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Old 09-01-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Purchasing a Laptop

Ahh, my first post...

So, I'm looking to purchase a laptop and looking for some help. Up until now I've always had PCs and have built them myself. I'm looking into getting a laptop now and not sure I feel comfortable building a laptop so looking at buying one instead. I have no idea what are good laptops so hoping I can get some help.

I want to get a decent one, but don't want to spend a fortune. I'm looking to get back into programming and want to get into game development as a hobby. So it'll need to have some good processing power.

What are some good laptop brands? I always hear about alienware big in the gaming community, but they are pricey. Are they more expensive because they're more powerful, or because you pay a price for a laptop that glows in the dark?

Thanks for your help!

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What is your expected budget for this? Alienware laptops do generally have good power, and come with a nice price tag, and generally poor battery life due to the large amount of power consumption.

However, I have personally always had some good experience with HP laptops (as long as you know how to remove some of the bloatware), and find they are still decently affordable.
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I'm looking to spend around $1000. I know that's pretty low for Alienware, but I figure there are other options that will have the same performance but not as expensive. I definitely want to keep the bloatware to a minimum. One of the reasons why I've always built my own PCs.
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Well, you could take a look at the HP DV7t series. You can customize it with an i7, 6gb ram, a 6490M graphics card, 640GB hdd and a Radeon 6770M for about $1,000 pre-tax.

As far as alienware goes, you aren't gonna find one for $1k brand new unless you are looking at a stock M14, or an M11, which is only an 11 inch screen.

Another alternative may be the Dell XPS line. I customized an XPS 15 with an i7, Nvidia GeForce 540M, 6GB RAM, 500GB hdd for about $1,075 pre-tax.
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