Okay, I posted a couple of weeks ago about the SONY VAIO. I like many things about their top of the line like the DVD-R/RW, as well as TON of software included, video ins and outs etc. You can even get a 200 GB config ordered on their site (which I dont even know if its worth having without RAID, Im still reseaching this). Now its not like I currently am doing DV editing now, but the prospect interests me. However the proprietary and upgradability issues are sort of making me have second thoughts on this buy. Also the vid card is 32mb, everywhere else I see 64mb. I want something that will be playing games still next year. Now, from reading posts here I have come to hear of Alienware . . . These boxes are COOL looking, but are they worth the money? Just looking through the website, no hands on mind you, they seem to put a lot of time and quality into their machines. I can appreciate that, if it is indeed the case, and dont mind paying the extra. I don't believe I could afford their DV2001 line, so I was just thinking of getting a custom game config with plenty of HD space and upgrade to something later on. Probably not with them, but who knows. I just like the idea of greater expandability than with the SONY. Of course the software you get is only Win XP, OFFICE XP if you want it and whatever comes with Soundblaster Audigy I guess. So I guess what Im wondering are there some other sites out there with similar machines to Alienware? Maybe someone smaller, less well-known, but still just as good? Here are some I've already come across. I've already looked at all the guys in Computer Gaming Worlds Jan issue. Voodoopc has some awesome looking beasties, but way out of my price range. All the see-thru stuff is cool, but I'm trying to stay SEMI-practical! These guys are the only ones who sell a set-up with HTF's favorite slot loader DVD Rom from Pioneer that I've come across. Hypersonic-pc.com is another option. They seem a bit cheaper than Alienware, as I could get a basic Pinnacle DV card included. I know many of you will probably say just build something, but it's not really an option I can explore. I want something that is powerful, will stay reasonably current for the next 3 months (right!) and have room to expand (maybe second-g DVD-RW). I will be playing games on it (Star Wars Galaxies next year!), surfing (being able to get DSL finally!), writing (I know, I could do this back on my old 486), Photoshop and probably exploring DV. And I want something that looks killer and has that WOW factor. That black slot loader DVD that has gotten such high accolades here would clinch it. Is this too much to ask for? So to sum up: RAID - Do I want this for non-linear editing with two HDs? Is it the next best thing to SCSI? Does Alienware paint the CD/DVD drives to match the boxes? Anything else out there similar to Alienware in the quality I perceive, but a little more resonable? Do I want to much from one system? Am I crazy to spend around $4000 on a computer (includes monitor)? Sorry this is so long. I'm just looking for opinions and ideas. Throw them out please. I will appreciate them gladly. This is the most I've ever spent on a computer, but I want to finally get exactly what I want after having 2 desktops and currently a laptop (this poor guy is on his last legs) end up being disapointments for reasons I wont go into.