17", WuXGA X-glass, i7 960 3.20 GHz, NVidia GEForce 285M GTX 1GB DDR3, 6gb (3x2GB) 1333 MHz DDR memory, 128 Corsiar P series P128 SSD, 500 GB 7200 SATA II with 16 mb cache, DVD RW, onboard sound, 1 year collect and return.....about £2800.
I have not purchased any custom built so far. I do not know how good these companies are. I will be running a few real-time charting applications, real-time data manager plus a few other applicatioins. The real-time applications need good memory (at least 4 but more the better). I run these applications on a HP xw8600 (xeon x5450 quad-core) desktop that has 4 GB ram. These applications use about 70-75% of the memory and run faster. I need something comparable if not better on a notebook.
Reviews on the net about Kobalt and CyberPower appear to be good, while Dell reviews (customer support) is on the negative. I have not considered Eurocom as I read a lot of negative reviews about customer support and notebook crashing after a few months. Dell 0% finance and 3 NBD are the plus, while Cyberpower 1 year collect and return is troublesome. The UK cyberpower does not offer 3 year warranty. I also read a review that their xtreme notebook (chocie 4) uses still an old chasis, cheap plastics and hence not firm keyboards. Dell reviews are good but often complain about heat around the palmrest area.
I would appreciate any input/recommendations on these choices or alternatives. Please also advise/comment about the heat and the perofrmance of i7 Mobile vs i7 desktop processors used in those choices.