So about three days before I started my classes at my university, I found out they expect all graphic design students to have a laptop. I initially planned on building a new computer this year because mine is 5 1/2 years old, but those plans have now been scrapped because of my sudden requirement to get a laptop. When I went to Fry's, I was told some of the higher end laptops can also function like a desktop PC by plugging them into a TV or monitor, and that I wouldn't experience any additional input lag while gaming using a monitor. With this in mind, I want to get a great laptop that: -Can handle an overwhelming amount of modern PC releases at 60FPS at the highest settings. Last thing I want is to have a bunch of newer games run like crap two or three years from now. -Can run the emulator Dolphin without lag issues. This is huge for me, as I typically prefer emulation over using original hardware and would love to play Project M in HD. That could be extremely convenient when friends and I want to play that game at a person's house or at a gaming club. -Performs Adobe programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Adobe Acrobat, Audition, etc, very well to where I'm unlikely to worry about the programs crashing from the computer not handling the software well. -Performs Fast -Good sound quality. I currently use a $50 ASUS sound card for my computer and listen to 95% of my music in the FLAC file format, so I don't want a major downgrade in sound quality since this will become my primary computer for all my computer needs. -Additional input lag from connecting the laptop to a monitor is absolutely unacceptable. -I'm not picky about screen size (especially since I'll mostly use a monitor at home), but it has to have a 1920x1080p resolution. Larger screens are preferred, but not required as long as it has that resolution. -Preferably not insanely noisy. -Must have at least 1TB of space, though I'll consider less space if it has both a SSD and a standard hard-drive. -Having a solid state drive is preferable, but not required. How much of a difference would it make with game and program performance? -Ideally, I'd like to still be able to use this laptop five years from now, so try to find something that would most likely still work decently five years from now. I'm willing to pay around $1,300 + tax if it's an insanely good deal or would make a huge difference by spending an extra hundred dollars. One of my friends linked me to this link and this laptop sounds nice. Does anyone know of any laptops for that price range that's as good or better than that? Also, which brands would you recommend? I hear MSI, Lenovo, and ASUS laptops are really good, and Fry's sells an ASUS laptop for $1,300 that has high specs and a solid state drive. Which is the better gaming laptop brand, MSI or ASUS?