Buying Notebook Gaming Laptop..Which is better or any another options

By MikeCarter
Jun 9, 2006
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  1. Hey everyone, nice site.

    I was wondering which notebook i have made is better.Now i can't go any high then 2,000 pounds(really).I've come to an agreement with my parents(I have saved a bit, they pay some because i can use it for college etc)

    Aurora™ m7700

    Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 Display with Built-in Camera
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition UK with SP2
    Warranty: Aliencare Free Phone 1-Year 24/7 Warranty
    Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 - 4200+ Processor with HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
    Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR SO-DIMM at 400MHz - 2x512
    Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900GTX with 256MB of DDR3 memory
    System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 100GB 7200 RPM SATA
    Optical Drive One: CD-Burner: 24x10x24x CD-RW / 8x DVD Combo w/Software
    Sound Card: High-Definition Audio with surround sound
    Keypad: Mobile Keypad - English
    Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Wireless 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card
    Floppy Drive: USB Floppy Drive
    Security Software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Professional - English


    [1] Area-51® m7700

    Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 Display with Built-in Camera
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition UK with SP2
    Warranty: Aliencare Free Phone 1-Year 24/7 Warranty
    Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 660 w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 2MB Cache
    Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 PC-4200 533MHz - 2x1024MB
    Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900GTX with 256MB of DDR3 memory
    System Drive: Extreme Performance - RAID 0 - 120GB (60GB x 2) 5400 RPM ATA100
    Optical Drive One: CD-Burner: 24x10x24x CD-RW / 8x DVD Combo w/Software
    Sound Card: Intel® High-Definition Audio (24-bit, 192Khz) with 7.1 surround sound
    Keypad: Mobile Keypad - English
    Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
    Wireless Network Card: Built-In Wireless 802.11 b/g miniPCI Card
    Floppy Drive: USB Floppy Drive
    Security Software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Professional - English


    Those are the 2 i've come up with so far. just under 2,000.

    Now i will use it many for gaming and work and chose a notebook rather then desktop pc because its mobile.

    Are there any other options i chose have chosen on the Alienware site and what other options(Different brands) are better..?

    Thanks Mike
  2. kangaruffian

    kangaruffian Newcomer, in training Posts: 212

    Hi! 'n

    Aurora cos: AMD.. better for gaming :)
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    I agree, when it comes to gaming it's AMD all the way. Plus you get a faster hard drive!
  4. MikeCarter

    MikeCarter Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    OK, thanks guys, i think its a good choice plus it looks alittle nicer

    Cheers
  5. MikeCarter

    MikeCarter Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Just wondering, my alienware system aside, what is the best gaming laptop?
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    I have a similar system to what you are looking at, but you'll be getting a better CPU than I did. One thing to keep in mind is that a system like this is extremely power hungry. 17" widescreen, 7800GTX....If you plan on doing any travelling with this computer (i.e., needing the battery) then look at the mobile versions of CPUs as they will help you a lot with battery life.

    AMD turion, or the Intel Core Duo for example.

    But if you know you'll always have it plugged into a wall, then don't worry about it.

    (my computer lasts just over an hour on the battery, and that is WITH a mobile version CPU - PentiumM 760).
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    man.... and I thought my toshiba laptop battery life was bad..... Mine is lucky to last an hour and 45 minutes. I can't even really watch a full movie on battery power!
  8. altheman

    altheman Newcomer, in training Posts: 541

    if you buy a powerful gaming laptop, don't expect to be able to do much work with the battery supplying power. if you need one for college as well as gaming, i suggest go for a less higher spec. the alienware hardware will kill your battery.
  9. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    Well since we have some mobile gurus here, I just gotta throw this out.

    Should I order a second battery for my notebook? Specs are

    Intel Core Duo T2500 (2.0Ghz)
    2GB DDR 3200 RAM
    80GB 5200 SATA HD
    Nvidia 7600 Go 256MB
    17" Widescreen

    The Laptop is for college/gaming. I want to use it for classes, but also I want to be able to play BF2 and the upcoming Quake Wars.

    DO you think I should tone it down a bit?
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    It seems pretty good for all that. And yeah, gaming is going to use up battery power a lot so a second battery would come in handy.
    P.S. - What about the Dell XPS systems for MikeCarter? Would they be any better than the Alienware systems?
  11. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Of course, regardless of the specs.
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I think you ought to study for your classes more and quit playing games!!!! hahahahaha

    Yeah, I'd get a spare battery.... they're always handy.
  13. MikeCarter

    MikeCarter Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    haha thats a point but i guess it will spend most its life plugged into a wall as it will replace our family desktop but for me so my family can have the desktop and ill have the notebook.. second battery ok :grinthumb
  14. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    Get a second battery and get the Aurora™ m7700 it is duel-core. It is a bit more future proof.
  15. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    I am getting Dual Core
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