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well for who ever would like to know i went with the alienware... as i have said im taking this laptop overseas and the warranty from alienware that comes with the laptop is better than the gateway to begin with. Everywhere i have seen that the gateway call centers suck BIG TIME... they dont know what they are doing there tech support is even worse. I went a bit over my budget to get this laptop but i know that if i have a problem i always have the tech support 24/7. the specs for laptop i got finally are:

Area-51® m17x
  • Video/Graphics Card: Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8700M GT – SLI Enabled
  • Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology – Black
  • System Lighting: Alienware® AlienFX® System Lighting - Red
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 2.4GHz (3MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
  • Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
  • Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1
  • Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Internal Digital/Analog (ATSC) MiniCard TV Tuner with Express Card Media Center Remote Control
  • System Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) - 500GB (250GB x 2) 7,200RPM (8MB Cache) w/ Free Fall Protection
  • Optical Drive: 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW) w/ LightScribe Technology - View Demo
  • Wireless: Internal Intel® Wireless 4965 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card
  • Sound Card : Internal High-Definition Audio with surround sound
  • Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
  • External Storage: 500GB Seagate Free Agent External Hard Drive
  • Mobile Bags: Alienware® Orion Messenger Bag

I thought if im gonna do it im gonna do it once and im gonna do it right. I just dont know how the build is of the 173XL... I just have heard too many bad things about gateway to justify $2000 and have no personal experience either. the alienware my cousin bought one 3 years ago and its still running and it being a division of dell and it being a high end model i know it will be better off as the higher end dells usually a whole hell of a lot longer than the budget models. well thank you for everyone for their help and I looked into Sager and they were not giving me a ship date. I needed this laptop since i am going over seas to Dubai and the laptops i saw there last time i went were uncomparable they dont even have 8700s there well yet again thanks for all the help. and for those people who are saying i over spent and i should have bought a desktop you can check out my specs in my sig and check out the pics with the links in my project. so i think im pretty set with the desktop just didnt want to carry that monster around the world god knows how they handle stuff in airplanes in the back

Edit: Sagers actually were costing me more for the same compared to alienware.
Edited by omaryunus - 7/9/08 at 3:46am
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That is a great system--but I'm curious about one thing. I understand that you went with the AW because it has a great warranty compared to the gateway, but one of the reasons I would suggest the gateway is because it's graphics card was much better--an 8800m gts would kill two 8700m gt in SLI more than likely. How concerned are you for gaming performance? Is there an option with AW to get an 8800 card? That might not be a bad idea if it's possible. perhaps you could downgrade one or more of the other components to upgrade the video card if money is an issue?

From a non-gaming standpoint, it's a great system--I love how you can get raid0 in notebooks now (because far-and-wide, the most annoying thing of a notebook is slow HD speed).

I hope you enjoy it--it'll be a great toy!
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i personally have seen there is a HUGE diff. between the 8700m GT and the 8800m GTX but personally i dont think i need that much i mean i play games but like WoW and mass effect and my AMD comp with a 8600 GTS does a pretty job for both games and well crysis i play but not too much... so if i do ever need the 8800m GTX i can always just upgrade it its about 1k to upgrade it and thats how much it cost to get it in the laptop right now so i can get it when ever i feel like it
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post #14 of 24
crysis on a laptop? better get a good laptop cooler, and a few extra batteries....that thing is gonna be hella hot on the ol lap lol

p.s. good idea going with the alienware i had a gateway one like the one in your specs, it went through 4 mobo's in a year, so i got it fixed the 4th time and sold it to a work buddy. never again will i go with gateway lol maybe it was just my luck oh well
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post #15 of 24
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thank you for that... and yea i got a NZXT cooler aswell with 3x120mm fans in it and this aint ever going to be on my lap this as i have said is my desktop replacement since i dont want to have to ship my big ol desktop around the world. my faithful macbook will be my portable copmuter well thats what i have been hearing about alot of gateways and i really dont want to waste my money on something like that
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post #16 of 24
I'd say go with the Alienware...but the price seems a little steep. The gateway is the better deal, so go with that one.
post #17 of 24
gateway ftw
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post #18 of 24
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well i decided not to go with a gateway because of the unreliability i dont care about spending alot of money i just dont want it to be a waste of money
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im gonna have to look into that NZXT cooler it looks cool. let me know what you think of it, maybe ill be getting me one
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post #20 of 24
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im not going to get my hands on all of this stuff until after the 19th since i am overseas atm and my mother will be coming back with all my goodies so the 20th is going to be a great day will let you know how it performs when i get it
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