doesn't the 2MB p4 also offer 64bit performance or is it just the ability to address more memory?
@Robxbcs, if you're looking for customer reviews, check out resellerratings.com
dell - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1867.html
- 4.46 lifetime score
aw - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1650.html
- 7.58 lifetime score
voodoo pc - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2044.html
- 9.72 lifetime score
hypersonic pc - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2081.html
- 8.51 lifetime score
falcon nw - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2051.html
- 8.75 lifetime score
sager - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1693.html
- 4.63 lifetime score
pc torque - http://www.resellerratings.com/seller3048.html
- 9.93 lifetime score***NOTE***
b/c the number of reviews for each company differ, you need to normalize the scores against the number of reviews to have a statistically meaningful comparison.
you can also use sager/pc torque and dell's 30 and 21 day return policies to your advantage. in terms of high end notebooks all companies listed above except dell use the same form factor... the clevo d900t. every company offers different yet similar options.
you can config/buy a 9860 from sager/pc torque that's similar to the aw you're interested in, test it out for 30 days, and if you like it, keep it. if you like it, but want aw's unique style, return the 9860, and order the same config from aw. since they are practically the same computer, you'll almost get equivalent performance. there's no restocking fee except maybe the price of return shipping.
if that form factor isn't too your liking, try the dell xps2. dell offers a 21 day return policy. so again, play with it, see if it performs the way you want. if you like it more than the 9860, great... keep it. it you don't, return it, and rebuy the 9860 from sager or aw or any of those other great resellers.
it seems somewhat underhanded to do it this way and time consuming, but it will guarantee you get what you want.
good luck with your shopping.