I have a 15 inch Macbook Pro that I currently use for everything (making music, school, writing, some games, iTunes, videos, etc.) but I want to leave it full time in my music studio space, making it a dedicated Digital Audio Workstation and nothing else.
So I'm thinking of buying myself a small Windows laptop for my other needs: something nice and portable I can take to the library/cafe for writing and to run some games.
Unfortunately, I'm not great when it comes to comparing PC processors and graphic cards. I find it confusing. If I gave you guys some criteria would you be able to help me come up with a good laptop?
1. 500$ is the MAX.
2. 15 inch is the absolute max size, though I would be much happier with a 10-13 inch range, making it super easy to lug around in any bag.
3. Needs to run um, Word, RPG Maker and Game Maker
4. Play some games on at least "low" settings, while giving me an ok framerate on games like Civ V, FTL, Terraria, Guild Wars 2(?) etc.
I've been told to stay away from the Atom chips like the plague, but beyond that, that's all I know. Any input/advice would be very appreciated.