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okay i am about to decide or not decide to build an alienware laptop an area 51 m17x to be exact no i am not going through the dell website but rather ebay, i may buy the barebone chassis wich has motherboard screen plastic case and nothing else it is a fairly good deal and i can complete one with a dual core cpu 1gb graphics card and 4 gb of ram for the high 400's price range


i guess what i am asking here is does anybody here have any experience in dealing with alienware laptops and could lend me a hand any help is greatly appreciated thumb.gif

i know people frown upon alienware computers for the price and such but if you could build a decent gaming laptop for around 495 wouldnt you?
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Sounds like you have your mind made up. Do it.

There are hundreds of threads on OCN about Alienware, and I think you'll find just as many people on both sides of the fence with regard to whether or not it's a decent machine. I personally think they're fine, I also personally think they are way overpriced in comparison to Sager, ASUS, MSI, and Clevo's out there.

The $495 machine you end up putting together isn't going to compete with the current generation Alienwares in terms of gaming performance, but it doesn't cost $2500+ either. Check Google for M17x problems, some of the older generation models had cooling problems. We're up to at least the 4th generation M17x - or is the current one (Haswell) the R5?

Greg
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this is the chassis i was looking at... not too sure wich m17x version it is would you mind clarifying that for me? http://www.ebay.com/itm/180661920422

p.s im not trying to compare it to the modern alienware laptops in any way merely looking for a decent barebone rig i can add on to i have seen msi and sager barebone chassis for nothing under 800 unfortunately
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this is the chassis i was looking at... not too sure wich m17x version it is would you mind clarifying that for me? http://www.ebay.com/itm/180661920422

p.s im not trying to compare it to the modern alienware laptops in any way merely looking for a decent barebone rig i can add on to i have seen msi and sager barebone chassis for nothing under 800 unfortunately

That's a Revision 1 machine. Note the parts "not included" - I bet it would run you AT LEAST $500 in parts to get a functional machine together, and you'd end up with a Core 2 Duo and a video card that's 4 generations old. There's one on the UK ebay site for 390 UK that's complete - sounds like the better deal.

•Parts Not Included:
Heatsink, CPU, RAM, Video Card, Hard Drive, Keyboard, Battery, and AC Adapter.


Greg
Edited by hammong - 7/23/13 at 9:25pm
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