I'm a complete idiot when it comes to hardware, is laptop A worth the extra 250$, as far as hardware goes? I know laptop B is supposed to be specifically a gaming laptop, is the same true of laptop A? Would it be able to handle newer games with little or no lag?
Ok, and are there any cooling pads you would recommend? To be honest I've never owned a laptop that was worth more than 300$, I just use them mainly for school and internet browsing. I don't even know if cooling pads really work, but if overheating is an issue would they help to prevent that?
I don't use a cooling pad so I can't reccomend one, but I hear they work very well (depending on which one). But I do have my laptop propped up about 6" above where it sits, as well as I have at least 6" of space around the back of the laptop for it to expel hot air better.
What you could do though is - if you have a small fan - when gaming you could point it towards your laptop to keep it somewhat cool. Note the laptop I have - the G73 only seems to overheat during intense gaming.
I think you'd be better off buying a cheap laptop to use as a laptop and building a separate gaming desktop. A $300 laptop and a $500 entry-level gaming desktop is going to get you a lot further in games than a $1000 "gaming" laptop. If you need portability, make a LAN gaming PC, since you won't be playing games anywhere you can't plug in anyway.
cooling pads will shave off about 3-5 C on average. So if your system is running 75 you might see it go to 72 or 70, but if you're overheating to a point of 95 a cooling pad won't save you, it will only slow down the rise in temp.