I rarley ever play games, and if I do its Medal of Honer or Call of Duty. The notebook would mainly be used for school work, Garage band, and maybee some video editing? My only problem is I would like to be able to take it to class but I think I would look like a retard bringing a 17" notebook to class, but if its going to be a desktop replacement I really nead the screen space. Any suggestions? P.S. was thinking about external moniter for the dorm room, but then its like why not have a G5... it seems like then you have to lug a moniter to and from home so why even have a notebook. Your opinions?