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.
I'm not really familiar with specs but I was looking at an asus ROG GL552VW laptop. I like the 17 inch model. The specs are as follows (although it gives the specs in ranges):
Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 6300HQ Processor
Windows 10 Home
Intel® HM170 Chipset
DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 32 GB SDRAM
15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768)/Full HD (1920x1080)/IPS FHD (1920x1080) anti-glare
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 2G/4G GDDR5 VRAM
- 1TB HDD 5400 RPM
- 1TB HDD 7200 RPM
- 2TB HDD 5400 RPM
- 128GB SSD (M.2 2280)
- 256GB SSD (M.2 2280)
PCIE x 4 256G
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
3 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC/ SDXC/ MMC)
VGA/HD Web Camera
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 ac (WiDi)
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0
1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s)
2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
I would like one that I can keep for 5 years before needing to be upgraded. I have never owned an Asus nor do i know anyone with one. I do not want to spend more than $1500. Basically, I would like one with a 1080p screen, nice powerful grapics card (I have heard the gtx 960 is a really good card), blu ray player/writer, 17 inch screen, backlit keyboard, i7 processor, 1tb hard drive spinning at 7200 rpm, 2gb of ram (or 4, but if there is room to expand that would be great).