Hey, all. So, with the release date of Guild Wars 2 getting closer, I'd really like to get a new laptop that can actually play it. I'm going to preface all of this by letting you know that I'm really not a computer expert or anything, so if I end up asking stupid questions, sorry in advance, lol.
So, my current laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1764 with an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330 graphics card. Sufficed to say, it's brutal, lol. To start with, I have basically no ability to play any games at all unless I'm within 5-10 feet of my router because the connection is so poor. Even from my bedroom about 20 or 30 feet away, I literally can't even load a Youtube video or download a basic torrent. This is a more recent issue, considering I've had this laptop for a little over two years, and I've never had that kind of problem up until a few months ago. I've got a good router, and none of the other four laptops/desktops in my house have an internet connectivity issue.
Anyway, connection issue aside, my graphics card is the other major issue I have problems with. I can barely get by playing games like Dragon Nest and Diablo III at their lowest settings, and as of its most recent update, I can no longer play Minecraft (Bad graphics card error) T_T Updating my video card drivers hasn't helped at all. It made it so I could play Minecraft choppily, but no longer could play Dragon Nest/Diablo III.
So, yeah, I'd really like to get a new laptop that won't give me these kinds of issues anymore. That said, I don't really know what I'm talking about when it comes to computers, and I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a laptop that will suit my needs.
What I'm Looking For/Expectations:
I'm not worried about mobility too much, considering I'll pretty much always have it plugged in. At the most, I'll just be moving it from room to room or at the most, to a friend's house. For the most part, I'd really like a performance laptop that will allow me to play any game I want -- specifically, the most current games, such as Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, Minecraft, Dragon Nest, the new PSO(whenever that comes out, lol), etc. -- and won't force me to play everything on their lowest settings just to get them to run. I'm not really worried about flashiness, more about performance. The case could be a hollowed out pumpkin if it meant I wouldn't have to compromise my experience, lol. As far as price range goes, I'm hoping I can keep it within $1,300, though I'm willing to go a little bit over that if I need to. I'm not expecting to be able to get a top-of-the-line Alienware M18x or anything.
Thanks so much in advance to everyone for their time, advice, and insight. I really appreciate it!