Alienware 15R3 and 17R4, which one should I choose?

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  1. Robin668

    Robin668 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I like the design of Alienware, I plan to buy a notebook for work and sometimes play some games, 17R4's screen is bigger, which is better for gaming, however, it's too heavy, so I prefer to 15R3, I cannot make a decision, may I know your suggestions, thank you so much.
     
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    well if you want to know my personal opinion, I would actually go a r2-r3 with an AGA and desktop GPU, if you go that route you will save yourself quite a chunk of change and get virturally the same performance if you do not plan on mobile gaming. as far as the size/weight goes I would always recommend 17 over 15 granted its a lot heavier but as far as marketshare and reselling goes I would say the 15 so its all up to your preference but because your only going to be playing games every so often I would go a r2-3 with a aga and save like 500-800
     
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    Through the forum, I noted there's big heat sink problem with Alienware 15R3 and 17R4, especially when playing games, how to solve this headache problem?
     
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    Well the solution is to repaste it either with liquid metal or a similar application, it is in large part because of the poor heatsink design not applying adequate pressure on the die slugs. This is why out of the newest crop of Alienwares the 13r3 is by far the best. It's the easiest by far to access replacement parts, it's the easiest to repair, it's the easiest to repaste and since it's the smallest it also has the least problems with mounting it's heatsink properly.

    It's why I ultimately bought it rather than what I wanted which was a 15r4 with a 1070
     
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    Frankly speaking, I don't want to change anything, because I want the warranty from Dell, so I will try to find a good laptop cooler for it, is there any good recommendation?
     
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    Sentential Notebook Consultant

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    If you aren't will to repaste do NOT buy any of them. It should not affect the warranty in any way but if you have no appetite to do so again *DO NOT BUY THIS*. There is no laptop cooler that can compensate for the issues with the laptop's heatsink design unless you get your hands dirty. I can't stress this enough.
     
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    FaTT Notebook Consultant

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    get the enhanced laptop cooling pad from here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074QWPC1N/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 before I started using it I would reach 100-120 C under load sense I started using it I average between 70-95 C huge difference

    check out this article, that enhanced works just as good as the kootek but has usb ports

    https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-coolers

    I'm sorry but I beg to differ my friend, if you open the case it auto voids the warranty, and the enhanced laptop pad dropped my running temps by 30 C
     
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    I found a smart laptop cooler specially designed for Alienware, who tried this before?
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0742HY88P?m=A271AVGLUQ7R20&ref_=v_sp_widget_detail_page
     
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    it sounds really gimmicky and extremely overpriced, and they don't provide any actual thermal readings I'm telling you that enhanced one works great
     
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