While I can play Empires in low-medium settings, it sucks that I cannot play some of the newer games. I'll be working again this summer so this will give me an excuse to get a new laptop. I know a desktop would be a lot cheaper, but I need something that I can carry around if needed. I wouldn't call myself a hardcore-gamer in the sense I want to play the latest games in maximum settings, so a laptop will due. Here is the one I'm checking out: Dell XPS 15-L502x (w/ Intel's "Sandy Bridge") http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6020&review=dell+xps+15 (older XPS 15 w/o Sandy Bridge) http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-15-L502x.49945.0.html Current specs: Code: Operating System [INDENT]Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English [/INDENT] Processor[INDENT]2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz[/INDENT] Memory [INDENT]6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory[/INDENT] Keyboard [INDENT]Backlit Keyboard - English[/INDENT] LCD [INDENT]15.6 FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080) and Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam[/INDENT] Video Card [INDENT]NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus[/INDENT] Hard Drive [INDENT]750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive[/INDENT] Color [INDENT]Elemental Silver Aluminum[/INDENT] Integrated Network Adapter [INDENT]Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card[/INDENT] CD ROM/DVD ROM [INDENT]8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)[/INDENT] Sound [INDENT]JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3[/INDENT] Wireless [INDENT]Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N 6230 & Bluetooth 3.0[/INDENT] Battery [INDENT]56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery[/INDENT] I can get Windows 7 64-bit Professional and Office 2010 from school so I got the cheapest software package. I forked over an extra $200 to go from i5 dual core to i7 quad core. The smaller, 1366x768 screen is too small for a 15' laptop. The solid state hard drive would be an extra $600, but that's just stupid. I personally don't like the bulky 9-cell battery design. With coupons, this laptop is under $1300 with free shipping. If you guys have any recommendations on different specs or laptops, I'm willing to look at it. Though lenovo continues to make a great thinkpad, I have read reviews that the Ideapad Y5xx series have a flimsy, plastic design.