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Hey everybody, a friend of mine is looking to buy a new machine around black friday to do some gaming. She's open to both laptops and desktops, but shes not particularly inclined to build her own, so whatever she gets needs to be pre-assembled. Her budget is around $900.

And for the formatted questionnaire thing:

What is your maximum budget? $900

What country are you in? US

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming, school work.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Partial to Dell and HP but open to suggestions

What screen size do you require?
ideally 15"

What screen resolution do you require?
no preference

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? open to suggestions

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
This is not a particular concern but 4 hours or so would be nice.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Basically the best that can be done on the budget. Mainly rpgs or mmos, and the occasional first person shooter.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) Something visually appealing would be nice but it is not a requirement.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Enough to store a reasonable amount of games and general media, nothing exorbitant.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) Webcam

Is there anything else we need to know? The user is not very technologically inclined, so she will not be able to do more advanced things (like building a own pc) on her own. Also, with a desktop, a monitor would also have to be purchased.

I realize she can probably get a better setup for the money with a desktop, but we're trying to get as much advice as possible on different options. If you guys have some feedback it would be appreciated.
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Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.5 GHz Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H EVGA 980 Ti Classified G Skill ripjaws x 16 GB 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM Crucial MX 100 Corsair H80i GT Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Dell P170S KBP V80 TKL Seasonic X-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Logitech G502 Razer Goliathus Speed M Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 
AudioOther
AKG K7XX NZXT Mesh 5 Channel Fan Cantroller 
CPUGraphicsHard DriveCooling
Intel Core i7 2620M AMD Radeon HD 6470M Hitachi 320 GB 7200 rpm SED Stock, AC MX-4 
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Windows 7 Professional 64 1600x900 Logitech G700 Razer Goliathus 
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try your luck with this laptop

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-GT-680-R...#ht_500wt_1413

it's got a gtx 560m, good gpu for a laptop
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