veli05 wrote:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246493 Feel free to flame me for recommending something with intel/nvidia components in it
I know you are in the UK and supposedly you do not have Newegg in the UK (Can you confirm this Dire? Sauron?). This is what I would get with your budget and component parameters. You can get the best of mobile component selectiong for your budget as long as you stay away from the branded gmaing brands like alienware, and now razors new gaming laptop(they are all towards the high or out of your price range anyways).
I would look into Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung for a gaming laptop. They make well priced quality devices and will have what you want and most likely more for components.
I do want to mention if you want to go the ssd route. ALL laptops have one hdd bay. So either get a 250gb + ssd or you will need to get a external drive to meet your 250Gb space requirement.
MSI GT Series GT70 0NE-276US Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM(2.30GHz) 17.3" 16GB Memory DDR3 1600 750GB HDD + 256GB SSD HDD Blu-Ray Burner NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz
750GB HDD+128GB SSD+128GB SSD ( RAID 0 )
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 680M
Killer Gaming Network
16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17"
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Core i7
6MB L3 Cache
Max Turbo Frequency 3.3 GHz
Wide Screen Support
1920 x 1080
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
750GB HDD + 256GB SSD
128GB SSD + 128GB SSD RAID + 750GB (7200RPM)
4GB x 4
Optical Drive Type
Killer Gaming Network
Jackson Peak1x2 (802.11 b/g/n)
2 x USB 2.0
3 x USB 3.0
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
Headset AMP + Gold Flash jacks
Speakers x 2 + Subwoofer x1
Single touch Touchpad
Steel Series Gaming Backlit 103 keys
SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MMC (support SD 3.0)
720P HD Webcam
180-watt AC adapter
9-cell lithium ion
16.85" x 11.34" x 2.17"
Zeal wrote:Anyway, I'd heard that alienware were becoming more competitively priced, and I'd actually prefer Intel/Nvidia components, I know how to work with them.
We don't have it in Ireland either. Which is entirely separate from the UK after a particularly nasty argument.
Fuzz wrote:I found that amusing myself. But then I realized all you Euros are pretty much the same thing anyway, so I wasn't going to argue semantics.
Celt wrote:We don't have it in Ireland either. Which is entirely separate from the UK after a particularly nasty argument.
Don't worry, he asked Dire (Sweden) and Sauron (Holland)
Edit: I was half right Holland does use the Euro, or so says the internet Sweden is on the krona? kroner? again my apologies Dire
People have been suggesting the Clevo based Vortex and XMG systems so far, thought I'd come and ask here as well as XBLabs has always been a helpful and friendly place!
The 17.3" Vortex III
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ CPUs
670M | 675M | HD7970M
Full HD 1920 x 1080 Res
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Premium Onkyo Speakers
HDMI Output Connection
DVI Output Connection
Wireless Fitted as Standard
Bluetooth Option Available
Firewire Fitted as Standard
e-SATA Input Connection
Chassis & Display
Vortex Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3840QM (2.80GHz) 8MB
8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670M - 1.5GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk
500GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD5000BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Intel 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio + SPDIF/MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6235 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
1 X 1394a FIREWIRE PORT
Vortex Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.96WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 220W AC Adaptor
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
INTEGRATED BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Dead Pixel Guarantee
1 Year Dead Pixel Guarantee Inc. Labour & Carriage Costs (£19)
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Price for this Laptop:
£1215.00 ex VAT.
£1443 inc VAT and Delivery.
£1466.67 ex VAT.
£1745 inc VAT and Delivery.
£1323.33 ex VAT.
£1573 inc VAT and Delivery.
June 15th, 2012 at 10:04 am - AuthorZardon
The fourth revision of the Alienware M17X has been a very enjoyable machine to review, incorporating the latest high end components from both Intel and AMD.
The new Ivy Bridge Core i7 3610QM processor is a very capable design from Intel, and quite often not that far behind the previous mobile i7 2960XM flagship. It is perfectly suited for high resolution gaming, and can double up as a great option for 3D rendering, or video editing, on the move.
If this isn’t enough processing power then Alienware can offer two upgrade options at extra cost, the Ivy Bridge i7 3720 and i7 3820. These add £200 and £430 to the overall cost, respectively.
This leads us nicely into discussing the AMD HD7970M. This discrete mobile graphics card is a gamers wet dream, delivering some incredible frame rates previously associated with Crossfire or SLI configurations. It only costs £160 more than the default GTX660M option and is certainly worth the investment.
The HD7970M was able to drive many of the latest Direct X 11 games we tested at native 1920×1080 resolution, offering good future proofing for the foreseeable future.
The Alienware M17X is an attractively designed laptop computer, following the same ethic as previous revisions. Dell have incorporated a quality panel into the M17X, delivering a high level of contrast and colour saturation. The viewing angles are quite good too, and the glossy finish make it an ideal option for high definition media and high resolution gaming.
Panel consistency is well above average, with only minimal backlight variance at the corners.
Like the M18x, the M17x utilises a class leading Klipsch onboard sound system which really is surprisingly good. We certainly wouldn’t say it will replace dedicated speakers at home, but for ‘on the move’ duties it is one of the best we have heard. There is even a little bass response, which is very unusual for a laptop.
The lighting system will appeal to gamers who love to attract attention. Various sections of the M17x can be tweaked and adjusted to suit, and the backlight keyboard options are fantastic. Both practical and visually appealing.
The chassis design is inspired, particularly as the back panel can be removed within the space of a couple of seconds. Swapping out the memory for instance is a painless procedure, and one that we wish other manufacturers would adopt.
As always, there are a few negatives which we need to mention.
The M17X can suck through a full battery charge in around an hour when gaming, although in less intensive environments we did manage to squeeze around 3 hours before a charge would be needed. For a desktop replacement this is pretty much par for the course.
With all the high end components, Alienware have had to incorporate a sophisticated cooling system within the M17X. The HD7970M is a powerful discrete video card and under gaming load, the dedicated fan has to react aggressively to maintain the thermal curve. The downside is that the M17X can create a high level of noise when pushed hard, but we would imagine that gamers will be either wearing a headset, or blasting the audio through a set of dedicated speakers. That said, outside gaming the M17x is generally reasonably quiet, even when watching a bluray movie.
If you are a gamer wanting a new high end desktop replacement with few compromises, then the Alienware M17X R4 is one of the best designed machines on the market. Just be sure to tick the AMD HD7970M box on the configurator.
Hammer_Time wrote:Yep, but they typically don't come with large screens ( bigger than 15" max ) and typically use older technology ( last generation ) so while they are "rugged" you do have some sacrifices to achieve that...and they are not cheap!!
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