My school does have deals with lenovo/dell/apple, but the cheapest laptop is still about $1200, so no luck there.
Also, I was looking through the techbargains list but I'm not sure what kind of GPU I should be looking for? Most seem to have the HD Graphics 3000, but I haven't heard great things about it.
Thanks for all the help so far!
Integrated 3000 should be fine for minecraft and most indie games. They aren't really GPU intensive. Now if you wanted to do games like Diablo 3 or newer FPS games, you'd need a dedicated GPU.