Advice about Alienware m11x warranty...

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

Why spend $750 to fix it when a new MX11 (base) is $749. Here is what you get according to Dell's site.

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
320GB SATAII 7,200RPM
1 Year Basic Service Plan
My Software & Accessories
Quasar Blue
Alienhead 3D
Steam and Portal™ Factory Installed
My Accessories
Also Includes
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
Alienware M11x 90W A/C Adapter
Integrated 10/100 Network Interface Card
1.3MP Web Cam
Standard Nameplate
Intel® Core™ i3 330UM (3M Cache, 1.2 GHz) - Overclockable
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz
No Internal WWAN Antenna Installed
11.6-inch WideHD 1366x768 (720p) WLED
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M
Internal High-Definition Surround Sound Audio (5.1)
Alienware M11x, Soft Touch Stealth Black
Alienware M11x a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO Wireless

You could also pick up a Dell Inspiron with similar specs for a bit cheaper or you could build one of the budget rigs listed at Tomshardware for $500 or so.

KEA_Lightning wrote:

You could also pick up a Dell Inspiron with similar specs for a bit cheaper or you could build one of the budget rigs listed at Tomshardware for $500 or so.

Well, that kind of puts it in perspective.

I won't buy another Alienware like, ever, but maybe I can pick up a custom made PC for cheap, thanks for the advice. It really doesn't make sense I guess.

Mex wrote:
KEA_Lightning wrote:

You could also pick up a Dell Inspiron with similar specs for a bit cheaper or you could build one of the budget rigs listed at Tomshardware for $500 or so.

Well, that kind of puts it in perspective.

I won't buy another Alienware like, ever, but maybe I can pick up a custom made PC for cheap, thanks for the advice. It really doesn't make sense I guess.

Yeah, when mine craps out, I think I'm done with gaming laptops. It only makes sense right now because we live in a small apartment.

You can put together a seriously kickass desktop for about $1200 -- that's pretty much the all-singing, all-dancing version, and you can do a very nice machine for $750ish.