Update Recommendation: Alienware M17x R4

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  1. COxUNR34L

    COxUNR34L Newbie

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am not computer savy you can say and wondering if you ladies and gentlemen could point me in the right direction in making my laptop run the fastest as possible. I noticed once I updated to Windows 10 I was unable to use the program that would change your lights. I would love to swap out my hard drive and graphics card. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance. Below are my Specs:

    Processor: Intel(r) Core(TM) i7-3840QM CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Installed RAM: 32.0 GB
    System Type: 64-Bit
    BIOS Version/Date: Alienware A12, 5/17/2013
    BIOS Mode: Legacy
    OS Name: Windows 10
    Graphics: GeForceGTX675M & Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
     
  2. M18x-oldie

    M18x-oldie Notebook Guru

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  3. User32

    User32 Notebook Consultant

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    I second the SSD upgrade, even on a old system like my Precision M6500 (almost same hardware as a M17x R2) it made quite a difference.
     
  4. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    A cheap GPU would be a 8950M, its a bit faster than your 675M and is far cooler tbh. I'm afraid you'll have to pay $200 to step up to atleast a 970M, I did see a M4000M for $250 off ebay
    Defintly get an SSD (240GB+) and put the HDD in the second slot or ODD
     
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    M18x-oldie Notebook Guru

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    What about native fan-control with the 8950m?
     
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    True Debreuil Notebook Consultant

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    Look on the net for a used MSI vortex. I got mine for 650 AUD on ebay with a 1060, 16g of ram and a i7 7700. If I can get even 350 (extremely likely considering i7 7700 alone is going for 450 new) for all the parts that only a 300 dollar upgrade for a 1060 which is as cheap as a desktop card. Also get the high CFM CPU fan to help keeps temps down as it is dirt cheap too.
     
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