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Not looking for Ultra settings or anything, I just want to know if the laptop I settled on can run just about everything available on medium to high settings. 

I wanted to go super cheap today, but saw a deal I figured would be worth my time, so I went for it. Wanted to spend under $1000 total (Spent $400 on fiance's laptop and ended spending $800 on mine). From what I saw this laptop should have been over $1000?

 

This is what I got for a little over $800.

 

Alienware M14X R2

 

Intel Core i7 - 3610QM processor (Quad Core, 2.3GHZ, 6MB Cache)

6GB DDR3 RAM 

500GB HDD

2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card



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Euphoria14 said:

2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card

It probably is Gddr5 ram so this should work well with demanding games. (Horrible glossy screen though if I remember correctly). If it's ddr3 ram then lower settings will do.



Unless you really wanted a 14'' notebook, I think that for similar money you could have gotten something with better VGA('s). (Lenovo has few "gaming" models with either 2 GT650M in SLI or with GTX660M for 800ish $).

Anyway since the native resolution is 720P, you shouldn't have any issues with running games on medium - high settings.


should be fine for mid to high in most games today depending on what kind of framerate you are going for.

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Well, not sure of the exact fps, but I just ran Skyrim on high settings and it seemed perfectly fine.

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Yeah it should be good enough, otherwise Dell are misleading. But, do you recommend this? I'm not sure if i want one or not. What's the battery life like on it? Do the fans get loud while gaming? Does it feel bulky?

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Yeah what you have there is fine, I have worse specs and still cream through mid/ high end games.

the2real4mafol said:
Yeah it should be good enough, otherwise Dell are misleading. But, do you recommend this? I'm not sure if i want one or not. What's the battery life like on it? Do the fans get loud while gaming? Does it feel bulky?

Unfortunatetly yes, the fan can get quite loud. 

The battery lasts ~4-5 hours most of the time too. Not sure if that is good or not.

 

As for bulky, yeah, the thing weighs in at around 6-6.5 lbs. However, it does feel quality and has a nice rubber textured finish to it.

 

I like it, but of course a desktop at equal price would blow it away.



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drkohler said:
Euphoria14 said:

2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card

It probably is Gddr5 ram so this should work well with demanding games. (Horrible glossy screen though if I remember correctly). If it's ddr3 ram then lower settings will do.

Late reply but yes, it is GDDR5.

Was running vanilla Skyrim on high settings and settled around 35-40fps most of the time. I used Fraps to check it.

 

I am sure there are some tweaks I could use to up the fps on high settings, but I have not looked into it yet.



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Euphoria14 said:
the2real4mafol said:
Yeah it should be good enough, otherwise Dell are misleading. But, do you recommend this? I'm not sure if i want one or not. What's the battery life like on it? Do the fans get loud while gaming? Does it feel bulky?

Unfortunatetly yes, the fan can get quite loud. 

The battery lasts ~4-5 hours most of the time too. Not sure if that is good or not.

 

As for bulky, yeah, the thing weighs in at around 6-6.5 lbs. However, it does feel quality and has a nice rubber textured finish to it.

 

I like it, but of course a desktop at equal price would blow it away.

4 to 5 hours is good for a laptop unfortunately, but this sounds good. I already have a decent desktop (i bought it last year) but i'm going to university in 6 months so i want a powerful laptop for when i'm away to play minecraft and maybe some other games on and to also do work on. It was either the Alienware M14x or the Macbook Pro for me, but i feel the M14X is somewhat better in value for money.



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