*OFFICIAL* M17x R3 Owner's Lounge Thread - Part 3

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  1. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the Owner's Lounge for the Alienware M17xR3 Part 3!
    (part 1 is here and part 2 can be found here)

    This thread is a place to discuss your new M17xR3 and share information on your system with fellow owners.


    Manuals, Teardown, Drivers, etc.
    System Teardown -
    *To be added once Dell adds it to their official youtube channel.

    Manuals (Owners Manual and Service Manual) -
    Documentation

    M17xR3 Drivers straight from Dell Support -
    Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

    Dell Released Parts List for M17xR3 -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/550787-m17xr3-part-number-list-reference-thread.html

    Dell GPU-Specific Parts List for M17xR3 - Updated Info from DELLChrisM
    • VDV04 N11E-GS GeForce 460m
    • 87XRJ N11E-GS GeForce 460m Kit (Video card VDV04 + Thermal Assemblies J9H7X)
    • YT99J N12E-GS GeForce 560m
    • 8H4G6 N12E-GS GeForce 560m Kit (Video card YT99J + Thermal Assemblies J9H7X)
    • 3MF8R N12E-GTX2 GeForce GTX580m
    • RFYN9 N12E-GTX2 GeForce GTX580m Kit (Video card 3MF8R + Thermal Assemblies V1K2G) (For the throttling at 78C°)
    • V9XKH AMD Blackcomb XT 6970m
    • WFWCW AMD Blackcomb XT 6970m (Video card V9XKH + Thermal Assemblies YHP1P)
    • V5TGF AMD Granville Pro 6870m
    • 5MKH5 AMD Granville Pro 6870m Kit (Video card V5TGF + Thermal Assemblies VH0YK)
    • RDRGR AMD Blackcomb XTX 6990m
    • CK7HW AMD Blackcomb XTX 6990m Kit (Video Card RDRGR + Thermal Assemblies YHP1P)
    Dell GPU-Specific Parts List for M17xR4 - Updated Info from DELLChrisM
    (subject to availability based on manufacturer supply)
    • HXD3N N13E-GS1 GeForce GTX675m
    • C0XGT N13E-GS1 GeForce GTX675m Kit (Video card HXD3N + Support Plate 3MHHT)
    • M3XJV NV13E-GE GeForce GTX660m
    • 5H5NC NV13E-GE GeForce GTX660m Kit (Video card M3XJV + Support Plate 3MHHT)
    • 747M2 AMD Wimbledon XT 7970m
    • 8DG8P AMD Wimbledon XT 7970m Kit (Video card 747M2 + Support Plate 3PVGK)
    Benching, Overclocking and GPU Related Items
    Overclocking -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/560044-m17x-r3-overclocking-sort.html

    Benchmarks Discussion and Result Sharing -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/455435-official-m17x-benchmark-thread-part-3-a.html

    GPU Related Items -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...idia-geforce-460m-580m-560m-see-post-1-a.html


    Other Important Links
    Owner Answered FAQ/etc. -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ntly-asked-questions-read-before-posting.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/561599-m17x-r3-cpu-gpu-re-pasting-guide-w-pics.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...alling-new-cpu-m17x-r3-illustrated-guide.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/569484-m17x-r3-6970m-re-pasting-video-guide.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/585805-m17xr2-r3-m18x.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/496156-alienfx-problems-questions-thread.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...are-diagnostics-your-m17xr3-resource-dvd.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/594890-wifi-card-best-m17x-r3.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/559613-best-aftermarket-ram-m17x-r3.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/616590-m17x-r3-ram-questions.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/601701-bios-recovery-case-you-brick-your-m17xr3.html

    Order Status Discussion -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/630192-m17x-order-status-discussion-part-4-a.html

    3D Capability/Discussion -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...7xr3-3d-discussion-questions-tips-thread.html

    Bags, Backpacks, Cases & Sleeves -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ags-backpacks-cases-sleeves-discuss-here.html

    Clean Install -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...er-install-order-guide-alienware-systems.html
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ook-feel-after-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE PERFORMING A CLEAN INSTALL WITH AMD GPU***

    •For M17xR3 with AMD, install the AMD Display Driver first. Once done, the Intel Driver must be installed when in Integrated Mode. You will need to use the FN+F7 to switch over to Intel. A reboot may be necessary. Once done, install the Intel HD driver. Once installed, switch back over to your AMD GPU.


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    Congrats on your system purchase and have fun!

    M17xR3 Launch Videos
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    (Thanks to vikingrinn for the heads-up on the videos)
     
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  2. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    well its good to see all these helpful links in on one place, thanks katalin_2003 :)
     
  3. JJDAJETPLAYNE

    JJDAJETPLAYNE Newbie

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    Ive had my M17xR3 for about 2 months now and I really want to upgrade my internal hard drive. Having a ton of Steam games really eats up at my 450GB Hard drive. I was thinking about getting a 1TB HDD and never having to worry about ever filling it up. Does anyone have any recommendations on what would be the best HDD for my M17xR3?
     
  4. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    Why not just add a secondary HDD? or put two 1TB drives in. Heck if you remove the optical drive you can have 3tb of space.
     
  5. JJDAJETPLAYNE

    JJDAJETPLAYNE Newbie

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    So the M17xR3 does have a second HDD bay so I wouldnt have to replace the current one? Sorry Im totally new at all of this, probably a dumb question, tried using google couldnt find an answer.
     
  6. maxheap

    maxheap caparison horus :)

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    this is our place :) thanks katalin!!
     
  7. IndoPr0

    IndoPr0 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wait.. why the lounge is empty?

    BTW need help.

    Can't get windows 8 Dev Preview work using dual boot. Virtualbox can.

    Is it related to my 120Hz screen or what?
     
  8. bigtonyman

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    hmm worked fine for me when I had it installed. Do you get a blue-screen or something?
     
  9. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    Thats right, the M17x R3 has a second hard drive bay. My guess is it only fits 9.5mm height drives. If you took out the optical drive and put in a HDD caddy, you could get a 12.5mm drive in there. Thats what I did. It's in my sig (linked 1TB) where I did the swap from a blu-ray burner, to a 1TB HDD. I have dual SSDs. Right now not in raid and I don't think I'll raid them again, but one is a dedicated OS/Apps drive, the other SSD is a dedicated gaming drive. It's full of games. 160GB SSD with about 140GB of games on it. I also have a 1TB internal drive for pics, vids, music, documents, records ect.
     
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    IndoPr0 Notebook Enthusiast

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    No BSOD.
    It says something like "The setup cannot complete" and some other things, maybe about hardware..

    Did you use 3D-Enabled display or what?
     
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