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Well, I've been out of the loop for quite awhile now having gone through alot of weird circumstances and unfortunately had to sell my liquid-cooled PC of wonderment. Armed with a new job and a much better financial situation, I'm looking to get back on the train, but this time with a laptop. I know, I know, "There's no such thing as a gaming laptop". But the thing is, I'm not looking for it to crush 3dmark, I just want it to have decent frame rate in games.

I know of a few companies that do gaming-esque laptops: Alienware, Dell, Falcon Northwest, WidowPC, and... That's all I can think of off the top of my head. only Dell and Alienware, that I know of, offer Penryn processors in the E8000 series though. Are there any other major builders/customizers out there that, for sure, have great build quality? I'm looking to spend about $2,000 - $3,000 on one, so I'm hoping there's some decent options besides Alienware (Who, although reknown for high end gaming laptops [more or less], have also had some history of bad build quality in anything less than their best or most expensive laptops).

Anyway, any help is greatly appreciated
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Dont buy a laptop with the intension of playing games on it. Also i can vouch that Alienware has superb build quality as I bought a laptop from them a few years back.
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All the better then that you had a good experience with yours. A few of my friends ordered some about a year ago and all had different problems with theirs, but I'm glad Alienware isn't out of the question.

What are the downsides to getting a laptop with the intention of game play? I suppose there's always the typical laptop argument in general: unchangeable parts (Other than ram) if anything dies, having to send it back should there be any hardware malfunction, horrid battery life (Or a sacrifice in weight for a secondary battery), potential to overheat. Anything else though? As if that isn't enough...
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Well, performance of course, before all.

Though if you're set on getting a laptop, just ask for advice on the parts. On another note, are you going for some mobility? (as in, you only have to carry one cable when moving it)
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Laptops are great, but they are expensive, and their gpu's are inferior to desktops. My lappy with a 1.8ghz c2d, 2g ram, and go 7600 gets me about 350 3d marks, modern fps games are unplayable at any res/detail on it. Oh yeah and alienware's gpu's are upgradeable as they use mxm.

Far better to build a 1k gaming desktop, and buy a 1k lappy then buying a 2k gaming lappy.
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Video is always where you want to sink you money these days, not cpu. The only option I can think of besides Alienware would be Falcon Northwest. You can even have them match the paint to your car, or have an airbrush artist go nuts or whatever, but expect to spend close to $10,000 US.

http://www.falcon-nw.com/
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Dont buy a laptop with the intension of playing games on it. Also i can vouch that Alienware has superb build quality as I bought a laptop from them a few years back.
Same for me...got it 2003 and it runs on Vista!
Build quality is amazing too!
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I completely agree with the concerns. And I think it's certainly expected for you to take a certain hit on performance for the sake of mobility. Whatever I get, will have at LEAST an M8800GT, but I'm going to be shooting for M8800GTX 512. My issue with Falcon northwest is that some of their BASE systems start at about $2,300 and when you go to customize it you find out it comes with like... 1GB of RAM, a T7700, no hard drive selected (80GB counts as nothing to me, lol)... It just feels like I'm getting ripped off (Although those may be lingering feelings from my experience with building desktops). I can't attest to their build quality, but it better be DAMN high to be spending about $2,000 just for the name, monitor and chassis.
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