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  • Dell Inspiron 8600

    1 7.14%
  • Apple 15" Powerbook

    1 7.14%
  • AlienWare Area-51m™ Enthusiast

    10 71.43%
  • Other

    2 14.29%
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Thread: $3K laptop, help me choose.

  1. #16
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    I think you did right by going with Alienware. Those guys know what they're doing. I build custom machines myself so I rarely if ever recommend a mainstream brand. But if people have the money, I would say Alienware. Besides if you're working for a company whose giving you a $3K budget they almost surely have a corporate edition of office pro with plenty of licenses to go around. Just one thing, like the others mentioned, don't leave home/work without your power adapter!
    AMD 2000+ - AOpen AK-77(Pro-A) - 512Mb PC2700 DDR-RAM - ATI Sapphire 9800Pro
    120Gb WD 7200RPM - 30Gb WD 7200RPM - AOpen 16x Slot-Load DVD-ROM - AOpen 48x12x48 CD-RW
    2 160W Speakers (15" Woofers, 12" horns, and 3 2" super tweeters on each) - Infocus Projector about 6' screen. - Windows XP Media Center Edition

  2. #17
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    psst, I'll sell you a $1000 e-machine to you for $3000, complete with reciept, and split the difference with ya
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

  3. #18
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    Jul 2000
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    LMAO!!

    You couldn't pay me $3000 to USE an e-Machine!!
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

  4. #19
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    If you look at the Area 51, Pro-Star or Sager is just the OEM for them. Before painting and all.

    I have had 2 and nothing but excellent things to say. Plus the extra machine for less cost (No Purchase order) I was buying for myself. I am waiting on the one I described to drop just a little more before taking the plunge once again.

    I cannot vouch for the repair work, the only problem I had was with a battery, but they responded (e-mail) within 24 hours with the correct solution.

    I am suprised that no one has heard of these guys, and it is a little weird to limit choices to the big 3 or 4, (not you in particular). And I am no way saying they are not as good or better or anything, it just seems like you have the PO guys at your mercy and with no limit to weight (most weigh in at 12+lbs) check them out if not too late. DO NOT PASS UP the purchase, that is too good to be true.
    AMD64 3200, 1 Gb Ram, ATI 9800xt(256)
    AMD 2700+, 1Gb Ram, Geforce4600 VIVO
    AMD 2000+, 1 1/8Gb Ram, ATI 8500 (128)
    AMD 1800+, 1Gb Ram, ATI 9600 pro(128)
    Intel 1.6Ghz (478), 768Mb Ram, 8500 (128)

  5. #20
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    I guess you could say I'm at the mercy of the PO. I don't have to use PO, but it makes my life ALOT easier. I'm not doubting you about their quality, but I had to make the purchase this week. A week is just not enough time to research and make an informed decision about a company you've never used(or even heard of in this case).
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

  6. #21
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    Mar 2002
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    You will be happy with the Alienware. I have one (see specs below) and I absolutely LOVE it. It is an awsome laptop. I use mine for gaming, and everything else. The only thing I didnt get in mine was a Gig of ram. I only got 512mb. Other than that, I love it. I got it back in June, and have had zero problems with it. Great little system. I would buy anotherone again in a heart beat.



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    Gaming System
    ASUS A8N-E Motherboard
    Athlon X2 4200
    MGE Viper Case (Blue)
    Aspire 600W Power Supply
    2Gig PC3200 (OCZ)
    2 Wester Digital RAPTOR 74Gig (Raid 0)
    1 Maxtor 300Gig SATA
    EVGA 7800GT 256MB PCI Express
    Viewsonic VG720 17" LCD
    Plextor PX-716A DVD Burner


    Main System
    ASUS A8V Deluxe
    Athlon 64 3500+
    Aspire Super X-Alien (Blue) Case
    1Gig PC3200 DDR
    Maxtor 100Gig SATA
    Maxtor 120Gig IDE
    XFX 6800GT 256MB Version
    Acer AL1715smd 17in LCD
    Plexwriter 52/24/52A
    Sony DVDRW

  7. #22
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    Jan 2004
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    DO NOT BUY THE INSPIRON 8600.

    I bought an Inspiron 8600 about two weeks ago. 1 GB DDR 333 ram, DVD+RW burner, 80 GB HD 7200 RPM, Radeon Mobility 9600 PRO, Centrino 1.5, Wide UXGA 1920 x 1200 Pixels. Sounds very interesting, and is a very fast computer, indeed. However...
    First it took about 20 working days to deliver the computer, nothing compared to the J+10 advertised.
    Then it was sent to a wrong address.
    And finally, when I received the machine, the keyboard was badly screwed, then the fan began to make some very annoying noise, and finally a few days later the CD/DVD reader/burner stopped working. So basically this computer is nothing better than my good old reliable AMD K6-2 400 MHz. At least the latter computer works. Not the Inspiron 8600. It crashed just when I was in big need for a CD reader. Now I'm just using my old AMD, and waiting for the support to send a new drive.
    Finally, if one spends so much cash on Dell's flagship, I had expected a much better support. As they told, the drive should come in about one week; still waiting. Nothing compared to the J+1 advertised on their site. I feel as if I would spare much more time and energy by just throwing away this computer in the waste basket.

    My conclusion:
    DO NOT BUY THE INSPIRON 8600.
    You will pay a huge amount of money for an unreliable delayed computer and a failing support. Not to speak about the time and energy lost contacting the support, making the hardware tests, and writing this report. Do not trust Dell's advertisement, they seem not to take care of the customers and are using untrue advertisement.

  8. #23
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    welcome to the forum

    well he settled for the alienware so were ok there, how is the laptop btw?
    Gigabyte Z87M-D3H l Pentium DC 3.2GHz l 16GB Ram l 64GB OCZ SSD l Radeon 7750 OC Edition l Windows 7 Ultimate X64
    Dell OptiPlex 745 l Intel C2D E6600 2.4GHz l 4GB Ram l 64GB OCZ SSD l Windows 7 Ultimate X64
    Lenovo ThinkPad T61 l C2D T7700 2.4GHz l 8GB Ram l 60GB Kingston SSD l Windows 7 Ultimate X64

  9. #24
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    Connecticut
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    If this wasn't a work machine, I would've went for a high-end Sager. Many people have been able to overclock them as well as set RAM timings. Some people are very close to enabling PAT on some of the laptops using 800MHz fsb. A 3.4Ghz laptop with CAS2 RAM and PAT would be a beast.
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  10. #25
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    East Texas
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    Originally posted by Martin_89
    welcome to the forum

    well he settled for the alienware so were ok there, how is the laptop btw?
    This thing i GREAT in all aspect except for battery life which we expected. The screen is as big as any 15" desktop LCD I've ever seen, and looks alot better. This was the first PIV I've bought in awhile, and the first nvidia card I've used since the tragedy of "MX-440 before Radeon 64MB DDR VIVO". The first thing I did was dupe what was on the drive to a DVD, repartition and install Gentoo. The impressions from that were mixed. The fan did kick up, and get a little louder than most laptops, but it didn't get hot. I had hoped it would be faster, but it isn't as fast as my desktop (1700+@2450/512MB PC-3500@233). The PIV is slower to compile, which incidentally is what I use it for the most. It's a good solid machine, and I haven't had any trouble out of it. My only suggestions. If you buy a PIV laptop get an extra battery, and a car charger!! Also get as much ram as possible.
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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