I've got a 25% off discount through work for a Dell laptop, and am wondering if I can do better than the specs below for a general gaming laptop in this price range. I don't need to run everything on ultra settings, but I don't want to feel gimped in 2 years either. I can get this one for $835, and I'm committed to a 17" screen.
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB cache, up to 3.4Ghz)
17.3" Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display with Anti-Glare
8GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD + 32GB mSATA SSD w/ Intel Smart Response
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB
$835 after work discount
I think the weak point is the graphics card, but not sure if it'd actually be a problem.