Hi hi so I received my new m17x r3 almost exactly a month ago. It was configured to the max with highest available processor, video card, ram, etc etc etc... This laptop is an upgrade from an 8 year old Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop running Windows XP.
I've been doing a lot of heavy gaming (or at least, heavy downloading only so far) and always select the High Performance option in my power management settings. I'm wondering if this option wears away my hardware away quicker? I recently started using the Balanced setting whenever I'm not gaming and even going to the third option, Power Saver, when I'm only web browsing or other minimal task.
A few other things: I shut down my computer whenever I'm not using it (as opposed to just using Hibernate) and have non-raided hard drives.
*Does keeping my m17x at High Performance setting shorten the life of my computer any faster?
*Can I get a few other tips on taking care of my laptop and/or boosting its performance even when the High Performance setting doesn't cut it.
I've heard of overclocking but doesn't seem too safe and wears away my laptop quicker.