I need to find my perfect laptop...but I need a little help.?

I'm not a big gamer, but I love to play Sims, and I can play games for hours at a time. I also like to read ebooks, and if it's a good one, I can read and read and read without stopping. I do quite a bit of typing, both for pleasure and for school. I'm always online, I'm an ebay seller, but I'm also a big facebook/myspace/amazon/yahoo email sort of girl. I'm also sort of fashionable, and I like things that are eye catching, unique, classic and basic. However I'm always on the go, and I can be clumsy. I have tons of music, and thousands (literally) of pictures. Put this all together and I need a laptop that is: tough. it won't die if i drop it (from a short distance) two or three (okay a couple) of times. good looking. it would be nice if it was appealing to the eye. classy, something with a nice feel, but unique as well. basic black (a nice glossy, gorgous black) with maybe a little design on the back. great on graphics, because i love my games. when i'm not working, i'm gaming or watching dvds. and since my job is simple, i do a lot of gaming/dvd watching. fast running, i multi-task and it has to keep up with me. great memory, because i'll fill it up with my games and word documents alone. decent battery life. right now, i'm lucky if i get 2 1/2. it doesn't cut it because it's either always plugged up, always dying, or somewhere inbetween, warning me i have 20 minutes left. it's annoying. something that's light. i'm always carrying it around, or lying it on my stomach to read. after a while it gets uncomfortable if it's a 15 pounder like i have now. dependable. my little gateway, which i've had for little over 2 years has blue screened on me twice, i've had to reboot it countless times, it's missing two keys, the battery life (which was already short) has shortened to a little over two hours on power saver. high performance is an 1 hour....most days. the cd/dvd driver is dead, dead dead. i need something that's going to last me at least 5 years strong. not 5 years of little fixes and quirks, like a good solid 5 years. i'd settle for a solid 3 years right now. price, well i'd like it to be under 2000, if it's at all possible. if not, it would be a worthy investment if it holds up. oh, i'm not picky on make, but i will say, even though i'd like an apple, i'm not used to mac. i've used windows all my life. if it's not an apple, that would be amazing. if it is, well i'll just learn to adjust. anything else? hm.... oh, thank you for looking, and thank you tons if you could help me out. I know upgrades can be bought, so a recommendation with upgrades is just fine. i've found a few laptops, but i'd like the expertise of yahoo answers. ^_^

Asked By: - 5/7/2009
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1. Tough - rugged laptops are a specialized category. Dell makes a hardened business Lattitude model and the gaming Dell XPS M1730 is based on a Dell Precision magnesium chasis both of which are cheaper than a Panasonic Toughbook... More
Answered By: DevTech - 5/7/2009
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The best laptops for games are made by Alienware If you cannot afford one new, buy an seccond hand on eBay with 1,000 USD, I assure you any Alienware laptop is moooooooore powerfull than any other laptop for games on market!
Answered By: digital_shamans - 5/7/2009
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