I will be starting uni in September and I will be wanting a laptop to take with me! I am doing an engineering course so I think it would be useful if it were capable of running CAD software. I would also like to do a bit of casual gaming on it but I assume if it can run CAD software then it can run some decent games. My budget is about £600 max, but less is desirable. It doesn't have to be perfect but ideally, it should last me for my 4 year course. My friend bought a toshiba satellite laptop and has had serious cooling issues, and it now reaches max temperature (104C) whilst doing anything slightly demanding like playing minecraft, even on a cooling stand! I don't want any problems like this but I guess with a lower budget I wont be getting the best cooling. Obviously a good battery life is ideal but as long as it isn't ridiculously short then I should be ok. I have been thinking of getting an i5 CPU and also dedicated graphics. Currently I am looking at these: Lenovo Z580 Acer Aspire V3 or maybe the i3 version to save money if i5 isn't worth it? Novatech Elite N1540 (I would install windows 7 on this myself) Does anyone have any experience with any of these laptops or if not then anything good or bad that you know about them? Also is windows 8 really that bad? most laptops come with it and apparently its very hard/impossible to downgrade to windows 7 Any advice in choosing a laptop would be greatly appreciated!