I've been rewarded with a bonus at work for my hard work this year and have decided to spend a part of it replacing my 7-year old laptop. My old Dell was pretty solid though I did use the warranty several times to handle heat issues, wireless networking and a bad power adapter. One of the things I liked most about it was that it kept the keys in the right places. Arrow keys weren't shoved into the rest of the keyboard and the Home, PGUP, PGDOWN, and end keys (etc) were in the same 6 button arrangement as on a normal keyboard (I hate having to try and find where they've been hidden on various laptops).
Anyway, I don't necessarily need another dell or even a warranty if the brand is good enough that I don't need one. I can give up my keyboard arrangement if necessary. What I want is at a minimum:
Good processor, dual core most likely, not a cheapo (like a Celeron).
3 GB min memory. 4+ preferred
Hard drive doesn't matter. Any kind, any size. I don't really need 500 GB as I'm only using 80 now and that works for me
GPU - As strong as possible. I want to play games on this computer. I also do graphic and video work.
CD drive, meh. Speakers/sound meh. I'm not an audiophile and I can do my burning at home.
My budget is 800 to 1200 or so, hoping for closer to 1000 though I really like what I see that Toshiba has done here:
I LOVE backlit keyboards and completely unnecessary lights on the keyboard/laptop. Particularly blue or red or something interesting like that. Thank you all for your awesome expert advice.
P.S. Looking for the best deal possible. Is there a big sale I should wait for? A student discount I can get? Any other ideas for good price without sacrificing quality (Used is an option I suppose, but would I suffer breakage risks that way? I use it a LOT).
Almost forgot; I don't care at all how big or heavy it is. I don't want something that over-heats, but I have a laptop cooling stand thing if that helps. Otherwise, it could be so big I have to get a rolling case for it for all I care. In fact, the larger the keyboard and screen the happier I'll be.
It looks nice and has a good price for something that includes a 3 year warranty, but it has integrated graphics which won't handle the games I want unfortunately. So far the Toshiba I listed is my strongest contender.
Both the Machines are high end one...looking at the configurations toshiba appears a good bet and at the same price offers better processor and more graphics ram(1 GB compared to 512mb of alienware)....best feature of alienware is that hardware features can be tweaked to siut your needs and with 100$ more you can get full HD of 1080p...toshiba is heavier but offer powerful battery life...comparing both and your budget of 1200 toshiba may be a safe bet