I had virtually decided on a XPS M1730 with a X9000 Extreme processer, Bluray read and write drive, 6GB ram, 1920 x 1200 screen, 640GB hard drive of ram, Nvidia 1GB 9800M GT Graphics (2x512MB in SLI mode) etc
I then started to read this forum about Dell taking over Alienware and i read up on the Alienware M17X, i have natural concerns with whats going to happen with the XPS gaming brand now that Dell have taken over Alienware to be its gaming division.
1. What sort of XPS customer care will i get in the future now that Dell seems to be putting most of its gaming resources into Alienware, will Dell carry on to manufacture parts for the XPS M1730 in the future just incase something goes wrong and how long for ?
2. If you had the choice to buy at this present time would it be an XPS M1730 or would you save up and spend a bit extra on the Alienware M17X, i want to get it right and to have no regrets.
My M1710 is 2.5 yrs old now but is still working fine for me. The only problem is is my LCD screen has some problem and i see a lot of dots on it especially when the background is dark like in a horror movie.
But still it is usuable. I showed it to my local engineer and also contacted dell and they asked me to get a new warranty and they will replace the lcd.
But I don't really want to spend that much and I have a spare LCD monitor which i am currently using with a VGA cable. I can do tasks as long as it doesn't require me to use the keyboard as the screen is almost closed.
so I'm getting a replacement computer from dell and I wanted to know what I should go for assuming the Alienware m17x isn't an option. I currently have an XPS M1710 and they are shipping me a Studio XPS 16.
I don't want to try and argue for a 17 inch screen and get stuck with another m1710 or a m1730. Or do I?
1. What is the general opinion of the 8700mgt SLI?
2. how does it compare to even the 7900mGTX?
3. Being that the 7900 has a 256 bit interface where the 8700 are 128, do you see that as a bottleneck in video rendering?
4. I realize that the 8800 is out, but I wont make any decisions on that even if they are glowing. I'm primarily trying to figure out if the 8700's are on par vs a single 7900gtx, what are your thoughts on this?
5. windows xp or vista ultimate? Prefer to contrast the pro's and cons, I havent used vista yet nor have we QA'ed it, we still use MCE and winxp-pro
Input is very much appreciated, thank you in advance!
Please assume that the cpu and harddrive specs are similar, both with 4gb of ram.
Im doing an in depth review comparison of the XPS m1710 and the XPS m1730 cause frankly the ones online elsewhere or anywhere just suck from what ive seen.
I'll be doing a suite of benchmarks ranging from popular DX8,9,10 games and for the sake of doing it 3Dmarks across the board but if there is a demo suite or a game I might have you want me to bench i'll try to include it in the markings so feel free to ask it wont hurt I promise. If there is any particular photo shot of either unit you would like to see then nows your chance to voice up. Im gonna collect all the responses till Jan 7th and then I'll make the magic happen I cant wait to hear what you guys want so have at it.
Requests so far
Age of Empires 3 Asian Dynasties DX9 FRAPS Crysis DX9-10 FRAPS Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne DX8 FRAPS WoW DX8.1 FRAPS Planetside DX8.1 FRAPS Hellgate London DX9-10 FRAPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. FRAPS Call of Duty 4 FRAPS Unreal Tourny 3 FRAPS Team Fortress 2 FRAPS BioShock FRAPS (This game runs on the UT3 engine thus is on the maybe list)
Looking to get some IN-GAME benchmarks with FRAPS, and see what different people's rigs are doing. Why are the M1730 guys allowed? Simple...so we can see what the new M1730 can do, and see if it is worth slapping another $3,000 to $5,000 down on the table.
RULES: 1- To rule out as many variables as we can, we should all use FRAPS for benchmarking. F-11 is the default key to start a benchmark. 2- Tell us about your rig. Be specific about hardware, OS, clockspeeds, and drivers. Having that info in your signature is even better. 3- Cut and paste straight from the FRAPS log that is created in C:Fraps. Be sure to specify what resolution you're using because FRAPS does not document this. 4- Specify what graphical settings you are using for that game. Saying 'Full Graphical Settings' means that you have every graphic option for that game maxed out, turned on, etc. In Bioshock you could say 'Full Graphical Settings, but Dynamic Lighting is Off'. In Oblivion it would be nice if you specify outdoors or indoors. You get the point. 5- TURN V-SYNC OFF. If your scores are pegged at 30FPS or 60FPS, that's nice, but tells us nothing. If you say 'Full Graphical Settings', we are to assume that V-Sync is off. You don't need to mention it.
It is obvious to me that this is not as foolproof as an ORB link. People can edit the text file to say whatever they want it to.
I got my Inspiron 1520 and discovered a little chippng on top and a missing wireless switch. Also I was kinda misled by the sales representative into buying the 4 GRAM,which the system can't even fully recognize.
So after A LOT of call waiting and negotiation it came down to: 15.4'' 1280x800glossy+Intel Duo2 Core 7500 2.2GHz+4G 667MHz RAM+120G 5400rpm disk+Geforce8600M GT with everything else default for $1489.
Now I'm seriously torn between this bizzarely configured Inspiron a big part of which I will never need and the Alienware Aurora.I'm not a big hardware wiz and I mainly need a laptop for mid-high end gaming (not the real crazy pixel monsters but like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic V etc)as well as college routines.
i have a dell xps m1530 that has the t9300 processor and it got damaged so then dell decided they would send me a replacment system
so they send another xps1530 refusbished was not happy with that so i called and complained took them 2 weeks to decide what they where going to do so in the 2 weeks i saw the M15X for 1499 plus 200 in free upgrades so i bought hte m15x with the i720 i only got the basic 512 vid card i dondt do alot of gaming and i might get into wow but not sure if i will or not here is the thing ......
I have a limited budget of about $250-300 (note: the Dell comes without a HDD, that extra $ drop isn't very pleasing),
which is what the Dell sells for on eBay (where I'm shopping).
The Dell specs: Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz 1GB RAM ATI X1400 256MB No HDD
The Alienware specs: Pentium M Centrino 2GHz 1GB RAM ATI X1600 256mb 80GB HDD
So the determining factor of my choice is gaming. Yes, I know, they both suck for gaming, but I don't mean today's latest, greatest games. Plus I'm fine with low resolutions.
Anyways, the Dell's processor is a lot better, but the Alienware's graphics card is a lot better. I've researched them both extensively. I also plan on eventually upgrading the Alienware's graphics card to the 8600M GS (which is possible).
I've been thinking about getting a new laptop. I'm pretty satisfied with Dell, I know that I might get a "better" deal some where else, however Dell has provided me exceptional service with 3 systems I've own/owned in the past.
The studio XPS 16 has everything I want in a laptop minus a gaming video card. The alienware looks very slick and has a decent video card.
I have a budget of $2000. So I'm looking for opinions, which of the two would YOU get
I bought an Alienware 17 last october and it came with the caddy for the second hdd slot but without the interposer needed for upgrading it with a second hdd/ssd. I saw on youtube a video of a guy upgrading his alienware with an ssd and he had the interposer. How do I get one?
So I ordered my Alienware Area-51 with a bunch of upgrades totaling at something like $5000 on January 22nd. It has been in the "In Production" stage for a while and today they sent me an email saying the delivery date was changed to February 23rd. It was initially supposed to be shipped by February 16th.
So I'm wondering if "In Production" means they have actually started building the computer, or if there is a chance they are still processing payment information. Is there any chance they haven't confirmed the payment at this point, I would consider canceling the order.
Secondly, when Dell gives you a delayed ETA, how often do they delay the system from arriving further? I'm worried that a week and a half from now I will get another email saying I won't be getting my system until March.
I know alienware tends to be abit bulkier, but is this a good thing? Or should I request Studio XPS 16? Everything seems alot beeter then my current 1530 but not sure about the graphics card? I Here is what they are sending: ...
Ive been hunting around for a laptop for a couple of months now and ive still not decided what to get lol, i was initially drawn to the M17x but here in the uk we seem to be paying well over the odds for one compared to the US.
I was looking on ebay earlier and i came across a couple of Dell Precision M6400 laptops with what looks like a huge spec for a decent price, they seemed to offer more value than the M17x at their respective prices.
Now what i need to know is what is the difference between a Precision M6400 and a Precision M6400 Covet ?
How well regarded is a Precision M6400, is it known as a gaming laptop as ive not come across them before.
This is the spec i was looking at, how would this compare against an M17x, how well regarded is the processor and graphics card and the spec in general? ...
What I need is a system that can do both of these tasks. I find the alienware to be FAR too much money, as it's somewhere in the ballpark of $2300.00 CDN + tax if I want a laptop guaranteed to do both jobs .....
Ive been using a dell xps m1530 for the past 2 years and i still can run games like mass effect 2 or dragon age, but i hate the temperature. My gpu is at 68 C usually, and playing games reaches 90-94. Sometimes the computer shuts down because of it.
When I got my latop, Alienware m17x all the software was on it and working. I tried to instal win xp 64 on it as I don't like anything else, but since dell don't make any drivers for win xp 64 on the m17x r4, I simply couldn't have the software I wanted.
I returned back to win 8 and everything installed except my web cam...
Your diagnostics software is ok, for checking my cpu speed etc, but your suggested drivers for my system does not say anything about my web cam, can I have a link and maybe the activation code I know my service tag.
I've had my M17x since last September and while I've come to accept the fact that it locks up on occassion, lately it's been getting rather ridiculous. Today alone I have had to do 6 forced reboots because of lock ups. It's pretty much a given that the machine will completely lock up around 100% CPU usage, but outside of that it can just happen randomly as well. This is particularily annoying if I'm doing a task that does put some stress on the CPU, there's maybe a slim chance I'll get to actually finish it before it all freezes.
i have a problem. a few months ago my dell warranty for my alienware has expired. now all of a sudden, the computer crashed and refuses to turn on again. first it restartet and asked my if i want to strt windows normal or safe mode. i entered normal, as i thought it was jus a crash. it showed the start screen, than all lights went off. no matter what i do, it will not start. hitting the power button, however, makes a very short sound, as if it starts reading from HDD but than nothing. took battery off and waited. back on... nothing.
prior to that it showed a blue screen like it did before, when HDD was useless and had to be replaced september last year. sure the warranty of the computer itself is expired, but i still have a warranty for the new HDD. however, the service tag of the notebook says i can not contact e-mail support, because i have no warranty anymore. i can not choose anything that can change that. i fear the HDD is gone again, which i can have replaced, as it still has warranty, but i can ask no one at support, as they assume i have no warranty left.