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The Alienware does look cool, but performance wise it does seem to be a lot of money for what you get. My uni has plenty of CAD computers which is where I will do most of the heavy duty engineering work. But we also spend a fair amount of time on other software such as matlab, excel and the word documents we have to hand in now are getting fairly chunky, and it's tedious having to be sat in the Engineering library well into the evening (where they turn the air con off at 5:30) because I don't have anything to work on at home. I will have a look into the msi, that hadn't come up in my searches! Thanks again for your help!
post #12 of 16
yeah, they do cost a fair bit for what you get, I do agree with that point. Actually the MSI might be a good choice, I've had my hands on a friend's MSI lappy he bought himself, and it seemed to be a pretty well built machine, not too flimsy. I've not seen the guts of one though, so dunno what's under the hood, engineering wise. The words "Laptop" and "reliable" tend to be mutually exclusive terms. The thing is though, I figured the OP may be willing to pay a bit extra for extra reliability, which was why I mentioned the Alienware, cos I know some folk rave about them. They are pricey though.
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Alienware is the Apple of PCs, if that makes sense biggrin.gif

My MSI laptop was awesome and lived a good long life of overclocking and abuse. I recommend the brand, if OP can find a suitable model.
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I hear ya @ronnin426850, and yes it makes sense. I wouldn't have though they're as bad as apple though. (going on past experience of working in an apple repair shop - the apple service source and there way of doing stuff used to really bug me. I've repaired stuff with 50p components, when they wanted to replace boards for £250 !!! I could tell you a story or two about my time fixing some stuff there)
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I've repaired stuff with 50p components, when they wanted to replace boards for £250 !!! I could tell you a story or two about my time fixing some stuff there)

Make a thread about it, there have been such story threads before, and also with apple repair shops, and they are usually quite interesting and popular smile.gif
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och, i dunno if its worthy of a separate thread really, i'm going back 18 years ( stun.gif) back when the first coloured CRT iMacs were coming out and everyone was fawning over the colour choices. I think OS 9 had just come out too, so not even in OS X days (which I've no clue about). The story I was referring to was a large (think it was 22") apple monitor (CRT) and an engineer I worked with had started stripping out it's main board, so I stopped him in his tracks, ask what the fault was (no power), and one 50p capacitor later, the monitor was going back repaired to the customer the same day, rather than waiting 6 weeks for a replacement board @£225 + VAT.

We also used to get LaCie external drives in (the print shops loved them for storage), with popped PSUs, they used to get sent back to LaCie in France @ £60 a pop and 9 month turnaround. One day I convinced the service manager to leave me a few instead of rushing them out the door, spent a day figuring out in 9 out of 10 cases, it was a high power "feeder" resistor which was underrated, and go open circuit due to heat damage. 15p for a higher power resistor, 30 mins to replace it, and customer had them back the same or next day. After that, we only ever sent back the ones where it had taken out the primary switchers, and basically destroyed the PSU.

All that was back when I was good at repairs. smile.gif fun times.

EDIT : Oh and if you like repair channels, you should check out Louis Rossman - https://www.youtube.com/user/rossmanngroup

He does a lot of macbook repairs, interesting and in depth channel. smile.gif
Edited by latelesley - 9/28/16 at 11:30am
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