I had some time off at work today, and I was thinking vaguely about what I would do if I had to travel somewhere for work, It's possible that I will be away more than at home, and the company laptops are very old.
I once went to a local PC builder shop, and they charged me a Macbook Pro price for a rather ordinary laptop, for a while, I assumed that my best option was to buy from one of the major companies (Dell, Sony, Toshiba, etc).
Today, I found this computer manufacturer randomly on Newegg. Their prices on Newegg are nothing special, but if you buy it through their website, you can get a very good deal, and you can have a lot of choices.http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
I was looking at a Core i7 laptop, 8 GB of ram, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 2GB, and a 1 TB drive for under $900, which is less than I paid for my tower which only had an i5.
The graphics card in there also has twice the RAM of my tower's graphics card, the memory clock is 1/3 of the speed of my tower's GPU, but the GT 54M's core runs twice as fast as my tower's.
(It seems like a bad idea to slow down the memory's clock in favor of a faster CPU, but perhaps the GPU doesn't need it because it's not attached to the HD, and just goes through the PCI-E?)
What I like most about it is the price, and that they allow me to choose what size of HD I want in it (you can even put a SSD in there), and that I can elect to not buy Windows 7 Home Premium (which saves me ~$80).
I saw one comment on there that said that these laptops are made to be easy to work with if you want to swap out components. That would be a welcome change, my old HP was very difficult and risky to take apart.
I guess that the options for tower PCs are even more flexible, but I haven't tried it.
I hope this helps somebody who is interested in a new PC