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New laptop for college (and it's many distractions)

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Hey, as I have obtained much useful information from this site, decided I would go ahead and ask your advice personally. After buying crap laptops that break within a year, I am looking to invest in a decent, quality rig. Mainly focusing on gaming, a healthy life span and possibly some video editing. I was thinking an GE70, however I am worried the heating would cause it to have a lacking lifespan.

What is your maximum budget?

1300 max, goes without saying I would like to spend less rather than more

What country are you in?

U.S.A would prefer a website that ships to APO but this is optional

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Browsing, office stuff, mainly gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

No, first real laptop I am getting

What screen size do you require?

I'd like 17"

What screen resolution do you require?

1080p would be nice

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


How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Don't care, 90% of the time on a charger (however lifestyle won't allow a desktop yet)

What games would you like to play with your laptop?
WoW, black flag, emulators, fallout 4 (hopefully soon) KSP, minecraft etc.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Not much of a preference

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

Something study

How much hard drive space do you need?

500gb at least.

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

SSD would be nice, but not a necessity. Dedicated graphics card is a must.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Reliability ( don't want random expenses popping up in college, or have to recover files) I'd rather get something I don't need to add custom upgrades too, as I have limited experience, and have little desire. And as future-proof as possible. Things like loud fans or crowded ports tend not to bother me so long as the machine is satisfactory. (Thoughts on the GE70? I'm leaning towards it)

Thank you all for your time, let me know if I can provide any more details!
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Oh, kind of redundant as I don't think laptops are built without them anymore, but will be skyping girlfriend a lot, so a quality integrated webcam would be ideal.
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