You'll understand after you use one for a few hours.
Here's some models that others have put forth in this forum. Take a look at:
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/toshiba-e105-s1602/4505-3121_7-33695853.html (that bad Intel 4500? I think it's fine. My kid has that in a laptop and plays many many games._
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114653 (OK, here's your gamer laptop but beware all such things run hot and all gamer laptops suffer shorter life spans.)
Hope this helps,
I need to buy a laptop for an overseas trip. I'm trying to figure out what I want to get. I'm decent with computers, although i rarely use macs so they confuse me a little. I already have an external hard drive, so i'm not concerned about the hard drive of the laptop. I'll be an everyday user and i'm not a gamer. I would like a pretty good processor and good graphics capability. My knowledge of macs is limited, so i plan to do more research on them, but might be out of my price range.
Would a netbook work? I probably will be taking a on of photos.
If i go with a ultrportable, what are the brands I should look at first for performance and life?