Need a laptop for school and light gaming. Suggestions!

So I'm looking for a laptop after having only an iPad and a dinosaur, 12+ year old desktop for a few years. But don't let the iPad fool you - I HATE Apple's computers and laptop OS.

Since getting some moolah for Christmas, I've decided it's finally time to choose my new baby. But I'm not quite sure what's the very best laptop for my needs, even though I've been researching.

Basically, I'm looking for..

- a good handle on wifi for online homework and regular browsing
- decent battery but good, potentially adjustable display settings
- the ability to play games like Sims 4 and lower-end Steam games (FNAF, Terraria, nothing big like Skyrim)
- ability to run Photoshop or GIMP, and a pen tablet for digital art
- preferably i5 or i7, I like 'em quick
- 15.6" screen size at least
- $400-$600 price range! (not including warranty or shipping)
- preferably Asus or Toshiba.

I've so far looked at...

these two as choices. But I'm not sure exactly if they'd fit what I need. Suggestions?

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I see "Basic UMA graphics"

That means these are not gamer laptops.

Also, I see 17 inch laptops which are poor choices for school. They don't stand up well to daily transport. Move to 15 inch models with GPUs and dedicated DDR5 RAM for even light gaming. is where I'd start.

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thanks for the input

I'm not looking for a gamer laptop, though, just a normal one that /could/ withstand some light gaming.

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What is light gaming?

I've had folk write such and then get very upset it would play any current title.

That is, they thought light meant occasional gaming. Tell what the games are.

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light gaming

I said up in the original post. I do mean light as in occasional, because I play some games on my desktop, but the games I mean are Sims 4, and Steam ones like FNAF, Terraria, GMOD...nothing big or really hard on graphics like Skyrim or anything.

I just found this laptop which seems to be pretty decent. Do you think it might work?

Alternatively, if I decide to part with more than I expected, I found this actual "gaming" laptop but it seems to work fairly well as a normal computer too.

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While Terraria is light

Garry's Mod has had folk complain to me over GMA graphics.

My wife plays Sims 4 and her PC is an i7 first or second gen and dedicated video GPU and video RAM. So that takes a gaming PC in my opinion. It has a 240GB SSD and she has yet to ask for more space

The second laptop with the 950 and dedicated video RAM looks like the trick here.

Note: Edited for clarity.

Post was last edited on December 26, 2015 11:32 AM PST

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