Buyers remorse/Anxiety after Open Box Purchase

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  1. theJTL

    theJTL Newbie

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    Hey, first post here.

    I am switching from a desktop with an i7 6700K and a 1080 to a laptop. Not sure if that's a great idea, but I'm trying to get more portable and more flexible. The majority of my gaming happens on PS4 ATM, mostly because I have a large group of folks I play with there. I do game on PC, but not as much as I hoped.

    So I was ready to buy a new Alienware 17 R4 with the 1080p monitor and the 7700HQ. I tried to get it on the Best Buy website, but for some reason it wouldn't go through so I went to the store. I found they had an open box with nothing but the laptop and power supply running a 6700hq. It was marked down to $1160. I grabbed it and was out the door for just a little over $1200. I saved about $700 including tax.

    I'm really liking the machine. I also do design, video and audio and it seems like this machine is perfect. My only concern is, my budget was around $2000 and I basically spent about half that. Now I'm wondering if I missed something and there's a better machine out there for the full amount.

    Thoughts? What should I do? Keep the deal or shop further?
     
  2. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    You have a GTX 1060, 1070 or 1080 in the laptop?

    If you got a 1070 you got a good deal, if the 1080 then you got an amazing deal. Just the 1060, you paid what its worth.

    Overall its up to you and how you like it. Play your most demanding game and see how it fares; judge how long you will keep it and predict best you can what future games will pull from the system.

    Best Advice I can give is there is absolutely no reason to spend more money just because you could (unless its not your money, in which case go all out)
     
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    theJTL Newbie

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    It has a 1070. Forgot to mention that. Wish it had a 1080.

    I was thinking about the Qhd model, which will put me right at my limit, but I'm not sure I want a TN panel. As a creative I have never found a TN panel that I've liked. The higher refresh and all that would be nice, but not at the expense of the IPS. I've OCd the 1080 to 100hz, so that's something.

    I've edited a couple youtube videos and the performance is on par with my desktop. Haven't really been able to put it through the gaming paces yet though.
     
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    Jayce 71 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Even considering that you had to pay sales tax, you still got a good deal. You could probably resell it for a bit of profit if it isn't exactly what you want. I believe that there are a few folks who have oc'ed the 17" display up to 120hz? Might look a bit nicer at that point. If you enjoy the display and find that you want to keep it, consider ditching the factory storage with a sata ssd and better NVMe m.2 drive(s), and max out the system memory. You'd end up way below your initial budget, and have a smokin' rig.
     
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    NA087 Notebook Consultant

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    theJTL you got a terrible deal. Like seriously, you should do the following

    Step 1) you take the $700-800 and add in $200
    Step 2) go back to see if the have a opened Alienware Graphics Amplifier opened box or on sale.
    Step 3) Buy a Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 TI OR MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X OR EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 OR EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 OR MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Sea Hawk X
    Step 4) Mod the Alienware Graphics Amplifier into a open case.
    Step 5) drink till you are wasted.
    Step 6) wake up and be like Wha wha how did i get this amazing GPU. DAM.
     
  6. theJTL

    theJTL Newbie

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    Not sure if serious....

    At this point I'm liking the laptop a lot but I'm nervous about going that direction in lieu of a desktop.

    Basically still buyer's remorse.
     
  7. NA087

    NA087 Notebook Consultant

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    The reason I bought mine was because it can work as a portable workstation. Once I get home the idea is that I could connect it to the amplifier and get a way better performance.

    That being said the GTX 1070 is a amazing card, its laptop variant is better than the desktop one, The reason I stated that is that when the 1070 becomes obsolete (it will happen, this isn't wine) you have a way to upgrade the laptop instead of being forced to shell out another $2,000.

    you got a really good deal so you shouldn't have buyers remorse >.< i should because I payed full price for a GTX 1080 only to find that core 2 overheats and then i see this lol.

    lets me give you something to compare your purchase to.

    Razer Blade pro 17 inch
    MSI
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...re-17r4-vs-msi-gt73vr-unrated-version.801192/


    As for the amplifier (if you chose to buy it you don't have to) its competitor is the

    Thunderbolt

    Razer Core $500
    https://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-core
    Asus ROG XG STATION 2
    part 1

    part 2


    Alienware External GPU


    You made a great purchase, you have a 7700hq
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2017
  8. rinneh

    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    The laptop 1070 has a couple of shaders more but hardly clocks near any good desktop 1070.
     
  9. StanJarensky

    StanJarensky Notebook Enthusiast

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    I replaced my i7-4790k/1070 desktop with a 15R3/1060 and bought the Graphics Amplifier and a 1080Ti. The GTX 1060 in the laptop is more than enough to play the games I want on the go. At home, I have a 144Hz 1440p monitor and the 7700HQ/1080Ti does beautifully. Sure, I'm not getting as many frames as I would have with a desktop build (mainly because of the 7700HQ) but unless it's a really CPU intensive game, it's generally within 5% of what a similar desktop build would be.

    The best part? I can bring my laptop to work, a friend's house, etc. and not have to worry about what games I have installed, whether a save game or some other file is on my laptop or desktop and when I get home, I just plug my laptop into the AGA.
     
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    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    Exaqctly my use case as well. But then with a 980M (OC with 200+ on core). Its just so highly convenient even though an ultrabook + a good desktop would be cheaper.
     
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