I DEEPLY/HIGHLY recommend that you take a look at newegg.com and check out the ASUS laptops they have over there. I purchased a well-equipped, even by today's standards, laptop about 1 year ago to replace an old HP I'd been using for edits (HP is really horrible with cooling, and, well...generally). Even thought this thing is a refurb (which caused a discount of about 800 dollars), this thing is still a beast and chews through my edits on LR/PS. Huge drives, good motherboard, really efficient cooling, great monitor, highly expand-able memory (great for us photographers), and it's never even hiccuped over 1 year of HEAVY usage.
Love me some ASUS!
very fast graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GT 680M - decent by today's standards, awesome last year)
8gb memory (upgraded myself to 32gb)
good monitor (17" 1080 full HD) - calibrated myself using Spyder4Pro (perfect results)