I take you now two years later................ The system has had only one issue (Other than the crappy chip reader not working). Two weeks ago, on a trip, the Alienware Odyssey Backpack (with computer inside) rolled off of a chair and fell less than a foot on to a soft very padded carpeted floor. The system stopped booting at that point. You can imagine all the kinds of horrifying thoughts that popped into my head. After some terrifying moments like, where the crap to get a mb at and so forth, I find that the only thing wrong is one stick of memory went bad from the fall. Geeze... the easiest thing possible ! what luck ! The system for that past two years has been completely fantastic ! NO OTHER NEW ISSUES WHATSOEVER...... period. (One exception, chip reader, I can't repeat that too much !) . It's only this latest set of games that the it's even starting to show it's age... (the first time I could not max out everything, I knew the day would come sooner or later
) Everyone, I attribute most of that success to treatment. You MUST let the systems sit and cool on the windows desktop before shutting down (Put it away hot and you will subject the chips to 100% operational heat levels without any protection), and you also must keep the system clean (fans and heat exhausts mainly) . Also I do not believe that you should keep a notebook plugged in 100% time (all you guys from way back know my feelings on that). Plug to charge and to use and that's it, anything else is taking big risks. Well anyway enough preaching, The Adventure goes on !!!!