I have been stuck with the same Dell Desktop PC with the same 768MB's of RDRAM, the same 64MB Geforce4 MX420, and the same 2.0ghz Intel processor for close to six years now.
Sure, this rig may have been the stuff when I first gained it but over the years it has become more and more obsolete with almost zero upgrade options(Except for the heavily overpriced RDRAM), and the AGP 2x/4x slot that is pretty much useless in terms of upgrading graphics-wise.
So I am looking for a computer to aid me in my college studies and one that would also be ideal for playing the latest games as well as different video/photo/audio editing applications. So immediately with the concept of killing two birds with one stone engraved in my optimistic mind; I think, why not a laptop?
Portability would be ideal for the classroom and the current technology being implemented into these machines are mostly able to handle the latest killer apps. So I browse through the selection of well-known gaming PC manufacturer, Alienware.
There I find the Alienware Aurora m9700 Laptop....
Alienware: Aurora m9700 Notebook - Learn More!
Everything looks nice even though it has been quite a while since I've dug my nose into the different bits of information regarding PC hardware, the latest cpu's/gpu's and different rig setups. So ultimately I am not completely lost on some of the hardware specs, just maybe confused in different places.
Ultimately I am more competent of desktop setups, but some hardware characteristics of the laptop isn't much different. In addition, the thought of using a touch pad makes me cringe. :S
So if you could give me your opinion on what I should do....
Other questions include:
How do the AMD Turion™ 64 Mobile processors compare to other processors in terms of sheer power? 1.8 ghz doesn't sound too hot...there surely something else there.
What should I look for, in terms of HDD-wise with the options presented by the Aurora M9700?
What is the role of the wireless network device?
SLI Duo-Cards...worth it? Yes, I want high-resolution but is that the only worthwhile part of this option?
With the epic pace of computer technology changing, what is the upgrade options available for a laptop? I can upgrade most desktop PC's with relative ease(worse comes to worse, I would need to change the mobo), but upgrading laptops I am not even familiar with, if even possible to do.
I don't want to spend over 2500 USD for a laptop that is pretty much stuck with the hardware it came with without any upgrade options to keep it on the main track for years to come.
Any tips/information is helpful.