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Greetings. Looking to replace my Alienware 15x with a new one. I like Alienware laptops because of the feel on the keyboards, the lighting, and the overall pretty cool stuff that comes with them. I realize that I can probably get a better laptop for cheaper, so if you are not an Alienware fan, then please leave your negative comments to yourself.

The Alienware website has a crazy delivery date, and you really cannot customize to an exact specification. I found Computer Upgrade King, and they have a pretty nice Builder:

http://computerupgradeking.com/products/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74&products_id=589

Thinking of going with the following:

DISPLAY14" FULLHD DISPLAY (1920X1080)
CPU / PROCESSORINTEL CORE I7-4700MQ QUAD CORE PROCESSOR (6M CACHE, 2.40GHZ - 3.40GHZ) 47W
GRAPHICS / VIDEO CARD2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GEFORCE® GTX 765M
SYSTEM MEMORY (RAM)8GB (2GB X 4GB) 1600MHZ (1.35V)
HARD DRIVE250GB SOLID STATE DRIVE

Price is $1579.00

Thoughts?
post #2 of 9
Please don't take this the wrong way...but 1.5k for that is a bit pricey considering there are plenty of other laptops that come with 770s or better for cheaper even with an SSD. However if you're completely attached to Alienware then I don't think you'll find much better.
     
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Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
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4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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I am not taking it the wrong way. I just really want a 14-15.6' laptop with 4700MQ/ 7series without the damn chiclet keys that 90% of gaming laptops come with.

The main reason I like the Alienware computers and I do not want to change is the keyboard and layout.

If you know of a better computer, please let me know!
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I say go for it if an Alienware is what you want. That is actually a good price, considering you're getting a 240GB SSD in there. Of course it could be a really old and crappy SSD so if you can I'd ask them what SSD it would be exactly just to make sure. But even what is generally the cheapest custom builder, XoticPC, doesn't give that laptop at that price with their 240GB SSD options (~$100 more expensive) so I think you found yourself a deal.
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Thanks. I planned on calling them to make the order (hoping they have a military discount on top of that). I was going to bring up what brand of SSD it was. Previously on the website, it listed the 840 EVO as the drive they use, which is pretty much one of the best on the market atm.

Thanks for your reply.
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Oh yeah no doubt, the Evo 840 SSD's are good drives. Though when you hit the 250GB Evo the performance gets pretty standard, nothing very special going on with it all around but still fairly solid. Here's a link to a really good review of all of the Evo 840 capacities and comparisons to other drives in case if you're curious: Anandtech Evo 840 Review. And of course if that's not the drive that they put in, I still suggest using Anandtech as your go-to place for SSD reviews for whatever they do put in there, as Anandtech has reviewed an extremely large portion of the consumer SSD market and has some of the absolute best quality reviews on the internet.
post #8 of 9
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I am wondering if I should save the money and just get a standard hard drive, then buy my own SSD and install it. I think that might solve alot of my problems.
post #9 of 9
I have to say... that's quite the deal. smile.gif

There are other machines that do offer that level of performance for the same, or lower, price though.

However... to be entirely honest, Alienware IS pretty wicked when you get a good configuration. biggrin.gif
     
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15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
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Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
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