That really helps a lot, ty for taking the time.
If I go to newegg as suggested, there actually aren't any ultrabooks with 1920x1080 listed. I have really good eyesight, so I imagine I could get by with 1920x1080 on a 13", but the sites I play don't have great software (resizing tables functionality is bad) so having something with less than 1920x1080 would be really difficult.
Do you think something like this would be a better option than the Zenbook?
They have a few different similar Sony models at newegg, hard to see much of a difference between them although I would probably opt to pay more to avoid the silver one. They have the processors you mentioned along with USB 3 which I believe would allow me to get a better SSD and get the SATA6 speed.
Here's a similar (same?) model on Amazon:
I like the way it looks (at least the pictures on Amazon), the screen is bigger than the Zenbook, and 4.4 pounds is definitely acceptable.
This lenovo has a 3xxx i7 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM so I wouldn't need to upgrade in the future (though I think 4GB would actually work fine for me as I'm not a typical user and it seems to work well on my desktop):
Fairly heavy. I don't hate the way it looks though. I ruled out the Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition because it's too ugly. I play better when my environment looks nice. I think the Sony w/ a good SSD would already be more than I need though, so I'm not sure if a heavier lenovo makes sense if the only advantage is more power.
It's harder to search Amazon by resolution, but the Sony I linked looks good and the other possibility is the Dell XPS:
I don't like the way it looks as much as the Sony but I can tolerate it.
I don't know a lot about build quality, etc. and it's tough to trust random reviews. Seems like all of these options would work for me as far as the specs go, it's just about build quality and finding the best deal. Does anyone have thoughts on the quality of the Sony?
If I get a laptop that I need to put an SSD in, will I be able to use the Windows 7 that comes with the system somehow or am I going to have to buy another copy? Not sure about this part as it seems like a lot of laptops don't come with reinstall media and that factors in (effectively makes the Zenbook cheaper, for example, since it comes with an SSD and I wouldn't need to install an OS).
I really like the way the Amazon linked Sony looks but I have no idea if it's a good choice.
When I start looking at higher priced models I start to feel like I should just get a Sony Z Series ($1,600) or try to find a Retina MBP ($2,200) because I like both options so much more than the other models I'm looking at and once I start getting closer to those price points I would feel dumb getting anything else.