It's time for an upgrade! This is the laptop that i've been looking at: Asus M70VN-7S002C
Processor: Core 2 Duo P8600, 2.4 GHz, 6 MB
Memory: DDR II - 800 Mhz, 4096 MB
Hard drive: SATA (2 x 500GB) 5400 rpm
Motherboard: Intel Cantiga M 1067 Mhz FSB + ICH9M
Graphic Card: nVidia Geforce 9650M GT, 1024 MB
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
I'm planning to use it as my gaming computer however I'm not especially wise when it comes to hardware so I need some input.
EDIT: I forgot to add that I really want it to last performance wise and be able to run most programs without slowing down for at least five years in the future.
I'm guessing that you need a labtop over a desktop for a particular reason.
But 4 gigs of ram and that card/processor should be fine.
The 9650M GT is sort of the equivalent of a desktop nVidia 9500 rather than a 9600 and that's quite a bit of a difference. It's not going to give you great gaming performance, just mediocre.
So, it's probably the time to ask, exactly what do you need this for. Because it's going to be big, heavy, expensive and have a shit battery life. You're seem to very much be in the territory where a smaller laptop and a good desktop might be a better bet (especially if you're wanting 5+ years).
You're not going to get 1 year. Get something with a 8800M or 9800M for the discrete graphics - that's your 5 year mark.
Also, please, PLEASE make sure it's 64-bit Vista. The extra RAM won't be useful if you don't.
You want a gaming laptop that will play new games for 5 years? Its just not going to happen.
It's not a bad idea, but it can be a little intimidating.