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[–] CombustibLemons 0 points 42 points (+42|-0) ago 

Short Answer: No.

Long Answer: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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[–] ISylaSI 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Best Answer: FUCK NOOOOOO

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[–] dualplains [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Hahah Yeah, this is my thinking as well, but I want to be able to provide reasons. My friend is going to have to go a few rounds with her daughter on why not, so I'd like to load her up with ammo.

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[–] professionaldoctor 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Number 1 rule of choosing a PC gaming rig: if there's no outstanding reason you need portable gaming, just build a desktop. If she's going off to college she'd be better off splitting the budget between a small, cheap netbook/laptop/convertible tablet for notetaking in class, and parts for building her own desktop.

The reasons for this are pretty straightforward:

  1. The desktop will have drastically better performance at a lower cost
  2. The desktop will be more "futureproofed" than the laptop, and will retain its value longer
  3. Gaming laptops tend to be heavy and very loud, meaning it's impractical for taking to class or the library

If she absolutely needs a gaming laptop, I would not recommend buying Alienware unless your friend has lots of money to throw around and doesn't mind spending more just for all the little bells and whistles. Alienware laptops definitely look nice and can feel sturdy, but they are far from competitively priced. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives from other brands that will perform just as well for less money.

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[–] thewanderingway 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Alienware is overpriced, and mostly you're paying for the brandname. If she wants to go into the coding side of things and you want to get a decent machine for your buck, Lenovo's are pretty decent. Yeah they had that Malware issue a while back but they've since fixed that and my Z40 is great when I want to do work away from my desktop. I bought the low end z40 on sale (i3, nvidia 850m, 4gb ram) and it runs Unity and Maya just fine.

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[–] CombustibLemons 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They spend a lot of money on R&D and the lighting. Instead I would buy something like these. It's probably about the same price for something a lot better.

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[–] FourNominalCents 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

In addition to ASUS, which /u/CombustibleLemons recommended, MSI makes their own laptops as well. They are also fairly reasonable for the performance.