I turn to you sages of the internet for some general advice about getting a new laptop.
I graduated today from my undergraduate program and I'm looking for a new laptop as my macbook is beginning to act up.
I have approximately 1.3k to spend on the laptop though I would be willing to spend a little more for ease of mind. I do know this is probably overkill for what I want.
The attraction of PC is that I would be able to do some moderate PC gaming. Play SC2 without any lag. Play diablo, maybe a total war and mass effect/ some rpgs. I'm not used to super high settings on the computer so that's not a huge deal for me as long as I can play games released in the next few years.
Other considerations: I am going into finance related fields so I'll be doing some manipulation in excel. If I could run stata on my laptop that could be a cool plus but I imagine not a huge huge deal. I would probably use this as my primary computer at home slash traveling with it. I am unsure if it would be used that much in a daily setting so weight is a moderate but not huge concern. Thinking a 15" screen.
One part of me is wondering if I should just go with the idiot proof piece of mind of a 13" macbook pro and drop money on a desktop eventually... I haven't really used a windows computer in awhile so I'm slightly afraid some driver installation will go wrong and everything will go to hell.
Are there any sort of technology releases or recently released technology that would be awesome to have and make it worth to wait a few more months before buying a laptop? I.e. Should I wait maybe 2-3 months until the price of ivybridge processors drop a little?
What kind of graphics card should I be looking for?
What sort of HD size should I be shooting for?
General things I should be thinking about?
What version of Windows would I want?
I was eying : the sager 6165.
I've been doing some lurking about the notebook review forums but I thought I'd ask here first since... well you know you guys <3