Zohan2000
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best opinion on this set-up

looking to buy an alienware M17x laptop, just wondering if this is a good setup and if i should get the 16GB ram on it for better performance or not to worry about it


Catalog Number / Description
  Product Code   Qty   SKU   Id
 Processor:
3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM Processor(2.6GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.6GHz, 6MB Cache)
  5032564   1   [213-15451][340-24171]   146
 Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (English)
  W7HP64   1   [616-10406][619-31506][619-31510][620-11706][620-13200][640-12404]   11
 Dell Services: Hardware Maintenance:
2-Year Premier Service
  AUAWN3PRM2   1   [754-46177][754-46186][754-46195][754-50873][754-50906][754-79989][754-79990][754-79991][754-79992][754-79993][754-79994][881-11261]   29
 Dell Services: Essential Help:
I do not require assistance in setting up my new Dell system
  AUAWEH03   1   [893-10078][893-10079]   990
 Color Choice:
Stealth Black with Soft Touch Finish
  5032568   1   [320-12319][460-11516]   380
 LCD:
17.3" (43.94 cm) WideFHD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD
  J2XFV   1   [230-12462][640-12318][640-12320]   760
 Memory:
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB)
  5012750   1   [370-20223]   3
 Hard Drive:
1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive (500GBx2)(Raid 0)
  XJG4GR0   1   [400-22108][400-22257][401-12679]   8
 Hard Drive Cache:
None
  NONE   1   [219-19904]   23
 Video Card:
2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M
  5032508   1   [340-28587][450-14308][490-13596]   6
 Optical Drive:
Slot Load Fixed Blu-ray BD-ROM / DVD + /-RW Combo Drive
  5032578   1   [429-16031][430-10557]   16
 Wireless:
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0
  5032555   1   [340-28611][555-14336]   19
 Primary Battery:
9-cell Primary Battery
  5009294   1   [451-11604]   112
 Power Options:
Power Code (ANZ)
  94CKF   1   [450-13486]   1015
 Alienware Nameplate:
Alienware Generic Nameplate
  19R99   1   [340-24127]   20
 Documentation/Disks:
Alienware SERI EULA Document
  5032576   1   [340-28589][340-28591]   21
 Pre-installed Games:
Steam Factory Installed
  8FHFY   1   [640-11952]   73
 Ctl 1st:
LTO 1
  LTO1   1   [817-10035]   1254
 Ctl 1st:
LTO2
  LTO2   1   [817-10036]   1254
 Ctl 1st:
LTO3
  LTO3   1   [817-10037]   1254
 Ctl 1st:
LTO4
  LTO4   1   [817-10038]   1254
 Ctl 1st:
LTO5
  LTO5   1   [817-10039]   1254
 Freights:
NB-OL-CTO Handling and Insurance charges(Australia)
  FRT391NBOLCTO   1   [990-16780]   950
 Item included in the System:
Tech Sheet (AU)
  5032575   1   [340-28901]   123
 Item included in the System:
Tech Sheet (ANZ)
  G921H   1   [799-11532]   123
 Item included in the System:
Stage Software - Remote Control
  2YGK1   1   [340-26366]   123
 Item included in the System:
SyncUp Software
  4GF1R   1   [640-12605]   123
 Item included in the System:
WinRE software
  5005023   1   [640-11065]   123
 Item included in the System:
Alienware M17x Command Center
  5032630   1   [340-28900]   123
 Item included in the System:
Alienware M17x Resource DVD Media
  5032631   1   [613-10938]   123
 Item included in the System:
System Drivers
  5032632   1   [340-28613]   123
 Item included in the System:
Integrated Digital 7.1 Surround Audio Support
  5009301   1   [340-24132]   123
 Item included in the System:
Dell DataSafe Local Basic
  D282K   1   [640-11799]   123
 Item included in the System:
My Dell Download
  M239M   1   [640-12342]   123
 Item included in the System:
Directship Info Mod
  W753G   1   [340-21244]   123
 Item included in the System:
Stage Software - Zinio eMagazine
  WWMMD   1   [640-12606]   123
 Item included in the System:
Adobe Reader X
  5012284   1   [640-12451]   123
 Item included in the System:
Skype Software
  K491T   1   [640-11888]   123
 Item included in the System:
Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  DUMMY1   1   [340-24992]   123
 Item included in the System:
FullHD Camera with dual digital microphones
  DUMMY2   1   [340-29204]   123
 Item included in the System:
2.0 Speaker configuration with Audio Powered by Klipsch®
  DUMMY3   1   [340-29205]   123
 Dell Services: Remarks:
Laptop Batteries Carry 1 Year Warranty Only From Invoice Date
  AUXLQSVC14   1   [883-12763][883-12958]   98
 Dell Services: Remarks:
Dell's Terms and Conditions apply
  AUXLQSVC15   1   [754-46175][883-12959]   98
 Dell Services: Item Included:
Technical Support
  AUFTS   1   [842-10023][842-10024]   682
 Software:
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2010 (English)
  41NPK   1   [630-13455][630-13456]   1002
 Security Software:
McAfee(R) Security Center - 36 Months Version
  JF28J   1   [650-13830]   1014
 Keyboard:
AlienFX® Illuminated Keyboard (English Int)
  5032765   1   [583-15629]   4
 Base:
Alienware M17x (R4) for Direct
  5032488   1   [210-39439]   1
 Avatar:
Alienhead 3D
  JY628   1   [640-11755]   156
 Wallpaper:
Alienhead 3D
  JY648   1   [640-11776]   37
 AlienFx Colour:
AlienFX AQUA
  JY578   1   [640-11749]   451
 Bundle:
V510481AU-Voyager MLK (M17XR4)
  V510481AU   1   [203-16150]   22
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Re: best opinion on this set-up

Hello Zohan, I'll say that configuration is great as it is. I don't think you'll need more than 8GB for gaming, and 1600MHz is a fast frequency already.

If you are going to do something more resource consuming, like 3D modeling or so; then yes upgrade the RAM.

I hope helped, feel free to reply.

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Re: best opinion on this set-up

It will be used primaryily as a gaming laptop, I added the 16GB But wondering if I should take it off(if it's possible)and maybe put the next CPU on it or putting another video card on it(from the options and if there's a noticeable difference between them) anything I can do to make it a better performing gaming laptop?
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Re: best opinion on this set-up

In that case I'll drop the RAM and aim to a GPU upgrade. Nowadays games tend to consume a lot more GPU rather than CPU. So, more GPU FTW

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Zohan2000
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Re: best opinion on this set-up

which video card should i get?

2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M(is what ive got added at the moment)

2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M

2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M

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Re: best opinion on this set-up

In my personal opinion, I'll go with the 7970M. But that is just me, those card will perform excellent in any game.

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