Cheap laptop for moderate gaming?

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    What is your budget?
    Less than 700 USD

    What country will you be buying this in?
    USA

    What size notebook do you prefer?
    Netbook (10-inch screen or less)
    Ultraportable (11 - 12-inch screen)
    Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)


    Would you consider a refurbished laptop?
    Yes

    What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Listening to Music, Computer Programming, 3D CAD Design, Casual Gaming, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming

    What games will you be playing?
    If I can get something that'll run BF3 decently on this budget, that would be great. Otherwise, if it can run some less demanding FPS games like Red Orchestra and handle RTS games like SC2 well, I'm good, though I'd prefer to stay below $700 in that case.

    Where will you be using this laptop?
    Will be used different places and Will stay on desk

    How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4

    Will you be buying online or in store?
    online or in store

    Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 7

    List the screen resolutions that interest you:
    Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)


    Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    Is the laptops design important to you?
    No

    Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?
    Around 07/07/2012

    How long do you want this laptop to last?
    1-2 if its cheap, 2-4 otherwise

    How much storage capacity do you need?
    320 GB, more is better, though.

    Are you interested in SSD for storage?
    No, not at this price point.

    Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?
    DVD Burner

    Additional Notes: A year from now I'll be able to get student deals, so I'll consider getting a lower spec refurbished laptop if the price is right, and hold off until then. It depends on what's available, though.
    Also, I'd like it to be reasonably easy to upgrade if it'll be sticking around for longer so I can keep the graphics card relevant.
     
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    bomblord Notebook Geek

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    avanish11 Panda! ^_^

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    I get that I'm not going to be doing really intense gaming, and I was looking for discount stuff all along. Mostly, I'd like to get some alternatives along those lines, though considering that with Dell I'm stuck with either integrated graphics or an NVIDIA GT525 that'll get edged by the integrated graphics in an AMD Trinity A10 (I've speccd a dv6z from HP with one for the same price as Dell's cheapest refurb with discrete graphics-similar specs otherwise), but if you know any other discount sources, I'm all ears.

    Right now I'm looking at a Lenovo Y470 from their factory outlet with these specs:
    2nd generation Intel Core i5-2450M Processor (2.50GHz 1333MHz 3MB)
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
    AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB
    6.0GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
    14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
    500GB 5400 rpm
    DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
    6 Cell Lithium-Ion
    Intel 1000 BGN Wireless
    Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
    1 Year Standard Depot Warranty

    I'd looked at Dell, too, but Lenovo offers me similar specs all around, but with better graphics cards at the same price. The system above is $561.73, BTW-alternatively, I could stretch my budget to $750 and get an i7 with a GT550, and 2GB more RAM, and a 7200rpm HDD or a Y570 with that plus a GT555, but that seems like overkill, given the price on this system. Thoughts or alternatives?

    EDIT: @avanish11: Interesting, though I'm not too familiar with AMD's CPU performance-how does it rank compared to the Sandy Bridge lineup? (Keep in mind that I'd prefer to stay away from overclocking)
     
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