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Hello !!!!!! and foremost thanks for taking the time to read my message.

I have a problem, I have thought about changing my old gateway laptop p6831fx 4 a better laptop because in my work I use many design programs, also requires sometimes use programs like autocad, and of course for games.

My first idea was to build a cpu for gamers, but I'm always traveling because of my job, so I don't thing thats the best idea, so is most convenient a laptop. People always told me the best brand for games/desing is alienware. So I did a little research and according to my budget, my two viable options are these 2:

1. Alienware m15x 472csb

* 15.6-inch widescreen HD resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio.
* 1.73 GHz processor Quad-Core Intel Core i7-740QM (with Turbo Boost technology up to 2.93 GHz) offers a maximum processing capacity in response to demand peaks. Intel Turbo Boost maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating the performance to match its workload - provide higher performance when they most need.
* 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM).
* 6 GB of installed RAM (DDR3) with 1066 MHz speed.
* Be creative hard work, do it fast: that is the goal of Alienware.
* ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics with 1 GB dedicated video memory. Loaded with advanced technology and support for Microsoft DirectX 11, the HD 5850 has the characteristics of the raw power and you need to fully enjoy diving as well as the ability to expand their visual real estate through three screens. Eyefinity with ATI, you get the best immersive gaming experience innovative "wrap around" multi-screen capabilities.
* 8X DVD multiformat supports reading / writing of CD-R/RW, DVD ± R, DVD ± RW, DVD ± R DL and DVD-RAM.
* Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connection to home and business networks.
Connectivityenables Bluetooth to communicate and synchronize wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and mobile phones.
* Stereo speakers with internal high definition 5.1 channel audio.
* 2.0 megapixel webcam.
* Backlit keyboard with AlienFX.
* DisplayPort video output is the new monitor interface compatible with today's digital graphics and LCD technologies.
* Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all your photos, videos and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.
* Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, is only ten minutes, requires no software or download, and you keep your existing programs, files and settings. Windows will guide you through the upgrade process.
* 8-cell battery.
Dimensions: 37.80 x 30.86 x 4.88 cm.
* Weight: 4.08Kg.

and my other option is the MSI Gt680r

* Quad Core Processor Intel Core 7-2630QM (2.0 GHz)
* 8 GB of DDR3 memory
* 1TB Hard Drive
* Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M (1.5 GB GDDR5 VRAM).
* DVD Recorder
* USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
* VGA port
* HDMI
* ESATA
* 9-cell battery
* 16.5-inch screen at 1920 x 1080 pixels

If u have to buy a laptop between these two? which would u choose?
I ask you experts in the field which would be best for my needs ?

From where I live the price between these two is very similar I don't know why... and yes I KNOW there are a lot better laptops such as the asus G73sw-A1b, G73jw-A1 or even the m17x with CF 5870, but they r more expensive (at least from where I lve) and out of my BUDGET

Sorry if I take too much of ur time, but I don't know much about this issue, and I want to buy the best option according to my budget. Thank you so much.
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The MSI is a more powerful laptop and a better screen resolution. The Alienware is going to have a backlit keyboard, so I don't know if that's a need or a want for you. I would pick the MSI myself, because I own one and have been happy with it. Alienware's are generally overpriced mostly because of the name, but they do have some nice features.

Also, have you looked at models like Sager NP8150. You didn't mention what your budget is, but the Sager would be priced similarly to the two you linked. The Sagers are known for having superior cooling.
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Originally Posted by JuStIn871 View Post
The aleinware
Read the OP's post.

The MSI is the better laptop hands down! No comparison.

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Originally Posted by MegaTherion View Post
The MSI is a more powerful laptop and a better screen resolution. The Alienware is going to have a backlit keyboard, so I don't know if that's a need or a want for you. I would pick the MSI myself, because I own one and have been happy with it. Alienware's are generally overpriced mostly because of the name, but they do have some nice features.

Also, have you looked at models like Sager NP8150. You didn't mention what your budget is, but the Sager would be priced similarly to the two you linked. The Sagers are known for having superior cooling.
However this will be the best advice no matter how far this thread goes. Sager is the best. The customization options are awesome. They are just rebuilt Clevo's but they leave so much to choose from.
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I would get the MSI as well if you have to choose between the two.
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Thank u all!! 4 ur comments so i guess I'll go 4 the MSI GT680

Just one question, well actually two...

1. MSI is a good brand for laptops? (durability, components, assembly...)

and 2. What about the cooling system for the msi gt680 is it good? or average? because alienware m15x suppost to be one of the best cooling system aviable...

Greetings!!
post #7 of 10
You should look into the sager. 8150 if you plan on upgrading the gpu in the future, or 8130 if you will be happy with a 460m for quite awhile.

The sager has some of the best build quality, cooling, has pretty much everything the alienware and msi laptops you mentioned except a backlit keyboard and the sager is usually cheaper
Edited by s-x - 2/27/11 at 4:04pm
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Sager? mmmmm.... is the first time I've heard that brand, I'm from mexico, and I'm pretty sure that is a brand I don't think I found in here, so i guess the MSI GT680 will have to do Thank u all anyway 4 ur help!!!!

Greetings!!
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[EDIT] Of your two, I'd go with the MSI. Better CPU, Slightly better GPU, 1080p, USB3. MSI laptops will probably run a little warmer and I know your in a warm climate, but if your not in a relatively cool place and are using a laptop cooler then even the Alienware is going to overheat. I'd take the MSI. That said, I'd look into the Sager too as I originally posted.[/EDIT]


Go with a Sager and get it from here:

http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming...95_51_162.html

I think the NP8130 if you choose the 460m or NP8150 for the 460 or 485m [the 485 is what I'd get if I could afford it] for 15" and the NP8170 for 17" are the best buys.

*I do believe that Xoticpc ships to other countries.
Edited by thegreatsquare - 3/1/11 at 5:32am
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that 7280 is going to be nuts though
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