So my old Macbook Pro that I bought for school 6 years ago finally had the power brick give out a few weeks ago. After replacing one fan and seeing the other dropping out slowly, having a 10 minute battery life and the power brick finally dying I decided it is time to cut my losses and get something new. I've kept up with desktop parts but hardly their mobile equivalents so doing some shopping around has left me wondering what exactly I want or need, and what is the best I can get for my budget. Due to constraints, i'm looking at a budget of about $500-$650, and I don't think I have much more wiggle room than that.
Right now the most tempting one I've found is this neat model of Lenovo IdeaPad Z570
which has most of the specs i'm looking for (Higher than 4GB of RAM, i5 mobile proc, nvidia graphics solution) but the reviews are showing that this model may be prone to failures and there are a ton of horror stories about Lenovo's tech support. I'm not quite sure I want to take the risk, but that price is pretty nice for what it's packing. I've looked at some Asus, HP and Sager models but each one seems to be either of a lower end processor, intel HD 3000 only graphics, or way above my price range.
To give an idea of what I want to be able to do beyond the usual media capabilities, something that can handle multitasking between several chat programs, a media player and a hefty web browser (I consider myself an internet power user, for better or worse my several week long 80 tab firefox sessions have become legend to my friends). I do want to have some kind of gaming capability on the go, something beyond just Football Manager and Dungeons of Dredmore. Being able to run 3D stuff at least somewhat decently is what i'm after, League of Legends and Legend of Grimrock, etc. More examples can be worked out if need be.
So how screwed am I for selection, Moes? It's a really tough call being able to find an affordable and reliable machine that could offer what i'm after for that price but i'm hoping you guys know more about laptops than I do and can help point me in the direction of some models you think would work for me, ones you've had experience with would be even better.