Within a few months, I plan on purchasing a new gaming system. I figured I'd start doing some research now, so I can be better prepared.
Anyway, after thinking about my usage model, space requirements, etc, I decided that a desktop is not the right machine for me at this time. Anyway, for my laptop, I want to look to the very high end, possibly even multiple GPUs if that will extend the useful life of the machine. What I'm looking for isn't necessarily to max out future games, but to not have to worry about future games running like poo for as long as possible. (IE, 1080P + medium settings and better for the next 4-5 years)
As for weight and size, I'm sure the biggest laptops today aren't any heavier than the HP ZD8000 I used to lug around in college, so I know what to expect from such a machine. Battery life is important though, so the ability to shut down the dGPU and even underclock the cpu when it's not under heavy load are both ideal.
Some models I have been looking at include the Alienware M18x and the Sager NP9370, particularly with the Radeon 7970 Crossfire. Any other laptops to check out as well?
Also, another question I have is the financing. I have no credit, and as I still live with the parents and have no other financial obligation, I'm thinking this may be a good opportunity to get a decent credit score going. I can put down up to $1500 as a down payment, and I can pay $250+ a month, so even with a 3K lappy, I can still pay it off in under 10 months. Would such an arrangement be possible and worthwhile, or am I better holding off until I can pay upfront.
Anyway, thanks for advice, and on a final note, anyone who suggests a Mac will get shot.