Self Upgradability?

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  1. ArmageddonAsh

    ArmageddonAsh Mangekyo Sharingan

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    I remember (IIRC) that Alienware voided warrenty when upgrading components a few years ago - is that still the same? I am interested in a m17x and know i can get the same build specs for nearly £1,200 less by going with Clevo resellers

    I am thinking of ignoring the Hard drive upgrade (adds £600 to the price ALONE) - which going to a 256GB SSD and 1TB hard drive combo and just getting them myself and self upgrading, same with the RAM
     
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    Hard drive upgrade and Ram upgrade do not void warranty, they are both accessed by removing bottom panel of m17x with the exception that 2 of 4 slots for ram are beneath keyboard, a bit more hassle to get to.

    When I bought my m17x, it was roughly the same price as the clevo equivalent after discounts and csahback anyways.

    Just stick with upgrading ram and hdd yourself and your onto a winner :D
     
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    Yeah what i just cant get around is that the SAME spec on a Clevo reseller laptop is more then £1,200 LESS and comes with the AMD Games Bundle for FREE.
     
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    Indeed, thats the price we pay for brands these days.

    Tbh what specs you picking for the clevo anyways?
    I havent checked today but I saw a base m17x
    w/ 1080p, killer wireless, 6gb ram, hd7970m, 500gb and i7 3630qm for £1300-1400 after discounts.
     
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    The spec i am looking at is 3630QM, 16gb RAM (2x8gb sticks), 7970m, Blu Ray Rewriter, 256GB SSD + 1TB Hard drive which would cost around £1,300 at a Clevo reseller and come with a FREE AMD Games Bundle, while the Alienware price for the same spec - more then £2,000...
     
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    Try the other thread with buying a alienware in the UK, there is a rep somewhere which will help you get the best price (never pay full price for something this expensive). I hope you find a decent deal whatever you get, I was lucky to buy my m17x when there was an automatic discount of £205 and the gtx 680m was a £150 option. It already had a free upgrade to the 1080p screen and killer wireless too. Then I got my extra 10% off and free delivery. Like any big companies, ram and hdd will be inflated and then some!
     
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    I already have and am in contact with the rep - but i highly doubt i will get the spec i want for a similar kind of price as the Clevo.. I have set a max of £1,500 to spend, if i dont get a decent deal then i will just go with the Clevo, save a few hundred £££ and get £100 worth of games free...
     
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    chrisjohnharden Notebook Geek

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    Buy RAM elsewhere, all OEMs rip you off with pricing, although dell more than others. No upgrades to the machine will void the warranty so long as you keep the original parts, although the upgrades will not be repaired by dell if they fail.
     
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    If you're going to buy an Alienware, you would do better by negotiating the price of the Alienware with a sales rep to save money. (Do not use online configuration tool for purchases, unless you like spending more than necessary.) Or, if you're a poor negotiator and only care about saving money, just go with the Clevo if you cannot buy the Alienware with the amount you have available to spend. I'm closing this thread.

    If you have questions specific to the M17x, please visit the http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...lienware-m17x-r3-r4-owners-lounge-thread.html in the M17x sub-forum.

    If you're looking to understand why Alienware products are superior, you can participate in discussion in this thread: http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/681643-why-alienware-alienware-fanatics-18.html
     
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    Just to answer the OP's original question - "Alienware voided warrenty when upgrading components a few years ago - is that still the same?"

    Answer: NO. You can unpgrade anything you like but keep in mind that if you break anything in the process then the warranty will not apply.

    The system warranty will also not cover any aftermarket parts you install. Example: You replace the RAM and CPU - the Dell/AW Warranty will not cover these aftermarket parts if they happen to fail. You would have to fall back on the individual part warranty from the supplier.
     
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