For that price you are going to be gaming in most games on LOW....
All the best Brett
Not travelling so much anymore, my laptop just sits in the corner (most of the time). Keeping a laptop cool is a big issue (especially one used for gaming). A cooling pad used religously helps a lot there. I like Lenovos, they seem to be well built (and I find that one particularly nice looking) and have nice features. I think it should serve you well through school (or until BF4 or some other GPU hungry game is released). If you can afford it, add SSD. Enjoy
SAve more $$ and get a ultrabook, some awsome ones are on the horizon, I personally like the Samsung 9 series at the moment.
The y570 has the worst performing of the 555m models available, almost half the ability of the top model. I would suggested a refurbishd asus or msi gaming laptop from newegg for the same price but they seem to be out of stock except for an $1100 G73 model.