Originally Posted by jsc1973
I did watch the video, and yes, it's really not that hard. But you'd be surprised (or maybe not) how many people, even OCN'ers, cringe in fear at the idea of cracking open a laptop, even an old one, and doing anything under the hood. I've even advised people on how to speed up their old laptops on here with a simple drop-in upgrade, and they don't want to "risk" doing it, even if someone who's "risked" it for more than a decade years tells them it's OK.
What's fun for me is taking someone's underperforming prebuilt computer, laptop or desktop, ordering a few parts, and then returning it to them two or three times faster than it had been before. And sometimes they're so grateful that you get rewarded quite well for your efforts.
Anyway, great job with the Alienware.
I've spent my life with PCBs and windows, its always been a passion of mine, but when I couldn't own a desktop anymore I moved right to gaming rig laptops. I love how epic they are and most people don't even realize it.
maxed graphics? check
Crystal clear full res screens? Check
And someday soon i'll be running eyefinity off of it
I duno after working with laptops after a while its pretty much become apparent laptops aren't really different, they have some extra parts and smaller wires and special cases. That's about it.
Its lots of fun tearing them down, cleaning them up, putting them back together, and seeing what kind of overclocking and hardware they can support.
The only draw back of a gaming laptop is how expensive they are, and if you don't get an alienware laptop you're pretty much admitting defeat to upgrades.
MSI, ASUS, and many other laptop builders will void your warranty for tearing them down and repasting or doing upgrades via a non vendor.
But alienware? They don't care, they know better than to restrict warranty service like that. You can tear down and rebuild an alienware laptop a hundred times and they don't care. Alienware loves it when people send it pics of mods and customizations to alienware desktops.
I was really disappointed when I heard about MSI voiding warranties for tinkering :/