Re: Purchasing a Laptop
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.