The 8700m while nice is handily surpassed by any current gamer's desktop with a video card from this list -> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,2151.html
The item that had me write this is your spec "play the newer games coming out on decent graphical settings without too much lag..."
Also you seem to be new to laptops. Graphics on laptops are not like desktops. If there are cards, they only come from the laptop maker!
Hey College is coming soon for me and im looking to get a new laptop. I want to be able to get a laptop that will be able to play the newer games coming out on decent graphical settings without too much lag and freezing. I'm trying to get a good laptop for a cheaper price. I have been looking at the Alienware Area-51 m15x. I wanted to customize it and add on 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT for $150 plus upgrade the processor to 2.4ghz for another $150 and get the office pack for $150. So the price basically jumped from $1100 to about $1800 after shipping and tax. After some reasearch i found that i could buy a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT for the same price as the 8700M from a different website and get the office pack for about 50 dollars cheaper. This would cut down a bunch on the price. I was just wondering if its possible and how hard it is to replace the graphics card on the m15x. I'm not even close to deciding on a laptop yet, I've heard good and bad things about the alienware. If alienware is a bad idea, please let me know. So if any one could help me out with choosing the perfect gaming laptop for a good price please feel free to respond.