I also have been wanting to buy a gaming laptop for a while. And very annoyed everytime someone told to just "buy a desktop" like I was an idiot or something. Seriously, many people kept saying "Are you SURE
it can't be a desktop?" like there was no practical difference. I'm a college student, I need to move it around a lot, morons. And I don't see why it's so ridiculous to ask when smartphones are doing crazy stuff nowadays.
Anyway, from everything I've read, it's not entirely true you have to spend over $1000 for a gaming laptop. It is if you want everything running at 1920X1080 at max settings, but at 1366X768 (which is what most "affordable" laptops are at anyway) on low-to medium (console-quality graphics or likely better.) there are laptops that are around $6-800. What you want is something like a Radeon 7670M or NVIDIA GT 540 M
video card. Those are seen in $600-800 laptops, 15 or 17 inch, and can run games like I said above, console quality or better.
Of course that's still expensive, but I want one enough I'm still saving up for one. If you wanted one for $300 or so, or one under 15 inches, or one with 1080p resolution, give up on that.
edited 14th Nov '12 12:49:21 PM by occono