Help with buying a new laptop.

Hello,

I'm looking for a new laptop ( Not refurbished ) that I can use for homework, browsing the internet and games. My price range is under 1200, I've been looking into alienware but with the m14x for what I want it costs almost 1300.

I would like the screen to be 14 - 17in and a i7 processor. For ram memory I would prefer 8gb or above but 6 gb would be okay as well. I want a mid-grade graphics card, something which I could play modern games on but it doesn't have to be on the highest setting in game, just not the least. I don't need a blu ray player but a cd player is a must. Screen resolution I would prefer to be good.

Other things that I don't mind is battery life - at least 2 hours. Webcam would be nice but not completly necessary. I don't mind if its loud or heats up or at least not dangerously so. It can be sortof heavy just not a lot and it doesn't need to be super thin.

I don't know if I'm asking for something that I won't be able to get so please tell me if thats the case. Thanks for helping and if there is no exact answer opinions and advice would help.
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  1. At the top end of you budget are the custom gaming laptops like MSI GT683-841US 15" notebook ~$1200
    Core i7-2670QM 2.2Ghz CPU, 12GB RAM, 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GTX 560M graphics.
    Includes 2yr warranty plus 1yr accidental damage warranty.
  2. Another custom gaming notebook option: FORCE / MSI 1761 17" notebook ~$1100 (with OS included)
    Core i5-2430M 2.4Ghz CPU, 8GB RAM, 17.3" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GTX 570M graphics.
  3. Oh! You are lucky. I just browse some of the top laptops in 2012 from cnet, and their prices.

    You can get to this site in order to get a good feeling about these notebooks.

    http://reviews.cnet.com/best-laptops/
  4. Thanks to both of you, I'm looking into the one laptop, upgraded it to an i7 processor but I have a question about the ram, whats the main different between the 1333mhz and the 1600mhz?
  5. Thanks, I'm looking into this one more now.
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