After living with Windows 8 at the office for months now with Classic Shell I can write that those that want to stick with 7 are going to pay more for the privilege. This is great news for the industry as they need ways to pick the consumer pockets.
There are too many gaming laptops that fit your specs. Alienware, Toshiba's Qosmio, and http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57578886-220/the-best-windows-8-gaming-laptops/ albeit dated now gives you leads to models that were updated recently.
I dont do heavy gaming. But I want a lap top for now.
World of Warcraft is the most extreme game I play.
Be able to play WoW or similar games at medium settings.
Small SSD for operating system only (fast booting and such)
I have a 1TB external HD, so a massive HD for storage on computer isn't needed. Maybe 320-500G (For games).
Looks isn't a big deal. Solid black is fine.
I use WiFi. So a good card for that.
I hear windows 7 is best, but see its hard to find it these days ...