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My New System
« on: May 12, 2011, 10:58:59 AM »
My New system...
So I went with a laptop instead of a new PC build.  This made more sense since I work out of town all the time again.
I went with an Alienware.  It was either going to be that or an XPS.  I read that Dell is phasing out the XPS systems soon so I figured their Alienware brand will be better supported.  Plus it had a much better video card available.  The XPS only had the nVidia 555M. The Radeon 6970M is almost 40% faster than the 555M.  it will run all current games on "Ultra" settings with the only exceptions being Crysis and METRO 2033 which can run on "HIGH" settings.  I think I made a good decision.  The 555M had very low benchmark scores. The top laptop video card on the market right now is the GeForce GTX 485M, which isn't available from dell.  There is no telling when it will be available.  I may buy it and replace it a little later down the road if I need it.  It is about 12% faster than the card I got. So the price to gain ratio may not be worth it.

I didn't want to go 3D yet cause I dont think the graphics cards are quite there yet.  Maybe in 2 more years if 3D is still a big thing.  From researching I learned that the 3D cards get lower frame rates because of the added feature.

My specs are below.  It should be able to handle any new games for the next couple years at High to ultra settings. I am pretty confident it will be able to play BF3 on at least high settings.

I spent $2800 on this system.  It makes me sick, cause I could have build a monster PC for that price, but it would be too much of a pain in the ass to haul around from job to job and would probably damage parts while moving it constantly.  (I work in the oil field doing directional drilling for those of you that don't know.)

System     Alienware M17x     Alienware Specs Link     
Screen     17.3-inch WideFHD1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED     
Processor     Intel Core i7 2720QM 2.2GHz (3.3GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)     Intel Specs Link     
Video Card     2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6970M     notebookcheck.net benchmarks
RAM     8GB DDR3 1333MHz
They didn't have 1600MHz  :( but i can always find it somewhere else if I need it.   
Hard Drive     320GB 7,200RPM SATA-II HDD     
Optical Drive     Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)     
I/O Ports     (1x) Power/DC-in Jack
(2x) Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports
(2x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 Combo ports
(1x) eSATA 3Gb/s + USB 2.0 Combo port(with USB charge function support)
(3x) Auto-sensing jacks for Line-out (2 line out; 1x SPDIF/Headphone)
(1x) Microphone Input jack
(1x) RJ-45 (10/100/1Gb IPv6)
(1x) HDMI-1.4 output with Audio
(1x) HDMI-1.3 input with Audio
(1x) mini-Display Port
(1x) VGA Port (DB-15)
(1x) 9-in-1 Media card reader
3.0 Megapixel Video and Picture Camera     



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Re: My New System
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 08:26:16 PM »
Thats a nice system though shark. You'll be ready for BF3!!
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Re: My New System
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 08:29:20 PM »
damn thats a nice laptop, and job  ;) . you get promoted from what you were doing last time?

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Re: My New System
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 11:23:10 AM »
not promoted.. changed to a different company  ;D

I'm gonna pick up Crysis 2 tonight and try it out.

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Re: My New System
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 07:26:49 PM »
sweet rig!

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Re: My New System
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011, 08:30:49 PM »
this thread is worthless without pics  :'(

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Re: My New System
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011, 09:53:38 PM »
I'll take some tomorrow  :)