I'm sure you've read things like the following.
"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
So a nice i5 with a nice GPU and you'll avoid the usual 2 year life span of gaming laptops. It's mostly because folk call a laptop dead if it needs repairs and just like a high end sports car, your usual i7 gamer laptop is going to need work sooner than the vanilla machine.
And then you have folk that don't realize that a current i5 machine is light years ahead of a machine from 2 years ago.
I need a new laptop as my one is completely buggered now. I'm an animation student working with a lot of adobe programs.
I'll be using this laptop every day for animation, rendering, internet usage, as well as general usage.
From what I know it needs at least a 1GB graphics card, and an intel quad processor. (and probably over 4GB of RAM)
My budget is any where from 500 to 800 pounds unfortunately.
My current laptop has a huge problem with over heating, despite how much you clean it. So a reliable laptop brand would be helpful too.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear.