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So... as you can see by reading my specs, it's upgrade time.
This laptop has done exceptionally well considering the life it's had. Poor thing has been dropped, crushed and drowned in strongbow by my ex rolleyes.gif and it still soldiers on.

Anyway, I digress. I have about £1500 to spend and it's going on another laptop.

I'm looking to purchase the 17.3" Vortex III from PC Specialist.
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/vortexIII-17/
(Anybody know anything about them?)
It's based around the Clevo P170EM by the looks of it. I cannot justify Alienware's prices. And neither can they.

I have a few spec options at my disposal and would like some feedback

Option one -

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3610QM (2.30GHz) 6MB
Memory (RAM)
8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680M - 4.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON V+200 SSD, SATA 6 Gb (535MB/R, 460MB/W) (Special Offer)
2nd Hard Disk
500GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD5000BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
SONY BC-5550H 4x BLURAY COMBO DRIVE & CYBERLINK SOFTWARE
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Sound Card
Intel 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio + SPDIF/MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6235 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Firewire
1 X 1394a FIREWIRE PORT
Battery
Vortex Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.96WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 220W AC Adaptor
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard Language
INTEGRATED BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 8 to 10 working days

Price
£1,481.00

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Option Two -

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7-3740QM
Memory (RAM)
8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
AMD® Radeon® HD 7970M - 2GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON V+200 SSD, SATA 6 Gb (535MB/R, 460MB/W) (Special Offer)
2nd Hard Disk
500GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD5000BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
SONY BC-5550H 4x BLURAY COMBO DRIVE & CYBERLINK SOFTWARE
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Sound Card
Intel 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio + SPDIF/MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6235 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Firewire
1 X 1394a FIREWIRE PORT
Battery
Vortex Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.96WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 220W AC Adaptor
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard Language
INTEGRATED BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 8 to 10 working days

Price
£1,408.00

I've been reading around and the 680m and the 7970m seem very similar in performance but the price difference is insane. If I drop the 680m for a 7970m it means I can upgrade the processor and still stay within my budget so I guess it comes down to, is Physx in modern gaming something I should get excited about? My gut tells me to go for the Nvidia card.

Other question is - how important are SSDs? Normally I'd just buy two drives and RAID 0 them. Redundancy isn't a problem for me I backup regularly onto external storage devices.
I'm interested in keeping this laptop a good number of years like the last one so anyone thinks it's worth jumping for the slightly pricier options or if you think you can build a better laptop in the price range then I'd appreciate your input! smile.gif

Thanks.
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Audio
Asus Xonar U1 
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T7700 @ 2.4GHz GTX 8800m 4GB 667Mhz 320GB Internal, 1TB, 2x500GB & 320GB External U... 
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post #2 of 24
Sager ocn
This is a really nice deffinitly worth checking into
Ssd worth it in my opinion if you like speed.. Gotta go with the Samsung 830 series because well there is an amazing deal for them happening
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by odin2free View Post

Sager ocn
This is a really nice deffinitly worth checking into
Ssd worth it in my opinion if you like speed.. Gotta go with the Samsung 830 series because well there is an amazing deal for them happening

The machines he has up for potential purchase are both considerably more potent in every way by comparison to the machine you offered up, for the prices, I'd pay that amount for a machine of this caliber.


Of the two, I'd go for the first with the 680M. The differences in the i7s are pathetic and if clockspeed matters that much to you, then choose away, however the GTX 680M is considerably faster than the 7970M. At stock, the red team wins, but overclocked, even mildly so, the green team greatly surpasses it.

Hope that helps. smile.gif
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post #4 of 24
A SATA 6Gbps SSD will blow away even 2 Velociraptors in RAID for much less weight/heat/noise (not that you'd have velociraptors in a laptop). I'd say an SSD is a must have unless you need to store tons of data. But if you have room for RAID HDDs then you have room for an SSD and an HDD for storage. Vertex 4 is my personal recommendation, but there are plenty of drives out there and they're all pretty much neck and neck.
     
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Honestly speaking it'd be more economical to buy twin 750GB HDDs and Raid those because there's a mSATA slot that they offer up with the 9170. biggrin.gif So you can have your faster larger HDDs coupled with a super quick SSD boot drive. biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 24
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Lots of good ideas here! Apologies for the slow reply, it's a long day at work.

That Sager is very good for the money actually, however I'm after something with a bit more grunt in it and a larger screen. Thank you though. smile.gif

I think I'll go for the nvidia card and drop the processor then. I was favouring the nvidia option myself, I'm a bit of a fanboy... But I also just wanted to make sure I wasn't being a tard. thumb.gif
Now it's just the drive combo. My original plan was just to have an ssd and a standard mechanical drive, however the idea of using that mSATA option previously hadn't crossed my mind. If I could whack windows and a few programs like office and photoshop on a mini ssd and use a raid array for all the other programs and games, that might work out rather nicely. It takes me slightly over my budget but it's something I'll read into now.

Thank you for your input.
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post #7 of 24
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I have a question for you guys...

For my £1.5k I can build a laptop with a single 680m under the bonnet. Benchmarks are very respectable and I'm something of an Nvidia fanboy anyway. It's also relatively portable (I'm quite strong)
However for the same money and the same config etc, I can build a laptop with two 7970ms...

This has thrown a spanner in my works. Reading into benchmarks now and the scores are daft. However I've heard truly awful things about that Enduro thing and I've not used an ATi (I miss ATi frown.gif ) card since the days of the Radeon 9000.

Thoughts?
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post #8 of 24
I'd like to note that the 680M, once overvolted and overclocked appropriately, can almost match two 7970Ms in Crossfire. The 680M really should NOT be underestimated in any way. I wouldn't go for the 7970M if you can help it.

The GTX 680M would be best put as a GPU that's made for unlocking it's potential. Getting one just to leave at stock settings is almost insulting what with what's under the hood. Like buying a Ferrari just to drive down to the local store. tongue.gif
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Intel Core i7-2760QM Alienware Nvidia 2GB GTX 580M @ 675/1350/3600 8GB(4x2GB) Generic Brand 
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128GB SSD + 500GB HDD CD/DVD-RW IC Diamond on CPU/GPU Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
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17.3" 1920x1080 72% Gamut Alienware Standard Backlit 240w Delta PSU M17x R3 
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Logitech G9x 2.1 Klipsch Setup 
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Intel Core i5-460 @ 2.53GHz Intel Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge ---- PM55... 1.5GB GTX 460M @ 750/1500/3200 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1066 (2x4GB) 
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120GB OCZ Vertex 2 (OS) 500GB Samsung HDD (DATA) CD/DVD Super Multi-Drive Cooler Master U3 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 18.4" Glossy LCD @ 1680x945 Chiclet keyboard - No backlight 12-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery + 180w Power Brick 
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Qosmio X505 Logitech G9x ASUS Leather Pad harmon/kardon Built-in Speakers 
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[WD 160GB - IDE 7200RPM] [LiteOn CD/DVD Combo Burner] [Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit] [Acer X223WDbd 22" @ 1680x1050] 
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Call me chicken ****, I've overclocked all my previous PCs but overclocking in a laptop scares the living daylights out of me. worriedsmiley.gif
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Clevo 1080p Dell 2407-HC Stock Glow Keyboard 
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128GB Crucial M4 mSATA 2x 500GB Western Digital Black TSSTcorp SN-208BB Stock 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Clevo 1080p Dell 2407-HC Stock Glow Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Stock Laptop PSU Clevo MP170EM Logitech G700 Generic Crap 
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Asus Xonar U1 
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T7700 @ 2.4GHz GTX 8800m 4GB 667Mhz 320GB Internal, 1TB, 2x500GB & 320GB External U... 
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Samsung SN-S082H Windows 7 Ultimate x64 17" Glossy WUXGA, Dell 2407WFP-HC Logitech G15 (blue one) 
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Originally Posted by msremmert View Post

Call me chicken ****, I've overclocked all my previous PCs but overclocking in a laptop scares the living daylights out of me. worriedsmiley.gif

*points to laptop CPU clock in sig* Not 24/7, but it ran Vantage twice before the laptop screamed for mercy. >:3
Alienware M17x R3
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Alienware Nvidia 2GB GTX 580M @ 675/1350/3600 8GB(4x2GB) Generic Brand 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
128GB SSD + 500GB HDD CD/DVD-RW IC Diamond on CPU/GPU Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
17.3" 1920x1080 72% Gamut Alienware Standard Backlit 240w Delta PSU M17x R3 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x 2.1 Klipsch Setup 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-460 @ 2.53GHz Intel Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge ---- PM55... 1.5GB GTX 460M @ 750/1500/3200 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1066 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
120GB OCZ Vertex 2 (OS) 500GB Samsung HDD (DATA) CD/DVD Super Multi-Drive Cooler Master U3 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 18.4" Glossy LCD @ 1680x945 Chiclet keyboard - No backlight 12-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery + 180w Power Brick 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Qosmio X505 Logitech G9x ASUS Leather Pad harmon/kardon Built-in Speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.8GHz] [AsRock K10N78M] [MSI GTX 465 GE (Unlocked to 470) @ 775/1550/3600] [4GB DDR2 Corsair 800MHz] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[WD 160GB - IDE 7200RPM] [LiteOn CD/DVD Combo Burner] [Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit] [Acer X223WDbd 22" @ 1680x1050] 
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Alienware M17x R3
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Cataclysm
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Alienware Nvidia 2GB GTX 580M @ 675/1350/3600 8GB(4x2GB) Generic Brand 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
128GB SSD + 500GB HDD CD/DVD-RW IC Diamond on CPU/GPU Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
17.3" 1920x1080 72% Gamut Alienware Standard Backlit 240w Delta PSU M17x R3 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x 2.1 Klipsch Setup 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-460 @ 2.53GHz Intel Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge ---- PM55... 1.5GB GTX 460M @ 750/1500/3200 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1066 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
120GB OCZ Vertex 2 (OS) 500GB Samsung HDD (DATA) CD/DVD Super Multi-Drive Cooler Master U3 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 18.4" Glossy LCD @ 1680x945 Chiclet keyboard - No backlight 12-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery + 180w Power Brick 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Qosmio X505 Logitech G9x ASUS Leather Pad harmon/kardon Built-in Speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.8GHz] [AsRock K10N78M] [MSI GTX 465 GE (Unlocked to 470) @ 775/1550/3600] [4GB DDR2 Corsair 800MHz] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[WD 160GB - IDE 7200RPM] [LiteOn CD/DVD Combo Burner] [Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit] [Acer X223WDbd 22" @ 1680x1050] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[Logitech G15] [600w OCZ ModXStream Pro] [APEX TX-381-C] [Logitech G9x] 
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[ASUS] 
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