Core 2 duo processor firstly (T5700 series or higher),HDD 250 or larger likely 4GB ram (64 bit). Sony, Toshiba good choices, HP ok if you stick with Intel core 2. Why not a MACBOOK? Pricey, true, but very nice. Good luck and have fun shopping!
I'm in the market for a new laptop, but it has been 2 and a half years since my last purchase, so I know very little about the best prices and hardware available. I'm in the market for a gaming laptop (perhaps a desktop replacement), and I'm willing to consider any brand. However, my last laptop purchase was an Alienware m7700 and I must admit it's probably the worst $3,100 I have ever spent on computer equipment. Problems from the start, terrible technical support, and all I got was a free T-shirt. Needless to say, Alienware is not my top choice unless there are reasons why I should trust them more now than last time.
Here are some specifics as to what I'm looking for:
1) Budget: $1,600-$2,000 - I think spending $3,100 on my last laptop was largely a waste of money despite all the problems.
2) Size: I don't expect a gaming laptop to be small, and I'd like the screen to be 17" up to 20"+, but I'd consider 15" too.
3) Screen Resolution: Important - I'd prefer the best or close to the best available. What good is Fallout 3 on a pixelated screen?
4) Battery Life: Not top priority, as I'll be plugged in most of the time.
5) HD Space: I'm definitely not a hard drive maniac, so I usually try to save money in this department. However, my 80 GB drive in my current laptop is barely big enough to hold WoW and a couple other games. Something bigger would be nice, but I would never know what to do with 1 TB so no point dropping the cash.
6) Brand: I've looked a little at Dell, though I don't know how the XPS systems are. Plus, they own Alienware and they've left a bad taste. My last 2 laptops back in college were HP/Compaq and they were awesome, never a single problem, but those weren't made for gaming. My dad got the giant Acer 20" laptop monstrosity and I thought it looked pretty good. Honestly I don't know where to go with any of these options, which is why I'm here. Also, where do I buy the laptop after I choose the brand?
7) Purchasing Location: I'm willing to order anywhere online, or buy from a store in Texas (I live in Houston area). I know shipping costs and taxes become a consideration.
Please let me know if there are any other specifics I should mention. I'm just starting my shopping, so any information is much appreciated.
Thank you very much.