Dell XPS or Aleinware? 27 replies

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Foolishone

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#1 12 years ago

im shopping off of ebay...safely of course (can you believe i actually saw someone try to sell a "Dual core AMD Athalon 64+ Nvidia 7800 GTX SLI mode for only 200 bucks??? teh video cards alone are worth 10 times that ) but aneway..

im not sure first off if i want to go Alienware or Dell XPS after that the descision is laptop or PC, but by the looks of it im going laptop, they seem to be in my price range alot more then the PC's are.

the graphics cards most of the options i have are either nvidia 6800 SLI(PC) or teh nvidia geforce 6800 Go (laptop) can anyone tell me how well the Alienware Area 51 7700 performs?




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#2 12 years ago

Alienware will sell you what is the MOST EXPENSIVE components, they don't care about what is BEST. The XPS isn't too terrible, but there are better complete gaming setup options. If money is important, build your own! Newegg.com is god. But if you want someone else to make you a kick-ass gaming computer, go to

[I forget the exact website addresses. Google is your friend.] 1. abs pc 2. falcon north west 3. cyperpower pc 4. frag box computers

Laptops for gaming is a misnomer. Trying to make a laptop a replacement for your desktop is a interesting idea, but they're aren't really any without-a-doubt-to-get [aka 10/10] gaming laptops. Alienware makes it look pretty, but that's the best they can do. You could fry some eggs on the back of that SOB. It gets really hot. Battery life is weak [like 3 hours max], warranties on batteries are not the best, compromises on hardware based on limited size of the notebook, etc, etc. Laptops should be made for spread-sheeting and word processing, not trying to run Doom3 and Farcry. My opinion, of course. Good luck with whatever you decide on.




Kozmo

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#3 12 years ago

Captain Amerika has some good advice for desktops.




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#4 12 years ago

Neither, build ur own!




Foolishone

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#5 12 years ago

yea...ive been looking around...im really only going to be palying RTS's (command and conquer generals) i just finally want somethinhg that will play generals seemlessly in high detail with hi res/high particle count. nothing like amazing....i have a console for that lol. well thanks for your help....but i have to shop off of ebay due to my low budget lol ($300:bawl:) but it looks liek itll be real easy to get a brand new alienware area 51 7700 for that...i look around for a search "gaming laptops...i really need the mobility, and gettign a PC off of ebay can be dangerous...i dont want to get ripped off and the laptops seem to be alot more. thanks alot though man...if you think of anewhere else let me know




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#6 12 years ago

I'd say neither of those computers.

AW is a huge rip off for the parts you get. Dell is just crap in general with generic ram and house brand motherboards.

Laptop=OMG its mobile! The new 7800go series will drain that battery in no time. You relly can't upgrade them and they get hot enough to fry and egg.

Desktop.= WTF I can't carry it around. Componets are cheap, the cooling is excellent and you can upgrade it alot more than a laptop

I'd say save your money, $300 won't get you alot unless you want to upgrade your current computer. A 6600gt will run generals fine for $150. I was at 40+ FPS with a 9600 pro. Some ram will run you about $50 to $75 for 512mb depending on brand.




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#7 12 years ago

Laptops aren't meant for gaming - their performance is severely restricted by the small form factor, and heat issues.

Go for a desktop. They're much easier to work with, and will perform better - a LOT better. You can even be mobile with them, thanks to these and this!




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#8 12 years ago

I was thinking about getting an alienware but I think that I just might go custom.Pick the best parts myself, check out whats really worth getting. You should really check the specs between the two.




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#9 12 years ago
ﺥﻣﭺﻩﻰﭳﻍI was thinking about getting an alienware but I think that I just might go custom.Pick the best parts myself, check out whats really worth getting. You should really check the specs between the two.

Indeed. Custom PCs are cheaper, usually perform better, and aren't hampered by silly little things like warranties that forbid you from repairing the unit yourself. :rolleyes:

Of course, if a component fails on you, then that component's individual warranty/guarantee will ensure that you can get at least a replacement.




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#10 12 years ago
Rookie_42Indeed. Custom PCs are cheaper, usually perform better, and aren't hampered by silly little things like warranties that forbid you from repairing the unit yourself. :rolleyes: Of course, if a component fails on you, then that component's individual warranty/guarantee will ensure that you can get at least a replacement.

Thanks for the info.:cool: Can you please tell me though what nvidia graphics card will go with my Dell Dimension 4300?(I know it's the worst.)