Gaming notebook

So I’m looking for a good gaming notebook but it has to be cheap because money is a real issue. My first thought went to Alien Ware and I made myself a killer configuration:

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Video/Graphics Card: Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8700M GT – SLI Enabled
Chassis: 17″ WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD with Clearview Technology – Stealth Black
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration – 160GB 7,200RPM (8MB Cache)
Optical Drives : 2x Blu-ray Writer/DVD±RW Burner
Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card
Sound Card : Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Mouse: Razer Copperhead™ High Precision Gaming Mouse – Chaos Green Edition

Cool right? The only problem was the payment: $4400, now this WAAAAAAY more than I can afford so, upset, I’ve closed alien ware’s page and went to as i remembered they had some good gaming notebooks. I chose a 17″ inch notebook, it’s actually a XPS 1730 with the following configuration

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)  
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Professional – English
MEMORY 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
HARD DRIVE Speed: 120GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) Free Fall Sensor
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA®GeForce®8700M GT graphics
WIRELESS CARDS Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 a/g Mini Card
BATTERY OPTIONS 85 WHr Lithium Ion Battery (9-cell)
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0

Nothing too fancy, this was actually the cheapest model they had($2500), if I were to go all the way, I would have got the same model but added a couple of features, it would had looked something like this

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X7900 (2.8GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition – English
MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
HARD DRIVE RAID Performance: 400GB (2x200GB) 7200RPM Free Fall Sensor
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA®SLI™Dual GeForce®8700MGT with 512MB GDDR3 Memory
WIRELESS CARDS Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965a/g/n Mini Card
BATTERY OPTIONS 9-cell Primary Battery and 9-cell additional Lithium Ion Battery
EXTERNAL MODEM Dell External Mini USB Modem
SOUND OPTIONS Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition

Now this bad boy went jumped to a stunning $5000 and this would be also WWWWAAAAYYY out of my range. The first choice though would really recommend.

I’m still looking and i want to make the right decision, if you have any ideas please leave a comment.


4 Responses to “Gaming notebook”

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  3. SeT Says:

    Just wondering if you regret the video card choice. I was told I should have gotten the SLI card instead of the regular I am waiting for the delivery

  4. mee Says:

    try looking on dell’s “used” computers site – they aren’t really used, just the facotry seal has been cracked for one reason or other. you can get them with full 4 year warranty, and much less excpensive. may have to search a few times to find exactly what you want, but with patience you can find it. I found a super loaded xps m1730 for 2800 including 4 year warranty and vista ultimate. And red, too.

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