High Performance Graphics Cards for Gaming and Computing: Make this an option for non-alienware
I have been looking for a good laptop and desktop to use for programming. I am a developer, using Visual Studio 2010 (mainly C++). After much researching and customizing different models, I have found that there are no non-ailenware computers that support the high-end, non professional graphics cards, not even the XPS systems because the power supply is not enough. The XPS 9100's 525W supply will not support an NVIDIA gtx 580 at full use (they don't even offer gtx 460!). I am not biased toward Nvidia or ATI, I just need the high end cards for debugging purposes, and eventually I am going to start developing for OpenCL, or another language used for gpu acceleration. I don't want an ailenware computer at my office, nor do I want an ailenware laptop at home. I would gladly pick a workstation, but I can't get consumer graphics cards with them, only professional cards. I just need high power and high performance computers. I am definitely on a budget, so I don't want anything that I don't need. As for laptops, the XPS 17 is okay, but I really would like to be able to get the gtx 470m or gtx 480m assuming the cards for that system has to be Nvidia. I have tried numerous time chatting with sales reps, and all they tell me is that I should get a workstation or an XPS. Servers are definitely not what I need. I shouldn't have to have a server to debug some games and compile raw code.