Good deal for this gaming laptop?

#1 Edited by AirForcebro (7 posts) -

I'm in the military so I'm on the move constantly and my 4 year old dell laptop can't even run Counter Strike 1.6 above 10 frames. I'm pretty interested in games coming soon such as Diablo 3 and Guildwars 2 but I know next to nothing when it comes to PC's so I'm coming here for some advice. Does anyone have any input on my current shopping list? anything I need to upgrade?

#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

You know your paying mark up just to own something with "Alien Ware" in its name right? 

#3 Posted by AirForcebro (7 posts) -

Yeah, but I'm hoping my military discount balances it out.

#4 Edited by Brendan (7696 posts) -

Get a Sager, it's often the best performance for the money.

Edit: Although at a discount that high it's still a pretty good deal compared to other brands, so at that price I wouldn't recommend against it.

#5 Posted by ch3burashka (5017 posts) -

Your name is either dumb, self-conscious, self-consciously dumb, or self-consciously brilliant. I'm not sure which it is...

#6 Edited by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

Yes that is a great price and and overall good laptop. And thank you for your service.

#7 Edited by Fin (85 posts) -

I'd recommend getting an SSD if you can. Even if it's only a small one to install the operating system to combined with a larger HDD for everything else.

#8 Posted by Skytylz (4031 posts) -

That's a pretty good price with your discount.

#9 Posted by Kidavenger (3514 posts) -

Looks pretty good with that discount.

#10 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@AirForcebro: Can you change it to an i5? Better to get more ram or upgrade the gfx card (or pocket the savings for games)

#11 Edited by AirForcebro (7 posts) -

@mosdl: You mean..the Alien Ware laptop model or the processor? I messed around with some different models and came out with this. Saves me $250 better deal? How big of a performance difference from the 1st one? Main thing is the Display is 3.3 inches smaller and the processor is .3ghz slower.

@Subject2Change: @Subject2Change said:

Yes that is a great price and and overall good laptop. And thank you for your service.

Oh and thanks man, Love serving my country every single day.

#12 Posted by Kidavenger (3514 posts) -

I like your first one better, or this one if you can swing it with your discount

1080p monitor and much better videocard.

#13 Posted by Lumley (945 posts) -

Comparing the price of that laptop to the laptop I got last year, yup, that's certainly worth it.

#14 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@AirForcebro said:

@mosdl: You mean..the Alien Ware laptop model or the processor? I messed around with some different models and came out with this. Saves me $250 better deal? How big of a performance difference from the 1st one? Main thing is the Display is 3.3 inches smaller and the processor is .3ghz slower.

The processor. You want to keep the 660M graphics card. An Intel i7 is kinda overkill, but it looks like Alienware doesn't offer i5s.

#15 Posted by Wallzii (173 posts) -
@Kidavenger said:

I like your first one better, or this one if you can swing it with your discount

1080p monitor and much better videocard.

This. The 7970M is a true beast of a mobile GPU, putting out desktop GTX 570 numbers. That in itself is an incredible feat, and should last you long into the future. Also you will be thankful for the bigger screen and the 1080p resolution. If I were you I would save up a little more and get something a little better that will last you longer, an investment for the future, if you will.
#16 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

That's a hefty discount. I paid more for my laptop a couple years ago, and it wasn't as powerful.

#17 Posted by sarge1445 (676 posts) -

@Wallzii said:

@Kidavenger said:

I like your first one better, or this one if you can swing it with your discount

1080p monitor and much better videocard.

This. The 7970M is a true beast of a mobile GPU, putting out desktop GTX 570 numbers. That in itself is an incredible feat, and should last you long into the future. Also you will be thankful for the bigger screen and the 1080p resolution. If I were you I would save up a little more and get something a little better that will last you longer, an investment for the future, if you will.

@AirForcebro said:

I'm in the military so I'm on the move constantly and my 4 year old dell laptop can't even run Counter Strike 1.6 above 10 frames. I'm pretty interested in games coming soon such as Diablo 3 and Guildwars 2 but I know next to nothing when it comes to PC's so I'm coming here for some advice. Does anyone have any input on my current shopping list? anything I need to upgrade?

looks perfect other then you should upgrade to 8-16 gigs of ram

#18 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1741 posts) -

I never recommend Alienware because you overpay (a lot) compared to Sager or Asus, and now that they're owned by Dell, their support is horrible.

But that's a damn good discount. Go for it, but look into the possibility of a 1080p resolution.

#19 Posted by Wallzii (173 posts) -

@sarge1445: I agree with the statement about the RAM, I didn't notice the 6GB in the build I quoted. To offset the price it could always be brought down to 1333MHz as well, in gaming there won't be any tangible difference between that and 1600MHz.

#20 Posted by VACkillers (1059 posts) -

Yes... its a very good deal that

#21 Posted by AirForcebro (7 posts) -

Thanks for the help everyone! I went with M14x upgraded the ram to 8gigs, changed the processor to an i7 instead of an i5, upgraded the monitor to a 1600x900 900p one, and the video card to the 2gig geforce 650m for around $780 runs amazing! even more amazing when I changed the video card settings when I realized it was using the onboard hd integrated graphics card instead of the nvidia one!

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