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So my school made me buy a 2000$ piece of crap laptop 4 years ago that was recently stolen (Using my own ******* locks from now on). I'm looking to buy another laptop in time for next semester. I will probably not be buying a desktop for the next few years so this is it.

Budget: 1500-2000$
Country: US

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Standard stuff + the ability to play games with high/medium settings for the next three years.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Not really. I wanted an Alienware laptop originally 4 years ago but our laptops had to be bought through the school ( They changed that a year later). Honestly I was attracted to it because it looked unique so if the brand looks cool that's a plus.

What screen size do you require? At least 14''

What screen resolution do you require? High-Def.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? I'd consider used

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) At least 3 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? Most PC shooters eventually make their way to the Ps3 or Xbox 360 which I have but there are RPGs and MMORPGS and other games exclusive to PC that I want to play on. The most extreme settings possible within my budget.

What operating system do you need? (if any) W/e works best

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) No specific colors. Just needs to look cool.

How much hard drive space do you need? I have an external hard drive so however much I need to play games well.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
I do not have speakers, headphones, a mouse or keyboard so I'm open to suggestions on them. I'm not competing in International FPS tourneys and don't need a super high end mouse and keyboard. I am also interested in streaming video from my laptop to tv. The wirelessHD option in Alienware laptop setups looks like what I'm looking for but how would I do it wired? This isn't factored into the original budget.

Thanks
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wow... with 2 grand u could get the Sager NP8150 (15 inch model) or NP8170 (17 inch model) with the 6970m which is a 6850 desktop downclocked. You could also upgrade the processor to a i7-2820QM which is blazingly fast! Alienwares are nice but you cannot buy a similar spec'd laptop for 2k. Checkout xoticpc.com, they sell the sager laptops and I have dealt with them before and they were excellent.
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I would go for Sager but do expect better battery than say Alienware. I would shop XoticPC.
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