these are my finalist in my choices for my new notebook. this will be my first note book. i am looking for a high powerful notebook for school and gaming. these are some of the computers i have seen other people talking about for these things an the ones that seem to have the power i want feel free to tell me how i can make these computers better and if there ar better computers for around the same price or pick the computer on this list that is the best.
Toshiba Satellite Notebook with Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.0GHz http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...74&type=product 8790 Series - 17.1 inch Sager 8790-XD17.1 inch WSXGA+ 17.1 inch WSXGA+ (1680x1050) TFT Active Matrix with ATI Radeon 9700 M11 256MB DDR - Standard Black - Original Color 3.2GHz Northwood Pentium® 4 Processor w/512k L2 Cache 1024MB PC3200 400Mhz DDR 2DIMMs 80GB 5400RPM Ultra DMA Hard Disk w/o 2nd HDD USB external 1.44 FDD special when buy with system 24x CD-R-RW & 8x DVD Player COMBO with Software Smart Li-ION Battery - Standard 56K V.92 Internal Fax/Modem Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet LAN Plus Internal Wireless LAN 802.11g Turbo Ethernet LAN Microsoft Windows XP Home Built-in Sub-Woofer & 4 Internal Speakers Free 9 Software CD Titles Bundle with $399 Value Deluxe Carrying Case Auto Switch 110-220V AC Adapter 1 Year Standard Warranty $2510.002$5020.00Total with shipping $2557.68
Sager NP5690-S 15" UXGA (1600 x 1200) Active Matrix Display - Wide Viewing Angle, High Contrast 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor (512k L2 Cache, 800 MHz Bus) w/ HT 128 MB DDR Video - ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9700 Pro TURBO 80 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM) 1024 MB DDR SDRAM (400 MHz, PC-3200, Dual Channel) (2 x 512 MB) Internal 1.44 Floppy Drive Internal 2X DVD±R/RW / CD-RW Combo Drive w/ Software Internal 56k Modem (V.90 & V.92) Internal 10/100/1000 Ethernet/LAN Card Smart Lithium Ion Battery Ac Adapter cord Free Carry Case Notebook Essentials Software (19 titles FREE) Microsoft Windows XP-Home Installed, recovery CD included Factory 1-yr parts & labor warranty w/ lifetime technical support
2025.00 w/ shipping
Battalion 101 S-Series 
Case ( Battalion-101 S-Series 15.4" 16:10 Wide Screen WXGA 1280x800 LCD TFT Notebook w/Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter, Deluxe Carrying Case Original Metallic Silver Color ) Processor ( Intel® Pentium-4 Processor 3.0 Ghz CPU [512K Cache, 800MHz FSB, Hyper Threading Ready] ) Memory ( 1024MB [512MB x2] DDR-333 PC-2700 [Notebook Memory] Major Brand ) Video Card ( Mobility 128MB ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256-bit 3D Video ) Hard Drive ( 80 GB 4200rpm ATA-100 Super Slim Notebook Hard Drive ) CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( 4x DVD+R/RW & 16X CD-RW Combo Drive [S-Series] ) Sound Card ( 3D Wave Stereo Sound Onboard ) Fax Modem ( Build-in 56K V.90 Fax Modem [Notebook] ) Network Card ( Build-in 10/100 Network LAN [Notebook] ) Flash Media Reader/Writer ( Build-in 3-in-i Media Card Reader/Writer [Notebook] ) USB Port ( Build-in 3x USB 2.0 Ports [Notebook] ) IEEE-1394 Fire Wire Card ( Build-in 1x IEEE-1394 Firewire Port [Notebook] ) Operation System ( MS Windows XP Home Edition )
If you want a good gaming notebook, get one with well over 256 MB of RAM, trust me, 256 isn't the best...
What ever you do make sure you have at least a 5700 or 9600 gpu. FYI I've owned a few 17" DTR. The Toshiba Sattelite p25 makes a grinding fan noise if you place it on a surface that isn't quite level. Took that one back and got a HP zd7188 and loved it until I loaded Doom3 this week. The exhast port get's really hot playing the game and it shuts down. No other games do this. It has a nvidia go5600 card in it. I'll probably take it back next week and look for something with a 5700 or 9700 card. BTW if you have a Costco in your area, they will take any computer back up to 6 mo. later if you don't like it. (So in 10mo this will be my 3rd upgrade.)
I'd reccomend a Dell.
I've had my dell laptop for almost 2 years, it still runs lovely and plays all the games ive tried on it (although I havent tried doom 3 yet), the only real area it's lacking is graphics card...and it only cost me £1050.
Plus you can decide what goes into it.
Although, really I'd reccomend getting a very cheap notebook purely for school, and then a desktop for gaming. Purely because you cant upgrade a laptop, a problem I am just starting to run into now. My mobility radeon 7500 just doesnt quite cut it with the absolute newest releases, and I cant upgrade it (apparently). A desktop will last you far longer, and be much cheaper.
E.g. You could get an immense laptop for £2000.
Or you could get the same (if not more) power in a desktop for £1000, and then buy a dirt cheap notebook for £500.