Now that you are all chiming in on laptops, & I also really appreciate your opinions/thoughts on this kind of stuff, I was looking at this one. Thoughts?
I actually bought the 5000 RPM 500GB HDD verison (g7-2251dx, its the same exact computer pretty much) which I switched out for a 7200 RPM 750GB drive and switched out the 4GB RAM for 8GB stick (only saw 1 memory slot)
Its pretty nice (its btwn an i3 + an i5 cpu wise) and the graphics are pretty good on medium settings; it will ran Batman Arkham City (little lag) but less intensive games it should be handle fine.
Win8 sucks but not huge deal to me with start menu mod, backups are pretty easy (u use HP software) if u want to reformat/switch harddrives (just need 32GB usb or discs to burn ISO; OS is 22GB big, I went USB route).
For the price and specs, its unmatched bc u aren't going to find a 17' 1600x900 res laptop less then $500+ imo