Not sure where to buy a gaming laptop

Hi- I'm a Marine currently at my MOS school. I'll be here over a year and I need a powerful laptop I could use for gaming.

1_What is your budget? $2000

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 17" +

3_What screen resolution do you want? Not sure

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Desktop Replacement

5_How much battery life do you need? 2 hours

6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
The majority of new games on medium and high settings.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
xfire, watch movies, play music,

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
1-2 years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Bluray would be nice, but not necessary

12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I usually build my own desktops, so I don't have a lot of experience with brand names.

13_What country do you live in?
United States

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I would like to the best possible deal for my money. I think the gpu is probably the most important thing to consider. Any recommendations for sites? I've mostly been looking at

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