Well the 699 one is at the very 101% top of my budget. Are the other two just going to completely fail in what I want to do as a whole?
Buy a desktop instead, unless you absolutely require portability. Most people require it a lot less than they think they do, but if you feel that typing notes in class (as opposed to writing them, as dinosaurs like me had to do) is essential, then shop around very carefully for a laptop. (That is to say, search around a little more than you already have.)
Not funny? do you guys like windows 8 enough to suggest it to others?
I think you'd find that most people on this forum have a fairly dim view of Windows 8 as a worthy successor to Windows 7, but Microsoft's design/UI mistakes in Windows 8 are easy enough to overcome that it isn't worth picking an entirely different laptop just to avoid Win8. The value proposition on laptop hardware is sketchy to begin with; to handicap your selection by insisting on the marginally better OS doesn't make sense.
Okay thanks, and what do you mean with the sketchy bit
Laptop hardware is more expensive, generally less reliable, generally harder if not impossible to upgrade than desktop-equivalent hardware.
That's more true of expensive, so-called gaming (and/or "desktop replacement" laptops) than it is of budget laptops like the one you're interested in buying. As the price range decreases, you get more and more relative value out of qualitative/peripheral items like the screen and so on -- items that you'd have to buy separately on a desktop build. Also, lower-end parts generally have fewer heat problems when they're crammed into a tiny laptop chassis.
My comment was an aside. Don't worry too much about it.
If you are interested in gaming, though, and if you don't absolutely require portability, then please do consider a desktop. $700 in the desktop space can buy you a pretty respectable machine. If your mind is made up, then that's fine. Just try not to expect too much from a laptop.
Yeah I'm actually selling my gaming rig, gtx 560ti, i5 2500k, etc.
I've chosen a laptop to make me game less (not stop) and to hopefully increase my activities away from the computer. That being said, I still want to game some times, and of course heavy streaming.