Yep this one looks fine with this graphics and fullhd res. in terms of performance it should be more than enough with the titles you mentioned
but you can also consider other brands like lenovo, dell..if you want a desktop replacement then maybe some 17' at similar price will be possible (with not that good graphics then I guess)
the best guide for you should be here I think as the graphics is most important (rouch performance marks for each mobile GPU there look on the right) http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-260M.14...
I own an Asus G50V-Xt, and it has slightly lower specs (2.26 GHz, GeForce 9800M GS 512MB RAM), and it runs most games just fine in high detail (including recent games like Resident Evil 5 and Mass Effect 2). The only game that has performance issues is GTA IV. The G51 should suit your needs just fine, although I can't tell you how the games would run at full HD 1080p, as my max resolution is 1366x768.
Yes that 1080p resolution will increase the requirements for GPU in many titles I guess...it's pity THG does not do any charts for on mobile GPUs
But in the more demanding titles lowering res to 1366or similar might not look that bad also ?
gtaIV is more processor (cores) dependent - from what I read
But the new Corei5's do pretty well in laptops compared to core duos like that p8700 but I guess it might be hard to combine such with strong GPU around 1000$
I don't know which would be the core i7 one but I guess you won't get fair performance/features improvement for that 50% $$ more than this one. I looked up one review and, as expected, this model has it's flaws but for 1000$ you shouldn't complain. lower res but larger screen than previous proposition - overall better I think if you consider playing at native res.
what I would like about it is that you can have two hard drives