I've been looking to purchase a new laptop for a while now, as the one I have is getting pretty slow and the parts in it are ancient! I'm hoping to sell it to someone in the family, but I've been trying to find a new one with half decent parts for about £400.
The dell refurbished products site is a good place to look, prob other brands refurbs too. The key is to have patience since its not a standard stock, options and configurations are always changing and quantity depends on what gets refurbished..
I have not done much research for laptops in this price range, but a while back I was in a similar boat, wanting a decent laptop in this price range for college. I ended up getting a dell inspiron 14" with 4gb ram, intel core2duo@ 2.4ghz and 320 gb hard drive for about 500$ brand new would have prob been 700-800... this was in 2009 i think.
8GB RAM and Quad Core Processor does look nice! I'm not looking for a big rig or anything, just something that can play some of the more modern games really! I know some people have been saying Alienware, but I don't have that money and I'm really looking for something that is a good all round performer.
Like I said the games I'll probably play are Minecraft and the Total War Series, nothing like Crysis 2