General Questions 1) What is your budget? $2000 2) What size notebook would you prefer? e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen 3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator. USA 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? Not really 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Sure, so long as there is at least a 1yr warranty. 6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? higher end linux system, maybe some gaming, multimedia, etc. 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both, this is meant as a desktop replacement so it doesn't have to be ultra portable. 8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games? Possibly, likely first person shooters 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? Not my main concern. 1.5+ hours would be nice but not necessary. 10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? Online without seeing it is fine so long as there are decent reviews. 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc. Linux Screen Specifics 12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. If you are unsure of what to purchase, we would highly recommend you check some notebook screens before you buy to see what you like. You may also wish to take a look at the notebook screen guide for more information. Netbook resolution: WSVGA Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080, ideally 1920x1080 13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? Either is fine. Build Quality and Design 14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Nope 15) When are you buying this laptop? Likely within the next month 16) How long do you want this laptop to last? 2+ years Notebook Components 17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive? at least 500GB but the more the merrier. Also needs to be at least 7200RPM 18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive? Yes, combo DVD-RW + blu ray combo Other Notes: Needs at least a Core i7 quad core proc, 4+ gigs of RAM, Nvidia Chipset About me: I'm a senior systems engineer for a well known IT company and am just looking for a higher end desktop replacement. Ideally, something spec'd out like the Asus G73Jh but with a Nvidia chipset is what I'm looking for. A webcam would definitely be nice as well. I also don't run Windows, except occasionally in a VM. I checked out the Sager NP8760 which might be a viable option but figured you guys are probably far more current on what the best deals and quality laptops are currently on the market. Thanks in advance.