As you plan to play games on it, you'll need a good dedicated graphics controller.
The Toshiba Satellite P105 line has a powerful nVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS. It's impossible to have a more powerful GPU.
There is also the HP Pavilion dv8000t. This model has a middle-range nVIDIA GeForce Go 7600.
Look also to the Dell Inspiron 9400 / E1705. It has in option the ATi Mobility X1400 ( not very good in games but can be a value choice ), and also the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 and 7900.
But with 1000 $, you'll see that it's impossible to have a gaming notebook. I paid my Inspiron 6400 1450 $ CDN and this is not the best gaming machine ( an ATi Mobility Radeon X1400 ).
For the processor, save your money and get the Core Duo T2300 ( 1.66 GHz ).
Memory : Take 1x512 MB DDR2 to have a free memory slot.
Hi, this is my first post here. I'm looking for a 17 inch laptop because I'm going to use it for music notation. The notation software takes a lot of memory so 512mb would be needed. It would be good if the laptop could be upgraded to 1 gig of memory in the future because I would like to do some gaming on it.
My budget is $1000. I've looked at Toshibas. Are they any good? thanks