I think the mobo alone is going to be 600-700. I wouldn't want to have to pay $200+ extra to have to send something to AW for a month for something that I would be able to swap in less then a half hour...free. It still annoys me that AW won't let clevo sell a replacement board or just send you one and let you put it in even if you don't care if the board is warrantied. I think the only way is a place like this http://www.excelcomputerinc.com/html/searchexcel.htm
. I'm not sure If sager, hyper or falcon would help you out but if one of them would that's where I'd buy my next laptop. If AW would sell ppl certain parts for the machines that they sell so that ppl could get thier broken alienwares working again for just the cost of parts and not being without for over a month I would buy from them again. If AW didn't warranty the part because someone else put it in then fine by me. no skin off my back and it shouldn't be any skin off from AW's. I like my M7700 but If I ever buy another laptop I'm going to make sure the company I buy it from will sell me parts or not block any atempts at me getting parts from the manufacturer just so they can make another dollar from defective equipment they sold me. That kind of buisness feels dirty to me IMHO. They should be glad to send you out parts so can fix your own stuff. They shouldn't act like everybody is stupid and can't run a screwdriver. for this reason I'll never buy AW again until they change policy. If falcon, hyper or sager won't sell a customer parts either then I guess laptops aren't for me and I'll go back to my homebuilt desktops. If your company enough to sell something you should be company enough to sell parts for that something without haveing to jump through loops to get it or go through some stupid 20 day minimum bullcrap just so some AW tech can scratch the crap out of your lappy. 200 dollars is alot money for a mobo change. especially when they didn't even bother to reinstall windows on mine and sent it back with pretty much nothing working right. luckily I knew what I was doing and fixed it. obviously they didn't bother to do even 1 point of thier 200 point inspection for me. I believe thier inspection process is more of a delay tactic then anything. Bottom line is AW no shippy parts, me no buy anymore AW. my M7700 is a nice machine. I just wish I had the comfort of knowing I could get parts without sending it in. I figure if my mobo ever blows again I'll sell off my laptop part for part if I have any hassels getting one or have to send it in. could you imagine if GM wouldn't sell you a part unless GM put it in, then you have to wait a min of 20 days + shipping before you got your car back? sry 'bout the rant. this is the only issue with AW that I'm sensitive about. please let us know where you get a new mobo from and how everything turns out.
edit: Iskywise, I believe clevo D900t Is the mobo you need. I get the latest revision you can.