I am actually interested in this as well, but my budget is a bit more flexible, I can spend upwards to the $1500 price range if needed, but would like to stick around $1200 of possible. I've looked at both the Y510P and the Alienware 17, but, while I am computer efficient, I do not know much about the inner workings of them. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
And yes, I am mostly looking for a laptop, as I take it to work and school, although I realize a PC is better and upgradable. --- http://www.backloggery.com/idiotman
Did you want to have the ability to game on it? Because if not, you don't need to spend anywhere near $1500. --- -What is best in life? -To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.
The alienwre doesn't look to bad to me, you paying extra for a bigger screen, and it is a lower resolution screen at 1600x900, but on a lap tap this might not be so bad. Running at a lower res will help out the video cards and stuff and maybe with cooling.
you could try something like this, its closer to your $1200 budget and very similar to the alienware, just a smaller screen at a higher resolution.
If you have any knowledge on video cards, just look for lap tops with cards you know will run games nice and compare prices. The Gtx 765m isn't a bad card. You cant go wrong with an i5 of course so you will game well for a laptop.
Theres also some asus laptops for sale on newegg right now for $1250ish with a gtx 765m also. I see some with a 770m for about $1400-$1500
nVidia has the better high end mobile GPUs, and mobile i7s are fairly common in gaming laptops. Last I checked you could get something with an i7 and 765m for about $1100. The 765m is pretty good, and the 770m is pretty reasonably priced as well. The 780m is great but overpriced imo (about $800 for roughly desktop 760 performance).
Maxwell laptops should be interesting but I haven't heard anything about them yet so I wouldn't wait, especially if you need/want it now/soon. --- Every time I try to go where I really wanna be it's already where I am, 'cuz I'm already there XBL, PSN, Steam, Origin, BSN, GFAQs, MC: PhilOnDez
I just recently (Saturday to be exact) bought an ASUS G750 and I'm loving it. Although I wasn't on too much of a financial constraint, so I went all out and get the best one I could, since you are on a budget, you could goto Best Buy, buy their model, then upgrade to a SSD and maybe some more RAM. The good thing about this is right off the bat you have a fairly powerful machine but can upgrade it at your convenience.
The G750 is a great machine and has rear facing vents so your legs are getting toasted in the middle of a gaming session. Another plus is that it is fairly simple to upgrade and since you stated that you are not too computer savvy (forgive me if misunderstood) that would be a big plus.