About the Alienware 17 GTX 780m choices
the-fuck-knows said: noooooooooooooooooo! why not a desktop? unless this is for gaming at work but still alienware is overrated. ENJOY IT AT ANY RATE THIS IS EXCITING.
Actually it is for gaming at work because I have a lot of free time. Especially on graveyard shifts. Alienware computers are, in general, very overrated. I’ve done a lot of research the past few weeks and I’ve found that this is actually a very cost effective setup. If I were to get a gaming laptop from anyone with similar specs I would be spending the same amount of money if not more.
In fact their $2700 A7 model is very over priced. The problem is they pin you in when you shop. If you look at the model it has a faster (7200rpm) 750 GB HD, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and a higher definition screen. Whereas if you’re looking at the only other GTX 780m machine it has a bigger but slower (1TB) 5500rpm HD, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a completely adequate screen. Basically they’re forcing an upgrade of RAM, which is unnessisary past 8GB as it stands, and then forcing an upgrade of the screen if you just want the model with the better HD along with the 780m.
If it was really so easily configurable they’d allow you to simple get the model with the superior HD (comes with a Solid State onboard as well).
Anyways, a 7200rpm HD for upgrade indipendent is $100 if I really want to get it, otherwise I’d much rather save $500 for upgrades I don’t care about all that much. I’m not sure if the HD is really going to bother me all that much, but it’s not set in stone.
Anywho, big investment, but not overpriced fortunately. The Alienware 17 has made excellent reviews, and there really isn’t any laptop in the price range that competes all that well and reviews consistently well.
ALSO, I have a pretty solid desktop that’s about 500 dollars away from being completely up to snuff with the laptop I’m about to buy (just need to upgrade CPU+GPU). ALSO, my close friend is buying my current laptop from me for 400 dollars because it’s game worthy and I’ve let her borrow it before. She can play what she likes on it, and it cuts my cost a bit.