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Looking for a new Laptop

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:32 pm
by jgraphix
Allright...so I'm looking for a laptop for gaming...that is well built, is quality, good specs and around 2,000.

Already looking at:

Dell, AlienWare, HP and Gateway.

Anybody know of some good brands?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:35 pm
by DinoDeLaurentiis
For gaming? You canna go wrong with a the Alienware, eh? Although any Dell or other brand, sufficiently souped up, they gonna to do a the trick, eh?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:38 pm
by Pudie
Alienware is like a Mac. You pay more just for the name.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:40 pm
by Pudie

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:42 pm
by JabberJaw
Alienware is the way to go if you have the money.

Dell's XPS laptop are quite nice as well

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:46 pm
by DinoDeLaurentiis
Pudie wrote:Alienware is like a Mac. You pay more just for the name.


Agreed, eh? I did say it was a for gaming though, anna iffa you wanna to have out-of-a-the-box gaming power, Alienware is a the no-brainer... but like a the Dino said... any laptop sufficiently a, how you say? "tricked out" would work, no?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:49 pm
by Pudie
I totally agree. Alienware is great. But it's also expensive as hell.

I still say he gets a PC though. Come 2 years from now, it'llbe cheaper to uprgrade then to buy a new one.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:51 pm
by DinoDeLaurentiis
Yes, but a you canna really lug a the PC down a to Starbucks now, can a you?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:52 pm
by Pudie
He's my brother. He already has a lap top that he can use to do normal stuff. Seems he wants this just for gaming, which will mostly be done at home.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:52 pm
by markcheng
Sager notebooks are made with the exact same hardware as Alienware and they're a lot cheaper cuz..well, have you ever heard of Sager?! I bought one 2 years ago from powernotebooks.com. They work real well and the only drawback (not specific to Sager, really) is how heavy it is. But it's worth the speed...no fancy colors from Sager though. have fun.

mark

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:54 pm
by Pudie

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:17 pm
by jgraphix
Great..thanks for the feedback guys...I'll start looking.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:40 pm
by Lord Voldemoo
I'm looking at new desktops, mostly for gaming. I've got a good idea where to look, but a question...

which is preferable, a higher speed single core (like at 3.8Ghz) processor or slower dual core (like at 3.0Ghz) processors? I don't know much about the dual core processors, do they really help performance?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:42 pm
by markcheng
i believe you see performance boosts in multitasking environments with dual core..so like one part of processor tackles one task in a dedicated fashion while the other part can focus on others...not sure if playing super high end games like HL2 will see benefit exactly....anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:06 pm
by Fried Gold
I'm a big fan of the HP laptops. I've had an nx9105 (what they consider a "business" model) for a year now and is the best PC I've owned.

The latest nx models have good reviews.

I've also heard good reports about the new ASUS laptops.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:08 pm
by Pudie
how are Dell laptops? Im getting one for school and I'm wondering.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:10 pm
by Fried Gold
I haven't personally used a Dell, but I'm told their laptops are better than their desktops.

But that probably isn't saying much.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:13 pm
by Pudie
Yea. Their desktops are shit.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:25 pm
by RogueScribner
I've owned a Dell for the past five years or so. It's still a good computer after all this time. How many computers can you say that about? The only drawback I'm hitting recently is that a lot of PC games coming out are beginning to be too much for me to handle, but other than that, my Dell is still purring like a kitten. My eMachines OTOH, was a piece of shit.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:29 pm
by thomasgaffney
I had an HP laptop for about 2 years for work and loved it. I just got a new Dell and I expected to hate it (after owning a Dell desktop), but I'm pleasantly surprised. I would definitely get another Dell laptop.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:48 pm
by MiltonWaddams
Lord Voldemoo wrote:I'm looking at new desktops, mostly for gaming. I've got a good idea where to look, but a question...

which is preferable, a higher speed single core (like at 3.8Ghz) processor or slower dual core (like at 3.0Ghz) processors? I don't know much about the dual core processors, do they really help performance?


The program usually needs to be written for dual processors, which most games AREN'T. And on top of that, a large majority of your gaming performance is going to be coming from how much ram you have and your video card, not your processor.

Oh, and don't buy a vaio. ever.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:45 am
by JAGUART
Is there some particular reason that you NEED a laptop for gaming? $2,000 goes a helluva long way in a kick ass desktop system.

I am interested in hearing your reasons for requiring a laptop.

For instance, I have a gaming friend who is a pilot that travels to Asian and European locales and he needs a gaming laptop with him, so he can play in the hotel room on layovers. His Dell cost $3800, and its kick ass.

For $2,000 you are going to get a gaming laptop that's already grossly obsolete as compared to what you could buy with that amount in a desktop. I'm advising you NOT TO BUY A LAPTOP FOR GAMING.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:47 pm
by Howard Moon
JAGUART wrote:Is there some particular reason that you NEED a laptop for gaming? $2,000 goes a helluva long way in a kick ass desktop system.

I am interested in hearing your reasons for requiring a laptop.

For instance, I have a gaming friend who is a pilot that travels to Asian and European locales and he needs a gaming laptop with him, so he can play in the hotel room on layovers. His Dell cost $3800, and its kick ass.

For $2,000 you are going to get a gaming laptop that's already grossly obsolete as compared to what you could buy with that amount in a desktop. I'm advising you NOT TO BUY A LAPTOP FOR GAMING.


Yes, if you need a laptop and want to play games get a good PC. Then just get a cheap notebook that has wifi which is standard now.