Buying a new Laptop! NEED HELP!


Dec 7, 2012
At the moment, I am contemplating on whether I should get HP or Dell as a laptop. Also, I am mainly getting this laptop for casual gaming - not hardcore like Crisis 3, Far Cry 3, etc.

My budget: $900.00

Here is a laptop I saw / customized and thought it'd be really good for me:

HP ENVY dv7t-7200 [customized]

Operating system: Windows 8 64

Processor: 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)

Graphics card: NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 630M Graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory

Memory: 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Hard drive: 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

Hard Drive Acceleration Cache NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache

Primary battery: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

Display: 17.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)

How is it? Thank you. Recommend me another one if there are any other good ones under my budget of $900!
I think I can get you better through this boutique builder (the prices shown do not include operating system) but have a few questions
Will you be using the laptop without an external monitor or primarily connected to a TV or larger monitor? Or do you need/want 17" the screen (which makes for a large, heavy 'portable')
What other uses for the computer? Any processor intensive programs used like CAD/CAM or video editing?
The HP DV7 Series are pretty nice but, I think you can do better.
My $0.02