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Alienware using OCZ DIY

Discussion in 'OCZ' started by __-_-_-__, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Shyster1

    Shyster1 Lazy as the Day is Long

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    Well, that's good to know; however, it's still a question of the chipset and how the motherboard implemented that chipset, so one cannot simply go by the CPU badging and assume that 8GB is supported merely because of the badging.
     
  2. onlyone0001

    onlyone0001 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Alienware offers also Wide XGA+ , 1440x900. What about that? Low-res screen can be better for games like Crysis and low-res movies,rips etc.
     
  3. Kevin

    Kevin Egregious

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    Yeah but can't the same thing be said for their own m17x?
    You don't get Crossfire/SLI to game at low resolutions.
     
  4. Shane@DARK.

    Shane@DARK. Company Representative

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    If OCZ wants small system integrators to keep this product in their lineup, they should be dropping prices by AT LEAST $250. Hopefully they will...
     
  5. onlyone0001

    onlyone0001 Notebook Enthusiast

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    And now i tried their checkout but it doesn't list any European or Asian countries.
     
  6. sdeol

    sdeol Notebook Geek

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    Wow,

    I made my order from RK computers on Saturday and now i see this.

    I can't believe Alienware is charging the same price as what I paid.

    I'm still sticking with my RK computers build. I kind of prefer the more subtle look of the OCZ.
     
  7. Luthi3n

    Luthi3n Notebook Consultant

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    Just wondering, based on the recent replies, but has anyone else noticed the amount of tax one might end up paying on these? Sure, the initial price may be cheaper, but if you have to pay tax, it will likely be more. When I priced mine out the tax was around $230. The shipping is also more than xotic as well. Since I have not yet purchased mine, I'm not sure what tax would be from xotic, if there is any at all. I am simply saying that the tax will drive the price up considerably. And I looked at the education discount and what notebooks you can use it towards and the only ones that are listed are the m15x, m17x and m9750
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Notebook Guru

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    The tax may be more, but you can also save more money if you bought your own HDD/RAM from newegg or somewhere, because it's still overpriced even on the m17....
     
  9. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla The eye is watching you

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    Nice rig for sure and at a very good price . I had a 9750 alienware same chasis and it was and still looks like new (my friend has it now) . i like the alienware chasis abit more because of the rubberized matte finish, but xotic offers that 3 year warranty free or maybe its thru OCZ but either way i dont think anyone can beat that with 3 years of piece of mind and for basically free. Alienwares customer service has not been the best for many people and you dont have to look far to see its not the best . i may be getting a new rig soon and i still think the OCZ over the long haul will be the best bang for the buck even if there both priced exactly the same and having someone like justin from xotic or any of these other resellers on the boards to help out is priceless IMHO.
     
  10. E-wrecked

    E-wrecked BANNED

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    Im willing to pay just a bit more for better service and support. Xotic has a reputation to uphold. Alienware, they could care less. You're just another buck in their pocket. And, as someone else mentioned, the taxes aren't something you have to dish out with Xotic..whereas Alienware taxes the purchase. I built a similar rig to what I ordered..and it comes out to being about the same cost thru Aware.. actually, $75 more with Aware and then as Quad points out..no warranty for 3 years. Only the 1 year that's standard. So, better customer service, better warranty, and within $75..and in my case, I paid 75 less.. I'm satisfied. I'll just go download drivers off Alienware's webpage if they make any custom ones :p
     
  11. MastaMarek

    MastaMarek Notebook Evangelist

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    Finally Alienware is back into the game. The skullcap design is just amazing and hopefully the whitebook quality will be better than that on m15x. I just wish they went with nvidia rather then ATI. I not that impressed with crossfire setups for now. Synthetic benchmarks numbers are big but there are serious issues with games scores.
     
  12. Luthi3n

    Luthi3n Notebook Consultant

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    Agreed. I just got a tuition refund from school and am planning on buying a rig from xotic hopefully sometime this week. Slightly off topic, but the rig will likely be very similar to yours and was wondering if I might be able to PM you once I get it for some tips and stuff.
     
  13. Phinagle

    Phinagle Notebook Prophet

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    Whichever company is the first to offer it with dual 4870 will get my business but I do however prefer the matte finish of the Alienware to the glossy finish of the standard Whitebooks.

    On the subject of warranties though...would moding the case like K|N does with it's machine-gun drilled ventilation holes void a warranty with Alienware or even OCZ?
     
  14. __-_-_-__

    __-_-_-__ God

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    Are you joking? you drill holes on a notebook and you still want warranty? lol?
     
  15. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla The eye is watching you

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    You could probably order a seperate cover and go to town drilling it, that way you have the best of both worlds, warranty and cooler machine.
     
  16. Phinagle

    Phinagle Notebook Prophet

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    Heh...no I assumed it would void the warranty but that's kinda the point of my asking.

    Moding in extra vent holes is just the kind of "sinister intent" that lurks in the minds of a few people buying an OCZ Whitebook and that makes a 3 year warranty about 2 years 11 months 3 weeks and a couple of days too long. ;]
     
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    If I'm thinking correctly, drilling holes will only void your warranty if it can be implied by the manufacturer that your modifications caused the mechanical failure that you're reporting.
     
  18. E-wrecked

    E-wrecked BANNED

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    To the best of my knowledge, any alterations to the machine that change the structural, electrical, and physical integrity void your warranty. Including, but not limited to, drilling holes in the thing. However, there are user swapable parts that will not void it. Such as RAM, HDDs, CPU, and USB dongles :p And yea, if you can prove that what you did is not the cause of your issue..then it shouldn't be a problem. So, if ya bore some holes in it..and your keyboard then stops working, then you should be covered. Unless you bored holes in your keyboard. Then, you're likely screwed. I considered a mod similar, but uhhh..not so destructive as K|N's.. And then after re-considering..decided that I'd be an idiot by drilling holes in my computer. Johnksss helped bring me back to earth on that idea. And phin, yea..PM me if there's any guidance you feel I can offer. This thing hasn't had any issues since I received it..except was running a bit warm. I reapplied AS5 today, and swapped thermal pads on northbridge, and now it is running about 5c cooler when under load. I love this rig, but would love the 4870s too :)
     
  19. Deathwinger

    Deathwinger Notebook Virtuoso

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    Well, that's what I like about PCMicroworks. They let me put some holes by the hard drive area of the EDGE notebook. Maybe someone can call OCZ and find out if they would allow this?
     
  20. Phinagle

    Phinagle Notebook Prophet

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    Wonder if AW's M17 will keep the user upgradable GPUs that the standard Whitebook has.
     
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