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Thinking about getting a gaming laptop to use at work sometimes. Seen this one listed for sale. Is this worth it? I might be able to get him down to $750. Pretty sure it’s stock not modified. Can you upgrade these graphics cards or memory? Really would like to go to 32gb. 

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4 minutes ago, StutterAndLag said:

Can you upgrade these graphics cards

Not generally.

https://www.dell.com/community/Alienware-General-Read-Only/Can-I-replace-my-graphics-card-on-my-Alienware-13/td-p/5555343

4 minutes ago, StutterAndLag said:

memory

https://www.crucial.com/compatible-upgrade-for/alienware/alienware-13-r3

Yes

 

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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Just now, StutterAndLag said:

Do you think I should get that one. Or this one? Which one is a better deal? 

I'm not much of a gamer, so I'm not in any position to really say.

How much are they asking for the ROG one?

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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7 minutes ago, StutterAndLag said:

Do you think I should get that one. Or this one? Which one is a better deal?

If they are even close in price, the ROG one is better.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU - $85, Deepcool Gammaxx 400 V2 Blue CPU Cooler - $25, Biostar B450MH AM4 Motherboard - $65, Timetec 16GB (2x8) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 RAM - $60, Adata SU650 240GB M.2 SSD - $30, WD Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, Seagate Barracuda  320GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB GPU - $200, Cougar MG130G Micro-ATX Case - $50, Aresgame AGK750 Fully Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $90, HP 22EB 21.5" 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $100, Samsung 21.5" 2S22E450D 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $90, Sceptre E205-W 19.5" 1600-3R 900P 75Hz Monitor - $70, GK73X Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboard (Gateron Red Switches) - $70, HK Gaming Dye Sub Chalk Keycaps - $40, Steelseries Rival 3 Mouse - $30, Aresgame RGB Mouse Pad - Came with bundle, Random XXL Amazon Mouse Pad - $10, Widesen USB Condenser Mic - $20, Gertisan Mic Arm - $12 (adapter needed, + $4), OneOdio Over Ear Headphones - $33, Cooler Master SickleFlow 120MM Blue Fan - $10, Iceberg Thermal IceGALE 140MM Teal Fan 2 Pack - $45, Cougar 120MM Case Fan - Included with MG 130G

Rack Project (Build log link)

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Rack Project PC (1)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Vetroo L5 CPU Cooler - $30, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2x8) 1866MHz CL10 DDR3 RAM  - $50, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1050 TI 4GB - $150, Segotep GP 600W Non-Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $52, Tecware Spectre RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard (Outemu Brown Switches) - $70, Pictek T16 Mouse - $23

Rack Project PC (2)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Enermax ETS-N31 CPU Cooler - $25, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1600MHz CL11 DDR3 RAM - $30, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, Intel HD 2000 Graphics - Integrated into CPU, Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 600W Non-Modular 80+ PSU - $50, HP Office Keyboard - $5, Havit Mouse - $10

 "I had the parts lying around" PC

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AMD A8-4555M CPU, "Stock" Cooler, Coinmine ITX Motherboard - ($Total of 3=$35), 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1333MHz CLsomething DDR3 SODIMM RAM - $22, HP 120GB 2.5" SSD - $203, AMD Radeon 7600G Graphics - Integrated into CPU, EVGA N1 400W Non-Modular PSU - $40, InWin 303 (Yes, I know its a ridiculously expensive and high end case for this type of build. I got one for free and had it lying around.) - $90, Thermaltake Riing 120MM Blue Fan (x3) - $17 Each, Cooler Master 120MM Case Fan - $10, Redragon S107 Keyboard + Mouse + Mouse Pad - $37

Other parts I have lying around

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3 Dell Optiplex Stock Coolers (1 broken), Cooler Master T2 Cooler, Intel Stock Cooler, Replace Power 420W PSU, Broken FX-8350, Broken Asrock 970 Motherboard, 2x4GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz, a Dell Office KB, a bunch of office mice

Dell Inspiron 15-3575 Laptop

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Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Activated 64 Bit, 500GB HDD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics

Gateway Vintage Laptop from 2006 probably

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Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, 3GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium Activated 32 Bit, 250GB HDD, Intel 965 Graphics

 

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Just now, Radium_Angel said:

I'm not much of a gamer, so I'm not in any position to really say.

How much are they asking for the ROG one?

$120 

 

12 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

1200 for that one

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I feel gaming laptops are a poor value for money.

The GPU is generally not upgradable so the moment games comes out that outclass it, the value plummets.

There is also the potential for overheating (more than one gaming laptop has had manufacturing defects that cause it to thermal throttle to the point of uselessness right out of the box) and (again, typically, not always) mobile CPUs that are also not upgradable.

 

If you are willing to spend the dough, and understand you will get far better value for money on a desktop, the ROG is better simply because it's newer and will have a longer shelf life.

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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I tend to agree with @Radium_Angel here.

I had a Lenovo Legion Y740 with a 9th gen intel chip and a 1660 ti. I ended up selling it after 6 months or so.
 

It was a nice little machine, but ran hot. I had to undervolt the cpu to stop most of the thermal throttling, and that still didn't completely alleviate the issue.

If you're into the small portable style build, perhaps you could consider a micro atx or itx built in something like a Lian Li 011 Dynamic Mini.

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