[Request] What to do when I receive my gaming laptop

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  1. alexginns

    alexginns Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,
    I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new laptop next week:
    - Alienware 17 R4
    - Core i7 6820HK
    - 17.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 120Hz TN+WVA Anti-Glare 400-nits Display with Tobii IR Eye-tracking
    - 16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
    - 1TB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
    - Nvidia GTX 1080

    I have gone for the highest spec to future-proof it as much as possible and to enjoy recent games at the highest setting (I'm more of a strategy buff but will be playing Deus Ex amongst others).

    My question is, what should I do when it arrives? I guess I will film opening it just in case it has been damaged in transit. What tests should I run to ensure it is as fast as it should be, everything is working well and there aren't any heating/cooling issues?

    What should I install (I have got McAfee antivirus subscription already) and what settings should I tweak? To keep things simple, I am just transferring some files from my old laptop via a USB.
    I am not very IT savvy so don't trust myself to do a repaste at this stage. I am trusting that the laptop will be more than powerful enough for a while yet without having to repaste.

    Thanks for any help!
    Alex
     
  2. smoking2k

    smoking2k Notebook Consultant

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    If you want to know if its 100% stable Download prime 95 and unigen heaven benchmark and run them simultaneously while running HW info for temps. See what the temps level off at and that your computer doesn't just shutdown due to lack of power or temps. This would be a unrealistic scenario compared to just running games and such though. Also I would do some benchmarks like firestrike / ultra / extreme (if your willing to buy it / does go on sale quite often on steam) as they are easily compared to similar spec'd system on there website. McAfee isn't the most comprehensive antivirus but it does the job and is very light on using background resources. A little common sense goes a long way in preventing malware. Just don't go visiting the dark corners of the internet and watch what you download and you'll be fine. If you don't want to repaste you could always undervolt / drop multipliers to reduce temps "IF'' they are concerning. That looks like a nice setup to bad alienware went BGA sigh.......Also check the disk storage speeds with something like crystaldiskmark.
     
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    aw_bln Newbie

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