Hi guys, I've currently got an IBM T42 from work, which just about plays CoD2. I do a lot of CAD work for uni and stuff, and solidworks juuuuuuuuuust about works. Equally, Matlab juuuuuuust about handles decent calculations. So, I'm looking for a laptop to replace it; I've done a fair amount of looking round, but am completely out of the loop for what's good / adequate / etc nowadays, and if there are any "gems" that aren't obvious. Required specs: Plays modern CoDs, 3D CAD, general steam games. Looks normal + square strong chassis. Not really a fan of thin shiny plastic and curvy bits with things sticking out. Equally, a T42 can survive falling off your bonnet at 40mph around a corner and bouncing down the road (HDD came out and landed in the grass ) It'll be plugged in most of the time (esp for games), movies / typing when there's no power (planes etc). Higher res than 1024 x 768 would be a bonus, but I would use an external screen when at my desk. I like the size of this one, 14" square screen, but that doesn't seem common any more - it fits in my bag! 15" would be alright, don't really want it too big / too small TL;DR Is it possible if people could throw out some suggestions for normal looking (square, no flashing lights, no weird angular bits, no shiny thin plastic) smaller / thinner gaming laptops which are CoD4 / CAD usable please? I mean, it may not be possible and they don't actually exist, but there's always hope Budget <$3000 say, I've got a shipping location in vermont (on exchange to McGill...they gave me a scholarship...it's gotta go somewhere ) Many many thanks!!!