Alienware Area M-51 mobil. Just under three years old. 5 heat sinks, 1 mother board, and dead pixels are the big problems Ive had. Out of that three years this computer has only been at full operation maybe 1.5 years. Even right now I have the back cover off, raised off the cooling tray about an inch and two more fans underneath attempting to pull the heat away. It'll shut down here eventually. I'm going to have to get a new one eventually, and i have no idea what to look for anymore. I thought this was supposed to be the mother of all computers. So obivously my computer knowledge lacks. I'm a photographer by trade and a big gamer. There is a possiblilty that were going to be having a bunch of Mac G4's for sale at work soon since they have just replaced the whole network with Dell. They have OS9. I might be able to pick one up for really cheap. The photo dept has two G5's but im guessing once those are pulled out theyre going to magically disappear. Is Mac worth it to fix up and slam in a good vid card and more memory? I would love some help on what is a good computer that would last for longer then the warrenty and why. Or something that is known to cause problems that throws up a red flag on potnetial trouble down the line. I have to have a laptop, it's part of my photography gear. i need to be able to transmit from the the field and remote locations ect... Im asking here cause some of you guys are really talented and computer savy and might be able to help me and a few others. Specs on what im using now. Dont get me wrong, when this POS works it's a beast. But it like a Harley, ride for an hour and work on it for two more. Processor(s) Processor 1 Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz Manufacturer: GenuineIntel Caption: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 Version: Model 2, Stepping 9 Processor Id: BFEBFBFF00000F29 Current Clock Speed: 3400MHz Address Width: 32Bits Data Width: 32Bits Socket Designation: CPU 1 Processor 2 Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz Manufacturer: GenuineIntel Caption: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 Version: Model 2, Stepping 9 Processor Id: 0000000000000000 Current Clock Speed: 3400MHz Address Width: 32Bits Data Width: 32Bits Socket Designation: CPU 2 Verified Hardware Device against Order: CPU-3.4P4800TRAY Case Color: New Background System Memory Memory Module 1 Capacity: 512MB Bank Label: BANK0 Data Width: 64Bits Socket Designation: DIMM0 Verified Hardware Device against Order: MEM-MOBL512DDR400A Verify Correct Memory Type Verify Correct Memory Size Memory Module 2 Capacity: 512MB Bank Label: BANK1 Data Width: 64Bits Socket Designation: DIMM1 Verified Hardware Device against Order: MEM-MOBL512DDR400A Verify Correct Memory Type Verify Correct Memory Size BIOS Information Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc. Name: Default System BIOS Version: 080009 Version: A M I - 9000429 Motherboard Information Manufacturer: ALIENWARE Product: Area-51 Serial Number: Version: Verified Hardware Device against Order: MB-766CONBLUE15.40A8 Verify correct motherboard Audio settings for DVD playback set to 4 Speakers Power settings optimized Video Adapter Caption: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5700 Adapter RAM: 128MB DriverVersion: 18.104.22.16820 Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-VID766NV36M128 Test Video Card Hard Drive(s) SAMSUNG MP0402H Model: SAMSUNG MP0402H Size: 40GB Total Heads: 255 Total Cylinders: 4870 Total Tracks: 1241850 Tracks Per Cylinder: 255 Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-HD40GB5400RPMS Optical Drives / Other Storage Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional DirectX Version: 9c Assembler Initials: RR Tester Initials: AI Test Date: 11/04/2004 11:47 AM III. Burn-In/Benchmarks Test with SiSoft Sandra CPU Benchmark Dhrystone ALU: 8240 MIPS Whetstone FPU: 2415 MFLOPS CPU Multi-Media Benchmark Integer: 13991 it/s Floating-Point: 20834 it/s Drives Benchmark HD 1 - Buffered Read: 83 MB/s HD 1 - Avg. Access Time: 13 ms Memory Benchmark Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth: 2942 MB/s Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth: 2945 MB/s Doom 3 Doom 3: 17.4 fps Unreal Tournament 2003 FlyByCitadel: 136.80 fps BotmatchCitadel: 60.71 fps 3DMark 2003 Game Tests 3DMark Score: 2,868.00 3DMarks GT1 - Wings of Fury: 117.76 FPS GT2 - Battle of Proxycon: 18.60 FPS GT3 - Troll's Lair: 15.08 FPS GT4 - Mother Nature: 15.80 FPS CPU Tests CPU Score: 522.00 CPUMarks CPU Test 1: 60.88 FPS CPU Test 2: 8.83 FPS Feature Tests Fill Rate (Single-Texturing): 825.33 millions Texels/s Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing): 1,055.57 millions Texels/s Vertex Shader: 12.82 FPS Pixel Shader 2.0: 18.28 FPS Ragtroll: 10.93 FPS Sound Tests No sounds: -1.00 FPS 24 sounds: -1.00 FPS 60 sounds: -1.00 FPS IV. IRQ Configuration 0 System timer 1 PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key) 2 -available- 3 -available- 4 IrDA Fast Infrared Port 5 -available- 6 -available- 7 -available- 8 System CMOS/real time clock 9 -available- 10 Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System 11 -available- 12 Synaptics PS/2 Port Pointing Device 13 Numeric data processor 14 Primary IDE Channel 15 Secondary IDE Channel 16 NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5700 17 O2Micro OZ711M1 MemoryCardBus Controller 17 O2Micro OZ711Mx MemoryCardBus Accelerator 17 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller 18 C-Media AC97 Audio Device 18 Smart Link 56K Voice Modem 19 Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC 20 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller 21 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller 22 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller 23 SiS PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller V. Miscellaneous Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S Device Name: Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S Description: CD-ROM Drive Class: CDROM Service: cdrom Driver Version: 5.1.2535.0 Driver Date: 7-1-2001 Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-DVD8XDUALCOMBO Thanks for any help.. p.s. my first post btw.