I am looking at a new notebook and there is really no price cap.
I'm in the same boat so I'll share some of my personal opinions.
First of all i am concidering alienware, voodoo, and dell's xps. Second I am wanting basically the best of the best components (but its not a big deal if say alienware only offers the 3.2ghz p4ee instead of the 3.4ghz p4ee).
You should also consider the following resellers who do happen to have the P4EE 3.4 Ghz in their top models:http://www.pro-star.comhttp://www.sagernotebooks.comhttp://www.eurocom.ca
(for our Canadian members)
I also read alienware uses the slowest ram of the 3, is that the case?
Last I checked Alienware was putting DDR400 in their high end systems, and the other resellers (Voodoo, Pro-Star, etc) are also doing the same. I don't keep track of Dell because I'm not a big fan of their laptops.
is the video card memory shared with the ram on these systems?
The high end systems all have their own dedicated
what screen would have the best rez for gaming, watching movies, and running apps? though most of the time i will probably be using an external monitor. I am thinking the alienware 16.1 inch at 1600X1200 would be the best (i am running 16000X1200 now and like it)
1600x1200 is definitely a great way to go. I'm running 1400x1050 right now and I wish I could bump it up to 1600x1200. I'm a big fan of lots of desktop space to work on. The other option are those recently released 17" SWXGA+ screens that are doing 1680x1050 or something similar I can't quite remember.
I live in canada...so would voodoo or dell be better since i would not have to pay duty?
check out :http://www.eurocom.ca
AMD or Intel? I am looking to do all i can with this, gaming, video edditing, image design, etc. What one is going to perform better (if it is even noticeable) and would the AMD be better for future apps since it is 64bit (i mean when the 64bit windows is out)
I'm currently waiting for 64-bit, whether it be Intel or AMD is not a major concern. I don't plan on ever buying a 32-bit system ever again so my next laptop which I'll hopefully be able to get within the next few months (if Clevo gets off their ass and designs one)will be 64-bit.