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Second hand 17”

Jimmeh

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Hey guys. Diving into getting a 17” alienware laptop. This is my first laptop in a long time, last laptop is an early 2011 macbook pro.
so just after some advice on what would be the best option.would an r4/r5 be ok. Should i stretch to a m17 or wait to fine an m17 r2?

and what kind of configs work best?
Cheers!
 

MattyB

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It depends on what performance and specs you're looking for. The new R2's look great and have the RTX GPU's but they are limited to either 8 or 16gb memory (still enough for gaming). The RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded. I think the wifi card is soldered too.
You'd get a much better deal on an R1 and a GTX 1080 is still a great card. Memory is fully upgradeable.
I prefer the older machines that had fully upgradeable parts like the M18x R2 (2012) or 17 R1 (2014). Someone has just successfully put an RTX card into an M18x R2 which is crazy.
If you don't need to buy new then check out the online Dell Outlet and you should be able to get a good deal on a M17 R1 or R2 or even 51M with Dell warranty.
 

Jimmeh

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It depends on what performance and specs you're looking for. The new R2's look great and have the RTX GPU's but they are limited to either 8 or 16gb memory (still enough for gaming). The RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded. I think the wifi card is soldered too.
You'd get a much better deal on an R1 and a GTX 1080 is still a great card. Memory is fully upgradeable.
I prefer the older machines that had fully upgradeable parts like the M18x R2 (2012) or 17 R1 (2014). Someone has just successfully put an RTX card into an M18x R2 which is crazy.
If you don't need to buy new then check out the online Dell Outlet and you should be able to get a good deal on a M17 R1 or R2 or even 51M with Dell warranty.
Is the gtx 1660 ti an ok card? Seems to be on the lower spectrum but matches the gtx 1060 i think fro memory
 

MattyB

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If you take a look at www.videocardbenchmark.net you can see all the cards listed against each other. There are 3 versions of the 1660ti, Desktop, Max-Q and Mobile. The Max-Q is still a mobile card (for laptops) but it is clocked differently than the desktop and mobile cards. Just make sure you know what you're getting. Here is a quick look at the scores;
1660Ti - 11,484
1660Ti (Mobile) - 9,571
1660Ti Max-Q - 8,584
1060 (6gb) - 9,098
1060 (Mobile) - 7,648
1060 Max-Q - 7,860

My 1070 (Mobile) in my M18x scores 9,453 so that would compare pretty close to the 1660Ti (Mobile).
 
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