2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Too big or too small is not a deal breaker.
3. What screen resolution do you want? I will be using my desktop's current monitor, so this is not very important.
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Desktop replacement
5. How much battery life do you need? Not very important to me.
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? Yes, World of Warcraft all settings max'd out balls to the wall.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? Watching movies, torrenting, general leisure stuff
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Not important
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. I don't know what I'm doing so I have no preference, and have been all over the place, reading and head scratching.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? I want a long term investment.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? I need to be able to read DVDs.
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 prefer any brand that will offer me support if anything goes wrong with, or there are any difficulties with, the hardware.
My intention is to end up with a machine that can handle a few simultaneous sessions of World of Warcraft in window mode. I also want to be able to connect to my current desktop monitor and multi-mon, and be able to connect to an entertainment system to watch movies.
Asus G72 is what I have/recommend. I play WoW on ultra at 60FPS with Vsync (8x multisampling). I got mine at Best Buy for less than $1000. Comes with Core 2 Duo @ 2.53ghz (overclocks to 2.88 with included software), a 1GB GeForce GTX 260M, 6GB RAM & 500 GB HDD (only 5200RPM, but has a second HDD bay so you could get a fast SSD). I think if you google it you will find them for sale at some places still. It has an HDMI port too. Like I said 60FPS average & getting 30FPS in Dal.
One last thing, you mentioned torrents. I can convert & burn movies in as little as 10 minutes (when overclocked) using Convert X. I would put my average convert & burn time right around 20 minutes with no project taking more than 25 minutes. It depends on the length of the finalized disk.