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well the intel network card is already built in, works fine for me, and since this laptop isnt for gaming i dont see a point in getting a killer nic.
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This is cool! I hope to be doing a similar project soon!
awesome, i will follow the progress!!
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Ok, back on topic. lookin forward to this OP!
ID
selling the xbox,ps3, and an extra turntable, should give me the boost to get this project started. I got the solid state, but I think first things first I will disassemble completely,
I might make a video showing how this laptop breaks down. clean everything real good, sand and refinish the case. I will toss a few pictures up of the laptops current condition just for laughs.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Intel-Core-2-Extreme-QX9300-2-53-GHz-Quad-Core-AW80581ZH061003-CPU-SLB5J-/271149463029?pt=CPUs&hash=item3f21c475f5

Core 2 Extreme QX9300 (SOCKET P)
It's a 2.4ghz quad core with 12mb L2 cache, and a 1066mhz front side bus
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ok, sorry to zombie revive this thread, but I've decided to continue with the project.
I've looked into the graphics situation a second time, and apparently the 3870's are MXM 2.1 TYPE III, and there are very few other cards that will fit this slot, I have found FX 2700M with the correct connection but they are VERY pricey, (around $1600 each) and there is the question of the bios it may not even work at all. SO, what I have decided to do is upgrade the Memory to 8GB, and upgrade the processor to the QX9300, but firstly I would like to start off with the cosmetic damage to the laptop itself, I will be replacing the casing ASAP.
here are some actual photos.

Damage Report:

near the fingerprint sensor there are some noticeable burns (cigarettes while DJing, bad habit)


again there are more burns, affecting the power switch panel, and keyboard.


then we have some corner damage on the lower case piece.


I figured ALL NEW casing would only be a little bit over $100 I have found a site called ZTRONICS that has special parts.

Alienware M17-R1 Panel C $11.95


Power Button Panel - M17-R1 $24.95


OCZ Whitebook Keyboard - 17" $35.00


M17-R1 Bottom Base Assembly PANEL D $24.95


Alienware M17-R1 Panel A Ripley $12.95


Total Cost for Cosmetic restoration $135.91 Shipped.
Edited by HK_47 - 2/7/13 at 3:27pm
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You could also go for something like dual GTX 260Ms in SLI if it matters. tongue.gif They made several that were in the 2.1 Type III/HE slots. smile.gif Not to mention SLI 260Ms isn't all that bad of a gig if you asked me. :3
     
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You could also go for something like dual GTX 260Ms in SLI if it matters. tongue.gif They made several that were in the 2.1 Type III/HE slots. smile.gif Not to mention SLI 260Ms isn't all that bad of a gig if you asked me. :3
I have been looking around apparently the fastest possible cards are HD 4850m, but those mxm 2.1 type 3 cards are super hard to find. I guess alienware only release and handfull of them right before the M17x dropped. would 260m's in SLI be faster than 3870s in CFX?

well a small update here, I've Ordered the keyboard and two of the panels. those have shipped. Still Need To Order Panels A & C, just waiting on some paypal funds at the moment (super slow 3-4 day wait grrr)

in the next week or two I should Have all the panels for cosmetic restoration, + New Memory and HDD
I've decided to go with Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin for the memory ($56.99)
as for the hard drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" ($69.99)

The Processor I get really depends on If I can Sell the old Memory and HDD. Q9000 for $99, Q9100 for $115, Q9200 $180, QX9300 $220. Graphics upgrade is most likely last on the list because it is the most difficult, bios issues, rare cards, etc. selling the 3870's might not be easy.

EDIT: Sorry If I seem to be bouncing all over the place, I know first I wanted to sand and refinish, now I'm just ordering new panels. then opted to get QX9300, I'm trying to keep a budget of about $500 USD now.
Edited by HK_47 - 2/11/13 at 4:33pm
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well some good news, I found some Quadro FX2700's for $117 each. guy on ebay has 5 of them in stock. not sure why the other dude is charging $1600, maybe those are the 1gb versions.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Nvidia-Quadro-FX2700M-512MB-mobile-v-card-6mths-wrty-HP-Lenovo-Clevo-MXM-2-1-/230924499920?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item35c42c3bd0&_uhb=1#ht_3733wt_1253

EDIT: I guess the 260m's would be significantly faster than my 3870s, but Can the M17-R1 even run them in SLI?
Gotta Keep in mind this is an original Alienware, Pre-Dell. the model before the M17x.

Edited by HK_47 - 2/11/13 at 6:54pm
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I hate to say this as much as I love fooling around with computers but I don't think its worth it. I have a feeling this is going to turn into a huge money pit and headache. For the money your spending you could purchase a really nice brand new Toshiba Qosmio. I know its not what you want to hear personally I believe its a better choice.
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well I don't have $2000 to spend on a new laptop, I'm going to restore what I have to its best potential for under $500 biggrin.gif been doing a little more research for the ATI Route. I can go 4850/4870 in CFX just a question of which one of these will work.. AND I LIKE A CHALLENGE!

I read a few forum posts of about this one working in the m17
http://www.laptop-ac-adapter.org/asus-w90-hd4870-1gb-ddr3-mxm-iii-vga-card-p-12070.html

then there is the 4850 which looks more like it would fit.
http://www.serverpartswarehouse.com/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4850M-M98-GDDR3-1Gb-MXM-13-Type-III-P1922303.aspx

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Some References
http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/454823-m17-ati-radeon-m98-1gb-hd4850.html
http://forum.notebookreview.com/want-buy-forum/585373-wtb-mobility-4850m-mxm-2-1-type-iii.html
http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/437795-after-gpu-bios-flashing-2-master-cards.html
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For around $1000-$1500, you could buy a laptop that has better performance than your current one...
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point is, I'm not looking to buy a laptop. upgrading what I currently have costs less than 1/3 the price.

Cosmetic restoration ($135.91)
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin for the memory ($56.99)
Crucial M4 64GB SSD, Already Own ($0.00)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" ($69.99)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 Mobile ($115)
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Grand Total ($377.89)

That is NOWHERE ever NEAR the ballpark of $1000-$1500
Not to mention the P8400, and Current 4GB of ram can be sold, recovering around $50-$70.
Which is all the upgrades I need minus the GPU for a mere $300.
GPU wise I'd have $200 left according to my $500 budget. could grab a single 4850 for that price, turn around sell both 3870s for another $200 and grab a second 4850 for crossfire. confusing and time consuming, it is. but to me its worth the work for my baby biggrin.gif
Edited by HK_47 - 2/11/13 at 8:58pm
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