IGN writes: "In an effort to boost awareness about the cost-efficiency of Windows laptops, Microsoft has developed an ad-campaign called "Laptop Hunters", wherein they follow prospective notebook owners in their hunt for the best bang for their buck, and when they ultimately come across the unit with their ideal feature set at the right price, Microsoft shells out the cash for it. Microsoft's generosity got the IGN think tank working, and we thought it'd be a cool idea to present you, the readers, with some cost-conscious laptop recommendations of our own, with a few exceptions: they are all built for gaming, and we won't buy them for you.
But all is not lost! Don't let the fact that IGN won't front the cash for these beautiful gaming rigs distract from their value -- these are performance systems with consumer-friendly price points. Below you will find gaming setups from as low as $755 to as high as $1,799, and to sweeten the deal, we've organized said systems by the type of game will best run on them, including our favorites: World of Warcraft, The Sims 3, Fallout 3, and Crysis."