A friend's daughter is off to college and they're in the market for a laptop. She's asking for an Alienware (she's ascended, in attitude at least) and pursuing a CS degree with an interest in game development.
If they were asking about desktops I could help, but I'm pretty useless on laptops. Are Alienwares worth the markup or should I be steering her toward something less expensive?
Thank you to everyone for the great replies! I kind of knew ahead of time that the general consensus was going to be 'No', but I really wanted alternatives and suggestions and you folks came through. I'm going to suggest the following:
1. Inexpensive, lightweight laptop; something suitable for taking to class, the library, etc., for actual schoolwork. I have a preference for Lenovos, but they're a bit on the pricier end.
2. Sink every other penny into parts for a desktop that she can build herself
I obviously don't need to tell you all about the benefits of doing your own build. I just need to convince them now!