I do not know much about the Asus, however I got a Gateway Fx laptop P-173X FX and I think it is amazing. I got it with 2.2 core 2 duo, nvidia 8800m gts card, 4 gigs ram, esata, hdmi, 250gb hard drive vista ultimate 64 bit, microsoft office, webcam, dvd burner, 3 year tech support(they answer the phone instantly it's amazing!!), 3 year accidental damage all for $1800. I do not think any other computer company can sell a laptop with those specs anywhere near that price. i have recently played prince of persia, dead space, and fallout 3 on it and they all run perfectly and look amazing. crysis struggled a little but still was playable.