Gotta say, I'm a little disappointed by the turnout, but whatever. If anyone stumbles onto this thread with similar questions to my own, I've currently decided to go with the ASUS N56VJ-DH71 15.6-Inch laptop. It's graphics card and processor are both reasonably capable, and should be able to match or exceed my needs.
I'm looking to buy a new laptop, to replace my ageing PC. I have $1,000 to work with, though I imagine that I could shift it a couple hundred either way, if I saw a reason.
I plan on having it run 64-bit Windows 7, as I'd rather not have to adapt to 8 just yet. I'm looking for a 16-inch screen, an 8-hour or more battery life, 4-to-6GBs of RAM, a 1-TB hard drive, as well as a processor and graphics card beefy enough to handle Skyrim on its highest settings.
My research has led me to believe that most of those requirements can be met for around $800, though I'm unsure about the graphics card. In terms of form factor, I'm looking for something that's portable, but not under-powered.
My main point of confusion is A.) finding a laptop sporting the processor/card combo I need, and B.) deciding between the numerous laptop manufacturers. Aside from a near-universal dislike of Dell, each company seems to have an equal share of fans and haters.
Lastly, I'd like to thank you ahead of time for taking the time to respond to this query. I suspect that my question is neither original nor challenging.