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  1. gritbox

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    are they any good?? built up this area-51 m5550 for £1230 delivered. for the specs below is this a good price?

    cheers!







    [1] Area-51® m5550

    Display: 15.4" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology - Saucer Silver
    Operating System: Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition UK with SP2 - English
    Warranty: AlienCare Free Phone 1-Year 24/7 Warranty
    AlienRespawn: Alienware® Respawn Recovery Kit
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 2.0GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
    Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 512MB
    Video Card: 256MB NVidia® GeForce™ Go 7600
    System Drive: 60GB 5400 RPM SATA with NCQ
    CD/DVD/RW: DVD-Burner: 8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
    Sound Card: Intel® High-Definition Audio (24-bit, 192Khz) with surround sound
    Keypad: Mobile Keypad - English
    Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card
    Ultimate Holiday Mobility Bundle: No, Thanks
    Security Software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Professional - Included!
    Alienware Extras: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - £50 Value - FREE!
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® T-Shirt - FREE!
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    If you're looking for value for money, Alienware is the last place you should be going mate. However, I guess thats a pretty good laptop, although a 7200rpm HDD wouldn't go a miss.

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    hmm. i could prob get same laptop for 200 or so cheaper you think? i just think the alienware ones look amazin!!

    anyone got any experience of them? im not that up with laptop specs, but is that one good then? im not wanting to play games. ive got a 360 for that. just maybe to play footie manager, have msn and a few browsers open at once
     
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    You will be able to get the same specced (or near enough) laptop for cheaper than from alienware. However, all the added extras (I have an alienware desktop) are so snazzy it's really worth the money!

    This particular laptop will play all the modern games, although some more grpahically demanding titles may require low detail, AA & AF settings etc. In fact, probably all games with play at pretty slow framerates with a 1920x1200 screen!

    If you don't want to play games, then you don't really need the graphics performance. Shift down to the X1400 (although at the moment the 7600 is a free upgrade), and spend out more on a faster hard drive :).

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    sorry how will the screen make the framerate worse? thats supposed to be a better screen, i opted to pay more for it!!

    i wont play graphically intensive games such as fear, i have my 360 for that like i say. just for programs, and footie manager which isnt 3d or anything.
     
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    anyone answer those questions for me? i need to move fast to get my laptop and im thinking this is the best to go for!

    thanks so far for your help ma man
     
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    You paid more for that screen because it has a higher resolution. For what you are doing, to be honest it is not necessary, but anyhow... having a higher resolution means that the graphics processor has more to do, therefore the framerates will slow down.

    I would suggest you'll be fine with the 1280x800 panel - when you see the 1920x1200 panel in action, you'll see that it will take a long time to get used to. :smashin:

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    hmm right, so a higher resolution wont make the picture any better, it will just enable me to see more windows open simultaneously? im not losing out on dvd playback quality or anything?

    im stuck now though!

    the Aurora™ m9700 seems to come in at about the same price!? whats the difference!?
     
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    ok, going with this i think...anyone see any problems? its costing £1250 delivered. am i better off paying 100 more for 2 gigs of ram? see, i can get an aurora system for about the same price but with an amd processor, is core 2 better? thanks a lot by the way!




    [1] Area-51® m5550

    Display: 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD with Clearview Technology - Saucer Silver
    Operating System: Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition UK with SP2 - English
    Warranty: AlienCare Free Phone 1-Year 24/7 Warranty
    AlienRespawn: Alienware® Respawn Recovery Kit
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 2.0GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
    Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 512MB
    Video Card: 256MB NVidia® GeForce™ Go 7600
    System Drive: 100GB 7200 RPM SATA with NCQ
    CD/DVD/RW: DVD-Burner: 8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
    Sound Card: Intel® High-Definition Audio (24-bit, 192Khz) with surround sound
    Keypad: Mobile Keypad - English
    Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card
    Ultimate Holiday Mobility Bundle: No, Thanks
    Security Software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Professional - Included!
    Alienware Extras: AlienInspection - Exclusive Integration and Inspection - £50 Value - FREE!
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® T-Shirt - FREE!
    Alienware Extras: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager - FREE!
     
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    The Aurora 9700 is much bigger (a 17" screen), so therefore has more space to house higher performance components. There are several downsides to this laptop:

    1. It's relatively big and heavy, so carrying it around will be a bit of a pain.
    2. The AMD CPUs are generally being beaten in terms of performance by the Core 2s at the moment.

    If you need portability, the Area-51 m5550 will be a much better option. This will also have more than reasonable graphics performance for a laptop. The high resolution screen will mean everything on your desktop seems smaller (to put it in simple terms), so you will be able to have more stuff open side by side. Also there will be far more detail in games, although a slower frame rate because the graphics processor has more to do. This is the only downside to having the 1920x1200 screen - leaving aside personal preference :).

    Oh, DVD playback will *in theory* look the same on both screens, as DVD's resolutions are smaller than even the 1280x800 screen. So it will just be upscaled to fit the screen.

    Hope this helps man, and I think the specs you said directly above this post look cracking :smashin: .

    Jez

    EDIT: Adding another 1gb of RAM really depends on what you want to do on the laptop. In most circumstances, 1gb will be more than enough, however no one knows what some new applications on Windows Vista will require... What are you going to be doing on this laptop primarily?

    Oh, just specced up that laptop, it's an extra £192 for 2gb of RAM rather than 1gb! That is out of this world and a total rip don't go for it. If you find you need it, I guess even PC world will install an extra 1gb for cheaper than that!
     
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    first of all thanks a MILLION for al your help. i know im prob worrying unnecessarily, but i want this thing to last 2 or 3 years at least!

    mainly gonna be playin footie manager which isnt graphics intensive, msn, few browser windows, copyin dvds and usin office...1 gig anough then?

    id like to hook it up to my lcd tv too, but is that not possible on this?
     
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    1gb should be fine in my opinion :thumbsup: .

    Yeah, you will be able to connect it to your LCD TV via the DVI output.

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    ok some man, gonna order it then. i know its just me bein me, but wish it would come in the darker colour of grey!!!
     
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    sorry also...how much diff does hd sound make?
     
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    Err well that's a bit weird, I'm not really sure. To be honest, with laptop speakers I don't think it will make much noticable difference.
     
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    right VERY last thing, promise...will these prices be down after christmas do you think? or will i actually lose out because of the graphics card offer?
     
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    it sounds like you want a basic spec office computer to me. This alienware laptop and probably all of their range is aimed at high end gamers so its overkill for what you need - but thats ok if you have surplus cash (plus it should run Vista well). You could buy a laptop for half the price and not notice the differnece for internet / msn / office / and a football manager game.

    Dont worry about 2gb memory...
     
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    I say go for it now.

    I kind of agree with the guy above, however I also think that there's just something special about Alienware.

    Jez
     
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    i know, makes loads more sense to buy a 500 one since im not going to be playing fear etc on it...but alienware look amazin an style is important to me, as sad as that may be! goin to order now..! thanks a million guys. just hope their supports good incase i need it!
     
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    The support is fantastic mate trust me :thumbsup:
     
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    ordered it on 20th december, and its STILL only in payment accepted phase! told me 3rd jan send out, cant see that now eh!? joke!
     

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