Won't be much for Computer Nerds, but most of their suggestions seem good, if not what I would suggest specifically, so you can point non Computer Nerd friends & family at this link to help them get started.
They didn't mention the Gaming Laptop I would be buy now if I could, we have to get gf a Macbook Air 11" before I get a gaming laptop T_T
Gaming Laptop I would get if buying one right now is ~$1,350.00 at Amazon (full disclosure: I am Amazon Associate, so if you buy from this link I will make a couple dollars, doesn't affect price) ASUS G75VW-AS71
Specs for ASUS G75VW-AS71:
- Intel Core_i7_2.7_GHz Processor 2.3GHz
- 16 GB DIMM RAM
- 750GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
- 17.3-Inch Screen, Nvidia GTX 660M 2G GDDR5
I have been using 13" ASUS UL30V for two years, runs SC2 on med settings fine, and I have worked it hard blogging, was running a 23" & a 15" external monitors at home for about 6 months till I got my iMac for blogging.
So I personally have confidence in ASUS laptops, ASUS was one of the brands one of my Computer Nerd buddies suggested when I told him I was looking for laptops, I have been very happy with it.
If you have any laptop suggestions or comments please post, I have found Notebook Check best place to start http://www.notebookcheck.net/Top-10-Desktop-Replacement-Laptops.17035.0.html they also benchmark most laptop graphics cards.