I'm currently in the market for a new laptop. I have been searching the web for much of this week, but still haven't been able to find the right machine for me. Since I will likely be purchasing an SSD upgrade for the new laptop from Aria, I was hoping somebody here might be able to make a recommendation based on my requirements.
The laptop will be used for general word processing, web browsing, and gaming. Portability isn't much of an issue, but I would like to try and avoid something monstrously huge, ugly, noisy, or hot. I'm not keen on all of the fancy stuff manufacturers try to pack in, so something with a basic feature set (like a macbook) would do me just fine. As my budget will reflect, I am hoping the laptop will last at least two (preferably three) years - a warranty service similar to AppleCare would also be a big plus.
My requirements/search criteria are as follows:
CPU: i7-3610QM, I don't need anything more expensive.
GPU: GT650m minimum, the higher the better. I have a preference for ATI, though that isn't particularly important.
Memory: 8-16gb, 1333 or 1600 is fine.
HD: Doesn't really matter, although I'd like a SATA 600 port for a fast SSD.
Screen: 15.x"-17.x" is fine, must be 1080p. No preference for the glossy/matte stuff.
I realise that all of this is quite picky, but I would really appreciate any recommendations. My budget is about 1400 squid, though I am willing to increase that if the laptop has a decent SSD included.