My cousin just bought an hp-dv6, the exact model specified here, so I took it for a test run and wow that thing is fast! I also installed Skyrim and tested it, and it was very playable on high settings. Plus I really like the aesthetics of the laptop so I will go with it. After all rebates and taxes the laptop came to 500 bucks and Staples is also providing a $15 rebate for the upgrade to Windows 8.
Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it!