Oh, and Photography only. No video, or plans to go that direction.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
I would not get a high end gaming laptop for photo editing, since a lot of your money will go towards a nice video card for gaming, which is not all that relevant for photo editing. My laptop has the Intel video card AND an Nvidia card, and even using Photoshop 6 with 36 GB RAW files, the graphic card doesn't even kick in (Nvidia Optimus function).
Also 15.6" screen is just not close to being adequate for photo editing. I bought the Dell 17R SE 17.2" laptop with "full HD (1920x1080)" screen, then installed a Sandisk Extreme II 480 GB SSD. This was the best 17.2" screen I could find that covers essentially all of sRGB color space. There is an extra hard drive bay for a second drive if you want. This setup is lightening fast for photo editing with very fast Windows startup times.