I currently have a 6 yr old Gateway that has treated me well as I use it mainly for internet, Quicken, excel and word stuff, and playing music out of great speakers with bass box. My main concern is the Intel Pentium is tiring down with the 1G of ram, takes forever to shut down (recent issues) and the HD is just too loud. I live in an efficiency. I also have a 4 yr old, very low end Dell laptop I inherited with only 40g HD and a Celeron processor which is yes, slow, heavy and almost 2 inches thick. Technically I don't need a laptop but they are nice to have for slouching on the couch or while in bed. Which one would you get? One other pc I am even considering is the HP Envy 14 @ $999 because of the specs and price.