Thanks to eBay's fees, my budget has gone to $750 for a gaming laptop. I found a Gateway P-6860FX 17" notebook. How are these specs for gaming?
Take on your virtual opponents with the power of this laptop's Intel® Centrino® processor technology for smooth performance. Join a LAN party via the built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and enjoy NVIDIA GeForce Go 8800M GTS graphics for edge-of-your-seat gaming visuals.
Enhanced Intel® Centrino® processor technology with Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T5550, Intel® PM965 chipset, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965 network connection (802.11a/b/g/n) and extended battery life capability
4GB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory for multitasking power; 667MHz frontside bus, 2MB L2 cache and 1.83GHz processor speed. The next-generation Intel® Core™2 Duo processor is based on the innovative Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, so it runs faster and is more energy-efficient for cooler, quieter operation
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD-R DL media; supports DVD-RAM; also supports Labelflash direct-disc labels using compatible Labelflash media
17" WXGA+ TFT-LCD widescreen display with Ultrabright technology and 1440 x 900 resolution
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 8800M GTS graphics with up to 512MB discrete GDDR3 video memory
HDMI connection; high-definition audio (2-channel support)
Illuminated metal precision-touch multimedia control panel provides easy access to and control of your media and applications at the touch of a button
Built-in 1.3-megapixel Web cam makes it easy to chat with and send video mail to family and friends
5-in-1 digital media manager supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast digital video, audio and data transfer; eSATA interface
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR technology; 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector; V.92 high-speed modem
Weighs only 9.2 lbs. and measures 1.7" thin for portable power; lithium-ion battery and AC adapter
FX premium case design with brushed metal keyboard surround and high-ipact composite finish
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled; software package included with Microsoft Works 9.0, Microsoft Money Essentials, CyberLink Power2Go and more
I found this for around $700 new.
2.13Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo-2GB DDR2 800 Mhz-500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue- Nvidia 9400M