Here's a nice machine for $500 after rebate, normal price $975..
It's a "business class" notebook, which I'm sure will prove to be more "durable" in the long run, assuming the gpu is powerful enough to run the games she's wanting to run.
Has "Magnesium alloy frames and display enclosures" which means the thing is going to be tougher, more durable, plus it's a business class machine meaning you get business class "service" on the unit...(faster)http://www.notebookforums.com/thread176205.html
HOT DEAL !!!! $500 after $100 HP mail in rebate. This unit being priced normally at $975
HP / Compaq nx6325 Notebook AMD Mobile Sempron 3400+ 1.8GHz -
15 inch screen
Magnesium alloy frames and display enclosures
HP Spill-resistant keyboard
HP Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip
512 MB (667 MHz) DDR2 SDRAM (1 DIMM) - Note: Max RAM maximum 4GB
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 (33% faster than a Xpress 200m), not good for "bang, bang shoot-em up games"... but you get:
4-hours of battery life, up to 16 hours with the high cap battery.