Remember that laptops are 5 year designs. Get a gaming laptop and that drops since all the heat and more kill the longevity.
And how about the battery? At 300 cycles that's one year. You have to upgrade that if you must be on battery power often.
So let's be honest here. Gaming laptops have shorter life spans. If you want good game for the money, get a console or desktop. Cramming it all into a laptop ups the price and lowers the life span.
I've been looking to buy a laptop for quite a while now. I'm not sure if i would call myself a hardcore gamer since I do play games quite a lot but I don't really care for the games that have high demands like Crysis and such (not saying that they are bad games or anything). What I'm looking for is a labtop that will last me at least 5 years of fairly frequent use without any serious problems but the specs are high enough that it can play the mid-level games within that time. $1200 is probably as high as I'll go.
ATM, I'm looking at this Asus laptop (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Black/9556125.p?id=1218124208054&skuId=9556125&st=asus). I'm no computer expert but it looks fairly good,