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Hey guys, I have decided to buy an Alienware m5500 and have the following question:

The specs are as follows:
- 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 2GB Ram
- 256MB Video Card
- Microsoft Windows Vista
- AND THE BIG QUESTION IS to either kick up the screen resolution to a 1920 x 1200 from 1280 x 800 for $100 since i'll be doing lots of graphics work and gaming, OR kick the harddrive up to a 7,200 RPM 100GB from a 5,400 RPM 80GB for $160, thinking that my harddrive will be able to transfer data much faster than the 5,400 RPM, and if I stick with the 80GB and upgrade the screen resolution, either way I can buy a faster external harddrive to run an operating system, store all of my millions of songs, movies, graphics files, and anything else I need it to, right??
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That computer cannot handle 1920x1200 smoothly, so I wouldn't recommend it, espically if you are going to game on it alot. I guess if you want to run the screen on its non native resolution you could.

I'd go with the hard drive upgrade.
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post #3 of 6
256MB Video Card <- what video card?

Does the laptop have eSATA, Firewire, or Express Card ports? HDs are too slow via USB.
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Build your own pc! It will be cheaper!!!

On topic:

Get the hard drive upgrade, 5,400rpm is generally too slow for the rest of the system. So get the 7,200rpm one.

Moreover if you play games i doubt what ever that 256mb card is it wont run modern games well @1920 x 1200
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
That computer cannot handle 1920x1200 smoothly, so I wouldn't recommend it, espically if you are going to game on it alot. I guess if you want to run the screen on its non native resolution you could.

I'd go with the hard drive upgrade.
I dont want to make it sound like I dont trust your advise, cause i'm sure you are much more knowledgeable about he situation than I am, but why can't that computer handle 1920x1200 smoothly??

Also, the Video Card is a 256MB NVidia® GeForce™ Go 7600
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That card is indeed to weak to handle such high resolution.
    
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