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by jriv35 / March 5, 2009 11:18 AM PST

Hey College is coming soon for me and im looking to get a new laptop. I want to be able to get a laptop that will be able to play the newer games coming out on decent graphical settings without too much lag and freezing. I'm trying to get a good laptop for a cheaper price. I have been looking at the Alienware Area-51 m15x. I wanted to customize it and add on 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT for $150 plus upgrade the processor to 2.4ghz for another $150 and get the office pack for $150. So the price basically jumped from $1100 to about $1800 after shipping and tax. After some reasearch i found that i could buy a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT for the same price as the 8700M from a different website and get the office pack for about 50 dollars cheaper. This would cut down a bunch on the price. I was just wondering if its possible and how hard it is to replace the graphics card on the m15x. I'm not even close to deciding on a laptop yet, I've heard good and bad things about the alienware. If alienware is a bad idea, please let me know. So if any one could help me out with choosing the perfect gaming laptop for a good price please feel free to respond.

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 11:32 AM PST
In reply to: Gaming Laptop Help

The 8700m while nice is handily surpassed by any current gamer's desktop with a video card from this list -> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,2151.html

The item that had me write this is your spec "play the newer games coming out on decent graphical settings without too much lag..."

Also you seem to be new to laptops. Graphics on laptops are not like desktops. If there are cards, they only come from the laptop maker!
Bob

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Thanks
by jriv35 / March 5, 2009 11:44 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

Sorry i am very new to laptops i have never owned or any good type of gaming PC for that matter. I would like to get a desktop but I'm in real need of a laptop. So would you suggest that i just order the Alienware with the 8700m and it should be able to support my gaming needs? I Would like to get the best gaming laptop for no more then 1700. I realize I probably wont be able to get any top of the line stuff i just want to be able to get the most bang for my buck. Thanks again for the help.

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IBuyPower
by jriv35 / March 5, 2009 1:51 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Okay so I did some researching and came across this website called IBuyPower. I looked at the laptops and it seemed that this one would be the best bet for me http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=321. It seems a lot cheaper then the Alienware and It seems a lot more advanced. Its about $500 cheaper and comes with 9600m and a 2.66ghz processor. It seems like a much better deal i was just looking for some opinions and and comparisons before I buy.

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Here, in this forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 9:30 PM PST
In reply to: IBuyPower

We see some negative comments about that vendor. Be sure to research their ratings and if you can get a 3 year warranty.

Gaming laptops are notorious for short life due to pushing the envelope on heat, space and temperatures.

The stories told are not good ones with laptop deaths in years 2 and 3.
Bob

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