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 Post subject: Gaming Laptop -- June 2008
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:27 am 
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Greetings MPCers!

Yes, yet again it's the great gaming laptop help thread. If you wanted a great gaming laptop with great support, where would you buy it? Alienware, Dell, Sager? They all seem comparable, but Alienware and Dell offer financing. I think I would like Sager the best, but don't have the cash to put up. If you have somewhere else, please explain.

I am looking to play World of Warcraft and Age of Conan. I have a Verizon Broadband modem for when I travel, but the connection seems shitty so far.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:28 am 
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Dell, assuming the specs are decent in comparison to others, at comparable cost.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:02 am 
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Well, it's true that Dell Offers a dedicated gaming computer, but i would have to argue their Quality. Besides, i could rehash the whole Dell Argument here and probably have actually, but i wouldn't Focus on them for a Gaming laptop. If you're separating Dell and Alienware, Don't. They're one and the same. That's probably why the financing is similar. I have an Everex Step Note X5000XT, but that has been replaced by the X5300XT and then Discontinued. It's a Great Gaming laptop and it's not a MAJOR name brand. My Advice is not to look at the Brand Name, but look at the Customer Reviews. I've had No Trouble out of my Everex. I got it For $800 and some of the things it has are:

17" Screen
2 HD Bays
Dedicated Video

Usually you have to pay over $1000 Bucks for Dedicated Video. I say start looking at all the laptops that have that and start eliminating from there. I wish i could direct you to the laptop i currenly have, but like i said, it's discontinued. Keep your Options open, don't limit yourself to a few select brands.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:55 am 
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Thanks,

The laptop I have is a 2004 Dell XPS. Was a great gaming rig back in the day. It has a P4 3.4GHz, 1Gb of RAM, and a Radeon Mobility 9800. It's quite dated now though. The laptop has never had any problems so far, so Dell isn't that bad.

But in looking for gaming laptops now, for what I want they all charge around $4,500. Yikes!

Any other differences I should know between Dell and Alienware? I know Dell bought them, but is one any better or have non-proprietary parts?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:05 am 
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the internals are basically the same. only diff is the case.alienware is basically a rebranded dell. im not sure if dell has extended its no proprietary parts rule to laptops yet.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:04 am 
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Looks like about the only difference between Alienware and Dell are:

Alienware - NVIDIA® GeForce® Series - Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8700M GT - SLI Enabled

Dell - NVIDIA® SLI™ Dual GeForce® 8800M GTX with 1GB GDDR3 Memory


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:12 pm 
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Any other suggestions?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:39 pm 
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How does this look? I'd say pretty good for me to last a while. I'm still open to suggestions.

Dell wrote:
XPS M1730 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz/800Mhz FSB/6MB cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition SP1
System Color Smoke Grey
Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
LCD Panel 17 inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA 1900x1200
Video Card NVIDIA® SLI™ Dual GeForce® 8800M GTX with 1GB GDDR3 Memory
Hard Drive Reliability: 64GB Solid State Drive plus 200GB SATA HD (7200RPM w/ FFS)
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Sound Options High Definition Audio 2.0
Wireless Networking Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965a/g/n Mini Card
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) No Productivity software pre-installed
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) No Security
Primary Battery 85 WHr Lithium Ion Battery (9-cell)
Warranty & Service Get $70 Dell Gift Card with 4Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor- Next Day
Dial-Up Internet Access No ISP requested
Bluetooth and Wireless USB Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR)
Environmental Options Free Recycling Kit RECYCL
Physics Game Accelerator AGEIA PhysXâ„¢ 100M Processor
Dell Digital Entertainment No Entertainment software pre-installed
DataSafe Online Backup DataSafe Online Backup 30GB for 1 year


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voodoo pc?


BTW i was just looking at their site because of this thread...and it sucks...you cant price out a build on it. you need to call them directly. and if you want to check out some of the specs on their machines, you have to download a PDF.

is HP trying to kill them off?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:22 pm 
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Sigh, still no money to buy anything. I so wish I could upgrade my laptop before I travel.


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Here's this one for those that are on a budget


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HellFighter_06 wrote:
Here's this one for those that are on a budget


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:02 pm 
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Look here after looking there --- 2 posts above.

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=83621

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