Originally Posted by BlankThis
Go Mac for your laptop. It's Mac so no distractions by games/downloading porn. Also reliability is key because you don't want your laptop crashing with say your semester notes/papers on it. I got the laptop in my signature refurbished from apple.ca. What they basically do is take a laptop that may have been traded in or returned, fix any problems, replace the screen and put it in a new case. Mine was 900$ then I got 4GB's of RAM for about $100 from a Apple dealer.
While I do like Macs and think they're great for school, the OP mentioned that he wants a laptop that's going to be able to do some gaming. That automatically puts a Mac out of the question, seeing how the only one that can do some decent gaming (the MBP) costs $2000 and is out of his $1300 price range. So please, do respect the OP.
Also, Macs can do porn just great.
And I've heard that Macs have problems with file corruption (due to the HFS+ partition format), although I've never, ever heard of this problem in real life. Just a rumor as far as I'm concerned.