Trying to decide between some Heavy-Hitters (MSI/Alienware)

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Alienware 17 (980) vs GS70 Stealth Pro (970) vs Other

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  1. Coprhead66

    Coprhead66 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am trying to decide between the Alienware 17 980m and the GS70 Stealth Pro 970m, but I'm open to suggestions.
    Some questions:

    1) Is the 980m overkill for the games I've listed below? I also have an external 1600p monitor and I'd like to find out how the 980m compares to the 970m at this resolution.

    2) I can easily find a REFURBISHED Alienware 17 980m 128SSD+1TBHDD Touch-Screen model for $1700, but there are almost no GS70 refurbished models. I can get a NEW 256SSD+1TB GS70 for $1700. Is it worth going refurbished if size/weight isn't an issue?


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1500-$2000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Alienware, MSI
    b. Dislike: Gigabyte
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming, media consumption, productivity,

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Leaving it on the desk on a daily basis, although I do travel often for work. I'm a musician.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes.
    Mostly Archeage, Planetside 2, and Atilla/Rome 2. I rarely play mainstream titles.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    3 hours.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    I would prefer to see it. There is a Microcenter nearbye with some Alienware, MSI, and Asus products.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 10

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    The best possible 1080p screen. I'm an image junky.

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    No preference, as long as it is bright and has great colors.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, but I only dislike a notebook when it is too thick. I hate the GT72 Dominator but like the new Alienwares' and the GS70.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    2-3 weeks

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    2 years.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    128-256GB SSD + HDD Storage

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No
     
  2. Ramzay

    Ramzay Notebook Connoisseur

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    Well, the 980M is about 25% or so faster than the 970M, so at equal pricing, I'd say go for that.

    Just keep in mind that the new AW lineup has a few limitations. It only has two RAM slots, one 2.5" HDD/SSD bay, the keyboard gets hot even when idle, they tend to ship with an inadequate PSU (so you need to hassle Dell to send you a 240W PSU). That being said, Dell still has the best warranty/support in the business.

    That being said, the new MSI GT72 Dominator with G-SYNC is pretty awesome. Stays cooler and quieter than the AW, while having more RAM slots and a MXM GPU (so can be upgraded).

    Overall, adding RAM/SSDs is cheap and easy. But a GPU?

    I'd say as long as the warranty is the same as for a new laptop (and if you're ok with the cons I listed above) shoot for the AW. A 980M > 970M.

    Just make sure you get Dell to send you (free of charge) a 240w PSU.
     
  3. Coprhead66

    Coprhead66 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the advice Ramzay.... The PSU thing sounds really annoying, but it's good to know that they will help me out.
    This is tough!
     
  4. AriStar

    AriStar Notebook Evangelist

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    IMHO steer clear of alienware.

    MSI has good stuff, Go with that or check out some Sagers
     
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