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I would max out the GPU, go for the 2720QM for the best price/performance cpu. Heck if ALL you are doing is gaming the 2630M is more than enough. You can certainly upgrade your GPUs later on as long as they release a BIOS that supports it or someone modifies the existing one to support it. The caveat is, buying the cheapest gpu now in order to upgrade later will cost you a lot more in the long run. Mobile GPUs are very expensive. Much more than their desktop counterparts.
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Hi there,

I didn't get it if I had to PM this pic to the section admin for proof, or just post it here. Either ways, here's my M18x.

Ciao.


Edited by rafix73 - 7/8/11 at 12:33pm
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Whoa thats the first one I see... How'd you like it?
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Hi there,

I didn't get it if I had to PM this pic to the section admin for proof, or just post it here. Either ways, here's my M18x.

Ciao.

Very cool! I think I'm going to upgrade to one of these in the next couple of months, it's going to be big for me because it'll enable me to basically have a portable mac (mini) using the M18x's display.
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Whoa thats the first one I see... How'd you like it?
Well, I'd say that I'm very satisfied; it's an amazing computer. It's very powerful, as it can play most games at highest settings. Not to mention that although it's heavier than most notebooks, it's still more portable than a desktop
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Very cool! I think I'm going to upgrade to one of these in the next couple of months, it's going to be big for me because it'll enable me to basically have a portable mac (mini) using the M18x's display.
Very nice. Besides, by then the GTX580m SLI, which you can already get, and HD6990 CF would be both available. That means a gain of 20/25% or more in the graphic department. My advice for you is to order the model with the dual 6990, the SSD and minimum memory - 4gb 1333mhz. You can buy the upgrade to 16gb 1600mhz elsewhere. In so doing, you'll have both an incredibly powerful and performing notebook and saved lots of money.
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lol it's lighter than a desktop. I need two people to move mine...

I always recommend minimal configs with maxed out graphics and if there's an architectural difference between CPU's get the best one.
The rest you can upgrade yourself at half cost
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Very nice. Besides, by then the GTX580m SLI, which you can already get, and HD6990 CF would be both available. That means a gain of 20/25% or more in the graphic department. My advice for you is to order the model with the dual 6990, the SSD and minimum memory - 4gb 1333mhz. You can buy the upgrade to 16gb 1600mhz elsewhere. In so doing, you'll have both an incredibly powerful and performing notebook and saved lots of money.
I agree, that's exactly how I purchased this M17x R2.

We'll see how customization goes this time around, I was promised a replacement if the issue I'm currently having is hardware, and I just found that it is so they're going to replace it. Since I have crossfire the only suitable replacement is an M18x... I'll put back my oem 4gb and keep my 8gb for the M18x and hopefully get the 6990s, not sure if asking for 580s would be particularly fair, though, to be fair, I DID buy the best of the best available at the time with my 5870s. We'll see what they propose, i'm also keeping my SSD but I'm debating with going RAID0 with hybrids or a mechanical/Sata 6GB/s SSD on the new one... Ahh, decisions decisions.
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I agree, that's exactly how I purchased this M17x R2.

We'll see how customization goes this time around, I was promised a replacement if the issue I'm currently having is hardware, and I just found that it is so they're going to replace it. Since I have crossfire the only suitable replacement is an M18x... I'll put back my oem 4gb and keep my 8gb for the M18x and hopefully get the 6990s, not sure if asking for 580s would be particularly fair, though, to be fair, I DID buy the best of the best available at the time with my 5870s. We'll see what they propose, i'm also keeping my SSD but I'm debating with going RAID0 with hybrids or a mechanical/Sata 6GB/s SSD on the new one... Ahh, decisions decisions.
Yes, there are many options. Concerning the video cards, I agree that being AW enthusiasts we like to get the max configurations available However, the gtx580m sli would promise only a slight increase in performance over the 6990s, while costing 1200$, which I think is pure madness. The 6990 will be amazing cards, while being way cheaper than the nvidia, considering how well already perform the 6970s.
Instead of going for a hybrid, which I heard is not so performing in terms of speed, I would definitely suggest the SSD as a main disk - raid 0 even better if you can - and add one big hdd - 500 or 750 7200rpm as secondary, as I did. So, you'll enjoy both speed and storage space.
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lol it's lighter than a desktop. I need two people to move mine...
lol never said it was light, just lighter than a desktop. After all, you do need a couple of people, or a few trips back and forth, to move an average desktop anyways considering all the peripherals and equipment. The M18x's shows the weight of the quality :-)

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:I always recommend minimal configs with maxed out graphics and if there's an architectural difference between CPU's get the best one.
The rest you can upgrade yourself at half cost
ri-lol, that's exactly what I was trying to say in my former post, but couldn't find a better and more concise way to say it. I guess you can tell that English is not my native language
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