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Hi,

First time poster here, so despite there being a few similar posts I was hoping to get some direct feedback on what the users here thought.

I currently have a m17x R1 that I bought in Sept. 2009, it was maxed out and very top of the line back then. It has SLI 280M, T9600 (2.8 Ghz), 8 gigs ram, and a 256 GB SSD. It has worked great for me in everything I've needed, but I'm feeling like it might be time to upgrade.

My question is, the new sandy bridge processors and say the 560M (in the G74) or even 460M or higher cards in the newer Alienware machines, am I going to see a huge difference in speed? Since the processor is older and so are the graphics cards, despite me trying to find more information on direct comparisons between my existing specs and the new machines, I just don't have any information. I realize that neither of these machines come with an SSD by default, so I would more than likely buy a new SSD and install it myself after I receive the new system.

So I ask you, overclock readers, do you have any data as to what the performance increase would be? Should I upgrade to an G74 or a m18x/m17x, or wait another 6 months-1 year?

Thank you!
post #2 of 16
The question that has to be asked, Why dont you build a desktop???
Keep the lappy for "on the go" gaming..??




edit: Welcome to OCN btw . Please fill in your system specs here..
post #3 of 16
just wait gtx6xx is coming soon
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That is a very nice laptop you have there. I would wait, no need to spend retarded money when what you have is awesome. I don't think you will see a worthy increase in performance. I think if you spend that kind of money, you will be sadly disappointed if looking for a performance boost, because it would most likely be slight.
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post #5 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Capwn View Post
The question that has to be asked, Why dont you build a desktop???
Keep the lappy for "on the go" gaming..??
Great question, I should have addressed that in my original post. Basically my work/life situation means I'm usually gaming anyplace but home, and rarely in the office when I'm at home, so my wife wouldn't be thrilled with a big desktop at the kitchen table. I wish that was an option
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I would wait.. Thats still an awesome laptop you have.. And will be for a long while.
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capwn View Post
The question that has to be asked, Why dont you build a desktop???
Keep the lappy for "on the go" gaming..??




edit: Welcome to OCN btw . Please fill in your system specs here..
Even better than a large desktop, a mATX build! Tiny, cheap, and you can still fit some nice components into it. Replacing my craptop with an mATX as my lan and home use rig ($1300 with some unnecessary costs such as a Lian Li case that costs $250..., new monitor, Asus Maximus Gene-Z, GTX 560 ti, 8GB of ram; basically covers it lol) . Sig rig is being moved to my dorm when the time comes.

If you have to have a laptop, the Asus G74SX-BBK at Best Buy is your best bang for the buck.
Edited by Chunkylad - 7/25/11 at 8:23pm
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post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunkylad View Post
Even better than a large desktop, a mATX build! Tiny, cheap, and you can still fit some nice components into it. Replacing my craptop with an mATX as my lan and home use rig. Sig rig is being moved to my dorm when the time comes.
Yeah I've seen extremely small cases that are able to fit gtx 460s and such.

Or you could get a little bigger, but not as big as a desktop and be able to fit the full graphics cards that you could want
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post #9 of 16
too my understanding the new m17x's can only do one gpu

I do really like my r2, got it off dell outlet

720qm, 5870m crossfire, and this beautiful 1920x1200 wuxga rgb led
$1400 - $150 coupon
+ 920xm @ $300
and a SSD

maybe keep an eye out for something like that? the 920xm is still faster then most of the SB mobile gpu's and can be overclocked to boot.

Mine is running at a very conservative 3.4 ghz
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post #10 of 16
You have a sweet laptop there. I would just wait for GTX 600 series and Ivy.
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