I just purchased a gaming laptop after like 4-5 years of just playing on PS3. Oh man, is it worth it. PC > PS3. But it also depends on the kind of games you enjoy. I never had a console before a PS3 and only played on PC so I have always had an affinity to PC games (RPG, FPS, Strategy etc.)
I purchased a beast laptop during black friday for $900 from newegg. Great deal imo.
Price went up now unfortunately.