As for the Sager, it's 799 for the same sort of spec I can get on that acer for 599. Granted, with the sager the screen is alot better and there's a ton more RAM, but alas, it's beyond the budget. Besides for that sort of money I'd probably go with something even more portable, in the ultrabook realm.
Also, power consumption isn't relevant to me. Only the portability is. Most of the use this machine will see for gaming will be within 3 feet of an electrical outlet.
My current plan is to get this one:
I belive the above choice will run mechwarrior online at low to medium settings without issue, and it is also cheap and adaquate for my primary purpose. I believe this is the best mix of portability and performance for the money spent.
I do greatly appreciate everyone's assistance.
I'm taking every suggestion Vulpes makes with a grain of salt. On one hand, he states he's not a fanboy, but then all of his suggestions seem to be for an AMD+Radeon combo. The cost to performance ratio does seem to favor the AMD processors for desktop systems. All of the reading I've done seem to indicate they aren't optimal choices for mobile compared to the newest intel. I don't have any particular loyalties, having owned about an even split of intel and AMD and radeon and nvida over the last 15 years.
The toshiba that was offered as a suggestion early on is primary proof of this. Every component of it performs poorer than the spec I originally posted (except the screen, possibly, as acers have ****** screens. Toshibas aren't rated all that much higher though, and I've not done this as a direct comparison) and it's exactly the same price.
The HP that was suggested might perform better in regards to the GPU combo, but it does have a slower processor. As for buying an HP, I don't think there's any chance I'll do that. My personal experience has turned me away from their hardware and I've not seen anything yet that can earn it back. Perhaps personal experience with an HP laptop that doesn't suck would change my mind, but I'm not experimenting with 600 bucks to find out. The AMD processor in it is not faster than an i5 and I'm not a big fan of all the extra heat the AMDs seem to generate in laptops. The video on it is only marginally better; as in, i might be able to run MWO slightly better on medium. It's not going to allow me to run MWO on high settings, regardless. I don't have any specific loyalty to Nvida or Radeon cards, but having to deal with crossfire isn't something that excites me much.
I may stil do a bit more investigation, but at this point I'm 99% sure I'm going to purchase the one I linked above.
Edited by Neil the Scorpion, 21 July 2012 - 10:35 AM.