So I'm planning on buying myself a new laptop with my tax return.
However this year I'm planning on buying something a little better than the cheapest thing available.
I'm actually hoping on a machine with decent specs for gaming and I'm told I can buy one for about 700USD, which is my plan.
I'm not really sure what I really need to be looking for though, I've always judged a machine by it's RAM primarily in the past, though I've been told that's not primary and that such is also easy and cheap to upgrade.
I've got a couple games in mind I'm hoping to be able to play with this new machine I'm hoping to buy and am looking for advice on what to look for chief among them is Minecraft, though you don't really need super great specs for this I would honestly like to be able to play and not have to lower the game settings from the default levels in order to play it without lag on single player as I always have had to on my current PC, nice when I can see the sun and moon in the sky. Additionally I really want to be able to try out some texture packs and such for MC if I can, not really a necessity, but it would be nice.
Aside from that I'm hoping on doing Skyrim and Fallout (III and NV) for PC as well as Starcraft II.
Obviously I can just look at the system requirements for the afforementioned, but can anyone help explain to me generally what specs on a machine improve it's performance in general?