Originally Posted by Kermit
If you are wanting a lot of bang for the buck, I'd consider building a machine.
Building a laptop is significantly more expensive and difficult than building a tower pc. If the price point is 1000+bucks, Dell's various offerings (xps, alienware) can't be topped by anyone, especially if you call in to order. In the interest of full disclosure. Sager and Clevo offer comparable systems to the Alienware line, but don't have the same level of support and flair.