My budget for the new computer is:
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
All of the above. I don't own a desktop, but I need portability. I usually only do fairly light gaming these days, but I'd want to be able to run current games at low resolution.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Windows 7, MS Office, Firefox, photoshop, games, windows media player, itunes, etc.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Yes, occasionally, but I want to be able to play new games on low settings.
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Usually 5-6 at a time.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
I don't need a huge hard drive.
I've sort of narrowed down my search to these two computers:
A 13.3" HP
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Processor and Graphics
Intel® Core2 Duo Processor SP9300 (2.26GHz, 6M Cache) with 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G 105M Memory
50% OFF! 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) Hard drive
320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection Display
13.3" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800) Personalization
Webcam Only Networking
Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth Keyboard
HP Color Matching KeyboardPrimary battery
6 Cell Polymer Battery ~$1200
Or a 14" Lenovo
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor P8700 ( 2.53GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M 1024MB
4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
14.0 " HD Wide LED 1366x768
Industry Standard Touchpad
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100
Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR~$850
Obviously, the Lenovo is around $300 cheaper, and it has the 1GB GPU. The HP is more expensive, but it has the better processor, 8GB RAM, and a 7200 rpm HDD. It's also a bit smaller, which is a plus, but I realize that is sort of a personal choice. Basically I'm wondering about the processor/GPU/memory combinations; would you expect better performance from the SP9300/512MB GPU/8 GB RAM/7200 rpm HDD or the P8700/1GB GPU/4 GB RAM/5400 rpm? Which would you buy if price is not a factor, and which would you buy if price is a factor? Other model suggestions are welcome too.