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Dell motherboard failed, replacement laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by slyaccord, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. slyaccord

    slyaccord Thread Starter

    Jan 2, 2004
    So I found this laptop Valkyrie CZ-17 17.3"

    Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, E-SATA, USB 3.0,
    Illuminated Keyboard, Li-Ion Battery

    This is what I customized it at

    Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.7GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )

    Memory ( 32GB [8GB x 4] 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - Corsair or Major Brand

    Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 4GB GDDR5 Video w/ NVIDIA Optimus [CZ-17] )

    Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB 5400rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive )

    Optical Drive ( 6X Blu-Ray-R/8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 24x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-17] )

    Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )

    USB Ports ( Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 3x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop] )

    Video Camera ( Built-in 3.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )

    My question is the difference between DDR3-1333 memory and DDR3-1600. Then the harddrive, I can get a 1 TB 1 5400rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive, or pay $400 extra and get a 480 GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD Single Drive.

    I'm not planning on gaming with this laptop, I just want something that can handle a lot and last a while. This laptop is priced at $1900 through IBuyPower.

    Am I avoiding the motherboards that have the Nvida chips in them? I was told thats why my motherboard failed was because of that chip.
  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    RAM speed is dependant upon the motherboard chipset and cpu. But you aren't likely to notice a difference between those two.

    HDD/SSD - depends on how much space that you need for storage. If the laptop supports two HDD's, then simply get a smaller SSD for the primary drive and you can add a second HDD later. Otherwise, for the cost involved, I would simply keep the standard HDD.

    There is no reason to avoid nVidia.
  3. kotje


    May 7, 2009
    if your not gaming or using high demand programs I see no reason to change anything really
    OK, you could put in a SSD drive but still that's a nice system surely for someone that doesn't game.
    CPU could be better but I doubt you will notice the difference even if you throw 1000 $ towards your CPU. I do believe the CPU is the weakest link in your setup.

    still upgrading seems useless to me if I were in your shoes.
  4. jamesx121


    Apr 22, 2008
    if you aren't video editing or using CAD. do you
    really need 32 GB of memory????
    extreme over-kill
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