Difficulty locating parts for 17 r1

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Wingolf, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. Wingolf

    Wingolf Notebook Enthusiast

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    So i've been trying to trick out the 17 r1 i got(Already came with 4930mx and 880m, would have sort of preferred the 780m but it seems to work well enough so far) and i cannot for the life of me find the 120hz LCD. The cable that everyone was saying was impossible to find took me one fifteen minute call to Dell to procure, but i've checked every reputable LCD dealer i can think of and i dont see any. Only ones offering it seem hella sketchy. Is it possible to "shuck" a 120hz m17x r4 LCD assembly and use that panel? I thought i read something about them using the same LCDs, but i also thought those were glass/LCD assemblies.

    Also are there any good ways to get the 330w OEM(Or just quality+recognized in bios) AC adapter for cheaper than the hilarious price Dell wants? My 240w isnt detected in BIOS, tested it with another from an r4 some guy brought in to my work and it recognizes it, and i realize that i could just get another 240w but those are only a bit cheaper and i hear you get slightly better performance(and its probably better to not run the adapter at 100+% of its capacity if possible)

    also if this shipped with the 4930mx plus the 880m i have both of the larger OEM heatsinks right?
     
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    EepoSaurus Notebook Evangelist

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/17-3-3D-12...h=item33fcdf8bcc:g:vv4AAOSwPWtcFTbj:rk:7:pf:0

    Here you go. I've bought them before they are fine. Never had an issue. a 330w unit on ebay is tougher to find as for some reason people sell knockoff units. I have like 3 of them . It's lame. I've learned to filter units by searching for only used ones and then I buy the most reasonably priced one. Hasn't steered me wrong yet and it's how I bought my 17r1 330w psu and battery as those are the most notoriously knock off items for the ranger. your heatsinks are for the 100w gpu and there is only 1 type of heatsink for the cpu on the ranger. I recommend the all copper 5 pipe and 4 pipe heatsinks on ebay. Pricey but they will give you decent performance.
     
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  3. NB_Neenja

    NB_Neenja Notebook Consultant

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    Hello. You say the panel is just "fine." That doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement if I may say so. Thank you for the link, I used my Google Fu skills and found that panel was made for the Samsung 700G7C gaming laptop. Notebookcheck did a review on it: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Samsung-Series-7-Gamer-700G7C-Notebook.79008.0.html

    Just based off the specs on paper, I would say it's more than fine. It beats the 17 R1 screen by 45 cd/m^2 brightness, it's glossy, and it runs at 120Hz. Sounds like a damn good upgrade to me. But, I haven't bought one myself so I don't have any first hand experience with it.
     
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  4. NB_Neenja

    NB_Neenja Notebook Consultant

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    Greetings. Mind if I inquire why you sort of preferred the 780m? I'm thinking of buying a Ranger myself, just wanted to know what your thought process was. Still doing research before making a final decision. Thank you.
     
  5. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    780m can be overclocked easily to 880m and is on average cooler and more stable.
     
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  6. Wingolf

    Wingolf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yep, 880ms arent quite as good from what i hear.

    Also did you get the board in for your Ranger? i see its not under the "dead ranger" spoiler tag.

    Also i guess im going to have to order the one from China, i was hoping to avoid that for time and warranty purposes but thats literally the only place i've seen them
     
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  7. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    I left you a PM regarding the lcd screen assembly that I can sell to you.
     
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    Yeah its working now, no longer dead ranger.

    I have extra assembly for 120hz but I am waiting on my gpu to test first, if it doesn't work I was going to throw it up here.
     
  9. NB_Neenja

    NB_Neenja Notebook Consultant

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    Thank you. I'd love to buy an old Ranger and upgrade it with 780M and 120Hz screen. People on eBay seem to think their 780M is worth $300, but it's nowhere near that. I can buy a complete GTX 970M laptop with better gaming performance for under $500. Or a desktop GTX 1060 for $120. It would be fun to buy an old socketable AW17 but the prices don't justify the purchase.
     
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    980m is 300 USD on ebay. Everything else is not worth considering since the asking prices are so inflated on old cards.

    Or you could go through taobao and buy a WX 7100 (MXM 480) for pretty cheap. I got lucky and found one on ebay for 250 USD.

    If you fixate on 120hz then you can install a GTX 1070 as well for 500.
     
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