Woooooh. Sounds like there are a lot of bitter people out there. Calm down everybody. That was useful information and many thanks to those that posted, but as for the name-brand thing... I have bought a lot of stuff that isn't name brand, Gamecube controllers from Intec and MadCat suck compared to original, cell phone faceplates from eBay last 10% as long as covers that cost 3 times more bought in the mall, a $30 Taiwan fender isn't going to fit or paint as well as a $280 fender from the dealership. So all I want to know is this, and some have already expressed their opinion:
Do places such as Dell, HP, Alienware, Acer, Sager (whom I have never heard of until this forum) VoodooPC, and those sorts of companies actually build better/more reliable machines than places like ibuypowerpc, cyberpower, internetishop (out of business), etc etc? I will look into the places you mentioned above.
Also, if all those companies just buy laptops from overseas and slap their logo on them, is there somewhere that I can buy laptop chassis from and build my own to my own specs? Like a newegg.com for laptop parts would just be massively cool.
Thanks again, go easy on the caffeine.