Presently I have a T7500 Intel Core 2 Duo (Memrom) 2.2GHz, with 4GB of DDR2 RAM (400MHz), 8600M GT, and most importantly a 17" 16:10/1920x1200 screen. In my searches around the interweb I haven't found anyone excepet Alienware to still offer 17" 16:10 screens for laptops. So with the holiday deals in play I decided to see what I could build.
|Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit, English|
|Processor Intel® Core™ i7 840QM Quad Core Processor, 1.86GHz (3.20GHz Turbo Mode, 6M Cache)|
|Memory 8GB Dual Channel Memory (2x 4GB DDR3)|
|Display Panels 17-inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 RGB LED (1200p)|
|Video Card SLI® 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 285M|
|Hard Drive 640GB 7,200RPM SATA-II HDD|
|CD ROM/DVD ROM Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)|
|Sound Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio|
|Wireless Intel® Ultimate N WiFi Link 6300 a/g/n 3x3 MIMO Technology|
|Service 3 Year Advanced Service Plan, DMLP|
|Bluetooth Internal Wireless Bluetooth® 2.1 with EDR|
Final price: $3,200
My current DTR is pretty resonable. I can manage UT3 games still, so long as I beat them with the ugly stick and run at 1024x768. I also can do VM work on it, I'm seeing some posibilities for my job where having the extra cores and memory would allow me to do more. I'd of course like to have my cake and eat it too, that is, getting all that without losing screen real estate.
Is there some viable alternative I'm missing? I'm plain crazy for considering said laptop is a reasonable response too. I'm debating pretty hard if I want to make this purchase or not.