Hi guys, I'm looking for your advice:
Short version: My alienware m11x doesn't work. Should I pay for warranty to fix it? 750 bucks.
I never really used my Alienware m11x for games, but I did notice it overheating a lot just in regular use. Sometimes it would shut off completely if it was working for a few hours, specially with Youtube videos for some reason.
Now that I'm without a desktop, I decided to use it for games like Team Fortress 2 and Portal2. But it always overheats after 5-10 minutes of playing. Fans turn on like jet engines, but it just shuts down completely, like not even a Windows crash to desktop, it just shuts off everything.
The machine works as long as it's in 2D, in Windows, using the default weak Intel Graphics. But anytime I try to game, it just dies.
I called Dell and they said I'm out of warranty.
The conclusion after some tests is that it was likely a problem with the Nvidia 335 Graphics Card, but since the motherboard is all glued up with the processor and the GPU, you have to replace the whole thing.
Here's my dilemma: Should I pay 750 dollars to re-new the warranty and have them replace the motherboard and get another year of warranty? Or just write it off as a loss, and save for a new laptop?
I can't buy the part anywhere else, and Dell won't sell it without a warranty.
In a way it's my fault for not testing the graphics more, but I had a desktop that worked fine. But now I don't, and I tried playing other games like the Batman game (even bought an Xbox 360 controller for it) and turns out the machine doesn't work.
edit: It's an Alienware R2, bought it around July of last year
I just want to play some games