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hey guys well i am looking into a new laptop well to be honest more of a desktop replacement system... I am going overseas soon and I cant take my huge desktop with me so i would rather get something that will run almost all my games (WoW, mass effect, crysis, etc...) on pretty good settings. well now that the intro is over I have a pretty decent budget its as high as 3k. (and yes i know what kinda desktop i can get for that and blah blah i dont want that i want a laptop and im asking you opinion on a laptop so if you can keep it with that that would be nice) anyways the two laptops ive fallen in love with are these:

The Gateway® P-173XL FX Edition
  • Intel® Coreâ„¢2 Duo Processor2 T8300 (2.40GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB L2 cache)
  • Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Ultimate (64-bit) SP1
  • 4096MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-2048MB modules)
  • 400GB 7200rpm Serial ATA hard drive w/ Raid 0 (2-200GB hard drives)3
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTS with 512MB of GDDR3 discrete video memory
  • 17.0" WUXGA Ultrabright TFT Active Matrix (1920 x 1200 max. resolution)
  • Integrated Intel® 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless Networking
  • Fingerprint Reader

click here for more specs

and

The Alienware Area 51 m17x (i know its an alienware but it looks cool and its got decent specs)
  • Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
  • Dual 8700M GT
  • 2GB 667MHz RAM
  • 160GB 7200RPM
  • WideUXGA (1200p)

for more specs and stuff click here

The price is just under 3k for this and 2k for the gateway (both without tax and shipping)

if you have any other laptops that are good desktop replacement i would love the suggestions thanks alot
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post #2 of 24
Well the Gateway has better stuff and is cheaper. So...
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post #3 of 24
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well i know that but my main problem is service and how the laptops work as in if you have a crappy company with the GREATEST products its still a crappy laptop because you cant trust the build. The price is not the factor for me its more what i am going to get out of the computer... will i get more desktop like performance on which and what would be better as in build wise? thanks for your reply though
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post #4 of 24
If you're limited between those 2 then I'd go with the Gateway. I'm not a fan of a Gateway since.. it's not a trustworthy manufacturer. It has the better specs though and the Alienware is expensive for what it's worth. You can beef up that Alienware but it'll cost you ~$3k?

Why limit yourself to those two though?
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post #5 of 24
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oh im not limited by the two... but i am not limited by price i want something that will last me if the computer is a good build and stuff like that i want something that will last thats it
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post #6 of 24
I would definitely go with the Gateway. I've heard nothing but good things about the FX series. Also, it's just better than the Alienware.
post #7 of 24
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yea gateway is looking like the obvious winner here just kinda worried because i cant find anything on this laptop anywhere on the internet...the alienware has quite a few good words for it and has been used by many for a desktop replacement unit... and well i know i didnt say this before these two are the quickest i can get a laptop others are taking too long and i am going over sees on the 19th and i want it before that withouthaving to pay a huge amount just to expedite it.and the gateway and the alienware both will be there by the 15th
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post #8 of 24
u gotta put into consideration that most people buying alienware do not know anything about custom building and therefore think its a great buy for the money. Their rep. is somewhat skewed by the fact that most people are "stupid". I'd go with gateway and if your not comfortable with their rep. and services; take up the 3 year warranty they are offering. Gateway would last you longer because of the better specs. even if some stuff goes wrong, i bet buying another gateway would cost less than beefing up the 3k alienware to match the gateway. lol
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post #9 of 24
The gateway--that's a no brainer. Aside, I've used a gateway for the last 1-2 years, and it's been the best notebook I've ever owned--very durable and hasn't let me down. No problems ever. Also, alienware's are extremely overpriced...unless you want the bragging rights, don't bother.
    
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post #10 of 24
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The warranty is not an option... i guess im just more in to the alienware because it looks good and i would not make it the same specs as the ram or the HDD space because i can just buy more of that later if i need it but like i said the warranty is not an option because i am going overseas and i wanna buy a laptop once and not again and again... im just kinda warry on the gateway because ive heard a few things about their other laptops about problems with the motherboard which i know i wont be able to fix so yea but i wanted to see what everybody thought
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