Check out getting your laptop sans middle man. For example, I just bought a new laptop from m-techlaptops.com
For a company like Alienware, they buy their laptops from somebody else (company in China, Clevo I think), slap their Alienware name on it, and sell it for a rediculous marked up price. m-tech just eliminates that process, and sells the laptop for a slightly higher than factory direct price.
For example, the setup I got was $1850.00 From Alienware, the exact same setup would have been ~$3550.00
Keep in mind though, when dealing with a company like this, it might not always be the easiest of things. m-tech, for example, required my to print out my invoice, sign it, and fax it back to them as a verification that it was my credit card I was using. Still, I received my new laptop in a timely manner and have not had any problems with it at all.
On a side note, my laptop looks exactly like the picture on the Alienware website, minus the Alienware laptop look on the top of the monitor casing.
On another side note, if you search this issue on Google, you can find articles explaining this middle-man thing in greater detail. That’s how I found out about m-tech in the first place.