I'm abandoning my previous article to clear the way for a new discussion. I will be receiving my new laptop on Wednesday (11 January) so I thought I would ask for anyone who is into gaming laptops or laptops in general to please share any links they have for sites that are valuable in this regard. I have been doing my own research and will continue but it's always great to have input from others. For the record, I'm getting an Alienware 17 R4 with a GTX 1070 gpu, 256 SSD/1 TB HDD, and Intel i7-6700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.5GHz w/Turbo Boost). It has Windows 10 Pro installed. I also purchased an external optical drive and a flash drive to create a backup image of the recovery files for the OS. Maybe this thread will be of use to others down the road. Thanks.