1) I am not sure of my budget, as it depends on my dads mood at that time, but hopefully I can get him to agree to $850, especially if I chip in, so no more than $850.
2) Any size bigger than "Thin and light," although I doubt anything I am looking for would be larger than 16"
3) Buying from the United States
4)I don't want a Mac, otherwise the brand doesn't matter.
5) I will be using it for basic college stuff, but also I might install CAD software, as I am a ME major
6) I will be using it in 2 places, which have access to outlets everywhere
7) I would like to be able to play games like Rome Total War, maybe WOW, but if it is not possible that is fine.
8) I will have it plugged in 99% of the time, so battery life is not an issue.
9) I can buy online as long as it is a trusted source
10)I hate Vista, but I'd rather not pay for a downgrade.
11) Any of those would be fine (don't know much about them)
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
12) The screen glossiness doesn't matter
13) Style is not an issue
14) Id like it to last all throughout college
15) 120 GB's
16) Id like a DVD burner, but it is not important
P.S. I don't know if this is necessary, but from what I've read on here I've settled on these features:
CPU; Duo Processors with around 2.00 GHz Clock speed and at least 800 MHz FSB
GPU; Dedicated. I've heard you can upgrade, and I've heard you can't. I wanted to get a dedicated card that I might upgrade later if that is possible
RAM; at least 2 GB
HDD; It would be sweet if I could get it at a faster RPM than 5400, but I don't know if that is realistic.