Need help choosing a laptop

Hey everybody. Since my current laptop is almost 3 years old and kind of breaking down I decided to purchase a new one. After some thorough research I basically narrowed my choice to two laptops. I was hoping you could help me out since I'm not exactly an expert.

What I will use it for is mostly watching movies and playing games. I don't need to play games at an ultra high setting just some decent graphics. Games like The Sims 3, Diablo 3 and Anno 2070. Another important thing is that I rarely use it on a table or desk but mostly on my lap with a small laptop table so I'm wondering if a 17 inch screen is too big. Finally I'm wondering about the resolution, obviously higher is better but is the difference really that noticeable?

These are the two choices:

HP PAVILION G7-2005SD
17.3 inch
Intel Core i7 (quad core clock rate: 2100MHz)
6GB RAM
500GB Harddisk
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
Resolution 1600 x 900
Price $955

TOSHIBA SATELLITE L855-123
15.6 inch
Intel Core I 5(dual core clock rate: 2500MHz)
6GB RAM
500GB Harddisk
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
Resolution 1366 x 768
Price $892

This is a website with a comparison of the two: http://www.laptopshop.nl/vergelijken/200000/210047/
Note that the website is in dutch so you may not understand some things.

That about sums it up. Thanks in advance for your help!
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  1. Definitely take the HP PAVILION G7-2005SD. Better resolution, MUCH better processor, and a larger display.

    But keep in mind 17" is a lot larger and heavier than 15.6".
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