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Performance will absolutely hinge on your choice of graphics card. I've heard (first-hand, from a buddy of mine) some very good things about the integrated Intel HD 4000 (NOT 3000 or anything else, only 4000; big change for them), but if you do your research you should be able to find something with a dedicated card for not much more $.

Don't take the fps numbers at this site as gospel, but it should give you an idea of the relative hierarchy between all the various models of dedicated notebook graphics cards (and there are an incredible amount out there, very hard to keep straight with slight changes in model number but drastic changes in performance).

This site looks like a pretty good one for comparison shopping:

And here's an article from October, PC Mag is usually pretty reliable:,2817,2020688,00.asp

Let us know what you end up going with.

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