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So I have an alienware M14x R1. It;s got 8GB of hyper x Memory (DDR 1600), a quad core I7 chip, a M4 256 SSD Drive. I'm at a loss of how to upgrade it. A little advice would be great. Also I have the GPU Overclocked to the absolute max setting MSI afterburner will allow with this GPU. Also everything Driver related is up to date. It scores a 7.1 in WEI thus far.
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1) why do you need to upgrade it?
2) try notebookreview.com as it has a much larger community for notebooks
3) I don't know how else to upgrade it other than to go 16GB, which for 99.99% of people is futile and wont make your system any speedier.
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upgrade not needed but anything to help out BF3 would be great!
I am not part of any note book review. I like OCN, been on here getting good advice for years.
Not sure my system is up gradable to 16gb or ram but It worries me that I don't use the full 8 gb I currently have and going for more like 16gb would actually offer me slower ram so it may actually hurt my system rather than improve :0
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I meant notebookreview.com

it's a site dedicated for laptops (as much as I like overclock, I use it for desktop information, for photography, i use DPreviews, for android, XDA, gotta use the right tools for the job, but I digress).

It's fine Battlefield 3 uses about 3-4 GB of RAM (on both my Sager and my Desktop). As for better performance, sorry, you're going to have to turn down some settings. Even my Sager with a 670M manages ~60FPS at lowest settings at 1080p and it dips down to 50 for some more populated maps (karkland maps seem to stress it more... more buildings and such)
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Well... the GPU is soldered onto the board...so that's out of the question...I mean, if you've overclocked the GPU to the max, you're kinda at the end of the road when it comes to pushing its limits.

The SSD is keeping up with everything that the GPU and CPU can do so there's not much else that can be done. frown.gif
     
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The performance of the M14X is what it is. If its not enough for you then your only course of action is to sell it and buy a faster computer. The thing is that laptops are not good gaming machines even at the best of times and you would be much better of just investing in a proper desktop gaming rig.
    
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it's a GT 555M.. it's not gonna work wonders for you.
.. sell and upgrade to a better laptop as others have suggested.
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The performance of the M14X is what it is. If its not enough for you then your only course of action is to sell it and buy a faster computer. The thing is that laptops are not good gaming machines even at the best of times and you would be much better of just investing in a proper desktop gaming rig.

This...this is not true.

I'm pretty sure you're just trolling with a statement like that, since you'd know that a properly set up gaming laptop will hold it's overall value and last considerably longer than most desktops out there. The GTX 675MX is equal to the GTX 560 Ti. What gamer wouldn't love to have that GPU in his laptop hmm?

You people are the sole reason why I hate OCN to this day. I don't come here just to have to deal with people like you. If the person wanted to make a desktop, then they would have posted in that section. Go away until they contact you. This is the Laptops section for a reason. mad.gif
     
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This...this is not true.
I'm pretty sure you're just trolling with a statement like that, since you'd know that a properly set up gaming laptop will hold it's overall value and last considerably longer than most desktops out there. The GTX 675MX is equal to the GTX 560 Ti. What gamer wouldn't love to have that GPU in his laptop hmm?
You people are the sole reason why I hate OCN to this day. I don't come here just to have to deal with people like you. If the person wanted to make a desktop, then they would have posted in that section. Go away until they contact you. This is the Laptops section for a reason. mad.gif

What's with the hostility? I'm just stating my opinion. You say laptops will hold there value and last "considerably " longer then desktops. I call BS on this. Laptops loos there value just as fast as desktop hardware and will most certainly not (on average) out last a desktop. The fact is that laptops are more prone to breaking. It's not that there necessarily bad quality but laptops get moved around and they run hotter under load and all that sums up in the end.

And then there is the cost. To get decent "gaming" hardware in a laptop you have to spend a lot of money. Essentially you pay double for half the performance and as you go for faster hardware the mobility starts to suffer. Even if you go for the super expensive "gaming" laptops they still only offer half the gaming experience you can get on a desktop. This in my book makes laptops a less then ideal solution for gaming.

So unless you for some reason absolutely must have a mobile platform it makes more sense to get a light laptop and a desktop. In the end you save money and get a better gaming experience (while on the desktop).
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What's with the hostility? I'm just stating my opinion. You say laptops will hold there value and last "considerably " longer then desktops. I call BS on this. Laptops loos there value just as fast as desktop hardware and will most certainly not (on average) out last a desktop. The fact is that laptops are more prone to breaking. It's not that there necessarily bad quality but laptops get moved around and they run hotter under load and all that sums up in the end.

And then there is the cost. To get decent "gaming" hardware in a laptop you have to spend a lot of money. Essentially you pay double for half the performance and as you go for faster hardware the mobility starts to suffer. Even if you go for the super expensive "gaming" laptops they still only offer half the gaming experience you can get on a desktop. This in my book makes laptops a less then ideal solution for gaming.

So unless you for some reason absolutely must have a mobile platform it makes more sense to get a light laptop and a desktop. In the end you save money and get a better gaming experience (while on the desktop).

I deal with people like you on a daily basis. Everyone who is in this section talking now isn't blind to the information that you're now "revealing" to us all. Also, you sat there and offered the better desktop solution in a different section. It's like someone going to the Nvidia section and offering an ATI GPU while blindly naysaying the Nvidia side; telling the person the ATI option is a "much better investment".

That's why I'm hostile toward all of you. Because they've already given thought to a desktop, or they wanted to see what they could do in the meantime, OR maybe they just want to stay mobile.

You didn't state what you said like an opinion. You stated it as though we all were the confused ones. And I quote:
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The thing is that laptops are not good gaming machines even at the best of times

That's not an opinionated statement, that's you telling the person that they were wrong for thinking otherwise. It's rude, unfair, and most of all, immature. A fair opinion has no force behind it. Tossing out what you think is a good idea is a fair opinion, not throwing it in their face.

If you want to be sensationalist, by all means go ahead. Just note that you're the only one who's doing it. Everyone else who tried starting that ended up losing against me.


If the person wants a desktop, he/she will go to the appropriate section. Until then, either keep it within the section or take it to PMs.
     
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