My current Dell Inspiron 1520 has been faithfully serving my work and gaming needs for over 4years now(it still plays all the new games, and i use it for a lot of intensive 3d work).. i replaced the batteries last year.. and did a few other fixes.. but now the lcd back light is dying.. and replacing that is a pain.. so i decided to upgrade to a new Dell XPS..
and its on its way
was on a budget, so couldn't get it fully loaded, but this was pretty good anyway
specs in brief: i7cpu 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz,
ram= 6gigs ram,
storage= 1tb hdd,
graphics= 2gb NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M graphics with Optimus,
screen= 15.6" FHD (1920x1080)
only thing i miss is the s-video out that my old dell has. I use it all the time to watch movies on the tv. The new XPS has a mini displayport.. i opted for a MiniDisplayport-VGA Convertor .. now i need a VGA to S-video conversion solution :P
(it does have hdmi out, but i'm still in TV stone age)
NOTE: once this arrives, i will attempt to DIY an lcd backlight fix for my older dell in the months to come.