Buying a Notebook

I buying a notebook and was wondering if you guys can help me out here.Is it better to get a Centrino or a regular Pentuim 4 proceser.I want to be able to play games on it and surf the web was ace.I have $3900 to spend on a Alienware

Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Depot Service
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Case: Alienware Exclusive Area-51m: Sentia Case - Saucer Silver
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Processor M with 1 MB Cache - 1.7GHz 400MHz FSB
Motherboard: Intel® 855GM+ICH4M Chipset DDR
Wireless network: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection
Memory: CORSAIR 1024MB DDR PC-2100 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Monitors: 14.1"SXGA+ 1400x1050 LCD Display
Video Card: Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 technology
Sound Card: Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Smart Bay One: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software MPEG2 Decoder
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K Modem with V.90 Technology
Bluetooth: Bluetooth USB Adapter
Additional Battery: Additional Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
Additional Floppy Drive: USB Floppy Drive
Productivity Software: Microsoft® Works Suite 2004
Apparel: Alienware® T-Shirt - Black - XL Only

1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Depot Service
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Area-51m Case with 16.1" UltraXGA 1600x1200 LCD Display - Saucer Silver
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
AREA-51M ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Module with 128MB DDR
Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software
Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
56K Modem with V.92 Technology
Built-In Wireless 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card
Bluetooth USB Adapter
Area-51m Multi-function Infrared Remote control
USB Floppy Drive
Additional Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
AlienAdrenaline: Video Performance Optimizer
Microsoft® Works Suite 2004
Free Alienware® T-Shirt - Black


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by AzTec_Warrior on 01/21/04 10:20 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. Basically, 1.7GHz Pentium-M is more efficient, but not *quite* as powerful as a 3.2GHz P4 - although you will make up for that with battery life.

    I would not go for an Alienware, the Sentia is absolutely revolting, and the Area-51m is not a 'notebook' - a portable computer perhaps? Alienware just rip you off, if you really want that area-51m, go for a Sager 5680 or the clevo alternative and kit it out with a whole bunch of extras for the amount you save.

    Consider other manufacturers, don't let Alienware swindle your money :P


    Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
  2. I need it for school and for the battery to last awhile and in between classes i wanted to play some call of duty and other FPS games.So if you had $3900 to spend what would you go with
  3. Ok, well even with two batteries, the area-51m won't give you much over an hour between outlets. On the other hand, my first choice would be the Dell Inspiron 8600. Pentium-M 1.7GHz, 15.4" WUXGA (1920x1200) LCD Panel, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB, two batteries, as much RAM as you like and a 7200rpm 60GB Hard Drive.

    It will (does) perform like a beaut, and you'll get more than 7hours between recharges. Not to mention, phenomenal performance in games and applications, and the faster HDD will make more of a difference than the Area 51's faster CPU.


    Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
  4. What else is out there other then dell notebook?
  5. You don't need to spend that much to get a laptop that does what you want it to do. But if you want the best there is, get an IBM ThinkPad R50p. Here's the link: <A HREF="" target="_new"></A>. The graphics on the R50p are the ATI 9600 (M10) chip with extra drivers for engineering software.
  6. or the HP/Compaq x1000 is not bad, and there are several beautiful toshibas.


    Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
  7. Trust Me.
    Get the Dell Inspiron 8600
    I love mine, amazing.
    Slightly plasticky, but its Awesome.

    Love the Widescreen, 128 MB Radeon is a killer card
    7200rpm drive is really fast and quite

    hope you make the right decision


    Opel Superboss, now that was a car!
  8. dell is good. i only got a 600m but i can play callofduty on that thing.(low res, but playable)
  9. For bang for the buck, you might want to check out the eMachines M6805 at Best Buy or Circuit City. Right now, it's $1549 - $100 eMachines rebate and $150 BB/CC rebate! Plus tax, course.

    Here are the stats: AMD 64-M, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD, ATI Radeon 9600 64MB video card, 15.4 widescreen monitor, 7.5 lbs, 6-in-1 media card reader, DVD/CDRW drive, wifiG, etc. Reports on other forums say it screams with video games.

    I don't have one yet, but am close to scoring one.

    Here are a link you can check out where people are talking about them:

    Here's a link to eMachine's site:
  10. Problem with those, is battery life is good, but nothing spectacular - not like the 7hrs you can get out of a Dell with 2nd battery.


    Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
  11. bro i would seriously check out WINBOOK.... they make mint laptops... my office has over 3.... for around 4 yrs now not one damn problem.

    Prices are mint and they give you nice stuff... very thin also...

    i myself like the DELL XPS laptops........ i think of my laptop as a portable DESKTOP........ i don't want a shitty little notebook, i want a small ANIMAL to carry

    2800 for a MINT setup.. Dell XPS... 3.4ghz, 1gb that's sick for a'll probley run faster then my main setup

    getting it very shortly.

    Asus A7N8X Deluxe
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    200gb WD 8mb cache..
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    LiteOn 52X/LiteOn 811s DVD-RW
    AMD XP2800+
    LeadTek GF4Ti4200 128mb
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