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2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2620M processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N + WiMAX 6150
90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 + Creative SoundBlaster X-FI MB 1.2
1 year LoJack for Laptops Premium Theft Protection
Backlit Keyboard - English

It's coming to around 1600 $,which suits my budget.

I wanted to get an Alienware,but I am sure it may get stolen,because everyone knows AW is expensive.

I am going to use it to play sc2 and a few other games,watch hd movies,but mostly for college work.I want this one to last me for at least 4 years.

Does anyone own any dell xps laptop?How is the build quality?

Thanks for any replies.
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Not so sure about the 540m, but everything else looks good. What resolution is the screen?
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That build doesn't look like a very good build for the money.
When you're buying a gaming laptop, the most important thing to look at is the video card when it comes to longevity/viability in the future.

All of the following are better suited, and cheaper.
they all have 15.6" 1080p displays as well. If you're willing to go to a 17" model, the video cards tend to be more powerful because of the improved cooling a large chassis allows for.

Sager NP5165 $1,200
-1080p screen (15")
-i7-2720QM
-8GB ddr3
-500gb hybrid hdd
-nVidia GT 555M

also check out the Sager NP8150 and the Force 16F2 as well as the Asus G53

When you're buying a gaming laptop, the most important thing to look at is the video card when it comes to longevity/viability in the future.
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i would get the Nvidia 555M atleast, possibly change to the Dell XPS 17, if its too much extra money drop down to an i5,

one suggestion, for me (in the UK) it was the cheapest to buy the laptop with the minimum ram (3gb in my case) then buy new ram seperatly on ebay to bring it up to 4/6, worked out cheaper than paying dell 40pounds extra per gb or something
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Thread Starter 
Ok so I customized the Xps 17 one as well.It's coming to 200$ more than the xps 15.I think I could shell out that much if it works well for the next 4 years.

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz
Genuine Windows® Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
17.3" FHD (1080p) with 2.0MP HD Webcam & Facial Recognition
Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N 6230 and Bluetooth 3.0
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 + Creative SoundBlaster X-FI MB 1.2

Also,which brand generally has the best reputation for price vs performance?

I have never heard much of asus,sager,etc...I only know hp,dell,acer,sony as some of my friends use them.
post #6 of 34
If you are already spending that much on just an XPS, get an Alienware.
post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by Maxin View Post
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2620M processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N + WiMAX 6150
90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 + Creative SoundBlaster X-FI MB 1.2
1 year LoJack for Laptops Premium Theft Protection
Backlit Keyboard - English

It's coming to around 1600 $,which suits my budget.

I wanted to get an Alienware,but I am sure it may get stolen,because everyone knows AW is expensive.

I am going to use it to play sc2 and a few other games,watch hd movies,but mostly for college work.I want this one to last me for at least 4 years.

Does anyone own any dell xps laptop?How is the build quality?

Thanks for any replies.
My first two questions is why do you want a laptop and do you HAVE to have a mobile computer?

Next Alienware and XPS are basically the same crap in different shiny boxes. You want to avoid both because they come from Dell.

Here's my own experience with a M15X:

Quote:
Here's my experience with Alienware. Shelled out for a M15X with most of the bells and whistles back in 2009 so I had a mobile rig that was capable of gaming and doing most of my other tasks. Now keep in mind that I only sparsely used it compared to my normal rig.

First off the thing arrived with dead pixels. Not a large amount but more than enough to notice it. Of course that wasn't going to to work so I called Dell and quickly got connected to "Greg" in New Delhi whom I had to basically teach English to just so that I could tell him what was wrong. Well they sent a refurbished replacement screen and a tech came to my house to do it. He replaced the screen, booted it up, and surprise surprise the screen had dead pixels. Over the next several months I played this game over and over and it finally took me going through 7 customer services reps and their supervisors before I got someone to send a brand new screen rather than a refurbished piece of crap.

After the screen fiasco we entered a whole new episode of replacements. The first thing to go was my GPU. Cooling on these things just isn't very good and it constantly hovers around 90C on medium quality and more than likely burned itself out. Had to send it in to get repaired that time. Got it back in about 2 weeks and then it suddenly turned off one day and had to call Dell again. Turns out the motherboard went and sent it back for repairs. When I got it back a couple weeks passed and then it wouldn't power on again. Turns out the GPU went out AGAIN and had to be repaired. Got it back and then shortly there after the CPU crapped out on me and had to be replaced. Finally most of the components had been replaced in the computer and it had been gutted and reworked about a dozen times by now. Oh but wait there's more.

After all that the HDD decided to go as well and thankfully I convinced them to just send one out and I'd do it myself since I didn't wanna wait 3 days for to make an appointment for their useless technicians. As usual I got a refurbished model and it was damn close to dead when I got it. Called back and explained what happened and they sent another. Got another bad one. Finally got sent a brand new one than was working.

Flash forward to today. After numerous failures it no works rather well, but your sig rig would hands down make Alienware cry. If you want a powerful rig, upgrade your current one rather than throw your money down the hole. I assume you don't need it to be mobile.

TL;DR: Alienware is overpriced crap and you should spend that money upgrading your sigrig.
If you must get a laptop look at Sager's or ASUS's lineup. If you don't need a laptop build it yourself and get many times the performance for the same price. Oh and 1 out of 3 laptops die within the first three years and can't be readily upgraded to prolong the life of the overall system.
Edited by Lampen - 7/20/11 at 9:12am
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post #8 of 34
If you're gonna spend $1700+ on a laptop, make sure it has a GTX 560m at the very least. The GT 555m isn't that great in games at all by comparison. Heck, my 460m smokes that card like it's nothing.

Edit:

So Lampen, you decide to use your experience of buying a massively overpriced laptop that's decked out with all the best stuff on a line they decided to stop making due to it's performance lacking, and because you got one with more than a few problems, you are trying to tell him that all gaming laptops are prone to overheating and don't offer the performance that a desktop can?

Part of this is true, but your story is one of more personal failure rather than the product not delivering. Granted you got the one machine that was all screwy, however, you cannot judge an entire line of laptops just because you got the ONE machine from an overpriced company from the overpriced line within that company and that ONE laptop means that all others are crap. Read my review of my laptop in my sig for other details on my point.
Edited by Imglidinhere - 7/20/11 at 9:25am
     
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Your second build is better. However, don't buy the 8GB of RAM from Dell, unless it comes free with the package, which I highly doubt. You can get that RAM for a third of the price from Newegg. Additionally, you made the right choice on avoiding Alienware. However, Dell owns Alienware and it almost seems as if their XPS line is a more "dignified" Alienware. Look into Asus, they've always made good gaming laptops.

Someone else was also completely right above, make sure you're getting the best graphics card you can today. Even if you only get 4GB of RAM, that's always upgradeable down the road.

I've never been a fan of 17" screens, but if you want to game/get a more powerful processor and GPU option you'll have to buy it. 15" is more convenient IMO, but more limited in terms of hardware.
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post #10 of 34
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Thanks for the reply.
I am moving to college(freshman) and I HAVE to have a mobile computer for obvious reasons.

I'll have a look at Asus laptops.

I don't like alienware as well,but I don't understand why so many people buy them.There's a whole 5-star rated thread about alienware owners.

How about these ones from Newegg?

This one is a Toshiba
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834214392

This one is an Asus with a GTX460 M

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ies%20G73SW-A1

And this one is with a GTX560M

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230103

Which of these is better?
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