retrorev
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M17x R3 Project

Ok, so I have finished my desktop project and am now looking at making a project out of my wife's antiquated R3.... As most everyone knows the R3 is almost 4 years old at this point and thus is finally due serious upgrades that make significant boosts, not just minor tweaks of notice only to a parser.

I do have a few questions (in my head however), but I'm sure other people will have questions as well, so hopefully I can help others with any future discussions in regards to my project.

Yes, I am aware that many if not all of these mods are not DELL certified, but after 3 years there is no warranty left to worry about voiding, however, I am not posting any external links so as not to risk violating TOS. I'm also a certified hardware tech who likes to tweak, so if you have any questions or need advice pointing to anything. feel free to message me and I'll do my best to respond in a timely and useful manner.

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Current Specs:
CPU: 2670QM
HD: 500GB
Memory: 8GB
GPU: 550m

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Now here I am contemplating multiple options depending on what I can do and costs vs performance

Projected Specs 1
CPU: 3820QM ($1050)
HD1: (Keeping original HD) n/a
HD2: (240GB SSD) in raid ($230)
Memory: 16GB (8gb x2)($165.99 x2)
GPU: GTX 880m ($890.00)

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Projected Specs 2
CPU: 3820QM ($1050)
HD1: 1TB Hybrid SSHD (with 120GB SSD) ($185)
Memory: 16GB (8gb x2)($165.99 x2)
GPU: GTX 880m ($890.00)

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Projected Specs 3
CPU: 3820QM ($1050)
HD1: 500GB SSD ($250)
Memory: 16GB (8gb x2)($165.99 x2)
GPU: GTX 880m ($890.00)

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CPU: Probably will not be first upgrade as this is the least effective upgrade overall. but in the end it will be a significant advancement if done right.

HD: I have seen that the R3 in some posts has a slot for a second HD so I'm assuming that is common amongst all.

GPU: I have also seen that the R3 can take the R9 or the 800m via multiple sites as well. This is the most important upgrade you can do in terms of gaming, and most people who buy alienware, buy them for gaming.

RAM: I was originally looking at going for 32GB, but the only (16GB x2) chips available were for the PC-10666 (1333) chips. Thinking I would rather go with the (16GB x2) in PC-12800 (1600).

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