Originally Posted by holysoldier
Hi, I'm new to this forum, and any comments would be appreciated. I recently placed an order for my M9700, I'm on a budget of $2500, and here are my specs:
AMD Turion ML37 2.0GH
XP Media Center 05 w/ SP2
17"WUXGA 1920X1200 LCD
512 MB DDR SO-DIMM (I decided that I can upgrade it to 2GB myself and save at least $200)
120 GB 5400 RPM SATA (would there be a "huge" performance difference from 7200 RPM?)
Single 256MB Geforce go 7900GS
*you know the rest.
total came out to $2.409 + 119 shipping.
I'm not a hardcore gamer, I just wanted a great laptop for general use. Please feel fre to comment on the RAM issue and HD as well. Thanks.
Are you getting the tv tuner? Just curious as you ordered media center OS.
If you're not a big gamer, I'd consider the lower resolution screen. At 1920 x 1200 res, it'll be difficult to read anything due to the fonts being so small. And with a single 7900gs, you probably won't be able to play any games at the higher resolution anyway. 1440 x 900 is still a pretty high resolution, and it'll save you $200.
And upgrading memory is something common with Alienware computers. It's kind of a hassle, but you can save some money. If you have any issues caused by the new memory, AW won't offer tech support unless you buy the memory from them. Also, if you don't game, 1G should be more than enough memory.
HD speeds do make a difference, I ordered a 7200rpm drive in my m9700. You will notice a speed difference in anything that uses the hard drive. Depending on what you're doing, it can make a significant difference. Transfering files, or running any application that uses the hard drive will be slower with the 5400rpm drive. And if you are running a game and don't have a lot of memory, the system will use the pagefile more where data is copied to the hard drive rather than just put into memory, and writing to the hard drive is a lot slower than memory. This can cause jerkiness in games.
What you've configured should be an awesome computer for general use.