I have not posted here in a while (stupid wireless router craping out on me), but I hope that none of you take that against me. I'll try and keep this relatively short. I am going to graduate highschool about the end of may and have been looking at notebook computers to take to college. I plan on going into an engineering/science type major, and I have been told that some of that stuff needs a good bit of computing horsepower. Unfortuantely, I don't believe that I will be able to bring my desktop computer (as meager as it is:frown: ) to college for various reasons. On the other hand, I have a rather large budget due to my amazing grandparents with which I plan to purchase a notebook. I come to you, the members of the guru3d forum to help me with this decision. What laptop, given the basic spec's below, would you recommend? I would greatly appreciate any help that the great members of Guru3d could give me. I have a few criteria/preferences: 1. I do not want a 17'' notebook, try and keep it no larger than 15.4 inch and no smaller than 14 inch. 2. Battery life is important. 3+ hours on a full charge 3. A high quality widescreen display is most definitely prefered. 4. I really want a new core duo notebook (a least the 1.8Ghz model). 5. 80GB or larger Hard drive 6. 1GB of RAM 7. DVD-RW drive 8. Dedicated video card is prefered (doesn't have to be high end, just something that isn't integrated video). 9. Wireless internet is a must and bluetooth is a definite plus These are the things that I have decided that I would like in a notebook. I have a budget of about $2000 USD for the notebook itself (a little over is okay) and not including accesories. I have looked at the new dell E1505 (I think thats the model) with most of the specs mentioned above, but the only thing I didn't like was the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics. I have been reading www.notebookreview.com almost religiously, but little information is available concerning the type of notebook I want. I will be using the laptop for school work, internet, music, DVD's, some potential video/image editing, and minimal gaming (I won't have much time for a lot of computer games especially the first year). I might like to play games such as: Half-life 1 and mods, older RTS's like Red Alert 2 or Homeworld, the most intensive games that might be played are Dawn of War or X2: the threat. I thank all of you in advance for your great advice and remind you that more information may be provided if you have any questions. Thanks in advance.