Okay, so, first of all... YES, I know there are a million tech threads similar to this one already, so don't hurt me too badly, ...but the truth is, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND THEM. I may be many things, one of them being an avid gamer, and I grew up on computers, true, but all the tech threads I'm reading are speaking of "duo-core" and "multi-core" processors (how many cores can you have??!! 0.o), video-card with names like "elk789sf#100,000,000", overclocking, different ram speeds (I don't quite understand), and just so many other things that I can't quite put together in my mind. I've always been more of a handheld gamer (but always RPGs), with a classic example being Pokemon, but I've always stayed true to classics console games (...like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Call of Duty, etc. I usually don't waste my time bothering with their fanboy-esque based offspring like Dissidia, and such. Forgive my hate.). Final Fantasy was the first MMORPG I've ever played, and it completely changed my life. I've never looked at games the same way, since, and even after my sad departure from the game this year, I have yet to find anything that compares to it. I could go into detail of the epic adventures I've had with friends, the stunning story elements, and the once-breathtaking scenery, but that's not exactly the point of this thread.
I NEED YOUR HELP/OPINION. I'm here, at BestBuy, pre-preparing (it's still early, I know, but I need some advice to get me in the right direction) to play the next generation of the greatest game of all time. I came here, originally, to purchase a PS3, and a T.V., but now I'm here on a laptop, typing this, and I'm wondering if maybe I should be looking at a computer instead. The obvious pit of computer vs. PS3 is that the computer cannot play PS3 games, and the PS3 can't do a lot of computer-esque things, and that's a final decision I'll have to make on my own, but I'm thinking "cost" right now. The fact with a laptop is that you have a TV and a gaming system in one. With a PS3, you have to buy a T.V. to play, but with a computer I can just turn my game on and go. So, that being said, a PS3 slim now costs about $300, and my budget for a 30-40 inch T.V. is about $350... So how much is a really great laptop, that can definitely run FFXIV (and more, I want to be able to play other games, too.) going to cost me if I buy it straight off of the shelf, and WHAT laptop might that be? I want your opinion on the best gaming laptop available right now available for less that one-thousand dollars (before tax).
Screen-size is the least-important issue, but the bigger, the better, considering it's going to be my "T.V.". I'm more concerned with all these things I can't understand like "processors" and "cores" and video cards and such. I really don't know how much of an issue hard drive space is, but I figure 500 gigs would be enough for anyone, almost ever.