I'm looking for some advice on getting a new laptop for college which I'm going to use for coursework and a little bit of gaming (EVE Online and maybe some other games like Company of Heroes 2). I've been looking around a bunch and have actually been able to find laptops for some of my friends and their price ranges/needs but I can't find one in my price range with my needs that I'm completely sure of yet. I AM going to be building a new gaming desktop sometime 4th quarter 2013 with around a $1500 budget so I don't really know what would be the best for what I need. I've been avoiding Intel HD Graphics while searching by the way, which I guess is a good idea in my case but has reduced my options.
Here's an example of one I found:
the new laptop HERE for $550
and the refurbished HERE for $400
I've read the reviews and heard that HPs in general are pretty cheaply made but still, these laptops don't have very bad specs for the price: AMD A10 2.3gHz, AMD Radeon 7660m, 6GB RAM, and 750GB HDD. And I'm kind of scared of getting a refurbished laptop but the price... is so appealing. Do I need to worry about it being refurbished? I'm guessing it would be mostly about luck if I get one that was only just opened or something instead of having actually been broken.
Could anyone give me any suggestions or any links to laptops that could save me some money and/or work better for my needs? Also, I don't actually need the laptop until near the end of August, would it be a good idea to just wait until back to school sales to buy a laptop?