Originally Posted by thecommish16
shadz why no vista? not stable enough? I could get the config you have for a good price...1GB, XP PRO, and the 1.8 and save a few hundred bucks. what warranty did you get? I hate to buy the laptop for 1500 and spend 300 on 2 years worth of warranty.
If you plan on playing any games on it, then don't upgrade to vista yet. As far as I know, they are still having problems, and I don't know if they are all solved yet. My philosophy for upgrading is, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". XP is still the most stable operating system for general use. I don't plan on upgrading to Vista until MAYBE next year, if even then. Though by then, it may be required by some of the games I want to play. 2. The config I have works great. Even playing games. I can play games like Need for Speed Carbon and FEAR with most of the bells and whistles. Not all, but enough to make the game truly enjoyable. I went with the 1.8 to save a few bucks as well. If you are still looking to go to 2GB of RAM, then only get the minimum from alienware and upgrade it yourself later. That does not void the warranty. I actually priced the difference between getting 1GB from alienware as opposed to going with the minimum and upgrading to 1GB, but the cost is almost the same, so i figured, let them do it. 3. As for Warranty, I went with 2yrs. I figure that is about the worth of having a warranty on a laptop, as they become fairly obsolete after about 18 months. However, for what I mostly use it for, it will probably suffice for at least 3 years, if I'm nice to it. My current desktop I've had for a little over 3 years and am just now going to upgrade. So to sum it up: Personally I would steer clear of VISTA, but again, that is personal mostly (some knowledge though). The configuration I have plays games pretty well, so long as you don't block the fan bays. I have not had any issues with it freezing during game play, and I have played games for at least 1.5 hours or more on it. 4GB of RAM is way too much for this mid range lappy, I would stick with 2 at the most. If you want more power, then go with a more powerful model. If you're looking for the compromise between gaming and portability, then the M5550 is your laptop. And for warranty, I wouldn't go more than 2 years. Just seems common sense to a tech geek like me.