ell have Inspiron 15R for $949 with an i3 330m/4GB 1333mhz RAM/500g HDD/ATi 5470m. For $1099 you can buy the same laptop with an i5 430m.
Officeworks have this MSI for $949
* CPU: Intel Core i5-430M (2.26GHz)
* MEMORY: 4GB RAM
* HARD DRIVE: 500GB
* SCREEN: 15.6" Wide
* GRAPHICS: 1GB dedicated
* COMMUNICATION: Wireless N
* OPTICAL DRIVE: SuperMulti DVD
* WEBCAM: Yes
* OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Home Premium
o 24 Month International Manufacturers' Warranty
o (1300-669-260) Pickup and return service*
Similar to the Dell but without the LED screen. Not sure where the best place to buy a laptop is, last time I looked into it was a long time ago and I went with Dell. From a quick search it appears thats still a good way to go. That Dell above is pretty nice. Don't expect huge gaming potential out of it of course, but with a 1GB 5470m it might actually play SOMETHING.
EDIT: Direct link to the Dell:
Well I can tell your which brands are good. Don't EVER get a Dell labtop, their cheaplly made and their has been many reports from people who own Dells, That the HardWare goes bad(>_> and those aren't cheap) Apple Labtops are pretty good but most will cost more then $1000. HP Labtops are really great I have a HP Comptuer that's almost the same age as me (im 15) and it's still super fast. So I say you should buy a Apple Labtop or HP Labtop. Check at BestBuy or WalMart (BestBuy can give you more info on the labtop, but WalMart will give you a better Buy on it)
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they test every electrical item and tell you what they think
you can enter you budget too to make the search smaller
Honestly; depends where you buy it from.