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    So after years of getting frustrated with paper weights that companies pawn off as computers, I finally broke down and bought a proper laptop.

    I already own several laptops and desktops, but with all the traveling I do, I am missing out on the ability to continue gaming remotely. I looked around at several different manufacturers and compared prices for gaming laptops as well as hardware for the buck. I went with a Alienware M17x, that seems like it should do fine for what I want. ;)

    They gave me some crazy 15% discount for singing up with Dell as well as a free Win7 upgrade. So why not!!! My only issue is it took 1.5 months to build and I have two more weeks until I get it. :(

    Base model before options

    Options added:
    Black Metallic
    Intel Core2 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
    17-inch WideUXGA 1920x1200 Display
    8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
    Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280M SLI 1GB GDDR3 -Woot SLI!!!
    256GB Solid State Drive -Opted for faster drive versus size
    Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1
    Windows 7 Home Premium UpgradeCoupon

    "The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws." -Machiavelli

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    Laptop technology changes so fast....nice laptop :)

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      holy cow BigC. That is one nice piece of portable computing. SLI in a laptop...with two GTX 280's...I've got a GTX 280 and can barely fit it in my tower case. They must be a specially modded card for laptops, right?...

      Good luck with the new machine.
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        The gtx280m =/= gtx280, it actually uses a different chip(the same used in the 8800gts512/9800gtx+/gts250).

        It is the best mobile chip, though, as far as I know.
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          Re: New Laptop (Finally)

          Originally posted by Namebot View Post
          The gtx280m =/= gtx280, it actually uses a different chip(the same used in the 8800gts512/9800gtx+/gts250).

          It is the best mobile chip, though, as far as I know.
          thanks for the clarification. I thought that "m" might stand for mobile.
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            Did you get any of the discounts for gov. employees?

            LINKS

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              Originally posted by Bamboo View Post
              Did you get any of the discounts for gov. employees?
              Nah.. If would bought a Dell itself, I think I would have been good to go. Otherwise I simply forked over the money and considered it a treat for all the time away.
              "The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws." -Machiavelli

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                Drool............

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                • #9
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                  Very nice BigC, I bet you can't wait to play ARMA2 on that thing.



                  When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix

                  And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are. ~ Plato

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                    home premium kinda sucks but you do get win7 when it comes out so that makes up for it.

                    That really is the best laptop money can buy. Don't accidentally leave that sitting anywhere lol except with me. ;)


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                      Yeah well, so much traveling sucks bad enough, but watching porn on a 12" screen is not cutting it anymore!!! :row__523:
                      "The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws." -Machiavelli

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                        "Mobile" and "17 inch screen" are mutually exclusive terms. The laptop I am typing on is a 17 inch Toshiba... love it to death except when I am porting it around. Otherwise, I am a lovely shade of chartreuse at the moment, BigC... wish I had one half as nice!
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by TheBigC View Post
                          Yeah well, so much traveling sucks bad enough, but watching porn on a 12" screen is not cutting it anymore!!! :row__523:

                          "...you must spread reputation around before...."

                          ha ha laughed out loud when I read that.
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                            Instead of big screens, we need laptops with a small laser that paints the image on one's retina, clipped to the frame of glasses. This technology has been demonstrated but not yet marketed. So far the closest we've come is little displays mounted on the front of glasses.
                            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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                              Ok, I got the laptop the other day. Holy hell is it huge for a laptop.

                              Anyway. I have run into a issue that I have never experienced before. I cannot load any of the NVidia drivers. I tried several variants of the drivers with no luck. It keeps coming back saying that I do not have the correct hardware to load any drivers. It currently has the 179.xx drivers and control panel.

                              Any ideas?
                              "The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws." -Machiavelli

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