Need help with upgrading my 2012 Alienware M18xR2, is it worth it?

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  1. I_AM_MUSTANG

    I_AM_MUSTANG Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi All,

    I have had my Alienware M18xR2 since December 2012 and it doesn't run the latest games anymore. I get crazy lag nowadays and the games are unplayable. I'd love to upgrade the components if it is at all possible and not too crazy expensive.

    The current configuration is as follows:

    Alienware BIOS A14

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz

    12GB RAM (POSSIBLE 16GB)

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M

    What are my options in terms of upgrading the laptop to be able to play current games such as Fortnite, Blackout, etc?

    I don't want it to be the best it can be, just good enough to play the games without crazy unplayable lag.
    Would appreciate any ideas or thoughts? Maybe it would be best or more cost effective to build a budget PC instead?

    Looking forward to hearing from you guys.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

    Many Thanks

    MUSTANG
     
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    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    780m SLI will double if not triple your performance.

    980m SLI will quadruple your performance

    You can also buy a fast single card such as GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 but these are more complicated.

    780m SLI should be plug n play. The others will not be.

    You will need @Raidriar unlocked A11 BIOS

    You can also get 680m SLI which was a official supported option that should also double your performance and will be plug n play.
     
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    I_AM_MUSTANG Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    Thanks so much for the advice. I think the 780m may be a good option for me as I don’t want to spend too much atm.

    Do you know what my options are for the CPU? I’ve read that an i7-3920xm is the best cpu for my system, is that right?

    Do you I should upgrade my ram to bigger MHz or does that not make much difference?

    Really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question

    MUSTANG


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  4. M18x-oldie

    M18x-oldie Notebook Consultant

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    3920/3940xm ist the best possible option in the r2, however you WILL need the 3-pipe CPU-heatsink to keep these ladies cool, also the 11 cfm CPU fan is recommended (don't exactly know what cfm the stock one in the r2 is).

    As for the RAM, higher MHz gives slightly better performance, more recommend is to always use 2 or 4 sticks of the same model, due to "Dual-Channel". I'd say 16 GB is more than enough atm.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the reply. Is this the 3 pipe heat sink you are referring to??

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    That’s great, thanks so much for your help. I was debating whether to build a budget pc for around £700 but I think I might as well just upgrade my M18.

    It’s gonna be £160 for the CPU, around £180 for a gtx780 sli and around £60 for the fan and heatsink.

    I just want to be able to play newer games without getting lag ;)

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    Honestly a GTX 1060 would be better for your uses. SLI does scale poorly in many games and causes issues. A single 1060 would destroy 780M SLI.
     
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    If I got a gtx1060 would I be able to just install and go or is there any complicated processes involved?


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    180 pounds for 2x 780m is a great deal.

    I wouldn't say so at all, my 780m SLI is on par with my 1060, and in sm games even 5-10 FPS ahead.


    1060 is not plug and play, needs unlocked BIOS cause it's only running on Optimus in the r2.


    Driver modding is needed in both cases.
     
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