Originally Posted by oubronco
Well you didn't specify a price so I'm going to assume $$$ is no limit.
I'd personally go with something like this:
ASUS G Series G72Gx-A1
This is actually a nice deal on an open box laptop, ASUS makes some good stuff and that laptop is as full featured as you can get (BD drive, built in wireless N, quad core i7, and a Nvidia Geforce GTX 260M).
Bit heavy and you likely won't see a ton of battery life out of it unplugged but it is a legit desktop replacement.
Originally Posted by sirhcyennek81
Up to $1100
Would be nice but not set in stone.
More like 50/50.
I dont burn CDs often enough. My current laptop has it, but I dont use it much.
Just a scanner/printer.
I'd go with something like this:
MSI E7405-080US NoteBook
Biggest selling points for you:
Best price point that you'll likely get into an ATi 5870. It comes with a nice CPU that will keep pace with pretty much all recent games. It has a lot of nice bells and whistles, such as the 4-in-1 card reader that will let you transfer from the majority of camera's memory cards hassle free.
This laptop is fairly portable for a gaming system (7 lbs.) and comes with a 9-cell battery so it'll provide a decent bit of time off the cord before you need to plug it in (much less if gaming unplugged though).
Overall it'll cover your bases and the MIR slides it in just under your price range. Look for similarly equipped models and you should be happy with it.