I am going to join this new thread branding. The truth is, I really need a laptop and I will most probably get one in the coming weeks. I will be getting one around 1000$ and I have standard preferences: - word processing, microsoft office and internet - USBs, CD-R (or DVD-R) - good enough graphics for a weekly or so movie and a shoot-'em up session (civ of course) as for the rest I have no clue.... What would be good minimal requirements for a modern laptop? I understand that I will probably get Vista, but as far as processor, graphics card and the rest are concerned I get a bit lost. What would your recommend for me and what would you put in a laptop suited for your needs?