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#1 iKickYellow

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:33 AM

I have an option on the alienware m17x second option, check the site: http://www.dell.com/...M17x-r4/pd.aspx
And i have the option of a custom gaming desktop. Im not changing my mind on any parts but you can still recommend different ones.
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So i don't know if i should get the m17x for the mobility and gaming or the desktop for the amazing performance and gaming. The laptop won't be used as much for school as were supplied ipads. Only thing i'd need it for is my java class which is much to easy. We use the school computers and they can run bluej. Im just worried if i get the laptop i'll waste money on something i'll be using as a desktop. So, laptop or desktop?

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:40 AM

Desktop, if you want to take it for a LAN party it's still pretty easy. Especially as you dont really need a computer for school.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:40 AM

Desktop. For the price of that Alienware, you can build a retarded fast gaming/media server/programming/AV editor/etc desktop.

Or build a slightly less fast desktop, and get a dinky $400 Best Buy laptop to use for Java.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:49 AM

Desktop. For the price of that Alienware, you can build a retarded fast gaming/media server/programming/AV editor/etc desktop.

Or build a slightly less fast desktop, and get a dinky $400 Best Buy laptop to use for Java.

Thats it. I'm leanin towards a desktop and probably gonna save up and get an averge laptop.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:19 PM

What case are you going to use?
I would recomend a cheaper motherboard, so you can get a CPU cool and an SSD.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:33 PM

Desktop, and Id recommend a different case, Antec cases are pretty cheap and lack to most usable features (like good cable management) but the ycost a lot for what your getting.. kinda stupid..

NZXT cases are good in design, the metal they use isnt too good (ive owned a Phantom, the side panel was too woobly for my tastes, it still solid)
Cooler master seem to have everything down nicely, just some people dont like their designs.. very nice overall ( I currently own a Trooper)

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

Desktop. The only reason to get a laptop is the portability. They're not meant for gaming. Sure they can work, sorta, but they don't work anywhere near as well as a desktop. If you're even thinking about gaming, and don't desperately need the portability, get a desktop.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:12 PM

Get a pimped out desktop for the power and speed, and down the road get an inexpensive laptop to take on the go. Play your games and other intensive stuff at home and use your laptop for school, like taking notes in class, doing research in the library, java, that sort of stuff.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:54 AM

For portability nowadays you can get a cheap tablet. Not that you'll be able to do much on it, but if you just need it to jot things down on, it'll work fine IMO. (That's what I use, except I use my cell phone)
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

I upgraded a little since the alienware was an option:
Same case but now a asus maximus v extreme motherboard, i7 ivy bridge 3770k, corsair 750 watt, 12gb corsair vengeance, gigabyte 2gb ghz edition radeon hd 7870, and a 64gb m4 crucial ssd.

Edit: i want the motherboard to use in the future, and it has tons of things i will soon take advantage of. The case has everything i need at newegg with a great price too. Its upgraded with usb 3.0 and it looks good to. Btw forgot to mention the hyper 212 for minimal overclocking.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:33 AM

Fair warning... bad case is bad.. you have no CPU cut out hole, no cable management holes/gromment, the case metal is meh.. No PSU mesh cut out so you cant run your PSU fan down, so your sucking hooter air from inside the case.
You have a bare/silver steel interior with a window, stupid look.

Its not the best of cases for the money.. Just saying, if your set on it.. go for it..

I like watching these guys videos, they are a bit biased, but its based on previous experience.. Not some bullshit reviews who get paid to say the product is great in every way, and get products for free..


Im pretty sure the current Antec 900 on newegg doesnt have the cpu cut out, atleast the pictures..



This should only apply if you dont alreayd own teh case..

Edited by IwannaWAFFLE, 17 September 2012 - 12:38 AM.

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