Try the CNET Laptop Buying Forum.
It's sticky is at http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19680_102-350349/cnet-laptop-chooser-college-too/
I recently added a link to the Amazon best seller list and my advice is to look what's there that is a gamer's laptop.
The first one I see is this one -> http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP700G7C-S01US-17-3-Inch-Laptop/dp/B006MX0WHU/
This is a fine DESKTOP replacement but students tend to break 17 inch units fast. Too big.
A link on that page led me to http://www.amazon.com/N56VM-AB71-Full-HD-15-6-Inch-1080P-Laptop/dp/B008HDOEG8/ which is very interesting. Lower price, and for young folk the 1080 display will be fine.