Ok so im off to college next year and i am looking for a laptop i would get a new desktop but ideally i want to take it with me and will be living a long way away from home so a desktop really just is not practical. I am looking at a gaming laptop in the region of about $1,000 is what i have saved up right now. I need it to last for me for atleast the next 3 years or so and ideally would like to do some gaming on it not like all the latest games obviously and i wont have time to play loads of games anyhow. Will need atleast ideally atleast 300 GB of HDD space for work and such. Do not really need Blu ray just an CD/DVD drive.
Even though it's a bit out of your price range, it's an amazingly fast laptop, and would be worth the extra 200 dollars, and could play any game you throw at it today. Has a quad-core, a better videocard than the first one I linked, more RAM, and a larger harddrive.
These are all amazing models, and will suit your needs however, so it comes down to how much you want to spend really. The lack of a quad-core on the second model may or may not be an issue for you. But they all offer new CPUs, DDR3 RAM, large harddrives, and LED screens.
If you don't care too much about graphics too much I'd go with the first model. If you're not worried about how a quad-core might help you down the road (which it will), but want better graphics (depending on how well the card and processor work together, which may result in a lower FPS due to not having a quad-core for future games), I'd go with the second model. If you want the best of both worlds, save up an extra 200 and go for the third model.