I'm also in the same boat. While I don't really know if classes will be demanding on my lappie, Here is what I currently do: Video editing Light photoediting File conversion and large file movement Cd burning pretty intensive browsing (maxes out my current CPU) Probably COD or homefront too, as well as Diablo 3 when it's out. Also resell value is big to me. I would like to update in 1-2 years depending on how the mbp up dates. So I am wondering which laptop is the most bang for the buck. Here is my current laptop: Dell Vostro 1510, windows 7 Bulky 9 cell battery-gets about 4hrs word processing/web Core 2 duo 2.1ghz Nvidia 8400m gt 256mb 4gb ram 250 hd 7200 Like 1280 res on 15 inch screen I frequently get frustrated because even opening a couple programsaxes out my processor and using one note while browsing actually causes freezing. Thanks to everyone for their help and input.