by sdplch - 6/7/09 12:17 AM
I'm looking to upgrade my PoS desktop for a $1200 max laptop. My two candidates are the Best Buy Gateway P7805u (the best low-end gaming laptop, says Dan Ackerman) or the iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 FX-924Z.
The Gateway has the better graphics card (9800GTS vs 9600GT). I also think that the iBUYPOWER has a better processor (Montevina Core 2 Duo 9550 vs Core 2 Duo P8400). All other aspects seem the same (4GB DDR3, 320GB, etc).
My only problem is the brand. I have a Gateway desktop and it's served me fairly well, and I've heard decent things about the laptop. I have never seen or heard anything about iBUYPOWER. Does anyone have a recommendation or a story about iBUYPOWER, and in general, are off-brand computers reliable or on-par with branded computers?