Re: Laptop for my needs?
Since you mentioned Photoshop, I was going to recommend a Mac.
Then I realized you mentioned playing CS:S. Then I was going to recommend something similar to Andy.
Then I did some research and realized that CS:S is playable on a Mac.
Go with the 13 or 15 inch MacBook Pro. Seriously, Mac is untouched when it comes to photo editing. Photoshop runs like a dream on Macs. I don't care what anyone says, I'm a HUGE PC geek, but sometimes I dream of having a Mac for Photoshop.
If that is out of your budget, check out Dell, HP, Asus or Acer. Usually good prices as well as good quality product.
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