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RAM should be fine. Higher clocked RAM tends to run hotter, if anything 667 is better. Only thing that matters about RAM clock speed is that it swaps as fast as the amount of RAM there is (for example, if running 4GB RAM it should run at >4GB/s bandwidth at least). The 667 RAM modules run well above that (5.3GB bandwidth speed) so there's no need to go for any faster RAM. If he should worry about anything memory related then it should be 1. The manufacturer of the RAM and the model as well as 2. Their latency.

P.S. one other thing I'd consider would be changing the HDD for a cheap low-end SSD (30GB-64GB) as one thing I've learned from experience is that the 2 things that are most likely to fail in a laptop are the fans and the mechanical drives. If I were you shakenbake158, I'd also run a benchmark on that thing and see what temperatures the GPU & CPU hit.

Thanks for the advice, also is there another laptop you would recommend for gaming, that could play mostly all games on at least low settings, give or take $150?
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post #12 of 22
Bleh, after looking I would say go ahead and buy the one you found.
Best I could come up with..

Recert/furb/scratch

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220715

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BaseAlienware M11x Laptop
ProcessorProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU7300 (1.3GHz, 800 MHz, 3 MB)
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Hard Disk Drive160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
Memory2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (2 DIMMs)
Video1 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 335 M
System ColorCosmic Black
Laptop Screen11.6 inch High Definition WLED Display (1366x768)
Laptop Battery8 Cell Primary Battery
Network Interface CardDell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-Card
Web CameraIntegrated Webcam
Hardware Upgrade65W AC Adapter
Software Upgrade64BIT Operating System
$466.

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BaseXPS 15
ProcessorProcessor: Intel Core i5-460M Processor (3M cache, 2.53 GHz)
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Hard Disk Drive500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
Memory4 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM 1333MHz (2 DIMMs)
Media Bay8X DVD +/- RW Drive
VideoNVIDIA GeForce GT 420M 1GB graphics with Optimus
System ColorMetalloid Aluminum (WLAN)
Laptop Screen15.6 inch HD (720p) WLED Display with 2.0 MP webcam
Laptop Battery6 Cell Primary Battery
Network Interface CardIntel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
KeyboardInternal English Single Pointing Keyboard
Hardware Upgrade125V Power Cord
90W AC Adapter
Software Upgrade64BIT Operating System
$594
post #13 of 22
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Where can I get the base M11X for $466?
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post #14 of 22
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Thanks for the advice, also is there another laptop you would recommend for gaming, that could play mostly all games on at least low settings, give or take $150?
You're welcome. And what you found looks better for the $ than any brand new laptop I've seen, as most of those pair low clocked, low power CPUs with poor integrated GPUs. For gaming and at that price, definitely go for it. Just make sure it's in good condition (I'm guessing it's a used one you're considering now) and that it runs at acceptable temperatures.
    
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post #15 of 22
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So would the Asus or the Alienware be a better choice?
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post #16 of 22
coupon: 30?R6RK3QL?SLL 15% off
http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineS...068&l=en&s=dfh

The coupon applies to all laptops in the dell outlet, so if you find a better deal, then obviously it will work.

Btw the coupon expires the 16th or after 10,000 uses.
post #17 of 22
Only thing that looks bad is that RAM.
    
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post #18 of 22
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Will the base M11X be able to run all games out today at least on low settings? And would I be able to upgrade the graphics card later?
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post #19 of 22
Ram is cheap, 50$ will buy you 4 gigs of name brand ram. And the other m11x's with 4gigs or more are more then the cost of doing it yourself.
post #20 of 22
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Is the 9800 in the Asus better than the 355 in the Alienware?
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