The single GPU should be fine.
I owned a Lenovo Y580 and was extremely happy with it up until it was bricked by the infamous Battery Gauge Reset problem, with no hopes of repair since it ran out of warranty.
I'm looking for a multimedia laptop with similar capabilities to the Y580 - something close to or better than it in terms of hardware and graphics, with a budget of ~$1000, give or take $100. I'm aware that there are still places that sell the Y580, but I wanted to see if there's a newer, better multimedia laptop for a similar price.
I've done some browsing around in the current Lenovo product line, and the Y50 and Y510p caught my attention - if anybody knows anything about them, I'd love to hear your thoughts!I was impressed by the build quality of my Lenovo laptop so I'd still be open to having another Lenovo PC, but I'm also open to exploring what other manufacturers have to offer.
WHAT I PLAN TO USE LAPTOP FOR:
Photo/video editing: heavy use of Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Premiere and frequent media exporting -high quality, big screen and fast processor are must
Moderate-end gaming: ex. Skyrim should perform well on at least medium settings
Playing music: need good built-in speakers. I was very impressed by Y580's JBL speakers
Frequent web browsing/HD video streaming
General multitasking: I'm that guy that has dozens of programs running at once
Storing my music/photo collection: 500gb storage was fine with my previous laptop
Country of purchase: USA
Budget range: $800-$1150 USD
Purpose: Multimedia (HD movie streaming/Photo+video editing/Moderate-end gaming)
Screen size preference: MUST: 15.6 inches, 1920x1080p display
OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows (7/8.1)
Gaming requirements: Enough to run a game like Skyrim smoothly at moderate settings
Brand preferences and reasons: Prefer Lenovo (though willing to hear about other manufacturers)
Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Similar physical build to Lenovo Y580
Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)
Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery life (weight not an issue)
Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality
Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance (but am worried about overheating problems)