Personally, I find Sager (www.sagernotebook.com) to be great lappies. I'm on my 2nd one now. They have many models and options to pick through, and their higher end models are similar to AlienWare, but at a better price. I bought my last one through XoticPC.com for $100 under Sager's online price.
So for a laptop I recommend Sager, and to order I recommend XoticPC (they also sell other brands)