Hi! I'm new to this forum. This is my second try to get this post out! I'm a long time gamer - over 20 years now - started out with Wizardry, if any of you remember that one. My desktop crashed about a month ago and my wife and kids are tired of me trying to use their computers (which, by the way, I built for them - ungreatly little.....). Anyway, I'm anxious to get a new computer so I can get back in up and running. Decided to go with a laptop instead of a desktop so I can carry it with me when I go on long business trips. I saw the questionaire, so here goes:
1_What is your budget? $1500 to 2000 USD, but will go as high as $3500 if I buy from Dell
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15" - 17"
3_What screen resolution do you want? Max possible - 1900x1080
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Prefer a portable but will consider a desktop replacement since travel will only be on long business trips 7 or 8 times per year
5_How much battery life do you need? Not a major factor since I should usually have access to electricity
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? Specing this for gaming. I play lost of online games - WoW, Dawn of War, Company of Men. And want to be able to play the latest and greatest - Dragon Age, Call of Duty, StarCraft III. All at HIGH settings!
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) Some music and video streaming; getting into simple video editing of sons football games; standard microsoft office stuff. Primary focus is gaming
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? At least 500 GB
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. Primarily considering http://www.dell.com/ (not sure how to make this a live link) I get a discount through my job and have a credit account with them, so can maximize my purchase and go as high as $3500 (retail price) if I but from them. Been looking at the Alienware M15x and M17x (Dell owns Alienware so I get the same deals) and the Dell XPS lines. Will consider other sites/brands
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3 to 4 years
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Combination Bluray reader and DVD burner; will go to Bluray burner if it fits in budget
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. I have been buying Dells for 20 years and really like their customizability and their service plans. Looking at Alienware because of their reputation as great gaming machines.
13_What country do you live in? USA
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I hoping to get my order placed this week. Thanks for your help in advance!
If you do not mind a 15 inch screen, I'd think about the Alienware M15x. The 17 inch one does not have an option for the new i7 mobiles, but the 15 incher does. I've heard good things about the i7 mobiles and personally, I think you'll get the most bang for your buck no matter what you add to the system. For $3000, you can build one heck of a system with the M15x.