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What is your maximum budget?
Maybe $1500.

What country are you in?
I'm currently in Singapore, but I'm going to university in Australia, so I'm not sure where I'll pick it up.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
It will be used mostly for general purpose things, school work, and games.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
I don't mind so long as it's stable and well built.

What screen size do you require?
I think that something around 14" would be alright. Large enough to enjoy watching videos and playing games, but small enough to make it quite portable.

What screen resolution do you require?
1600x900+

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6 hours+

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
League of Legends on max.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
I already have some at home, but Windows 8 would be fine.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Aluminium would be really awesome, however my budget and other requests are more important than the "style".

How much hard drive space do you need?
I mean... the more the better, however even a 128GB SSD would be sufficient, because I can load all of my music and videos on an external hard drive.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nothing comes to mind.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I just had the Lenovo Craptop (otherwise known as the Y570). It started falling apart 6 months in, and it extremely unstable. Customer service has been a real pain, and I just want to make sure that my next laptop is stable and well built, so even if the company's customer service is poor, I won't have to deal with it.

Cheers.
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by stinky View Post

What is your maximum budget?
Maybe $1500.

What country are you in?
I'm currently in Singapore, but I'm going to university in Australia, so I'm not sure where I'll pick it up.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
It will be used mostly for general purpose things, school work, and games.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
I don't mind so long as it's stable and well built.

What screen size do you require?
I think that something around 14" would be alright. Large enough to enjoy watching videos and playing games, but small enough to make it quite portable.

What screen resolution do you require?
1600x900+

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6 hours+

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
League of Legends on max.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
I already have some at home, but Windows 8 would be fine.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Aluminium would be really awesome, however my budget and other requests are more important than the "style".

How much hard drive space do you need?
I mean... the more the better, however even a 128GB SSD would be sufficient, because I can load all of my music and videos on an external hard drive.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nothing comes to mind.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I just had the Lenovo Craptop (otherwise known as the Y570). It started falling apart 6 months in, and it extremely unstable. Customer service has been a real pain, and I just want to make sure that my next laptop is stable and well built, so even if the company's customer service is poor, I won't have to deal with it.

Cheers.

You should be able to pick up an m14x R3 in Australia when it comes out here in a week or 2.

I say that because i know Dell has support in Australia.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
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Will the Alienware M14x R3 be my best option?
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Australia prices are ridiculous, don't buy anything there. Im pretty sure most Australians buy stuff on American websites and have it imported.

M14x - i7 3740, 6GB, GT650M 2GB, 750GB HDD
Australia: $1800
US: $1380

EDIT: Singapore seems to be just as bad, nvm,
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lombax View Post

Australia prices are ridiculous, don't buy anything there. Im pretty sure most Australians buy stuff on American websites and have it imported.

M14x - i7 3740, 6GB, GT650M 2GB, 750GB HDD
Australia: $1800
US: $1380

EDIT: Singapore seems to be just as bad, nvm,

Yea, Singapore is pretty darn expensive too! However, a lot of the neighboring countries sell electronics for cheaper.
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