University Laptop Choice

Hey, I was just wondering if anybody out there has some input on some good laptops for university / gaming. I don't need extreme power, but something that will run BF2, UT2k4, and WoW. I heard that the Alienware Area-51® m5500 is good, so I customized one like this for $1972.

Processor: Intel® Pentium® M 760 2.0GHz 2MB L2 Cache 533MHz FSB
Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Service Pack 2
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
Display: Alienware® m5500 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD - Xeno Grey
Motherboard: Alienware® Intel® 915GM + ICH6 Chipset
Wireless Network Card: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 b/g Wireless Card
Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB
Hard Drive: 80GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Video/Graphics Card: 256MB ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1600 - NEW!
Sound Card: Intel® High-Definition Audio
Additional Battery: Alienware® m5500 6-cell Lithium-Ion Additional Battery
Optical Drive: 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24X CD-RW Combo w/Software
Ethernet NIC: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Modem: 56K Modem with V.90 Technology
Thumb Drives: Alienware® USB 2.0 512MB Flash Drive
Alienware Exclusive Offers: GameFly - Unlimited Game Rentals for 15 days - FREE TRIAL
Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
Alienware Mouse Pad: Alienware® Mousepad

If there are some good laptops out there that I could get for cheaper or with more value (but I still want a 256MB vid card) then I would really appreciate your opinions! Thanks!

edit---
I found a deal at bestbuy on the Gateway MX7520 Mobile AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2GHz Media Center Laptop - Best Buy Exclusive

-Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3400+ With 2.2 GHz Processor Speed
-15.4" Widescreen Ultrabright WXGA TFT
-100GB Hard Drive (4200RPM)
-2048MB DDR memory for multitasking power, expandable up to 2GB.
-DVD+/-RW Multi-Format Double Layer (Up To 8.5GB).
-256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X600
-Weighs only approximately 2.84 kg and measures just 4.06 cm thin for easy portability.
-6-in-1 Digital Media Manager
-Network Card: Integrated 802.11g Wireless (Up to 54Mbps), 10/100Mbps Built-In Ethernet
-Removable Storage: Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MMC, Compact Flash, MicroDrive
-I/O Ports: 4 x USB 2.0 Ports, 1 x VGA External Connector, 1 x S-Video External Connector, 1 x IEEE 1394 Port, 1 x RJ11 (Modem), 1 x RJ45 (Ethernet LAN), 1 x Microphone, 1 x Headphone / Audio Out
-Software Included: Microsoft Works 8, Money 2005, Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 with Trial, Nero 6 Suite, PowerDVD, McAfee Internet Security Suite (90-day complimentary subscription).

Is this going to be good for gaming as well? I like the processor, but wondering if notebooks don't run as smoothly with desktop processors...
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  1. faster hard drive, faster hard drive, faster hard drive.
    otherwise not bad, get a 5400rpm minmum!
  2. I personally have a Toshiba Qosmio F25 that I use for college, upgraded to 2GB of DDR2 and a 100GB 7200 rpm hard drive instead of the 5400rpm 100gb that came in it. It runs WoW very well, haven't really played BF2 or UT on it but I think it would probably run them. Thing I like about it is it's a good desktop replacement while still being portable, very good battery life considering what's in it (I can get 3 hours out of the regular battery). And the screen is absolutely beautiful, I get complemented on it all the time. Also the built-in-speakers sound amazing for a laptop and it has TV-in. Wouldn't be your highest performer for gaming but it's a very nice laptop if you don't want to spend too much. I'd definitely reccommend taking a look at Toshiba, I did some research before I got mine and they usually get good reviews and were rated the best customer service last year.

    P.S. Also helped my friend pick out a 17" widescreen model from them. Very nice but don't get the 17" if you plan on taking it anywhere, it's HUGE.
  3. Buying an AMD Laptop. Buy one with the new Turion Chips. They use less watts plus less heat.
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