M15x New owner. Some troubleshooting and upgrade advice.

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  1. FPS Legend

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    Hey everyone.

    So im one of those guys who was too poor or incapable of buying these awesome laptops when they were launched but vowed to own one one day. And after maybe a year of searching for a good piece i finaly got one. WOOHOO.

    Specs wise it has:


    I7 620m. 35nm dual core ones that had integrated graphics.

    Ati 5850m 1gb GDDR5 gpu. I have stably overclocked it to 800mhz from 625 and 1175 on memory.

    8gigs ram 1600mhz but running at 1333 for obvious reasons.

    FHD display luckily and its a realy beautiful display too.

    640gb hdd but a 128gb boot ssd is on its way :) witht he caddy setup.

    Bios is A08 stock

    And luckily a 240 watts psu. Its not so good to carry around but great for mods i think. Also battery wear is at 13 percent which is prety good. I get around 2 hours of normal usage.

    A fresh setup of Windows 10 with complete updates.


    Now i need some help figuring out some quirks with the laptop that i have encountered.


    So first off im having these issues with the trackpad since i upgraded windows to the latest version. It was fine when i installed windows. Now its very laggy and juttery and stops randomly sometimes and sometimes doesnt respond to touch the first time around. External mice work perfectly. Ive tried uninstalling the drivers from device manager and installing the drivers from dells website to no avail. Also in the alienfx software when i click on the alientouch tab it just puts up some alienjibberish and nothing else happens. Arent there supposes to be options to control the touchpad?

    I also wanted to know how to utilize the ir in my laptop just for fun. I have phone with ir so ha ha i thought why not.

    Now for ur advice on upgrades. I dont want to spend too much on upgrades as this is not my main laptop. Its just a hobby project. But i want to try and take it to the max. I am not currently interested in upgrading ram. 8gb for now should be fine i think. I have a cheap ass ssd coming for bootdeive which gives about 500mbps read speeds so that is covered.
    As for processor im thinking of 920xm which is about 57usd for me. I think that is a fair amount.
    Now comes the big one. The gpu. I want ur opinions on all of the above ofcourse but specialy on the gpu. Which one should i buy. 970m or a 980m. 970 is around 250usd while 980 is 370usd. Are the 120bucks well spent on the 980?

    Any and all opinions from felow enthisiasts are appreciated.

    Just as a side note after overclocking the 5850m to 800 and 1175 mhz its running at around 86 degrees c at max load. Is that normal? Cpu doeant go above 65 while gaming. Having tried the lateat games yet. Have planetside2 fortnite overwatch dirt 4 and just cause 3 installed. Im not sure if it will even run them :D.

    Also im planning to add usb 3.0 via the express card slot. Should i get the 3port version or the 2port 1 power cord version?
     
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  2. TheReciever

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    The 980m works but runs quite hot in the M15x, most settle for the 970m and also the 920xm works well.

    Though I am not an expert or have had one of these. @Raidriar is one the members I would seek for more details.
     
  3. FPS Legend

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    I have replied to his thread. Lets see what his opinion is. Ihave another issue though. Im trying to install a single stick of ddr3l 8gb memorry clocked at 1600mhz but at windows boot animation i get a bsod. I need help in this asap.
     
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    I think the 920xm only supports up to 1333Mhz on laptops, or at least I cant recall people using 1600Mhz Ram in their signatures but again I am not a expert or well read on the machine.
     
  5. Raidriar

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    It was not appropriate of you to hijack my price check thread for your problem solving.


    Nehlam chips only work up to 1333mhz, but ram sticks typically downclock and tighten timings to compensate. You may have bad RAM. I have 16gb ddr3 1600 standard in mine, clocks down to 1333 no problem.

    920xm/940xm are the best you can get, but be wary, apparently fake CPUs have been popping up on eBay as of late. You will need high end thermal compound like phobya nanogrease extreme or liquid ultra to keep it cool. You can overclock with throttle stop.

    best GPU options are 680M or 970M, neither runs too hot, neither draws too much power, both offer native fan control. Both will require INF modding to install drivers. You will need new screws either way to tighten the heat sink down properly. Dell screws are different from Cleve screws, be careful which card you buy.

    Windows 10 is cancer and offers no improvement over windows 7. I would revert back, 7 is lighter, more stable, and far less intrusive.

    Good luck.
     
  6. FPS Legend

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    I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE.
    My intention wasn't to HIJACK ur thread. That was the only way to get ur attention as i cant pm u. Anyways sorry.
    I went to ur thread just now to delete my post but i see u have deleted it already. thanks.

    I will do a bit more research before buying the GPU. Leaning towards the GTx 970m. Already have thermal Grizzley.
    I have an extra copper tube that im thinking of thermally glueing to the pc heatsink for better heat transfer.

    But i do require some help about the ram as i cant find any reference to the problem im having on google, ie bsod on startup. the same ram is working fine in my friends x230. my other laptops are ddr4 or i would try it on them too.

    Could it be that u have non l ddr3 ram meaning 1.5 volt ram. mine is ddr3l 1.35 volt. could that be causing an issue?
     
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    possibly, I do not use ddr3L memory in my M15x
     
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    I will try installing a windows 7 copy in a new hdd as u advised and see if that helps with ram stability as currently it crashes on windows 10 boot animation
     
  9. 2CPU

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    I have a 940XM w/ 8GB 1600mhz and just got a 970M to refresh the 680M I have been using. Hope it resolves FPS slowdown in Fallout 4 in city areas. Probably the last update I do to this system....
     
  10. cainhawk

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    I was looking for similar advice for upgrading my m15x, but im trying to stick to a budget somewhere around 250$ if possible since it is not my main pc.
    Ill be using it for gaming but i dont mind running lower graphic settings and im generally not playing the newest AAA titles anyway.

    Intel Core i7 Q 740
    AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5730
    Seagate ST9250410AS 250GB
    4GB SODIMM DDR3 1333 MHz
    windows 7

    ive never upgraded a laptop before,
    I had read a few older threads about the firepro m6100 and was considering that with more ram and a new ssd.
    Would this be worth my time or would i be be better off just putting the whole budget towards a 970M?
     
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