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If you can wait maybe 2-3 weeks, go with the Lenovo Ideapad Y580. Supposed to be $900 in the US so maybe $1000 in Canada. Otherwise, the Lenovo Y470p is much faster than the 630M for $750. I'd go with the Y570 for $800, has an i7-2670QM and Nvidia 555M. Note on it's GPU, it's more like an Nvidia 550M, still faster than the 630M though.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/webca/LenovoPortal/en_CA/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=B03996D9E2F700F73D06C9DBF7A37D21&action=init

The Lenovo Y480 is a decent choice, but the lead time is 4 weeks, costs as much as the Y580.. meh.
 
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Yeah, but... 15"...
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get one with a 7970M. sad to say since I'm an nvidia guy but it PWNS. its bacically a 7870 down locked 200mhz its equal to a desktop GTX580
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Can we go back to what I originally asked and just look at those laptops and tell me what you think about them based on what I said?
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Well I pretty much want a laptop that will be able to play current games (that I can take with me when I go places).
To reiterate:
I'd prefer for it to be 17" and full HD. I could probably survive with 15", but I'd only really get one if it had a better deal than a 17" did.
I guess I wouldn't mind too much if it was 1600x900 instead of 1280x1080.
If an i7 will just make the battery die faster, I'm ok with an i5 processor, if it's good enough for gaming of course - like I asked before, I don't know if it is and want to know what others say.
Unless 8GB of RAM isn't enough for gaming, I don't really think I'll need any more than that, but I won't mind more if it doesn't affect the price too much.
I don't really care too much about the HDD, since 500GB is probably enough, but I'd prefer the 7200 RPM drives of course.
From what I've seen, the best cards that are being sold in laptops are things like the GTX 560/570/670 or the GT 650, which seem to have similar benchmarks on notebookcheck.net, so I'm looking at those ones.
Good speakers would be nice, but not completely necessary.
And I'm hoping for something that won't be too noisy and won't have heating issues. (And hopefully not too heavy.)
About the screen, should I be looking for matte finish or anti-glare or whatever?
I'm looking for laptops that are less than $1500.
And that's pretty much how I came up with those laptops I linked before.
A tall order, I know.
(Remember, I'm in Canada.)

http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-xps-17/26282.aspx

Very similar to mine.
And don't confuse a 560 with a 560M.
Very different GPU's.
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But will the GPU in that laptop be able to play stuff like Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 with graphics on high? Like I said, I'd like the laptop to stay good for a while.
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Then you should get a laptop with a 7970M which equally to a GTX 580 in desktop. With that GPU, you will be able to run Skyrim and ME 3 on high and it would be good for a while.

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How different are the HD 7970M, GTX 670M, GTX 560M and GT 650M? Because the laptops I linked with the latter 2 seem to be a lot cheaper. On the Sager site (at least the canada one) the jump from GTX 670M to the radeon is $200.
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How different are the HD 7970M, GTX 670M, GTX 560M and GT 650M? Because the laptops I linked with the latter 2 seem to be a lot cheaper. On the Sager site (at least the canada one) the jump from GTX 670M to the radeon is $200.

7970M is in it's own league, people who bought SLI 580M's are probably crying now (not to rub it in anyone's face but I recall someone spending $7000 or so on an Alienware M18x with SLI 580M's several months ago...) since a single 7970M beats their $3000+ 1 year old laptop. Basically, the 7970M is easily worth the $200 over the 670M, considering the 580M was usually +$300-400 over the 570M (now the difference is only +$100 from 670M to 675M since Nvidia did their rebrand).

670M and 660M are roughly tied, especially if you mildly overclock both. 650M and 560M are also roughly tied (not sure how OCing affects the 2, I'd imagine 650M with the edge after OC).

Last note, 675M is a 580M rebrand, 670M is a 570M overclocked by 25mhz (about 5%). Only Nvidia cards to consider are really the 650M and 660M; perhaps the 675M if it's at a great price, but 7970 is going to be the best bang/buck. Overclock it and you have desktop 6970 performance (assuming they can hit 1000mhz or so - seeing all the desktop models do 1200mhz+ on average is promising).

Exact breakdown, see here and navigate through all the various GPUs. http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7970M.72675.0.html
 
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But will the GPU in that laptop be able to play stuff like Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 with graphics on high? Like I said, I'd like the laptop to stay good for a while.

I play all my games at 900p with the settings on high, but I haven't tried a truly taxing game yet.
I just play WoW, BF2, HL2+. etc...
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