Intel Integrated Graphics dude? I wish you luck with gaming on that. I suggest you drop a little more cash and get a laptop with a non-integrated GPU. Heck the laptop you posted the link to initially had a very good graphics card for the price. Even if you are just doing a bit of casual gaming now, it's always good to go a little higher end on the things you won't be able to upgrade later (like the graphics card most likely)
When I was specing out my current laptop I used the following logic:
Max out non-upgradable or difficult to upgrade components (GPU, screen, fingerprint reader, bluetooth, etc.)
Leave easily upgradable components close to the bear minimum (CPU (in my case), RAM, hard disk, battery)
I ended up with a machine that runs Crysis, can play movies smoothly in 1080p and is still portable enough to take on the bus to university everyday.
It's a Dell Studio 17,
2.1 Ghz 45nm T8100 cpu with 3mb of cache
3 gigs of ram
250 gigs of hard disk space
ATI Mobility HD 3650 GPU
WUXGA (1920 x 1200) res screen
Standard 6-cell battery
About $1200 USD, and robust as heck. I accidentally threw the laptop while it was in it's bag about 5 feet a week or so ago, not even a scratch. Which is impressive considering how thinly padded the bag was. The Studio 17 starts at around $750, with the upgraded graphics card (which I highly recommend) it will come in at around $850
(Scratch the $850, Dell has changed the config layout for the Dell Studio's, so you'll have to pay over a grand to get the HD3650 In which case it's kind of hard to recommend, so I suggest you do a bit more shopping around)
Excellent, a discussion I can actually sink my teeth into.
If you're looking for a good laptop in the $800 - $1500 range I would suggest you take a look at the Dell Studio series, I have the 17" version myself and I'm loving the hell out of it. The Studio's sit somewhere between the Inspirion and XPS series in terms of price and features, and represent one of the best values on the market right now (in terms of hardware specs anyway). The 17" has the option of an ATI Mobility HD 3650 graphics card, which will let you run Crysis smoothly (on minimum settings at 1280 x 720 res in the most demanding parts) and will do hardware accelerated h.264 video decoding (for 1080p movie goodness). It's not Centrino 2 based, so it doesn't have the most modern architecture right now (i.e. no DDR3 memory, no mobile quad-core support, max memory of 4 gigs supported) but all things considered it hauls ass pretty good
The connectivity options are pretty awesome as well, the only thing I can think of that it's really missing is an e-Sata hookup for high-speed external hard disks. The media card slot is an absolute godsend too (most laptops have one, but Macbooks don't as I recall). If your running Vista you can do what I do and leave an 8 gig card in the slot and have the system auto-backup to it every day. If my hard disk gets fragged all I have to do is pull out the card, pop it into my desktop and I still have all my important files.
The 17" also has a second hard disk bay, so it's easy to add more storage or set up a RAID 0, or 1 for speed or data redundancy.
Just so you guys know where I'm coming from, I haul the Studio to university every day, and I generally use it for writing, gaming, CAD, and hopefully at some point I'll be moving my film editing suite over to this bad boy, although I may need to throw in a second hard disk before I do that.
So I suggest you check out this model, see what you think.
P.S. Yes I am a huge computer geek
P.P.S. Whatever laptop you purchase donít act like one of the douchebags in my comp sci courses who insists on using a Targus notebook cooler with his IBM Thinkpad, because he thinks Ubuntu is going to cause his hardware to catch fire.
I really dig the paint job. I dunno about the rest though, as you said there isn't really anything new here. Since you cleared the bi-pod area and did the shotty grip might I suggest that you convert the shotgun-style grip to something more along the lines of a vertical foregrip. That would be freakin' sweet. Original too (as far as I know)