Regardless, I think that the games we are likely to play probably fall into different categories... For what I play, it's plenty for the next few years. I expect this laptop to last me 3-4 years and then get a new one either my last year in college or first year out. This isn't exactly a low-end computer... It may not be up to your standards, but it certainly fits mine.
Here is a bit of an expanded explanation:
To play all games that can only one core (that I know of) the CPU needs a clock speed of at least 2.1.
The diffrent video card and more room for system RAM cause based on the recommended specs of some games being released this year I expect more VRAM and SRAM to be needed towards the end of the time frame I am thinking of (in particular SRAM, cause once 64-bit is standard I expect games to start using much more of it very quickly).
Faster HDD makes everything better, cause it is the slowest thing. Faster RAM for somewhat similar reasons.
The one he suggested was on par with what I figured he played, so correct, I didn't suggest a creme de la creme alienware or something. I could have, but for his case, I didn't.
But I did not recommend an Alienware. Last I checked one of those similar to what I recommend costs $300+ for the brand name and non-essencial extras.