I'm not really too good at picking out specs for gaming, so some gamer input here would be appreciated. Grab a sandwich and cup of coffee because this is going to be a long post...Or for our UK buddies grab some tea and crumpets. I have no clue what a crumpet is, but it is 5am, I'm tired and it sounds funny right now. This should be an interesting post.\n \nNow that I will be on the road 90% of my time for work, I am considering getting a new laptop. Currently I have an Acer Aspire 5100 and I absolutely love it. My only complaint is that I am a World of Warcrack addict and when I play WoW on my laptop it gets choppy even on the lowest graphics settings in game. By choppy I mean down to around 2-3 fps....not fun for a PVPer....Sneak up on the mage...attack the mage....mage blinks....finally find the mage again right before dying a horrible firey death....get lol'ed at for being a noob rogue that cant even kill a mage...get mad...attack another mage...mage blinks...it's a vicious cycle and I need your help to stop it.\n \nNow Acer don't let you customize laptops on their website like Dell does (or if they do I didnt find the link). But looking over the specs an Acer Aspire 8920 looks like it is the top of the line for their performance and a nextag search shows them going for about 00.\n \nThen again with all of the options available it also looks like an Acer Aspire 6920 would do the job costing around 00 - 00, or even maybe a 5920 going for around 00 - 00. I don't know. Once again I'm not a gamer, I fix computers and break into them and you don't need to be up to date on the latest gaming technology to do that.\n \nNow I went to the Dell site and they had 2 systems that both seem like it would do decent as a gaming laptop but they are priced about </body>,000 apart. I want the most bang for my buck. The cheaper the better. If I can spend an extra couple hundred dollars to have a much better laptop that I can use as a gamer for 3+ years I will, but a thousand dollars difference for 2 systems, well I'd rather go with the cheaper one if it can get the job done. \n \nThe 1st one is the [URL="http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndwva3&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&m_3=4G2D&mo=3%7E4G2D&kc=resultscompare%7Ec=us"]Studio 17[/URL]. Here are the specs I picked with a grand total of </body>,434 before taxes and shipping.\nSYSTEM COLOR Jet Black\nPROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)\nOPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1\nDISPLAY Glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440x900)\nMEMORY4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2\nHARD DRIVE Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)\nVIDEO CARD 256MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON HD 3650\nOPTICAL DRIVE 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)\nWIRELESS NETWORK CARDS Dell 1510 Wireless-N Card\nMOBILE BROADBAND Verizon Wireless built-in cellular mobile broadband (EVDO Rev A)\nBLUETOOTH Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Internal (2.0)\nBLUETOOTH Dell Bluetooth Stereo Headset (w/built-in Mic)\nBLUETOOTH VP6600 ExpressCard Media Remote For Bluetooth\nINTEGRATED WEBCAM Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam\nBATTERY OPTIONS 56 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)\nSOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0\nKEYBOARD Standard Keyboard (included in the price)\nFINGER PRINT READER Integrated Finger Print Reader\n \n \nThe 2nd one is the [URL="http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dydwmv9&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=resultscompare%7Ec=us"]XPS M1730[/URL]. Here are the specs I picked with a grand total of ,499 before taxes and shipping.\nSYSTEM COLOR Bone White\nPROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz/800Mhz FSB/6MB cache)\nOPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1\nMEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz\nHARD DRIVE Speed: 200GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) Free Fall Sensor\nINTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)\nVIDEO CARD NVIDIA®SLI™Dual GeForce®8700MGT with 512MB GDDR3 Memory\nWIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card\nBLUETOOTH AND WIRELESS USB Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR)\nBLUETOOTH AND WIRELESS USB ExpressCard Media Remote for Bluetooth-enabled Notebook\nBATTERY OPTIONS 85 WHr Lithium Ion Battery (9-cell)\nSOUND OPTIONSIntegrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition\nCABLES AND ACCESSORIES Multimedia Cable Kit\n \n \nI liked the XPS M1730 because most of the options I picked were the low end options, so if I decide to get crazy and go all out. I want to be able to get this without using credit, but if I use credit I might as well go all out and get all the bells and whistles.\n \nNow on top of these, I am also curious how the Acer line of laptops would compare. I know when I bought my current Acer, I spent around 0. The 1st thing I used my Acer laptop for was to go online and compare its specs to an equal power Dell which would have cost around 0 more. If this trend still rings true I could probably drop </body>,500 - </body>,700 on an Acer and have my gaming laptop with all the bells and whistles and only have to take out a cash advance on my credit card for a few hundred dollars.\n \nThoughts...Suggestions...Concerns...\n \nThanks in advance\n \nZeus\n \nP.s. For my few loyal fans that are still reading my post, I will be available for book signing in Columbus, OH for the next 2 weeks.\n \nP.s.s. As you can see from my 1st line, I started typing this post at 5 am (actually it was 6 after). It is now 5:46. I hate being a slow typer.