I'm currently using an HP Omen. I think they've been reduced to ~$1000 by now.
15.6" IPS panel, 1920x1080, touch-enabled
Intel core i7 4710HQ
Nvidia GTX 860m
256gb PCIe SSD
Pretty damn nice considering the price. I'd prefer a 17" screen though. Also it doesn't have a numpad so that can be troublesome at times.
Without a dedicated GPU...hm...maybe something like the HP Envy, Asus zenbook, Dell Inspiron, or Lenovo thinkpad. There are so many out there..