Buying a gaming-capable laptop

I want to buy a decent gaming laptop.

1_What is your budget?


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


3_What screen resolution do you want?

1440x900 - 1920x1080

4_Do you need portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Mostly a desktop replacement as I am selling my custom built gaming computer.

5_How much battery life do you need?

2 hours while gaming (obviously not plugged in)

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)?


WoW (Ultra)
Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 (medium-high)
Bad Company 2 (medium-high)
Modern Warfare 2 (medium-high)
Just Cause 2 (medium-high)

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Video editing, photo editing (After Effects CS5)

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

500GB +

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

Really anywhere. Would like to buy locally (Portland, Oregon) but I am willing to order online. ( or anything similar)

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
2-3 years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
The best right before bluray (too expensive)

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. Will buy from anyone.

13_What country do you live in?

United States.

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  1. The best notebook you can get in your price range has a VGA like HD 5730M which is a mid-range card and can handle those games on medium-low settings on a resolution like 1600x900 or some of them on high on a resolution like 1366x768,is that OK with you ?
  2. I'm not sure if you will get 2 hours of battery life while gaming..
  3. I don't really care how may hours I will get gaming. Most importantly I want a back lit keyboard.
  4. Bump....
  5. You didn't answer my question,because i need to know it in order to find a laptop for you.
  6. I'd have to agree with Maziar, that budget is a bit deflated for the specs you'd like.
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