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Alienware 17-R2 Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 970M, 17.3" IPS 1080p, i7 4710HQ, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD $1350 AC ($1215 AC for 15.6") + Free Shipping @DELL.com

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Alienware 17-R2 Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 970M, 17.3" IPS 1080p, i7 4710HQ, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD [dell.com]

Coupon: ?4ZG11G3WRVBT3 (10% off) - expires 3/30/15
Alternatively: G6C110T4?KJRVK ($100 off >$1499) - expires 4/30/15

*Talk to a rep to get an additional 2% off on top of the 10%
**You cannot combine both coupons, I included the alternative one in case the first one expires
***Be sure to ask the rep to give you the 240W power supply if you're ordering it with the 980M, as there are reports of throttling especially during overclocking.

Specs:
  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 1TB HDD
  • 17.3" IPS 1920x1080 Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
  • Customizable Backlit Multicolored Keyboard
  • Windows 8.1

Alienware recently refreshed their 17" models and introduced their 15" and 13" models earlier this year.

For comparison, this model is on Amazon for $1500 [amazon.com]

This model's biggest competitors are the Asus ROG G751 and the MSI GT72, which are both at the same price of $1500. The highlights of the Alienware, apart from the brand name, are its 17.3" IPS display, the Klipsch speakers w/ integrated subwoofer, the ability to attach an Alienware Graphics Amplifier (using desktop GPU) to add to the performance, and a 4-zone customizable backlit multicolored keyboard. Currently, this deal is the cheapest you can find on a current generation name brand gaming laptop with the 970m GPU. The Clevo configuration will run you about $100 cheaper with a similar configuration, but without the option of having a 17.3" IPS, a lesser quality speaker setup, and no OS.

UPDATE:

Apparently after speaking to a rep, they allowed me to add a 2% member discount on top of the 10%, bringing the total to $1320. So you can get a 12% discount by talking to the rep! She also offered me a free 2nd business day delivery and a 5% back in a form of egift card. Apparently anyone can get this offer, and it's not YMMV. Upon further bargaining, I was able to get another $50 off, bringing the total to be $1270 with free shipping. This $50 discount will be YMMV.

UPDATE 2:

FYI, for those who want a 15.6" version:

with 970m (with i5): $1350 - 12% discount ($162) = $1188

with 980m (with i7): $1850 - $100 (instant discount) - 12% discount ($210) = $1540

*For the 980m version, you change the 3rd option from the 295x to 980m. Also, beware that the 970m version comes with the i5 instead of the i7, although this unlikely will affect gaming performance significantly.

I searched around and I believe these are the cheapest prices of any 15.6" IPS screen gaming laptop, including that recent deal on 10% off Clevo brands.


UPDATE 3:

I spoke to a Dell 2nd level representative, and she was incredibly nice and was able to give me a Dell employee 25% discount, which brings the order to $1,147.73 with free shipping + tax. Of course I did say that I was the one who started this thread and may have gotten them tons of new customers Wink You may ask to speak to a second level rep and try your luck, YMMV.
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It is nice to see the IPS screen in the newer model and these are very very well built but also heavy. The 780gtx (stock clock) model was cool enough to game heavy and still leave it on your lap without alternative cooling.
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Nice laptop. The graphics amp is neat but it's a bummer that you can no longer upgrade the CPU and GPU on these.
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Added the info about an additional 2% member discount, bringing total to $1320 shipped.
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Dam I'm so tempted because of that 970M! Someone please talk me out of this!
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I know 970/980m carries a big premium, but this is still $400-500 more expensive than 860m laptops, all else equivalent.

Also, does anyone know if there's an expansion slot for an SSD?
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Dam I'm so tempted because of that 970M! Someone please talk me out of this!
Don't buy it.. so you can buy me one laugh out loud
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I bought a 14x a while back....beast of a machine until recently where the fan sounds like a 747 taking off. Anyone experience anything similar with these laptops?
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Don't buy it.. so you can buy me one laugh out loud
lol I'll be sure to keep that in mind!
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I know 970/980m carries a big premium, but this is still $400-500 more expensive than 860m laptops, all else equivalent.

Also, does anyone know if there's an expansion slot for an SSD?
I read somewhere that it can hold up to 4 M.2 SSDs.....
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I read somewhere that it can hold up to 4 M.2 SSDs.....
This is correct.

80mm SATA M.2 SSD's

EDIT:

I own this exact unit. I love it! The base screen is great and they made it a bit thinner (a few trade offs being no more upgrading Vid / CPU, 2 ram slots only now and no DVD/BR drive). I don't need any of the trade offs myself, but consider your own situation.

Also I got this for 15% off plus 10% back in dell gift cards ($128 in dell gift cards). If you don't get gift cards at least this is pretty mediocre, as I've heard of people getting a better deal than I have.
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I know 970/980m carries a big premium, but this is still $400-500 more expensive than 860m laptops, all else equivalent.

Also, does anyone know if there's an expansion slot for an SSD?
According to Alienware's FAQ [alienwarearena.com], they have:

Alienware 17 R2: 1 drive + 4 M.2 SSDs (total: 5)
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I bought a 14x a while back....beast of a machine until recently where the fan sounds like a 747 taking off. Anyone experience anything similar with these laptops?
My M17x started to sound like that after a while too. What I do is take apart the laptop (really easy to do), and clean the fans and heatsinks of the video cards and an additional fan and heatsink that cools the motherboard. Dust really accumulates after a while.
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I recently bought the alienware 15 w/970m, i7, 8gb, 1tb hdd, 4k screen upgrade, and graphics amp. Combined $100 off $1499, 2% EPP, and $100 off graphics amp (40% off accessories at the time). I was able to haggle with a customer rep for another $120 off. Thats the nice thing with dell, be sure to save the shopping cart with coupons applied, and chat with a customer sales rep. Its YMMV, but usually you can find someone to help you out. Also did dell financing for the 10% gift card and plan on selling that on ebay.
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Wow, if you really want something with that powerful of a gcard, just buy a desktop. Overpriced as it is, but I guess you're paying a premium for the brand name.
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