Originally Posted by Imglidinhere
Any brands you do and don't like?
What about size or portability?
Do you want it to have at least SOME battery life?
Would you prefer to have it be a local buy or do you mind just hearing about what people say?
If you want the best that money can buy, get an Alienware. But since Alienware is a biiit pricy, I'd honestly just go for the Clevo P170EM from XoticPC, commonly known as the Sager NP9170. If that's too big, being a 17" machine, then go for the 15" model; the NP9150. Get the 7970M as your mobile GPU and snag a mSATA SSD with it. Both of those machines tend to get a good rap and I know Clevo makes good machines.
There's a member here who found a good deal on the Alienware M17x R4 so might wanna ask him about that dealio.
I'll see if I can get him to post here. ^_^
Model: Alienware M17X R4 with Soft Touch - Direct
CPU: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
RAM: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Display: 17.3-inch WideFHD1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED
GPU: 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M
HDD: 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s *mSATA SATA III SSD already owned*
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1, English, w/Media
CD: Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Wireless: Intel 2230 Wireless-N
Warranty: 1 Year Advanced Warranty Protection (Accident protection)
This laptop was originally going to cost around $2,000 but after finding a Sager/Clevo custom built laptop for a much cheaper price I spoke with a rep at Dell/Alienware and they were able to match the price as well as upgrade a few parts to make the Alienware a better deal
Sager/Clevo are definitely great machines and good prices but if you can get an Alienware matched I would definitely go with that. Especially if you plan to get the 7970M since Sager/Clevo don't have adequate drivers and you are unable to turn off Enduro which sometimes makes games play off the integrated GPU instead of the 7970M.