I understand what you are saying now.
I have to have a laptop. I am a teacher, but I am doing some side work consulting for a educational technology company. So I have to do some off site presentations now and then. (My 1st contract paid for this not bad for 1 hour of work).
At home, I have POS bucket I made myself. the only computer work I have to do is play Planetside
So I wanted to kill two birds with one BSOD, I mean stone.
Now believe me, I wanted to be l33t. I wanted a Voodoo 790. I wanted the rush of a boutique modded computer, with fancy, thoughtful details such a free t-shirt, nifty binder for my manuals and orange paint.
I have always compromised. Us adults who are not independantly wealthy have to do that from time to time.
This time I really didnt want to. But reality hangs around you like a brick wall, and I could not under any conscience justify $4500 bucks for a computer that a $2600 (wiith coupons) would crush.
Is there a social stigma in the uber frag circles for owning a Dell? my god, Schools buy them, my mom even has one. It's like driving your parents mini-van to the prom I know. I commute in a honda, do I have to game in a honda also?
Yes, if the honda is a NSX. Despite the vanilla name plate and annoying comercials. this thing wtfpwnsbbq11!!!one!!!one111 the multicolored neon signs of conspicuous consumption in benchmarks and online reviews.
But after all. I dont LAN party, none of you will ever sit your custom modded rigs next to mine in a internet cafe and play who is cooler as the Prada shoe wearing shopping vixens stroll buy and hand out their phone numbers to those boys with the coolest toys.
No one will ever be impressed with my frames per second. Those are personal. Those will only be known to me and my 2 year old daughter putting Play-Doh and pudding on my mouse pad as Dora the Explorer blairs from her T.V. next to my also generic, not elite nor custom computer desk.
But really, she wont care either. especially after I show her how to change the color of the LED lights.