I'm guessing you live in Canada, which is why you're picking NCIX. This deal at TigerDirect is pretty good for the price ($1500). It's an Acer notebook, 2GB of RAM, 100GB Hard Drive, Integrated Graphics , and a pretty good value.
Well for me, I'm not too into gaming (I like mostly RTS games but FPS are fun too so RTS doesn't require such great graphics). I just want to know if there are any certain brands to be wary of or to look for and what kind of processor I should get (intel or amd) for laptops. I know that the new Core 2 Duo for desktops are supposed to be better than AMDs but what about for laptops?