Looking for a decent gaming laptop under $1000


Aug 16, 2013
I want to find a good laptop to handle moderate-high gaming levels. And when I say gaming laptop I don't necessarily mean a hardcore gaming-only laptop, just something that can run games well. I most frequently play Dota 2 and would like to put it at high graphics settings. It would also be nice to be able to play some FPS games on good graphics. I don't care too much about battery life because I use it plugged in 95% of the time. I live in the US. I don't really know what screen resolution I would want or how to choose one (there are different options right?) but I guess whatever would work the best.

Additional want list:
-17"+ screen size
-500GB Hard Drive at least (Is an SSD Drive necessary?)
-Windows 7
-Don't care about weight but a somewhat thin laptop would be nice (Just so it's not like a brick)
-Looks somewhat stylish/sleek
-Not all black
-Good cooling system (I use an external fan pad right now, don't know if it's possible to do without one)
-Backlit keyboard (would be nice ya know?)