Ok guys, i know there is a little format thing stickied at the top, but it in general doesn't apply to what i'm looking to do.
So first a little backstory, i've been in the whole desktop "enthusiast" game for quite a while now (17+) years, and i've up to this point never had even what could be considered a viable reason to own a laptop. Consequently i never looked at, read reviews, or generally did anything that could be deemed research into laptop hardware.
So, such being the case of life, things change, and i find myself in a position where i could benefit from the ownership of a laptop.
I am first and foremost a gamer, or i guess what would be called a "power user". I dont code C++ or anything like that, but i know the ins and outs of computer hardware pretty damn well.
What i need your guys knowledge for is so that i am not lead astray, as i dont know which components are going to be a waste of money, etc. (i.e. in the desktop world buying a "SE" version of a card or budget version etc, when for say $40 you could get a actual gaming card thats 2x as fast, that type of thing.)
My ultimate need for the laptop is to be a portable computer for normal use, internet, finances, you know the easy stuff, that will also perform *decently* at gaming. I have my desktop for the true gaming, so i wont be playing things like crysis/farcry2 or anything really graphically intensive on the laptop.
Mainly i would like to be able to play EVE online at decent graphic settings, sins of a solar empire, civ IV, etc.
I would like to keep it at or around $2k if possible (or under would work). Would like a 17" widescreen with at least 1680x1050 as i would on occasion use it for movies.
I dont need a gang of HDD space, though i would like a fast disk, preferrably 7200rpm at or around 160gigs.
I checked out alienware's website (i'm loathe to buy from them as IMO their desktops are for kids with too much money and no sense, but i hear they make excellent laptops /shrug) and they seem to have some things that would probably fit. I'm just not sure if the single GeForce 8700m is gonna be enough or if i really need to spring for SLI, etc.
Weight is really a non issue, the lappy is gonna be more of a portable computer rather than an actual "laptop", i.e. i will be using it on my desk at work, table at school, that type of thing. Battery life also isnt a super huge deal as in most situations it will be plugged in.
Any help, links to FAQs, just anything you guys can throw my way so i can research up on this would be great. Also any reccomendations on places to buy.
Sorry again for the rambling incohesive post, i'm just weird like that ;-). Thanks again all.
The gateway is less powerful but a lot cheaper. The Sager can be configured much more powerfully, and can be found a little cheaper by buying from xoticpc.
Couple things to note in the notebook world:
Processor speed increases past 2.2GHz give minimal performance increases.
The GeForce 9800 series are marginally better than the 8800 series. Pretty much the only advantage is better battery life. Also, all notebook cards will perform one step down in the desktop world, comparably.
i.e. GeForce 8800m GTX = 8800 GTS, 8800m GTS = 8800 GT