I'll share my son just replaced his 5 year old laptop with another gamer laptop. Here's the old and the new.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034NGZWM ( ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-X3 later upped to 8GB RAM, SSD )
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01578ZKPO ( ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB ) and for 120 bucks we swapped out the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD.
Actually the old laptop could game quite well even after this many years. But he wanted to play a bleeding edge title called Metal Gear Solid 5. He says it's great now.
-> No gamer laptop today gets long battery times. Let's see what folk write about that.
I'm looking for a laptop to use for school and occasional light gaming. I'd prefer a laptop with a roughly 15.6" screen, dedicated graphics card, an ssd, 8gb+ ram, and a relatively long battery life. I'd also enjoy a backlit keyboard. I'm not too concerned with price, though under $2000 is pretty much required and I'd prefer to keep it around or below $1500.
I'm finding it difficult to find any laptop that meets these criteria, specifically one that is around 15" with a long battery life and the option for an ssd. Any advice?