I'll supply a link on that later.

You are in a period where the new models are just now shipping out so use this next article to find the updated models.

I read http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57578886-220/the-best-windows-8-gaming-laptops/ and used that to find Lenovo's refresh with the Haswell to come close to what you asked for at the price. AGAIN!!! This article showed me the current model which I used to track down the next and newer model. For those that can't sleuth for this it's at http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y510p-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B00CRXZSYQ/ or the "Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p"

About RAM, it appears that we still want to max it out. Read http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-ram-endurance,3475.html to see reasons why. Again, some won't read between the lines so I'll spell it out. Yes, it was faster.