i'm starting college in a few weeks and i need to ditch this old crummy laptop that needs to be plugged in at all times, and i need to get, you know, a good laptop. the problem is.. i'm pretty bad when it comes to computers. as someone who isn't really a PC gamer, i don't really have much knowledge of computers, what brands are good, ideal operating systems and all that jazz. not that you need to be a PC gamer to know about computers, but i've never really had much of a reason to invest a lot of my time into learning about computers.
so, i've decided to come to you, folks of giant bomb. i'm going to be in a communications program so i'll be in some journalism and video courses, meaning i'll most definitely be doing some writing and video editing. i haven't made my schedule yet (not authorized until the 13th) but that's the gist of it.
so.. with that said, what are some good laptop brands, models and stuff that i should check out? i was thinking HP, but most of the people i know who own an HP laptop had it crap out on them after not too long. i'm no expert, though. i live in Canada, too so it would be preferable if it's something i could get at like, future shop or something.
edit: also, it would be nice if i could play a few games on it. not like, Skyrim or anything but it would be fun to play Torchlight or something without worrying about my laptop melting.
edit ii: also, i have a budget of like, 1000$.
edit iii: i'm not going to be in a dorm, FYI. i'm gonna be living at home but it would still be nice to have something to carry around.
edit iv: i think i've got more than enough information from you guys. thank you so much! i'll happily welcome more suggestions and such, though.