I currently have the original asus g73jh, and even though they have had some issues in their first production line... they should be great now. I would recommend the asus g75, they are probably the best priced for what they have internally. Also I feel that i should tell you that laptops will never be able to match a build desktop in gaming and their performance seems to depreciate a bit faster then desktops... the 17.3 inch laptops that your considering and that which I currently use on a day-to-day basis are also very large and heavy. They are a pain to bring to class every day, you will also have to buy a big carrying case (i bought one at slappa for $120), to carry it because they are not many cases that will fit such big laptops. I just want to make sure that you realize that before buying one. But if your alright with all the drawbacks and are ready to carry about an extra 10 pounds on your back (which included the power supply cord), then you will have a great performance laptop. Again I recommend the asus brand, especially the high end g75... they also usually come with a bagpack and gaming mouse, which are both very nice.