My dad recently told me I could purchase a laptop for college. Upon asking him the limit, the rejoinder was that there will be enough money. I think I will stick to the 2500 USD limit since none of the computers my family had before even came close to the 1500 mark. Here is a list of things I do on a computer: Compiling and running programs Ex. Win32 and Opengl (currently utilizing a few extensions supported by both ATI and nVidia.) Digital photo-editing Audio editing and creation in the form of programs such as Adobe Audition and Finale Watching DVDs and playing mp3s Some modeling in Brice 5 and 3D milkshape I haven't played a single computer game in several years and I do not intend to start so "gaming" would not so much be of value. I was thinking about purchasing the Hypersonic CQ6 since it seems to be a pretty good platform. I will be purchasing the M-Audio Sonica Theater for sound, upgrade the hardrive selection, install 1 GB of RAM, and a DVD-burner for the laptop. Does anyone have any suggestions for me so I don't make a grave mistake? Thank you.