Alienware 17 or 18?

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  1. Julie1

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    Hi guys,

    I have been looking at the new alienware laptops and can't decide between the 17 and 18 with the following specs:

    Alienware 17:
    Intel® Core™ i7-4900MQ Processor (8MB Cache Overlooked up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    English Windows® 8 (64 BIT)
    17.3 inch (439.42 mm) WLED FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
    750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s + 64GB mSATA SSD Caching
    Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVDRW, CD-RW)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5
    1 Year NBD with Premium Phone Support
    4.15 kg

    Price £2050

    Alienware 18
    Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    English Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
    18.4 inch (467.36mm) WLED FHD (1920 X 1080) TrueLife Display
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
    750G/7200 RPM + 256GB SSD
    Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVDR/RW)
    Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI Enabled
    1 Year NBD with Premium Phone Support
    5.47 kg

    Price £2000

    In my eyes:

    18 Pros:

    More graphical power SLI 770m vs single 780m
    Bigger screen (and PLS, is this better?)
    256GB SSD vs 64gb SSD
    Programmeable Keys
    Better cooling (apparently)
    More future proof

    18 Cons:

    Slower CPU - 3.4GHz vs 4.0Ghz
    Heavier - 5.47kg vs 4.15kg
    No Bluray

    It would seem therefore that the 18 is the way to go in terms of the number of pros/cons, but I would really like a second opinion from you trusty people :)
     
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    Does it have to be Alienware? Or are you open to other makes?
     
  3. Julie1

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    I am open to other makes, but I do like the flashy looks of the Alienware. Most other custom laptops seem to have quite dull cases.

    I have found a GT70 with GTX 780m, 4700MQ, 16GB 1600MHz, 750gb 7200rpm + 2x 64GB SSDs for £1400. It's not brand new but seems a very good price for the specs! Only problem with the laptop is that I don't like the plasticky look of the thing, and that it only has one cooling fan for both the CPU and GPU, whereas the Alienware laptops have dedicated CPU/GPU fans.
     
  4. Dan201

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    The 18 is a lot bigger than the 1 inch would suggest as well. Take a look at videos on youtube if you haven't already done so.
     
  5. Julie1

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    Thanks Dan, do you mean in terms of actual case dimensions, or that the screen seems much larger compared to the 17 inch?
     
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    I meant more in the case dimensions. I saw a video that showed the 17 and 18 next to each other and it surprised me.
     
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    Woah yeah that is quite big! [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah. If its staying on a desk then fair enough but personally I think 17 is pretty big when it comes to Alienware.
     
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    Im not saying don't get the 18, just saying be aware of the size.
     
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    Yeah I am now. Thanks for pointing that out. I assumed it would be the extra inch wider and then slightly taller!
     
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    Is this a good deal:

    Alienware 18 (2013), used but in new condition
    i7 4700MQ
    8GB 1600MHz RAM
    DUAL GTX 780m 4GB GPUs in SLI (8GB total vram)
    120GB Samsung 840SSD
    750GB 7200RPM + 64GB Msata SSD
    and all the standard Alienware 18 stuff

    for £2175?

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ASAP!
     
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    I'm not sure. Is it the old shape model?

    What was the original purchase price? And what does that spec cost now? Keep in mind Dell often give some money off if you phone up.
     
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    It is the Brand New model Alienware 18.

    From Dell it costs £2550 without the Samsung 840 SSD that comes with the one I am looking at (costs £75ish).

    I have actually bought it now, so hopefully I didn't get ripped off! Payed £2085 delivered, so saved £540 off dell prices :)
     
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    Enjoy! That's an awesome machine.
     
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    Thanks Dan,

    I am sure it will be EPIC! Much bigger than my 17" Macbook Pro though!

    I may have to sell my desktop because this probably beats it! I have a GTX 670 in my desktop and apparently the SLI 780m is equivalent to a Titan!
     

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