Laptop buying advice?!

  zrx1973 22:07 30 Oct 10
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Hi all, this is my 1st post, im pretty new to computers other than have a very basic emachine at home.

I am planning to buy myself a laptop in december, and i have spent the past 3 weeks searching the net for my best options.

I have a budget of around £800
I need to be able to browse the net, using my usb dongle at work and my wifi at home.
I want strong gaming performance as i fancy trying some of the latest games (my last gaming was done 5 yrs ago on a ps2!)
The games i am most interested in playing are the settlers 7, civilisation 5, and dirt 2, so its pretty important to me that these 3 games will run in good details and good framerates.
A bluray drive would be nice but not essential.
Battery life isnt important to me as im always 'tethered' anyhow.
I want windows 7 64 bit.


I have found 2 laptops so far that stand out performance wise for the money, and they are:

the Dell XPS 15:
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 740QM (1.73 Ghz, 6MB, 4C)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
15.6 High Definition WLED TL (1366x768) 720p
2GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 435M Graphics Card
4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
640GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
currently available for £779 here--click here

and secondly,
Enigma II: 15.6" Full HD LED Backlit Widescreen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glossy
Intel® Core™i7 Mobile Processor i7-620M (2.66GHz) 4MB Cache
4GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 2GB)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1GB GDDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
320GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD3200BEKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Integrated 3 in 1 SD Card Reader
ONBOARD GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS 802.11N CARD (AS STANDARD)
4 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

available for £798
which i configured myself here---click here

which is the best laptop? is the build quality up to scratch on the enigma?

are they good deals? and finally is there anything better out there for the money?

many thanks in advance for any help or advice you can provide :-)

  GaT7 22:30 30 Oct 10

You can compare GT 435M & HD 5650 performances with respect to games & other benchmarks at click here, click here, click here - nothing much to separate them.

Nothing much separating the CPUs either - see click here. G

  birdface 22:32 30 Oct 10

Go to consumerwatch and look at threads for PC Specialist.

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