7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
-Movies (Do not need blu ray, i have an external blue ray player)
-Regular Schoolwork (Have a copy of MS Office 2007 already)
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
2 years minimum.
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
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.
Brands I will consider
lenovo: I've used IBM (lenovo) brand products for a while. I know everyone says they are a reputable brand. I think it's solidly built, but their designs are horrible imo. I would have to get a super good deal for me to buy lenovo.
Toshiba: I don't know anything about their performance and their long lastability.
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
-Is i5 and i7 processors have a noticible difference? Are they future proof for another two years?
-Regular keyboard buttons>Glossy buttons
-Webcam would be cool.
I would agree with chinesewashbuckler about Alienware...notoriously high prices for laptops that are known to not be well built units.
Other than that..."brand" honestly doesn't matter one bit...all laptop parts come from the same place and computer companies just slap their brand name on. The only thing that differs is appearance and quality of customer service.
Just do a lot of research and compare laptops closely. All you really need to worry about is: hard drive space, RAM, what operating system you prefer, and the graphics card! (and if you're really picky on the display itself.)
Hard drive space: try for 500 GB or if you can find it cheap: 128 solid state drive
RAM: 4 Gb will cut it, try 6 if it's still in the price range
OS: Find the one you like a stick to it: XP, Vista, Windows 7...having the newest doesn't mean it's the best.
Graphics Card: just make sure it's a dedicated graphics card. a 512MB is perfectly fine for most pc games. And between Nvidia and ATI- it's really just preference.
Between the i5 and i7...don't be excessive you don't need these processors to run games...trust me. My laptop from 3 years ago is still trucking it out with anything I throw at it (except Crisis).
Good luck with a laptop! ---maybe think about investing in a desktop/netbook combo, since desktops are upgradeable.