What things should I be looking for in a Computer?

Graduating for high school this year, going to college and I need a new computer. It would need to be a laptop but I'm torn between building (or having someone build it for me) and buying it straight from dell,hp,sony... I think I'd like an i5 ivy bridge with about 6gb of ram (I plan on eventually... show more Graduating for high school this year, going to college and I need a new computer. It would need to be a laptop but I'm torn between building (or having someone build it for me) and buying it straight from dell,hp,sony... I think I'd like an i5 ivy bridge with about 6gb of ram (I plan on eventually upgrading) that runs on some form of SSD. I need it for school work, I need it to be fast (I can't stand slow, unresponsive computers) and I'd like to play Minecraft at a semi-high standard keeping a good frame rate (again something that won't be slow and unresponsive). Other games I'd play would be smaller things off of steam and such. I'd like to keep the price below 1000$.

Suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated!
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