My laptop is about to die. The a and b keys don't work anymore, left shift is broken, the gpu (740M) overheats after 10 minutes of use and the hdd is so slow it takes 15 minutes to reboot (100% disk usage making it unresponsive).
The $1699 Acer Predator on sale at BB you posted looks like it checks off all the boxes for what you want right now.
Newegg has the same Predator refurbished for $1599.
This $1681 MSI GL at Newegg is basically the same thing, or very close in specs anyway. Has a slightly smaller 128GB SSD mainly.
The Predator looks to be the better deal and has the stronger brand name. Either laptop would probably do though.