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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Help me configure an Alienware m9700

http://www.alienware.com/configurato...de=SKU-DEFAULT

My PC consists of an Athlon 64 3200, nVidia 6800 GT, 1 GB Corsair 3200 XMS Pro and I am considering this notebook as a decent desktop replacement system to take with me while away from home. I don't need the absolute top of the line. It will be mostly for normal internet, email, paying bills, etc. I'm a casual gamer and would also use it for music/movies. It starts at $1700 and I really don't want to spend a lot more unnecessarily. I was thinking of adding the DVD burner for $50 and the respawn kit for $30. Also maybe upping memory to 1GB for $160. I'm up in the air on the processor and HD. Not sure if any of these additions are worth the money or if I could buy the stuff elsewhere cheaper. Maybe it's not as
easy replacing components on a notebook as it is for a desktop PC? I would like decent perforamance. Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 05:33 AM
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Check out dell I spent $800 bucks brand new. I had it built with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.6 with 2mb cache double, layer DVD burner 60 GB harddrive, 128mb graphic card 15.4 inch wide screen 1gb DDR2 memory and wireless. Alienware wanted around 2 grand for this same laptop. I think your just paying for a name.
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Certainly better deals out there if you are surfing the internet and paying bills with occasional bill paying.

My Toshiba Satellite I bought a little less than a year ago (Dec 2005) was 1299 on sale on closeout at CompUSA:

Mobile Pentium 4 - 3.33 Ghz
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP motherboard / 533 Mhz bus speed
1GB DDR SDRAM - 333Mhz
15.4" TFT active matrix 1280x800, 128MB Video Ram
100 GB IDE
24x CD/DVD RW
Modem
Wireless

Only thing that really sucks is the sound, which is Realtek ALC 250. Not bad, not good but plays decently with headphones on the plane when I'm watching a DVD.

My 401K is now a 400K (was 301K)
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 11:33 AM
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http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...S9722_Notebook
That's a very nice computer for 2000$

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 01:08 PM
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Alienware is far beyond overkill for your needs... These guys are right, there's computers that will handle everything you needs for ALOT less money, and alot less overkill...

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 01:56 PM
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you have to decide if you want a laptop with good video card or an integrated video card. how much gaming do you do or want to do? and what kinda games?

if your just gonna BS on the computer, i wouldnt spend more than 500-600. i see good laptops on sale all the time around that price.

BUT if you are going to be playing stuff like WOW and BF 2 then you will want something like that alienware or the xps.

my brother got a badass dell xps1210 with full upgrades (priced out at 1800) which came out to 1100 after a bunch of promotion codes.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 02:15 PM
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i just picked up a gateway platinum (model #MP6954) from best buy for $999...here are the specs:

intel core duo T2050
2mb l2 cache
533mhz fsb
2gigs DDR2 ram
120GB HD
cd/dvd/rw
15.4 screen
etc, etc, etc....
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