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New Laptop Shopping; Recommendations?

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I'm on the hunt for a new laptop since my current one is heat damaged & the CD drive just died on me.

I was wondering if some people more knowledgeable than myself might have some recommendations based on budget & usage.

Budget: $1,000.00 or less (Federal aid, doesn't need to be repaid until done with college)

Usage: Student, gaming, music, movies, photo editing, burning CDs & DVDs

Here's my thoughts so far based on my limited knowledge:
Brand: No Gateway, Dell, or HP & preferably not some small time brand I’ve never heard of…
Preferably Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, Acer, or possibly Samsung or Panasonic or Asus

OS: Windows 7

Hard drive: 250 GB or larger; 320 GB or larger preferably

Processor: Intel only; preferably i5 or better

Memory: 3 GB or better; preferably 4 GB or better

Graphics card: Dedicated Graphics card Nvidia

Extras: Built in Web cam & Mic

Battery: long life preferably
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ASUS N61JQ-X1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz) 16" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 USB 3.0 - $1,000

ASUS K52 Series K52JR-X4 NoteBook Intel Core i5 430M(2.26GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm BD (Blue-ray Disc Drive) Combo ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 - $940

ASUS U30JC-A1 NoteBook Intel Core i3 350M(2.26GHz) 13.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 310M
(8-cell battery for longer battery life ... 6-8 hours) - $920

Acer Aspire AS7740G-6364 NoteBook Intel Core i5 430M(2.26GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - $750
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