Thanks to everyone for the input on my laptop. I ended up getting a Sony Vaio from Best Buy (yes, I know BB is evil, but it came down to selection, price and availability). The best part was that I got one of BB "pre-optimized" laptops without paying for it. All that were left were the pre-optimized laptops, which I didn't want - I'm not paying $99 for someone to make back-up disks and install anti-virus software when I can do it myself! They offered to knock the $99 down to $59. I still said no and was ready to walk, so the department manager gave it to me for the non-optimized price.