*OFFICIAL* Alienware 17 R4 Owner's Lounge

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  1. Niarus

    Niarus Notebook Consultant

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    @Chris Blevins So, I took some photos of my modded U3. Quality isn't the best, but I hope you should get a clue.

    What I used:
    1. NotePal U3 Plus cooling pad (except stock fans) - http://amzn.to/2CSba12
    2. 3x NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM fans - http://amzn.to/2t78JIq
    3. 3x SilverStone SST-FF123B 120mm ultra fine fan dust filters - http://amzn.to/2taiIg8
    4. Scythe Kaze Q 3.5" Fan Controller - http://amzn.to/2t7YVhw
    I decided to pick this one, because it doesn't have LEDs. Also I've removed its case completely and made my version of 'Frankentroller' by wrapping it with Super 33+ tape :D
    5. Power supply with 12V 1A (1A or more, as fan's max input current is 0.3A, 3*0.3=0.9A). I've used this one http://amzn.to/2t6Fl5n as I can use it for some other stuff. But this adapter needs DC female to Molex male connector. So it might be better to pick Coolerguys 100-240v AC to 12 & 5v DC 4pin Molex 2A Power adapter which has Molex plug.
    6. 2x8 Acousti AFM02B Silicone Fan Mounts, 12 for fans and 4 at the top - http://amzn.to/2taTKgK. US alternative: http://amzn.to/2t84YCK.
    7. Some cable ties, i.e. http://amzn.to/2t4cTkA.
    8. Also I'm going to add on/off switch to the DC > Molex connector wire, as Frankentroller doesn't disable them completely, but keeps them at ~40%.

    - General view and alignment of silicon mounts. Those 4 at the top to keep the laptop steady.
    Also I didn't cut pad's mesh yet as in @Papusan mod and @Mr. Fox mod, it cools AW17R4 good enough as it is (as I mentioned, in heavy games @4.6GHz CPU OC average temperatures are: 80C CPU, 62C GPU, 60sC PCH, didn't check SSD as it has HS and was 60C before U3). I might cut the holes later on.
    For AW17R4 left fan - 'for CPU', central - 'general', right fan - 'for GPU'.
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    - I've used fans' screws to mount filters. Also I've decided to let all those wires to rest there peacefully, just tied them well with some ties, as well as fans Frankentroller :D
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    - Close-ups of the Frankentroller. GPU's fan is connected directly, as cord's length is enough to reach it.
    Controls left to right 1 - CPU, 2 - central, 3 - GPU, 4 - probably one for myself in the future :D
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    No weight:
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    With the laptop it barely touches the table:
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    And it doesn't look so 'F-stein-ish' from this angle :D:
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    - Fan mounts to keep the laptop in position well. And the power supply socket at the backside (tied as well).
    Mounts:
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    Power supply connection:
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  2. DonSems

    DonSems Notebook Guru

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    Hi guys I'm new here and thought I knew a bit about PCs until I read some of your conversations.

    I got my rig about 8 months ago,

    AW 17 R4 7820hk GTX 1080 QHD.

    I am a complete noob to overclocking and benchmarking. When I got my rig I ran heaven benchmark just for the sake of it. I noticed it was stuttering and freezing but thought its doing a stress test so thought nothing of it. I haven't really played any heavy load games until a few months ago. I got COD:WW2 again I noticed stuttering and freezing. I read online that it was the game and it is not well optimized. Recently I've been introduced to HWinfo64 which showed that I had high CPU temps.

    I have been in contact with dell and they are sending a technician to replace the heatsink. They seemed to assure me that it was all they would do on the visit and it sounded like they weren't going to help me with any other problem.

    I've read some of the conversations here mention something about pads and other things.

    Just wanted to know what I should get the technician to do?

    Or should I just trust the technician?
     
  3. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    No, not even a little bit. Some are really good at their job and some really suck. Watch him/her like a hawk and if they damage anything while they are working on it have them (or you if they will not) call Alienware Support to tell them about their mistake. Even if they do not break or damage anything, make sure they put it together correctly and not leave out screws, etc. Buy a good thermal paste like Kryonaut and ask them to use it instead of the stock garbage. @Papusan can share a photo of how they should NOT clean TIM on a heat sink.
     
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  4. DonSems

    DonSems Notebook Guru

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    Ok thanks. Any good suggestions on thermal paste. I read that this was the best one.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermal-Gr...d=1519963194&sr=8-1&keywords=grizzly+kryonaut
     
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  5. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    As brother @Mr. Fox said... Follow all their steps. Not the first time Dell's hired outsourced technicians manage to clean old thermal paste on heatsink with a screwdriver.
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    Work well if heatsink have good fit on Cpu/Gpu die.
     
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  6. Twitchytoes

    Twitchytoes Newbie

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    I recently received an alienware 17 r4 with a 770hq, 1070, and the 1080p anti glare display without gsync. I wasn't sure if it had tobii or not but it does. What are my options for panel swaps? I have the AUO109D with the crappy anti glare.
     
  7. nemoris

    nemoris Notebook Evangelist

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    All of the 17 screens are matte/anti-glare.

    Matte is better anyways on a notebook...
     
  8. Twitchytoes

    Twitchytoes Newbie

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    I'm aware but this one in particular has one of the worse anti glare coatings. It's the AUO109D in particular. The LG panel some got sent with was better.
     
  9. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    Yeah, Kryonaut is one of the best thermal pastes that is not liquid metal. Nothing beats liquid metal, but I would NOT recommend having the person that comes to your house use that. It requires special application and precautions. I would not trust them with that task. They could really mess things up by being sloppy and careless.

    Using Kryonaut and Conductonaut requires a good fit. If the contact between the heat sink cold plate and the processor/GPU die is not good, then IC Diamond or Phobya NanoGrease Extreme would be better because they are thicker and more effective at plugging the gap. I would try Kryonaut first. If it works well, then you should be in good shape for switching to Conductonaut (liquid metal) later on. If the Kryonaut does not work well, you will have to correct the fit or repaste with IC Diamond or NanoGrease Extreme later on.
     
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  10. Chris Blevins

    Chris Blevins Notebook Enthusiast

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    Awesome job.
    I really kind of like the Frankentroller fan controller.
    I think this will be my next project after the repaste/repad/PCH and SSD heatsink mods!
     
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