This gaming notebook, seems to offer good value for the money. Xplorer X7-5500 Gaming Notebook
It has quite the powerful GPU for a laptop (650M) while most other laptops in the price range of 1000 seem to have a lesser video card.
One thing to consider: Is a gaming laptop necessary? If it is not, then a gaming desktop would offer higher performance for the money, and likely have a longer life span, along with less thermal concerns.