Averatec make one that not to bad for the price you are looking at. But it all depends on which games you plan on playing.
I have a 6130hs, 3ghz P4, ATI9600 video. I am able to play C4 with it. The only bad thing is the slow hd 5400rpm. But that can be replaced with a 7200rpm. But in turn pull more power. I get 2hr battery life for normal use, not games. The newer model uses the AMD chip, dropped the lpt port. Which is hardly used anyway.
Your not gonna get a gaming laptop for anywhere near $1200. For a few hundred more check out the HP zd800, Dell 9300, Gateway nx850. Basically you wanna look at the DTR laptops with dedicated video cards.
If you expand it to 1 gig RAM and upgrade the CPU to a 3200+ or a 3400+ it'll still be within your budget.
Starting off at the 1k price, you get an Athlon mobile 64 3000+ with 512 MB of PC3200 RAM, a Radeon 9700 with 128 MB of RAM, 40 GB HD, 8x DVD burner, Wireless capability, and a 3-in-1 card reader.
Get a laptop that runs on either the AMD Turion 64 or the Athlon 64 Mobile series. They both have Powernow technology, which will automatically underclock your CPU and thus conserve space whenever your laptop is idle or not using much resources. The Turion 64 ML series will give you better gaming experience, while the MT series will conserve more battery life. Its your choice. Just remember that the software for PowerNow must be downloaded from AMD's web site in order for PowerNow to work properly. PN already comes with the laptop, but its a weak version.
I've heard some bad stories about eBay. Refurb comps being sold and claimed "new", lower quality, heavily used comps. I've never shopped for a comp on eBay, and I don't intend to anytime soon.
To me, as a part-time sales associate at Micro Center (while still attending high school), buying something from eBay is sorta like buying a returned item from the clearance aisles. I've bought stuff like that, and have had bad experiences such as fried mobos. Granted, your experience with eBay may or may not be like that, but I wouldn't take the chance. A lot of the customers that I've seen buy stuff thats on sale and then sell them for a profit on eBay.
With the CyberPower comps, there are probably none of them that are not used that are on eBay. I haven't checked, but I think you have to buy directly from CyberPower. They give you some cool customization options too.
check out Asus laptops, you can get them maybe not for 1200 but not for much more. z70v, z70va have 6600, or x700 vid card in them.
We don't know whether he still wants good battery life or not. Since he states that he wants a laptop, perhaps he wants something that also has decent life in it (maybe at least 3 hrs). I dunno what the models have, but if they don't have some kind of technology similar to AMD's PowerNow, then battery life goes down the drain.
I bought z70va last sept for 1700cad, with x700 i can even play FEAR.
From what i can tell there the best bang for the buck, also could try acer
If you're talking about the Ferrari, I've seen quite a few of those come into Micro Center's tech support department for service. Not a very reliable laptop from what I heard. Toshiba's are much better. Toshiba has the support advantage. Whenever a new OS comes out, Toshiba will guarantee support for your laptop for that new OS should you decide to upgrade to something like Vista.
Why don't you try looking into the Gateway MX7525. It has a Mobile AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.6Mhz), 1 gig of PC 2700 RAM, 100 Gig 4200 RPM HD, Radeon X600 256MB Vid card, and wireless internet and all that good junk right at $1200.00 at Best Buy or $1300.00 with mouse and carrying case at Circuit City web only. I read a couple of reviews about its performance. One guy said he could play Doom 3 at 1024x768(I think) on high settings. I'm going to Best Buy this weekend to possibly get one.
I went to the dell outlet online and picked up my Inspiron 9300 17inch widescreen for 983 bucks. It has ATI's 300 graphics card but it plays games fairly well. I got full warranty on it and I haven't had a single problem with it. You might wanna look there. It took me a few days to find mine so check it periodically. Other manufacturers may have the same thing so check their sites as well.
ok, for under $1,200 the very best you can get is the alienware area 51 m15x it is a 15.6 inch notebook and the lowest cost is exactly $1,199 that is for the lowest cost. it has a powerful ati mobility radion hd 3870 and a 2.1 ghz dual core processor, also 2 gigs of dual channel ddr2 ram and a 160 gig hd you might want to spend a little extra to get upgrades
I assume you leave in US since you mentioned dollars. You should try the sager notebooks or its resselers like xoticpc. I think that for 1200 you could get a laptop with one 9800m GTX card and a mobile cpu.