10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 4 or more years if possible.
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Blue Ray reader
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.
Alienware, love the looks and loved the performance of my "old" desktop area 51.
IBUYPower, currently is my desktop, love it, no problems at all. Great buy for the price.
Asus, good bang for the buck as well, but I read a review that stated EQ 2 didn't run all that great.
Do not like HP or Acer. Bad past experiences with those in desktops.
13_What country do you live in? Canada
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I'm not a big fan of Dell and unfortunately that's where Alienware is now. I once placed an order for a Desktop from Dell. Salesman sounded like he was from India. He understood my order but suddenly couldn't understand English anymore, when I tried to cancel the order. It was like pulling teeth to have it canceled although, production had not started. I felt a lot of relief when I finally had it canceled. Ordered the Alienware Area 51 (was not owned by Dell at that time).
Any advice I'd very much appreciate. I'm a 5'3" petite female. I'm also a flight attendant so something that doesn't weigh a ton would be great. I already have enough stuff to drag around with me. (although, weight is an area I would give in to if it were really worth it)
The Asus G73 and the Battalion 101 W870 are going to be better at gaming than either the G51-3d or the Alienware M15x. The base config on the M17x will give you similar performance the the G73 and W870, but it's going to cost a fair deal more, not worth it IMO.
Also, as a suggestion, shop around for the I Buy Power laptop. It is built off of a Clevo W870 or Sager NP8760 chasis which is sold by a lot of other companies. You may be able to find it for less. That is unless you are happy with the support you have gotten from IBuyPower in the past, then by all means.
Thank you very much lostandwandering. I made my purchase, went with the Asus G73JH A1. So far so good. Plays my main game just fine (EQ2). It's big and heavy though, so not that great for mobility but a very nice laptop nonetheless.
Thanks again for your opinion.