Just when I thought I had a Dell all speced out, a co-worker introduced me to Alienware and I'm in LOVE! Now, while I realize that I may be going a little overboard, I wanted to see if you guys think I'm absolutely nuts. Originally I had picked out a Dell Inspiron with these details: Inspiron E1705 Inspiron E1705 Intel Core Duo Processor T2300 (1.66GHz/667MHz FSB) OS Genuine Windows XP Professional LCD Panel 17 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife Memory 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz Video Card 256MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 HyperMemory Hard Drive 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Network Card Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability Wireless Networking Cards Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card (54Mbps) Primary Battery 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery TOTAL:$2,236.00 --------------- Now, after looking at Alienware, I configured the Area-51 m5700 with the same kind of specs as the Dell and they come out to approx. the same price, but Dell has a lot of reabtes - mainly the $300, so while the Alienware looks cooler, the Dell is cheaper. So then I see the Alienware Aurora m7700 - I REALLY love this laptop! I configured this approx. the same way as well: Aurora m7700 Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with HyperTransport Technology OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD Clearview Display with Built-in Camera Motherboard: VIA K8T890 + VT8237A Chipset Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR SO-DIMM at 400MHz - 2 x 512MB Video/Graphics Card: 256MB NVidia GeForce Go 6800 Ultra Hard Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 80GB 7200 RPM SATA Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24X CD-RW Combo w/Software Sound Card: High-Definition Audio with surround sound Primary Battery: Alienware m7700 12-cell Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem Wireless Network Card: Internal Wireless 802.11b/g miniPCI Card Floppy Drive: USB Floppy Drive SubTotal: $3,054.00 Now the price doesn't bother me as much as the processor. Being AMD, what issues do I run into? I know this system is geared more for gaming and while I may get into that, I really want to do more 3D animation. I may want to get into Maya and that app. does say it supports AMD, but I already own "Poser" which is a 3D animation app. and it says "Pentium class or compatible" - I assume AMD is compatitble? Does anyone know of any other 'issues' with AMD processors? Is it worth getting the AMD processor (over Pentium) just because of the "Cool" factor of the laptop? The thickness doesn't bother me because I love the internal subwoofer. It looks like it would make a great "Multimedia" machine and there's nothing wrong with that. The price may be a bit much, but what the hell, right? It's just that AMD processor. If not for that, I'd buy it no questions asked. Thoughts? p.s. From this link, you can see the AMD processor choices. Not knowing anything about AMD, I configured the laptop with the cheapest one to keep the price down. Any recomendations on a better processor??