Hey guys, been out of the loop for a while regarding computers, specs and the like (kinda feel I've been living under a rock haha). Anyway it's time to grab a good laptop, and I need some good advice. Mostly going to be using it for study but would also like to be able to play all the latest games pretty decently on it as well. My max would be about $2k NZD (which is about 1.7k USD). Newer quad core with lots of RAM and HDD space would be nice. Battery life, weight and size is not a biggie since it will mostly be used around home anyway. http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?l=s73086598 That's the basic idea of what I'm looking for and how much I can get it for. I was kinda interested in the HP Pavilion DV7 series (in particular the 6014TX), especially the look of them. They have a nice big 17.3" screen which I like. Though my dad has an older dual core HP laptop and TBH it was a pretty poor laptop from the start, and he's had a fair bit of trouble with it. Also the HP's we have had always seem to be preloaded with a whole lot of useless crap. The Asus also looks OK but I haven't really had much experience with Asus gear. Also, how easy is it to upgrade laptops anyway? Like a better video card down the road (when I can afford it ofc xD). Anyway, opinions please? Would really appreciate input especially on what people think of the different brands. Cheers people.