Alienware Laptop

Okay, I hate the company and thought I'd never own anything from them...however, since I can't build my own laptop, they seem to have the one I can customize the best to suit my needs out of any of the customizable ones, and gives me the most bang for my buck.

Truthfully, how embarrassed will I be running around with a giant alien on the back of my laptop? And is there any way to find out what motherboard they are putting in there?

Could I ask what your specific needs would be? Personally, I feel Alienware is pretty overpriced, even taking into account custom shops.

Try looking at thinkpads. They are extremely customizable and the logo and colors are more discreet.

Display: 15.4" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p)
Video/Graphics Card: 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GT
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
Memory: 4GB« Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
Turbo Cache Memory: Intel® Turbo Cache Memory (1GB) – Accelerate Data Transfer Speed

System Drive: 320GB 7,200RPM (16MB Cache) w/ Free Fall Protection
Optical Drives : 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Wireless: Internal Intel® Wireless 4965 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card

I want something along those lines for around 2k. Needs to be able to play new games, MMOs and FPSs on medium settings.

Off to explore thinkpads.

You might also try Sager. A NP8662 with comparable specs right around $2K, running the GTX 260M 1G for graphics.

I also remember looking at the Dell XPS line, IBM Thinkpads, and Asus.

A Dell XPS M1730 can be specced close to that (17" screen and SLI 1GB 9800M GTs instead) for a bit less than 2k. I noticed a couple of days ago when I compared it to the pathetically outdated version of the M1730 we have available over here.

Is there a specific reason you want a gaming laptop? Because unless you're in some sort of situation where you absolutely have to have mobile gaming, they're awful.

Just for starts, there is a serious flaw with the laptop you posted. A 1920x1200 15" screen paired with a mobile 9800GT? Right...that'll work about as well as a bucket full of holes.

You could buy a laptop and build an awesome gaming desktop for the price of a gaming laptop.

I already have a gaming desktop...I need it to demo games in a classroom, and to play MMOs when I travel, but I'd also like to use it to word process and to take to work with me.

What is the problem with the resolution and graphics card?

I do want that resolution on a 15 inch screen as it is so small.

What is the problem with the resolution and graphics card?

Nothing, I think FC is just misrepresenting the holy bucket...its actually quite nice

pol wrote:
What is the problem with the resolution and graphics card?

Nothing, I think FC is just misrepresenting the holy bucket...its actually quite nice ;)

One of the rules of graphics is that the higher the resolution, the more power you need from your graphics card to display the image.

The resolution on that display is extremely high. Yet the 9800GT is not a powerful GPU. It will only provide adequate performance in most games at this resolution. You will not be able to play Crysis, GRID, or Mass Effect on this kind of system. You will also be handicapped by the low amount of RAM. You'll be dancing around the limit of bandwidth the RAM provides. If you exceed that, your games will be playing at about 5FPS.

On the other hand, if you're just interested in MMOs this would be fine. But if you're playing MMOs you could save yourself a lot of money by just getting a Toshiba or Lenovo or something like that with discrete graphics added in.

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The alienware lappy featured is quite similar to what the OP is looking at. While performance in Crysis and Mass Effect isn't silky, 5fps is quite an exaggeration.

Thanks for 'splainin the rules though...

I wound up going with the Sager 8662. It had everything I needed as well, and was much more professional looking and a bit cheaper.

Thanks for the link, pol, that is what led me to the sagers.