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Help choosing between two laptop deals?

Hey guys, I ordered two laptops yesterday during the ongoing Black Friday sales, and intend on choosing one of them depending on my impressions and advice I get from online.

1. Alienware 17 R2 ("Dell Outlet New" ordered from the Dell Outlet) (same configuration as this Amazon link)

* 2.5GHz i7-4710HQ
* GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
* 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Final price with tax: $882

2. Alienware 17 R3 (ordered from Alienware website, it's the last configuration on the far right)

* i7-6820HK
* 8GB Dual Channel DDR4
* 256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA
* GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5
* UHD (3840 x 2160) IGZO IPS Anti-Glare 400-nits Display
Final price with tax: $2022

Other than the obvious significant hardware upgrades, do you guys think there are noteworthy issues in the R2 that were fixed in the R3? From what I understand, the price I got the R2 at was quite good, so I guess I'm really just wondering if that substantially lower price justifies me keeping the outdated machine with worse specs (and potentially I could use the money I save to upgrade laptops sometime down the line).

Thanks for any advice!

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The first seems pretty nice.

In reply to: Help choosing between two laptop deals? is a sea of mostly green for gaming. Seems great. The other one? I guess it's going to be similar result due to more display pixels. The step up to the 980m is negated by more pixels.

My money? Get the 970m and then swap in a 500GB SSD (just yesterday ordered 2 for 120 bucks each!) Zip, zam, bam.
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seems the greatest advice

In reply to: The first seems pretty nice.

what abt the warranty? and installation of os manually?

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I purchased a

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second year of warranty.

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Well the second system is

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1999 now on the Alienware website. But the price of the first one may be to much to pass. I have an Alienware 18 that came with a 256 MSATA ssd which I replaced with a 1 tb SSD. Mine has the 4th generation Intel Processor also and also has the previous genration of Nvidia 860.

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