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I've been contacting a few parts suppliers by email and actually found the 4850's for a decent price. serverparts wanted $800. found out I can get them for about $400 through another supplier. but I'm going to hold off on that for a couple weeks while all the other parts come in, assuming I can sell the 3870's and get about $150 a piece. today I just unboxed the first shipment for the restoration. the rest of the panels should be arriving next week, then I will break the laptop down and re-assemble it biggrin.gif

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when I finish with the panels this thing is going to look BRAND NEW, like it just came out of the box!!!
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Hate to see this awesome project get tanked, but you are right. Tell you the truth, I think I can get to 15K with my 2670QM and a 670M. Gonna run a quick run now. biggrin.gif

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I thought wrong.


lol! maybe this thing really is worth upgrading then. I might end up keeping it. biggrin.gif

EDIT: The Project Is Not Being "Tanked", I'm going to continue the restoration, ordering everything except the video cards, because the rare GPU's have turned into quite a situation.
Edited by HK_47 - 2/14/13 at 1:07pm
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this here is a dual core, with 4gb of ram. this guy scores 10k in vantage with those 4850s
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this here is a dual core, with 4gb of ram. this guy scores 10k in vantage with those 4850s

10k vantage score is a generic machine these days. The Lenovo Y580 scores above that for less than a grand. tongue.gif


Also, the 3870Ms are probably gonna sell for no more than $100 per card, if they do sell. redface.gif
     
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10k vantage score is a generic machine these days. The Lenovo Y580 scores above that for less than a grand. tongue.gif


Also, the 3870Ms are probably gonna sell for no more than $100 per card, if they do sell. redface.gif
my machine will score near 15k for less than $500 biggrin.gif
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wow I thought I was the only one that still had one of these laptops. I have the M9750 with intel core 2 duo, 4 gig of ram 2 500 gig hdd's and a 8700m GT, but it looks just like yours, mine still looks brand new as I only bought for when I take a vacation and won't be able too game on my tower so it is in the alienware bag most of the time. also last year I formatted and installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit as mine came with xp. when you put windows 7 on these laptops you lose the web-cam as it says it's on but the screen is gray and I searched for over a year and can't find a fix and it seems I'm not the only one, you also have too google a driver for the built in media card reader and alienware and dell do not have any support for my M9750 and windows 7, but everything else worked correctly after installing win 7.
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wow I thought I was the only one that still had one of these laptops. I have the M9750 with intel core 2 duo, 4 gig of ram 2 500 gig hdd's and a 8700m GT, but it looks just like yours, mine still looks brand new as I only bought for when I take a vacation and won't be able too game on my tower so it is in the alienware bag most of the time. also last year I formatted and installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit as mine came with xp. when you put windows 7 on these laptops you lose the web-cam as it says it's on but the screen is gray and I searched for over a year and can't find a fix and it seems I'm not the only one, you also have too google a driver for the built in media card reader and alienware and dell do not have any support for my M9750 and windows 7, but everything else worked correctly after installing win 7.
ahhh the good ol m9750. back when alienware wasn't DELL. About 1 year after I bought this laptop, my neighbors called the police for noise complaints. I guess somebody told them I had "stolen electronics" and "tons of computers". taken the cops did not like my explanation that I'm a DJ/IT guy. they confiscated the laptop and had it in a secure locker for about 10 months, I had to go to court multiple times with my proof of purchase to get the thing back lmao. I'll admit my laptop has suffered some abuse on the casing, but all the parts are working fine. that huge crack in the bottom left corner is courtesy of the orange county police department. they kept pressing me for the password to the laptop, then they had this Asian Cop turn the laptop on and try and crack the password. one of the other cops said "we will crack it". I'm said to them "I hope you enjoy the porn collection" I don't think they ever did break the 256bit encryption heh, it just sat in a locker for a very long time while the value dropped down to about half...
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ahhh the good ol m9750. back when alienware wasn't DELL. About 1 year after I bought this laptop, my neighbors called the police for noise complaints. I guess somebody told them I had "stolen electronics" and "tons of computers". taken the cops did not like my explanation that I'm a DJ/IT guy. they confiscated the laptop and had it in a secure locker for about 10 months, I had to go to court multiple times with my proof of purchase to get the thing back lmao. I'll admit my laptop has suffered some abuse on the casing, but all the parts are working fine. that huge crack in the bottom left corner is courtesy of the orange county police department. they kept pressing me for the password to the laptop, then they had this Asian Cop turn the laptop on and try and crack the password. one of the other cops said "we will crack it". I'm said to them "I hope you enjoy the porn collection" I don't think they ever did break the 256bit encryption heh, it just sat in a locker for a very long time while the value dropped down to about half...

that sounds like a mess. yours looks just like mine and your saying it's not called a M9750? did not know that.
I like mine but it was real exspensive back then but I had one of a kind as nobody I knew had or even saw one. does yours have the dolby surround with
the 4 audio jacks? I have the Razor Barracuda 5.1 headset for mine that has volume controls on it for front, rear, center, and bass, and a mic.
I also bought the custom laptop bag that goes with mine.
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that sounds like a mess. yours looks just like mine and your saying it's not called a M9750? did not know that.
I like mine but it was real exspensive back then but I had one of a kind as nobody I knew had or even saw one. does yours have the dolby surround with
the 4 audio jacks? I have the Razor Barracuda 5.1 headset for mine that has volume controls on it for front, rear, center, and bass, and a mic.
I also bought the custom laptop bag that goes with mine.
Right after the M9750 The M17-R1 came out in 2008, then I think around late 2009 early 2010 dell bought Alienware then the M17x lineup came out. so technically this machine is the very last 17 inch laptop alienware ever made. I don't have 4 audio jacks, the M17 has a very similar chassis to the M9750 but the motherboard is different. M17 was made for ATI graphics while the M9750 is the Nvidia flavor. I think you could upgrade your laptop to the 9800M's, but you'll have to look into that. upgrading video cards in these old machines are very tricky.
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