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#1 DeimosChaos

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 11:06 AM

Anybody have any owning experience for these laptops? I am upgrading my 3+ year old lenovo Y570 with an GTX 660M and an i7.

Looking around, the Alienware 15 (second option for 1500) seems to be the best priced laptop for what you get, i7 4710HQ and the GTX 970M GPU. There are ones slightly less but usually come with the 960M GPU and varying CPUs.

So basically I am looking to see what people think of these laptops, and if you have any suggestions with something similar specs let me know!

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:00 PM

There are a lot of options for laptops.  I suggest you check out notebookcheck.net for reviews.  Xoticpc.com for ' other options ' and you can sometimes find those same laptops from xotic on amazon for a little less.  I find the Alenware laptops to be nice but I don't need their support options and warranty and payment plans.  If that is what you want/need than by all means go for it!

 

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:16 PM

Yup been checking out reviews on notebookcheck. Price wise, the Alienware 15 is a good buy compared to other similar laptops out there. I haven't found the 1500 dollar version on Amazon or Newegg (my typicall buying places). I'm not doing the dell specific payment plan thing (I actually just got a credit card specifically for this laptop that gets me $200 back when 1500 is spent in the first 3 months, and I'm selling my friend my older Lenovo for 200 bucks, so I get a laptop for 1100 or so). I never buy additional warranty options, they are usually overpriced and not worth it, plus I take care of what I get and have never had anything break on me. Truthfully I probably don't even need a new laptop, I have a desktop with the GTX 980.... but I like having the option to go to friends with a laptop, and the Lenovo is showing its age on gaming.

 

Thanks for the tips!


Edited by DeimosChaos, 13 August 2015 - 12:17 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 02:15 PM

Hardware is quickly outdated.

If I were an avid gamer: I would grab a machine that the GPU can be updated (swapped out) so that one has options to upgrade once inna while.



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:02 PM

Hardware is quickly outdated.

If I were an avid gamer: I would grab a machine that the GPU can be updated (swapped out) so that one has options to upgrade once inna while.

Alienware used to be able to do that... the new 2015 models I believe are unfortunetly soldered in... probably because of the new "Amplifier" that Dell offers.

Sager laptops look to have up-gradable GPUs... though I can't find a whole lot on the one model (NP8651-S) I was looking at. So that makes ma bit nervous. Though it does have a bit better specs than the Alienware for a 100 less.


Edited by DeimosChaos, 18 August 2015 - 12:05 PM.

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 09:20 PM

Thanks for the tip on xoticpc YeahBleeping! Ended up going with a Sager NP8258 from there. Upgradable CPU and GPU! Should hopefully get it in the next couple weeks.


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:12 PM

That looks to be pretty bad-bleep. Mind if I ask the general price paid?

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:26 PM

That looks to be pretty bad-bleep. Mind if I ask the general price paid?

Thanks

Nope not at all. It was $1502 (US) with tax. I added and dropped a few things so that changed the price. I decided to not have it ship with Windows (will get it later, which took off $100 or so). I'll use Linux for my main install anyway and I'll load up an old Windows 7 that I have (the key stopped working but it will work for some games at the moment).


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Posted 04 September 2015 - 06:56 PM

Sounds like you got a decent deal on a great laptop. :)

Sorry been away for a bit. Hope your experience with it is a good one.

Thanks for the info.



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:07 PM

Sounds like you got a decent deal on a great laptop. :)

Sorry been away for a bit. Hope your experience with it is a good one.

Thanks for the info.

Thanks! Just got it in the other day! Working on getting the nvidia drivers installed on Ubuntu...


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