Glad to hear the laptop is working out for you there. macgyver2
Custom ordered gaming laptops like Alienware can run up a small fortune if you have ever seen their price tags!
You pay for what you want in it without question there!
As for HP in general while not having run any prebuilds for a decade at this point I know I am usually able to locate an update for an older model faster at their support site over others at times. But prebuilds are still going to be prebuilds with the obvious limitations when compared up against a custom case you build!
The sad part of all this is the usual advice to look at HPs over Dells, Gateways, eMachines, and others given to someone who wants to buy a premade and to see them slip up big time there! But since they use Asus boards and those seem to have been slipping a little in the last few years I will looking for either an MSI or Gigabyte board instead of Asus for the next build here.