in my opinion, and i think it is pretty accurate, the dv7t outruns the dell studio by a mile in basic computing, gaming, looks, etc. here are my specs: Upgrade to Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit) Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53 GHz) FBS-1066 MHz 6Mb internal memory L2 cache 17.0" diagonal WXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Infinity Display (1440 x 900) 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GDDR2 HP Imprint Finish (Mesh)+Microphone + Webcam + Fingerprint Reader for HP BrightView Infinity Display Upgrade to Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100AGN and Bluetooth(TM) 320GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (160GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support 3-year HP Accidental Damage Protection with HP Pick Up and Return no high speed modem port no tv tuner no verizon wireless broadband as a casual gamer i think that the dv7t would be a great choice for you as long as you went with the 9600M GT optional graphics card. it should be able to play Oblivion and WoW smoothly on the highest detail settings. for WoW i would recommend the T9400 processor that runs at 2.53 GHz because those kind of games are generally processor intensive. i would recommend at least 2 GB of RAM and you have got yourself an extremely nice casual gaming computer. Also, with the uprgraded processor and extra RAM basic computing will be much much faster and easier. yes it is very easy to watch dvds without any kind of upgrade as long as you are not watching blue-ray dvds As far as the tv tuner, yes you can get cable tv, but i would only recommend it if you would rather watch tv on your computer screen than on an ordinary cable tv, but then again i opted not to get the tv tuner so i might be a little biased in any case i would read reviews on the quality of the tuner from other people before making that decision.