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Other Thoughts: Don't be fooled into thinking Alienware is your only option for great quality laptops!
For the person(s) that have/will post a negative review for a DOA --- stuff happens and you shouldn't trash the product because of it.
Fast boot time, flawless game play, excellent battery life...what more can I say. I love a big screen, but that impacts portability so its a nice compromise at 15.6 inches.
Cons: -Overheats - better graphics means you need proper cooling if you plan on using the GPU what it was made for.
-Acer - I am not an Acer fan but at this price its hard to argue.
-Only 4GB RAM, its decent but 8 would have been solid.
-Screen resolution - with a powerful gpu doesn't make since to not run 1920 x 1080.
Other Thoughts: Right now the asking price is $849.99 considering these things:
-2630QM is ranked 39th out of all of the processors on cpubenchmark, this out ranks many i7 processors on desktops.
-GT 540m is based off of the 435m chip set but faster. Given this it is not the highest end, but its much better than the other junk you find on other laptops and without having to spend over $1,000 dollars, it does a great job for the money.
If you are looking for the best, then keep looking, if you want to save some money and buy a nice performing laptop for school/games or whatever then this is it.
This review is from: MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: * Tri-Sli
* AMD 6-Core Compatible
* Cheapest Board that will run x16/x16
Cons: * Tri-Sli is NOT POSSIBLE with 3 GTX 480's (or 470's) reason being that the bottom pci slot is next to both your front panel connector and your front USB connector. Unless you can do without your power switch, reset switch, HD LED's and your front USB's don't attempt with large video cards.
* AMD 6-Core bios states release date as 4/30/2010 when in fact it wasn't publicly available until near June and while they still stated it was compatible you had to contact MSI to get a 'beta bios'. The boards are still being shipped with bios v1.2 you need to update to v1.3 if you plan on using 6 core! (luckily I had a cheap e-machines with a compatible processor so I was able to flash the bios but be careful or plan ahead)
*you get what you pay for had to RMA first MB due to 4th DIMM slot being dead.
*MSI Customer Service is worse than the outsourced guy I spoke with Belkin's Customer Service. I troubleshooted while he listened, who is the expert here?
Other Thoughts: AMD II x6 1055T
8 GB G Skill OC 2200 RAM
GTX 480 x2 in SLI
Antec 1200 Full Tower with 200mm side and tunnel fans
Rosewill 1,000 watt power supply 80 Plus Bronze
If this is your first build I recommend a EVGA board or ASUS something that is likely to give you less problems. If you have a lot of time and knowledge to work with this is a nice board if you can manage to get it fully functioning. Maybe with another bios release there would be less issues.
-3 eggs for Customer Service, RMA, Not being able to run tri sli.