For most folks, a new system will do what you need it to do right out of the box. BUT!!!
The biggest factor here is Vista Home - the Basic version just won't do for what you've described (well, it can be made to work - but the "experience" won't be there), so you'll need the Premium version that you've selected.
BUT (again) - are you going to do important work on it? If so, I'd suggest that you use this link to determine which version is best for you: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...ons/choose.mspx
The system uses shared video memory - which means that not all of the 2 gB will be available for you to use (this link says it'll take 256 mB maximum: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphic...100.2176.0.html
) Also, while the graphics card is capable of running Aero Glass - I don't know if it'll be adequate for your needs in the future (as games and movies take up more of the graphics processor) - so I'd suggest maxing out the video with something that's going to be DX10 capable (although you may not need DX10, the card will have other advanced features that you can use).
The screen is a bit small, and if you're using it for late night studying you may not be very satisfied with it. I'd suggest going to a local retailer that sells laptops and looking at the screen sizes to determine what you'll be satisfied with. I've got a 15.4" which strains my eyes, but my wife's 17" is just about right for me (but it's too big for me to lug around). You can adjust things a bit by changing the screen resolution, but there's not much that you can do if it's a movie - either it's full screen or it's not.
The warranty - check that out carefully. Make sure you know what's covered and what's not. Most manufacturer's will cover hardware issues only - so if it's a software problem you'll be left holding the bag. You can always just reinstall, but then you're faced with the loss of your data.
Which brings us to backups. Plan for a good backup strategy now - before you need it. What happens if you're just finishing that 250 page term paper and the drive dies? Manufacturer's will give you a new drive - but they won't recover your stuff for free (if it's even recoverable). A decent external drive will run you about $100 at most major retailers and you can schedule backups to it whenever you'd like.
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