Looking for laptop advice...

Build a PC
By TCool
Aug 20, 2006
  1. Again I call upon the help of you super smart people!

    So here's the deal, I'm starting college in 2 weeks (after bout a 5 year break from school) and I'm looking into laptops because I'm going to get one. I'm getting kinda frustrated mainly because its not like desktops where I can build my own good computer for fairly cheap. I know there are laptops out there that I can get for around $500 that would do everything I need it to for school, but I also want it to run games good, and its frustrating that so far from what I've found I'll have to spend another $1,000 to get that. So, here's what I've found that I'm going to go with if you super smart people can't point me to a better deal (cuz I sure can't find one).

    Its the alienware Area-51® m5550 with the following options:
    With these options:
    2.0ghz Core duo
    Win XP Home
    1GB DDR2
    80GB HDD
    DVD Burner
    128mb ATI mobility x1400
    and the vehicle ac adapter

    The price here comes to $1,429. I want to know if its worth that money, or if there is something else out there just as good for a lot less and I'm just blind and can't find it.

    Thanks again for all your help guys,

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,079   +14

    Alienware is a subsidiary of DELL and lately their quality has gone to crap along with regular DELLs. I would avoid it.
  3. TCool

    TCool TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 110

    I did not know that. Any suggestions on what brands are good quality?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,702   +488

    I've been very pleased with my Toshiba -- ~a year only now and no problems to
    speek (other than ****pit errors {aka user fumbles} )
  5. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

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