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 Post subject: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:36 am 
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Hello Scott. I bring better news Crosses Fingers. Alienware Refunded my faulty laptop for Store Credit for the full amout for the laptop. I would of rather had my money back. I have about $2,200. Store credit Then two Laptops I am looking at.

Frist laptop Area 51 M15X

15.4" WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD (720p) with Clearview Technology
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9500 2.6GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
1GB of ram
120gb hard disk.
512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTX
3 year Warrintee.
$2,824.00

Issues are Running at high temps. 95c

Second Laptop ARea 51 M17X

17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 2.4GHz (3MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
1GB of ram
120gb hard disk.
Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8600M GT – SLI Enabled
3 year Warrintee
$2,849.00

Alienware will let me upgrade the CPU if I send it back to Alienware so they can do it.
For the grapics card they let you install them your self. Which I have no problem doing.

They will let me use Ram and Other hard drives with out voiding the Warrintee. Where is a good place to order for Ram and Hard drives.

Basicly when I am done. The laptop I pick will be pritty much Max out for Gaming use in six Month
M15X 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTX
M17X Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8800M GTX – SLI Enabled
Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
320GB 7,200RPM (16MB Cache)


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:31 am 
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It's too bad that the display choices they offer are so poor. The resolutions are either too low or too high for the 15.4" size (I prefer 1680 x 1050 in a 15.4" widescreen), and they only offer "GlareView" technology, which means glossy screens.

Bottom line: I absolutely, positively cannot condone glossy screens. Laptops are used in a variety of lighting conditions, most of them uncontrollable, and I need to see what is *on* the screen, not what is *behind* me. <g> Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:48 pm 
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Bottom line: I absolutely, positively cannot condone glossy screens. Laptops are used in a variety of lighting conditions, most of them uncontrollable, and I need to see what is *on* the screen, not what is *behind* me. <g> Scott.


I agree with you on the glossy screens. Lucky for me the Light source in my house are in front of me off to the side. So I have no glare. This laptop will not be a outside Just to much of a risk

I would go for a deaktop but I have no room in the house for Desktops.

Ok What about the Deskreplacement I listed.

17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 2.4GHz (3MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
1GB of ram
120gb hard disk.
Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8600M GT – SLI Enabled
3 year Warrintee
$2,849.00

Which I will upgrade the whole system.

M17X Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8800M GTX – SLI Enabled
Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
320GB 7,200RPM (16MB Cache)


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:39 pm 
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That should be quite a powerful system for a laptop. Let me know how the new system works out, Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:11 am 
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I have started upgrading the laptop and I dont even have it yet haha. I ordered 2 2gb Ram. $80 total it better then the $350 they charge on Alienware. Frys.com have good deals. on computer parts.

Right now I am looking for the 320gb hard drive with 8 or 16mb cache 7200 rpm. As a secondary hard drive. Is there any place I can buy this?

Here is someone scores basicly like mine but I have 2.4ghz

2.1 ghz core 2 duo, and only 1 gb of RAM dual geforce go 8600 256mb

3DMark Score: 7,936.00 3DMarks
SM2.0 Score: 3,586.00
HDR/SM3.0 Score: 3,709.00
CPU Score: 1,829.00
Game Score: 0.00 Points
SM2.0 Graphics Tests
GT1 - Return To Proxycon: 28.20 FPS
GT2 - Firefly Forest: 31.57 FPS
CPU Tests
CPU1 - Red Valley: 0.59 FPS
CPU2 - Red Valley: 0.90 FPS
HDR/SM3.0 Graphics Tests
HDR1 - Canyon Flight: 31.49 FPS
HDR2 - Deep Freeze: 42.69 FPS

I am knocking on wood this guy has no problems with his system or issues as of yet. No overheating and such. This is the frist system I seen tested.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:41 am 
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Currently the Hitachi 7K320 is the only drive I know of that meets those specs: http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/site/e ... 14eac4f0a0

Unfortunately they are hard to find, if you locate a source, let me know the location and price. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:30 am 
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The M17X runs good there some software issues. But it due to the lighting of the laptop keyboard. Will be fix soon it a software issue.

The computer runs good I have around 1.3 Hours playing lord of the ring on high end online. Just searching on the web about 2.5 hours. I was going for a smart bay battery and I should get 3 to 4 Hours online or 2 Hours of high end gaming. And a 500gb smart bay hard drive which I will use for backups.

My laptop setup now is a 320gb hard drive with 16mb cache windows boot up drive. And the 120gb hard drive for muisc and pictures. That where I found the drivers on the keyboard lighting not working

Few things about the laptop that are good. is the keyboard it self is cool to the touch. Due to the fans are not on the bottem of the laptop blowing heat out. But on top of the gpu and cpu blowing heat out. So less heat on the Keyboard.

Downside is to clean the gpu and cpu fans you have to pull the gpus out or take the keyboard off to clean the cpu fan

If I can get a 2.8 ghz cpu will the manufacture know I did this if I change back to the 2.4ghz cpu for repairs? I want to buy a 2.8 ghz cpu high end ebay low cost. But I dont want to void the warrintee. Will the bios or hard drive say I change it?


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading Notebooks.
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:19 am 
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The BIOS will need to support the new CPU. If they sell the same model with that chip, then it should. Make sure you install the latest BIOS before installing the chip. If the original chip is reinstalled, there should be no way to tell it had ever been changed. Scott.


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