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Help me Choose Macbook pro vs Alienware Vs Dell XPS

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Finch212, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. Finch212

    Finch212 Newbie

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    ooking for a new laptop, i will use for school work, internet, dvds, music, etc. I also like to game, looking to get a system that can handle gaming

    Since now you can run windows on a mac i was thinking of getting a macbook pro, and using,windows for gaming, and the rest for the mac. I would want to run around 6-7 games ( pc games) so i also need to know how much harddirve to give to the windows part.

    But theres also alienware and xps so im having a hard time choosing. Here are my choices:

    MAC: * 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    * 1440 x 900 pixels
    * 2GB memory
    * 120GB hard drive1
    * 6x double-layer SuperDrive
    * ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM

    i dont want 17 inch too big 15 and under

    Alienware: Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
    Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 - Free Upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium! - Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
    Display: 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD - Saucer Silver
    Motherboard: Alienware® Intel® 945PM + ICH7 Chipset
    Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 1024MB
    System Drive: 120GB Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s 5,400 RPM w/ 8MB Cache
    Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/ Software MPEG2 Decoder
    Video/Graphics Card: 256MB NVidia® GeForce™ Go 7600
    Sound Card: Intel® 7.1 High-Definition Audio
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card
    Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
    Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service

    Dell XPS:

    XPS M1210 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 (4MB Cache/2.33GHz/667MHz FSB)
    Operating System (Office software not included) Genuine Windows XP Professional Media Center 2005 Edition
    LCD Panel (A/V Communications Package)
    Integrated Webcam and Mobile Broadband Antenna
    Memory 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ
    Video Card 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache
    Hard Drive 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
    Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
    Sound Options Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy

    ) What is your budget?
    2,000-2,600
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    would prefer 15 and below, but if i had to i would take a 17 inch

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    word, excel, general HW, internet,gaming.
    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    95% it will stay in one place
    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, gwhat ames?
    there will be around 7 games or so, like BF 2142, WoW,CS:Source, SWAT, RTS games, others
    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    good tech service
    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    really doesn't matter since it will be plugged in most of time
    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    not at all
    9) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
    US sorry forgot to put flag
    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    doesn't matter nice one? just a nice crisp screen for games and stuff

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    somewhat
    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    at least 3-4 years
    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?
    100-160
    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
    DVD/CD
     
  2. Gautam

    Gautam election 2008 NBR Reviewer

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    If you know you want to run Mac + Bootcamp or Parallels, then the choice is easy - and the Dell/Alienware options get dropped out of the race.
     
  3. Finch212

    Finch212 Newbie

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    are they good for gaming i heard the 1600x card or whatever is pretty weak, i need my system to handle good games. i dont know if i need Mac OS, i just want something easy to use and can game. Mac are attractive since i can just use windows for gaming only.

    why is XPS/Alienware gone?
     
  4. odin243

    odin243 look at all the colors...

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    The x1600 or Go7600 are pretty much the best card you can get on a 15.4" so if you don't want a 17" then that's as good as it gets (with the exceptions of the x1700 and go7700 which are pretty rare, mostly on Ass machines).

    Because it sounded like you want to run Bootcamp for OSX and Windows, so you need to get the Mac.
     
  5. Finch212

    Finch212 Newbie

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    yeah but if theres no real reason to get OSX then bootcamp isnt needed, i dont know if the Mac can handle gaming.
     
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    odin243 look at all the colors...

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    I wouldn't use OSX personally, I do way to much gaming and programming that is Windows dependant. If you want to game, I recommend a laptop running windows XP.
     
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Phillip J. Fry

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    forget about alienware, the XPS is a bit small for gaiming though depending on they type of games it may be ok. If you don't want OSX don't get the Mac.
    If you want a 15.4" dell the e1505 is the only option.
    If you are open to other brands, then perhaps a Sager, or Compal would be right for you.
     
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    odin243 look at all the colors...

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    Yeah, the best 15.4" gaming machines are the Asus G1, the Asus F3JP, and the Compal HEL 80.
     
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    Finch212 Newbie

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    how this look custom:
    Case - Compal HEL80 / 15.4" WSXGA Widescreen TFT Display
    Exterior Finish - Standard Finish
    Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33 Mobile Processor
    Thermal Compound - Arctic Silver 5
    Memory - 2GB Corsair DDR2-667 (2x1GB)
    Hard Drive 1 - 100GB 7,200 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive
    WiFi Router - D-Link WiFi Wireless Router 802.11g/108Mbps
    Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Productivity Software - OpenOffice Suite - Free
    Antivirus Software - Avast Home Edition
    Burning Software - Nero 6 Suite
    Multimedia Software - Cyberlink PowerDVD 6
    Warranty - 3 Year On-Site FlawlessCare™ Parts & Labor Warranty + 2 Year Accidental Damage Protection
    Zero Dead Pixel Policy - Yes

    Case Specifics
    Display - 15.4" WSXGA Widescreen Active Matrix Display (1650 x 1050)
    Graphics - NVIDIA® GeForce® GO 7600 256MB VRAM
    Optical Drive 1 - Built-in Super-Multi Drive (supports DVD RAM)
    Card Reader - SD/MMC/MS/MS-Pro 4-in-1 Card Reader
    Wireless LAN - Optional
    LAN / Modem - 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN and modem Module
    Audio - Intel High Definition 8 Channel 7.1 surround 3D sound system
    PC Cards Slot - PCMCIA 2.1 Compliant, Type II x 1, Express Card x 1
    I/O Ports - VGA, TV-out, USB 2.0 x 3, IEEE1394, Mic-in, Headphone, SPDIF
    Battery - 9-Cell Smart Lithium-Ion Primary Battery
    Dimensions - 14.25" x 10.4" x 1.25~1.5"
    Weight - 6.95 lbs (complete system)
     
  10. odin243

    odin243 look at all the colors...

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    The t7600 isn't worth the money, almost everyone (including resellers) will tell you to go for the t7200.
     
  11. miwiken

    miwiken Notebook Geek

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    If you customize a computer at dell from 2.0 GHz to 2.16 is only $175 but 2.16 Ghz to 2.33 is $425. I wonder how much of a performance boost that is.

    If you'd like the system to last for three to four years, I'd go with a fast processor and GPU. Hard drives and RAM can be easily upgraded in the future but more than likely be stuck for 3-4 years with whatever processer or GPU you pick
     
  12. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Notebook Virtuoso

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    That is a good configuration, as odin243 one has already mentioned no point in getting anything faster than T7200. Save your money.

    About the Mac running on windows thing : If you are a Windows user looking to run Mac OS on the side for fun or just want to run Windows exclusively, then better stick to a notebook PC. I wouldn’t trust bootcamp to that extent; sure it let you install and run Windows XP and even Vista, but it also relies on Apple’s driver support for some non critical devices. Besides, Apple does not provide technical support for Windows running on Macs, neither does Microsoft. This means, if something goes wrong you are on your own. Most Mac communities also advice against running mission critical Windows installations on Intel based Macs.
     
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