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Postby Hrafn » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:55 am

Help me Pick between these 2 laptops

im looking to buy a new laptop to play the sims 3 on and all of the expansion packs

here are my two choices

alienware m14x base model (price £800)

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Alienware M14x Cosmic Black

PROCESSOR Intel® Core? i5-3230M Processor (3MB Cache, up to 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0)

OPERATING SYSTEM English Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)

GRAPHICS CARD 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M

MEMORY 6144MB (1x2GB + 1x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel

HARD DRIVE 500GB 7,200rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD

LCD 14.1" WideHD (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife

OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 with Bluetooth 4.0

link to m14x

http://www.dell.com/uk/p/alienware-m14x-r2/pd?refid=alienware-m14x-r2&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch&isredir=true

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OR

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LENOVO IdeaPad Z500 (price £650 + £150 for SSD)

Processor Intel® Core? I7-3632QM processor (2.2GHz, 3.2 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB cache)

Operating System Windows 8

RAM - 8 GB

- DDR3

Graphics card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640, 2GB DDR3

Screen type HD LED

Screen resolution 1366 x 768

Screen size 15.6"

Screen features LED

Hard drive 1 TB, SATA (5400rpm)

Optical disk drive Super Multi

Memory card reader 2-in-1 memory card reader

USB - USB 2.0 x 1

- USB 3.0 x 2

FireWire No

Modem/Ethernet 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet

WiFi 802.1 1b/g/n

Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0

Video interface - HDMI x 1

- VGA x 1

Audio interface 3.5 mm

Expansion card slot No

Sound Dolby Home Theater V4

Webcam HD 720p

link to lenovo z500

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-z500-15-6-laptop-dark-chocolate-19430684-pdt.html

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they both would end up being £800 in regards to the lenovo hdd being upgraded to a ssd

please let me know which you think is better for the price

or maybe you know of another laptop that is around the same price with better specs(must have a disk drive)

any help would be much appreciated
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Postby Ovid » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:29 am

Your question asked which of the two (not as others have pointed out why either suck and why you should consider something else)...you asked for a choice between the two, so here's my answer:

As a computer programmer, I'd choose the Alienware.

Good Luck & Happy Gaming!
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Postby Chike » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:40 am

Neither of these two laptops are good options. The biggest issue with these two laptops isn't performance or anything, it's that they come with 14"/15.6" 1366x768 displays. 1366x768 resolution in a 14" / 15.6" display makes things onscreen rather large, the resolution itself is very limiting as to how much you can fit onscreen, and 14" / 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to be low-grade LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast. These displays, and displays like these, are displays that you should make a point to avoid when it's reasonable to do so.

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The Alienware M14x *can* be rendered into a good choice. You should only buy the Alienware M14x in configurations that include the upgraded 1600x900 display. The upgraded 1600x900 display is nice in that it lets you fit a decent amount onscreen, and that it's a good quality LCD panel with a proper contrast ratio. But this isn't just about how good the upgraded display is, it's also about avoiding a display that's pretty bad.

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But generally, there are a number of options that I would further suggest over the Alienware M14x, with similar or better GPUs (thus similar or better game performance), even better displays, lighter weight (despite having physically larger displays), and similar or cheaper prices.

**PCSpecialist Optimus V** (NVIDIA GTX 765M, 15.6" 1920x1080 display w/ decent contrast & matte finish)

- http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/...

- RAM: Select 4GB or 8GB unless you have a particular reason to select anything different. Also, note that it's cheap and easy to upgrade the RAM later-on down the line.

- Hard Drive: Your best bets are probably the 500GB 7200RPM or 750GB 7200RPM.

**MSI GE60** (NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte display) - **£729**

- http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/MSI_GE60_...

- Only 5.3 lbs, which is light for a 15.6" laptop.

**MSI CX61** (NVIDIA GT 645M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte display) - **£649**

- http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/MSI_CX61_...

- Only 5.3 lbs, which is light for a 15.6" laptop.

- NVIDIA GT 645M is between the IdeaPad's GT 640M, and the Alienware's GT 650M. This is probably the best direct-alternative to the IdeaPad Z500 I can come up with.

**PCSpecialist Enigma IV** (NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 display w/ decent contrast & matte finish)

- Configuration page: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/enigmaIV/

- Display: Upgrade the display to one of the 1920x1080 options.

- CPU: Select the i5-3230M unless you have a particular reason to select something different (e.g. budget: i3-3210M, heavy video editing: i7-3630QM, etc).

- RAM: Select 4GB or 8GB unless you have a particular reason to select anything different. Also, note that it's cheap and easy to upgrade the RAM later-on down the line.

- Hard Drive: Your best bets are probably the 500GB 7200RPM or 750GB 7200RPM.

**PCSpecialist Optimus IV** (NVIDIA GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080 display w/ decent contrast & matte finish)

- http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusIV-15/

- CPU: Select the i5-3230M unless you have a particular reason to select something different (e.g. budget: i3-3210M, heavy video editing: i7-3630QM, etc).

- RAM: Select 4GB or 8GB unless you have a particular reason to select anything different. Also, note that it's cheap and easy to upgrade the RAM later-on down the line.

- Hard Drive: Your best bets are probably the 500GB 7200RPM or 750GB 7200RPM.

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It's also important for the greater good that I go over some of the misinformation that's being provided in another here.

@geminime20: You're judging the difference entirely on the wrong things: CPU, RAM, and Video RAM. Game performance depends significantly more on the GPU than anything else. And when I say GPU, I mean the actual chip (e.g. GT 650M vs GT 640M) rather than Video RAM (1GB, 2GB, etc), because most GPUs come with plenty of memory such that the memory isn't an issue. GPUs are not ranked by how much memory they come with, that's a marketing misconception. CPU, RAM, and VRAM are more of "buff" specs than anything else, abused by companies for marketing purposes. They aren't where you see your real-world differences most of the time, and are generally some of the *least* important things to be concerned with.

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Postby Braydon » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:09 am

The lenovo one is better. Core i7, 2 gb video card, higher RAM memory, larger hard drive storage so ill go for it. :)

My only problem with it is Windows 8 but nevermind, go for the specs, it's just an OS after all.
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Postby Redford » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:04 pm

I have to agree that Lenovo is better for the reasons stated. Just a suggestion, but I would recommend that you read reviews from both those products on websites other then sites that sell them. Why? Well sometimes the computers can come with unexpected issues which could make for a frustrating experience after you have bought it. Maybe you could use that information to come into a conclusion as to which computer is more advantageous for your purposes. Good luck!
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Postby Laren » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:49 pm

My self i exploit Toshibas had A205 for years and now a D455(this replaced right into a bargin a Walmart final week for $287 and ought to place extra desirable AMD and pass with 64bit Win7) . Ausa are sturdy too....
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