paying the same that nearly everybody did.

I've listened to the $8 price point album enough times now that I'm just going to go ahead and buy it primarily for that. And hey, expanding my Desura catalog, I guess. I do want to try out Cubemen at least.

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Now I missed the beginning of this conversation, but it would probably best if you haven't go to the the PC hardware thread in the PC forum. I would assume they may be a bit more helpful for this sort of situation because I think most people here think a gaming laptop tis silly and will try to dissuade you more than be of help.


Also this is the steam deal discussion thread, not that its easy to know beyond the title.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:29 AM

I think a gaming laptop in your situation is a great idea - but, at a price of $1100 or less. At that price you'll be able to play all games at a min. of medium settings and can always hand it down/sell to someone in your family in two/three years and buy another laptop for $1100 with specs comparable to/better than that $2000+ machine. Plus things happen when you live with people . . . pepsi spills, accidental drops, etc.


This is the only reply I can support.

I've hated Alienware for as long as I can remember. Long before they were bought by Dell. Don't get one. Your friend is not a "tech wiz." He's also not a genius. What's next, he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express?

Get something like a $1000 Asus Republic of Gamers laptop. They've been on Warehouse Deals recently for under $1k.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:30 AM

Well, yes. When I have money in hand and am seriously looking to grab something, I was going to post a topic to get more in depth info. All I asked was what was a good laptop graphics card to play current gen games though, lol. I never asked for laptop advice, people just decided to go off about that. xD


Well, this is CAG so don't be surprised if most of us don't have too much experience with luxury laptops. And I don't say that in a snide way, but Alienware is literally the flashy, cool looking luxury brand of gaming laptops so on this site most of us are going to go with an equivalent machine in quality and build for 100s of dollars less.

I tried the gaming laptop route once, utter failure. Just a bad machine that got lemoned out, but for the amount I spent I said never again. I'm a real cheapass and not too big on graphics so I spend around $500 on my desktops every 4-5 years and $400 on my laptops every 3 years. I buy games well after release though so my PC has handled everything I've thrown at it and my laptops play enough casual games to keep me entertained.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:32 AM

Alienware is overpriced for what you get and I'm surprised someone who is considered a "tech wiz" would recommend them.

Also, the midweek bundle is a pile of hot garbage and at least two of the titles have bene in bundles. I'd wait until Stalker and anything else you'd want it for go on individual sale.


Agreed 110% with Genocidal on this.

I have never ever once heard anyone speak about how amazing Alienware is. In fact I have only heard about how horrid Alienware is not to mention Alienware is not the real "Alienware" that built up such a amazing reputation. The original "Alienware" had their brand bought from them by Dell and they(Dell) just uses that name to sell overpriced "brand" name laptop's to chumps, yes chumps fools with too much money who love brand names; buying Alienware is paying 400-500 dollars for a name that means nothing these days. No matter if you go for a "low-end Alienware" you still pay the brand name stupid tax on it.

Want a good laptop from a quality brand that your willing to pay top dollar for that brand try, http://www.falcon-nw.com/ and www.originpc.com/ (Origin is the people behind Alienware when it meant something to brand geeks, and guess what Origin just uses those one Sergian(spelling) laptops that was listed above but markups them up and sells them in their own cases but if you love brands Origin and Falcon are the best for that.


Also thanks was looking at that bundle and was thinking your right if they've been an a Indie bundle before chances are they will again so better off just waiting for the 4$ bundle

I'm a real cheapass and not too big on graphics so I spend around $500 on my desktops every 4-5 years and $400 on my laptops every 3 years. I buy games well after release though so my PC has handled everything I've thrown at it and my laptops play enough casual games to keep me entertained.


I am so torn on upgrading my old PC because of this same issue. My PC is like 4 years old now but when I got it, I stupidly over spent by far far to much. Only thing i've upgraded over the years is a 550 TI card. I've been looking at upgrading as my PC still uses DDR 2 ram :cry: Yet when I look at the costs of paying like 1.5k for a brand new machine it just seems kind of crazy when this machine hasn't really had a problem playing any game at around highish settings.

It just doesn't seem like software has caught up to hardware yet, so spending 1.5k just seems like I will be making a huge mistake, when most games don't need any major upgrades at the moment.
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#1214 Idiotekque

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:38 AM

Also this is the steam deal discussion thread, not that its easy to know beyond the title.

Thanks for the snarky reply, but I just read three or so pages of graphics card discussion, so I asked the simple question of what was good laptop graphics card. That's it. I didn't mean for everyone to bring up what kind of system one should buy.

This is the only reply I can support.

I've hated Alienware for as long as I can remember. Long before they were bought by Dell. Don't get one. Your friend is not a "tech wiz." He's also not a genius. What's next, he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express?

Get something like a $1000 Asus Republic of Gamers laptop. They've been on Warehouse Deals recently for under $1k.

He knows what he's talking about, but he isn't talking about value. That said, he also recommended Asus, and I'll end up looking at those too.

Well, this is CAG so don't be surprised if most of us don't have too much experience with luxury laptops. And I don't say that in a snide way, but Alienware is literally the flashy, cool looking luxury brand of gaming laptops so on this site most of us are going to go with an equivalent machine in quality and build for 100s of dollars less.

I tried the gaming laptop route once, utter failure. Just a bad machine that got lemoned out, but for the amount I spent I said never again. I'm a real cheapass and not too big on graphics so I spend around $500 on my desktops every 4-5 years and $400 on my laptops every 3 years. I buy games well after release though so my PC has handled everything I've thrown at it and my laptops play enough casual games to keep me entertained.

True, I guess I've just always used the "cheaper, just as good" computers for a very long time and found that they aren't actually "just as good". Then again, they've been Dells, so that point may be moot.

I was looking into Lenovos, and I heard some good about them along those "just as good" lines. Then I started reading about how IBM stopped making them, another company took over, and the quality immediately plummeted, and how they aren't as good as other brands, etc.

It's hard, because a "just as good" computer doesn't always crap out. Just like you bought that "good" computer and lemoned out on you. I've bought "just as good" computers and had them lemon out on me, so it's hard to know what direction to go. Since I'll actually have the money to go that extra mile, I really feel like buying from a high quality company is worth it, but I don't know, I still have a lot of research to do.

Agreed 110% with Genocidal on this.

I have never ever once heard anyone speak about how amazing Alienware is. In fact I have only heard about how horrid Alienware is not to mention Alienware is not the real "Alienware" that built up such a amazing reputation. The original "Alienware" had their brand bought from them by Dell and they(Dell) just uses that name to sell overpriced "brand" name laptop's to chumps, yes chumps fools with too much money who love brand names; buying Alienware is paying 400-500 dollars for a name that means nothing these days. No matter if you go for a "low-end Alienware" you still pay the brand name stupid tax on it.

Want a good laptop from a quality brand that your willing to pay top dollar for that brand try, http://www.falcon-nw.com/ and www.originpc.com/ (Origin is the people behind Alienware when it meant something to brand geeks, and guess what Origin just uses those one Sergian(spelling) laptops that was listed above but markups them up and sells them in their own cases but if you love brands Origin and Falcon are the best for that.


Also thanks was looking at that bundle and was thinking your right if they've been an a Indie bundle before chances are they will again so better off just waiting for the 4$ bundle

I only hear about AW being overpriced, but never anything else negative (as far as quality goes). I'm not interested in the "name", I'm interested in the construction and quality. That said, thanks for the links. I'll check those companies out.

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#1215 Sophita

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:44 AM

I only hear about AW being overpriced, but never anything else negative (as far as quality goes). I'm not interested in the "name", I'm interested in the construction and quality. That said, thanks for the links. I'll check those companies out.


http://www.resellerr...store/Alienware But really it is best to review and check up on any site before buying. Always better to know what the risk is before spending so much money at any one place. 8-)
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:47 AM

It is ok I think I am one of 10 that actively played and loved Jade Cocoon then again I never really liked Final Fantasy or any of the other RPG's on PS because they always seemed so complex when I was like 12. But Jade Cocoon has that kind of simple short dialogue but that also happens to be deep too. So was easier to kind of understand what was going on.

Another criminally underrated game that was on PS is Shadow Madness, Infact I do not think I have ever heard anyone talk about that game.


You got me on that one. I have never even heard of it.

I don't think I even finished Jade Cocoon, I should see if I can find a copy somewhere.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:48 AM

True, I guess I've just always used the "cheaper, just as good" computers for a very long time and found that they aren't actually "just as good". Then again, they've been Dells, so that point may be moot.

Dell owns Alienware. ;)
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:52 AM

Dell owns Alienware. ;)

I'm aware of that, but I've still heard the quality is a night and day difference. It's always hard with contrary reviews on 90% of computers. >_<

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:53 AM

On my PC I have been using the same 8800GT (through multiple PCs) since 2006 - when I got it for 130$.

I love that card so much.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:58 AM

I'm aware of that, but I've still heard the quality is a night and day difference. It's always hard with contrary reviews on 90% of computers. >_<



Here's my main issue with Alienware - for the money you many times get less. And by less I mean other things. A $2000 Alienware might have less HD space, RAM, etc. than a $1500 Asus. And that's what bothers me the most. If I were paying just for the brand then whatever, but sometimes it seems they take advantage of things. I mean they have a $2000 laptop with only 500GB of HD space, that's ridiculous to me because if you are dedicated to gaming that 500GB will be used up so quickly.

So if you are not entirely stuck on Alienware, I would look into the ASUS republic of gamer series. They have some laptops between $1500 and 2000 that I would consider if I had the money and that many times have better specs than equivalent Alienwares. As a brand ASUS gets nothing but praise from most people.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:59 AM

http://www.resellerr...store/Alienware But really it is best to review and check up on any site before buying. Always better to know what the risk is before spending so much money at any one place. 8-)

The problem with that site is that the "rating" for all computer companies is around one star... Look up Lenovo and Asus, they have ratings lower than Alienware.

90% of the time someone takes the time to relate their experience is because it was a bad, unfortunately. Out of box hardware issues happen with all computers. Very few actually go out of their way to go there and write a detailed praise of service. However, as one reviewer there said, he had a problem, called Dell, and they sent a technician right out to fix it. Dell does that, while other companies pretty much don't. While I hate Dell, that's their one redeeming factor, and coupled with a "quality" machine (hopefully), it sounds like a good idea in theory.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:00 AM

I guess I'll just say never mind then; I don't seem to be explaining myself well enough to get any help.

I want to buy an expensive laptop. That doesn't mean I want the most expensive, top of the line version of that laptop. You can buy a top of the line Alienware for an absurd amount of money, and you can buy a not quite so top of line Alienware that still runs games fine for a not quite so absurd amount of money. I'm not sure what's so confusing about that.


I may be in the minority, but I love my Alienware. When I ordered mine, there was about a $100 premium over a similar Sager which I didn't have a problem with since I've always wanted one and the build quality and customer service is much better. If customer service can't resolve a problem, they send out a technician to your house the next day(assuming you have the warranty).

But if you're don't want to blow a ton of money, the M14x with the GeForce 650M is a good choice. 95% of the games I play are on all high settings and it plays them at great frame rates. Games like BF3 have to be played on medium/high, which is fine for me. The big thing for me is that it is extremely portable. I thought it would weigh a ton, but it's not bad at all.

You can get dual 675M's in the M18x if you want which would future proof you for a couple years. I'm pretty sure you can also eventually upgrade the graphics card in the M18x, but the M14 does not allow it.

Word of advice, though...if your heart is set on an Alienware, do NOT order them online. Call and get a representative who is willing to negotiate. My PC came out to something like $1,500 and I ended up getting it for $1,129 with no tax and a $200 gift card that I used to upgrade my RAM and get a SSD. You get MUCH better prices by calling.

Also, don't upgrade the RAM or hard drive when ordering. Get those separately because they're way cheaper elsewhere and they're both very easy to install.

Also, like Fox said, Asus ROG laptops are very good as well. Whatever you decide, good luck!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:00 AM

I been using Nvidia and had good luck with that. My old laptop had an ATI with good luck too.

I guess it just comes down to luck because with all electronics it's a crapshoot. Some last for ages, some don't. Just luck of the draw I think.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:02 AM

Here's my main issue with Alienware - for the money you many times get less. And by less I mean other things. A $2000 Alienware might have less HD space, RAM, etc. than a $1500 Asus. And that's what bothers me the most. If I were paying just for the brand then whatever, but sometimes it seems they take advantage of things. I mean they have a $2000 laptop with only 500GB of HD space, that's ridiculous to me because if you are dedicated to gaming that 500GB will be used up so quickly.

So if you are not entirely stuck on Alienware, I would look into the ASUS republic of gamer series. They have some laptops between $1500 and 2000 that I would consider if I had the money and that many times have better specs than equivalent Alienwares. As a brand ASUS gets nothing but praise from most people.

Indeed, I immediately noticed that on the Alienware site. That's why I ended up looking to buy Alienwares in other places, but that may or may not be a good idea either.

I hear good about Asus all the time though, so I'm definitely considering them too.

Let's change the question: What's a good, cost effective graphics card for an ASUS? :roll:

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:05 AM

I may be in the minority, but I love my Alienware. When I ordered mine, there was about a $100 premium over a similar Sager which I didn't have a problem with since I've always wanted one and the build quality and customer service is much better. If customer service can't resolve a problem, they send out a technician to your house the next day(assuming you have the warranty).

But if you're don't want to blow a ton of money, the M14x with the GeForce 650M is a good choice. 95% of the games I play are on all high settings and it plays them at great frame rates. Games like BF3 have to be played on medium/high, which is fine for me. The big thing for me is that it is extremely portable. I thought it would weigh a ton, but it's not bad at all.

You can get dual 675M's in the M18x if you want which would future proof you for a couple years. I'm pretty sure you can also eventually upgrade the graphics card in the M18x, but the M14 does not allow it.

Word of advice, though...if your heart is set on an Alienware, do NOT order them online. Call and get a representative who is willing to negotiate. My PC came out to something like $1,500 and I ended up getting it for $1,129 with no tax and a $200 gift card that I used to upgrade my RAM and get a SSD. You get MUCH better prices by calling.

Also, don't upgrade the RAM or hard drive when ordering. Get those separately because they're way cheaper elsewhere and they're both very easy to install.

Also, like Fox said, Asus ROG laptops are very good as well. Whatever you decide, good luck!

Thanks for the info (definitely about calling in). Funny how I just mentioned the technician support before you posted; that is something I like too. You can upgrade the graphics card in an M18x though? I was under the impression that upgrading graphics was pretty much a no go in any laptop. Why does the M18x allow that?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:34 AM

I understand, but I'm not planning on staying in a single location. Not only am I really set on having the ability to move my computer around through out the day, I will probably be moving around in the near future. I may end up flying to another state to stay with some family friends for an untold amount of time, etc. Moving around with a desktop PC just isn't going to work for me.

I don't mind a laptop being "big", needing too much power, etc. I just really need a mobile all-in-one machine, even if it's clunky-mobile. That's a dealbreaker for me, even though I know how much smarter it would be to build a desktop PC.


We tend to kneejerk on this topic since we're all so frugal :lol: But that;s a totally understandable situation.

Here. Half the price, quality hardware, and you'll be able to play most games at at least medium settings, if not higher.

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#1227 hal

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:37 AM

I would look into the ASUS republic of gamer series. They have some laptops between $1500 and 2000 that I would consider if I had the money and that many times have better specs than equivalent Alienwares. As a brand ASUS gets nothing but praise from most people.


I've had an ASUS laptop for about three years now and it's been a champ. It's on day and night and I've hauled it all over the country. I can play whatever I want, wherever I want, whenever I want. So count me as one who's had a great experience with that line.

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#1228 Idiotekque

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:40 AM

We tend to kneejerk on this topic since we're all so frugal :lol: But that;s a totally understandable situation.

Here. Half the price, quality hardware, and you'll be able to play most games at at least medium settings, if not higher.

"The Steam Kneejerk Thread V5!" ;)

No worries though; someone actually PMed me with a lot of good info, so consider the topic closed. I'd imagine the thread's gotten derailed more than enough, lol.

(Thanks for the recommendation too; I've been looking at the IdeaPads for a long time.)

I've had an ASUS laptop for about three years now and it's been a champ. It's on day and night and I've hauled it all over the country. I can play whatever I want, wherever I want, whenever I want. So count me as one who's had a great experience with that line.

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#1229 Kaltic

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:41 AM

http://www.resellerr...store/Alienware But really it is best to review and check up on any site before buying. Always better to know what the risk is before spending so much money at any one place. 8-)


Does that just work off of recent reviews or something because every page has 10 reviews and there are 134 pages of 5 star reviews. That is well over half of the reviews so there should be absolutely no way it should have the amount of starts that it does. Plus 1 star reviews don't start until page 161 which means there are only about 300 of those.

I am assuming it must only use 15 reviews since that is the number it puts by the side of the star list.

Also there is in fact a 1 star review because an item went on sale the day after someone bought something. Some people really, really shouldn't be able to review things. I hate when those sales that didn't match up with when I bought my product make the product terrible... garrr!

EDIT: For laptop users that never unplug from their systems from the wall... ever. How does the battery life seem if you do happen to unplug it?

#1230 dfg

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:47 AM

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