Looking for budget laptop with a balance in gaming and school


Jul 1, 2011
1. What is your budget? $500

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? standard size, nothing too bulky

3. What screen resolution do you want? any screen size 15.6" or bigger

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? portable

5. How much battery life do you need? at least 3 hours when gaming and multitasking

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? League of legends (max), Borderlands 2 (low/medium), Counterstrike-Source (medium/high)

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? Websurfing, music, YouTube, school-related work

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? at least 250gb

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Bestbuy, Newegg

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? At least 4 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM, standard

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Anything other than Acer

13. What country do you live in? United States

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

This is what I had in mind but not sure if it will meet my gaming needs..